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How to Wear A Quarter Zip Sweater in 9 Unexpectedly Stylish Ways

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A trending piece we’ve seen from fall to winter is the quarter-zip sweater or sweatshirt. It’s yet another piece we’ve stolen from the boys and made stylish for women. In neutral colors, it can be quite an androgynous piece, lending itself to use by both sexes.

A quarter zip is a jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt with a short zipper (approximately a quarter of the height of the garment) descending from the collar. Sometimes you will find it listed as a half-zip sweater or half zip sweater, but that’s not entirely correct if the zipper only comes down a quarter of the way.

The quarter zip sweater is an essential piece of clothing for your wardrobe. It’s a versatile, stylish layering piece for chilly days that can be dressed up or down – perfect for any occasion. If you’re looking for a way to jazz up your style in cool weather, look no further – this article will show you how to wear a quarter zip sweater in nine stylish ways.

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You can pair a quarter-zip sweater with different items of clothing, from chinos and jeans to skirts and dresses. It makes a great piece for spring as it’s a great top layer you can peel off when the temps rise in the afternoons.

These outfits feature a navy and white striped quarter-zip sweater from Amazon. It’s an acrylic knit that’s great for casual wear. The classic striped pattern gives this sweater a timeless edge and the quarter-zip style makes it easy to adjust and achieve the perfect fit. The navy and white combo are perfect for any season.

9 Ways to Wear a Quarter Zip Sweater

A quarter-zip pullover or sweater is versatile enough to be worn by many style personalities. In particular, it’s a great piece for the androgynous style personality, sporty chic, preppy, classic and even the French minimalist personality.

1 Quarter Zip Sweater + Old Navy Pixie Pants + White Sneakers

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Sweater- Amazon; pants- Old Navy; sneakers- JCrew Factory

Pair up a quarter zip sweater with Old Navy pixie pants or classic pair of chinos for an elevated casual look. This brown and navy combo is a stylish look you can pull off without much effort. White sneakers make this outfit perfect for running errands but it’s just dressy enough to meet friends for lunch.

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2 Sporty Chic With Joggers

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Hat- Amazon; Joggers- Amazon; sneakers- similar

Pair up a quarter zip sweater with your favorite pair of joggers for a sporty chic look. Keep it girly with a pink baseball cap and pink sneakers. The rest of the look is pretty basic, but the pops of pink make it fun.

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3 Sporty Quarter Zip Outfit with a Skort

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Skort- Kohls; sneakers- JCrew Factory; belt bag- Amazon

Elevate an athleisure look to sporty chic with a quarter zip sweater and skort.

The skort, or “skirt-shorts”, is a modern mix of the best of both worlds – allowing you to wear something cute and feminine, without compromising on practicality. The skort is universally flattering, making it a popular choice for every age. And when paired with a quarter zip sweater, you have a fashionable and put-together look without having to spend hours getting ready. 

Add sneakers and accessorize with a belt bag.

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4 Classic look with straight leg jeans

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Boots- Amazon; jeans- Gap

My favorite way to wear a quarter zip sweater is with straight-leg jeans. Grab a cropped pair and show off some cute ankle boots. The dark blues of the sweater and the light wash jeans are a great way to wear contrasting colors and create interest in your outfit.

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5 Preppy Outfit with Jeans and Loafers

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Jeans- Wit and Wisdom; loafers- Nordstrom

If your style is preppy, one of the best ways to wear a quarter zip sweater is with straight leg jeans and loafers. Even better, pair it with relaxed fit girlfriend or boyfriend jeans and loafers. Play up the preppy vibes with accessories like a structured leather tote bag and finish it off with a pair of pear studs like the ones I chose here.

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6 Quarter Zip Sweater Over a Button Up Shirt

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Button up shirt- JCrew Factory; loafers- Target

Wear a quarter zip sweater over a button up for a classic outfit. Add some interest by choosing a patterned shirt like this striped button up or a gingham button up. This outfit has both classic and preppy vibes with the loafers. Make it sporty with sneakers or androgynous with lace up oxfords. Shoes are a great way to express your style and change the vibe of an outfit.

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7 With White Jeans

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Jeans- Gap; scarf- similar; shoes- Sam Edelman

Create the perfect spring outfit by pairing a quarter zip sweater with white jeans and ballet flats. Get in two trends in one with ballet flats in a trending color like powder blue. This pastel color is perfect for spring. Add a little french minimalist flair with a neck scarf. A small square scarf works perfectly inside the open top of the sweater.

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8 With a Chambray Shirt and Cargo Pants

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Shirt- similar; pants- Walmart

Another great layer to wear with your quarter zip sweater is a chambray shirt. Don’t have a chambray shirt? Wear a solid blue button up or even a plain white shirt. Pair this combo with cargo pants for an on trend look for spring.

Cargo pants are also another trendy item. This is another great look that can work for several style personalities. This outfit is finished with loafers for classic or preppy vibes.

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9 Quarter Zip Sweater with Jeans and Turtleneck

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Jeans- Gap; mockneck – Land’s End; boots- Mia

Another classic way to wear a quarter zip sweater is layered over a turtleneck. A thin turtleneck sweater makes a great base layer for winter outfit. This outfit features a knit mockneck top but the vibes are the same. Ecru jeans are still trending. Paired with light colored chelsea boots, this makes a great winter to spring transitional outfit.

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With so many ways to style it, the quarter zip sweater is the perfect layering piece to keep your wardrobe looking fresh while staying comfortable. Mix it with other casual pieces or reach for a quarter zip pullover in place of a cable knit sweater. The zipper detail and popped color add a little something the cable knit sweater lacks. You can create lots of attractive outfits with a quarter zip sweater.

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