It’s a new year but quarantining feels like old news by now since it’s almost going to be a year that we’ve been home rocking la sala looks. Sweats, lounge wear, and pajamas do double duty as part of our daily routine acting as both home and “office” wear. The fact is we want to feel comfortable yet stylish, like we are being hugged by our fashion cause let’s face it, comfort is key for our physical and emotional health these days.
So while we may not be seeing friends or colleagues, wearing something cozy and stylish that also represents our Latinidad from a Latinx-owned brand is still essential for many of us. We still have a lot to say, and won’t let a pandemic stop us from saying it. So, sweatshirts with loud and proud messages are still on the wish list, and we also included a few simple staple sweatshirts to round out the list. To get you looking fly for 2021 here are 10 sweaters and sweatshirts from Latinx-owned brands that you’ll want to drop into your online shopping cart asap.
Cuyana Cashmere Asymmetrical Turtleneck Sweater
Comfortable fashion can be very luxurious, especially when it’s made up of sumptuous cashmere. Cuyana is giving us an elevated stay-at-home wardrobe with easy to mix and match pieces, such as this slouchy, asymmetrical turtleneck, available in beige, charcoal, and black. You’ll want to wear this with leggings, joggers, or knit pants now, and some cool jeans and dressier pants, later.
Available at cuyana.com, $225
Peralta Project “Se Habla Spanglish” Sweatshirt
We are always here for sweatshirts that let the world know that we are Latinx and we love our culture(s). New York-based Peralta Project always has a steady rotation of Latinx sweatshirts we want to wear cause they’re loud, proud, AND comfy.This one feels especially relevant when a majority of us are most fluent in Spanglish.
Available at peraltaproject.com, $45
Viva La Bonita “Bonita” Sweatshirt
During quarantine we’ve all put less effort into our looks because why bother? But feeling bonita is always good no matter where you are and, like the brand name suggests, Viva La Bonita is all about uplifting all bonitas. Viva La Bonita loves to uplift us with feel-good and empowering messages, often emblazoned on a fly sweatshirt. This “bonita” crewneck balances both feminine and chola-inspired tough, while reminding us to stay pretty and cozy.
Available at vivalabonita.com, $37
GRL Collective “I’m With Them” Sweatshirt
One good thing about 2021 is that we are seeing bad gente leave the government, and the people we need to lead entering and dominating.There’s also our ever-inspiring Squad of AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley holding things down and fighting for change. This GRL Collective sweatshirt lets everyone know that you are with the them, and that “caring is cool.”
Available at grlcollective.com, $88
ESCVDO Mela Sweater
Cutouts, knitwear, and exposed backs are three major trends for 2021, and this chic sweater, from ESCVDO, combines the three beautifully. It comes in classic black, and ivory, as well as a fun pop of color, in the form of electric blue (we think the Mela sweater looks especially sharp in black).
Available at escvdo.com, $242
Jen Zeano Designs “Homebody” Sweatshirt
Whether we like it or not (and many of us do), the most responsible thing we can be doing right now is to stay home. The Latina/queer-owned brand is centered on uplifting Latinx culture and sells several comfy sweatshirts with a message including “Latina Magic” and “manifest cosas chingonas”. Celebrate estar en casa with their “homebody” sweatshirt, which comes in a unisex fit, and in the prettiest shade of soft emerald green.
Available at jenzeanodesigns.com, $56
Cultured Kinfolk “Proud Afro Latina” Sweatshirt
You’re a proud Afro-Latina, so why not let everyone else know it, without having to say a word? Cultured Kinfolk delivers the message, via a comfy 50 percent cotton sweatshirt with big, bold letters. Added bonus? The label is sewn-in, for added comfort without the tag.
Available at etsy.com, $32
Camila Coelho Trista Oversized Cardigan
“Tis the season for a cozy, oversized cardigan for those days when it’s cool but not too cold. Camila Coelho made one that looks super comfy, as well as super stylish. It comes in a neutral-yet-fashionable olive green, that will go nicely over so many tees, tanks, and blouses and slouchy sleeves with large buttons maximizing both ease and comfort.
Available at revolve.com, $178
Alejandra Xclusive Reina Virgencita Sweatshirt
We can always use protection from La Virgen especially following the crazy year that was 2020. Alejandra Xclusive created this sweatshirt, emblazoned with La Virgen de Guadalupe, and the words, “Neither crown nor kings. She doesn’t need anything to be a queen.” The crewneck is available in dark heather grey, as well as black, heather sport navy, Carolina blue, heather green, heather maroon, and light pink so you’re bound to find it in your favorite color.
Available at etsy.com, $30
QueenRosaShop “Ama Enseña Inspira” Sweatshirt
At the start of the year there’s a focus on new beginnings and wanting to feel inspired, and motivated to be a better you, and help make the world a better place. What better way to empower yourself, and share this message than by wearing this “love, teach, inspire” sweatshirt, by QueenRosaShop?
Available at etsy.com, $27-$35.31