Comfort-lovers rejoice. Men’s fashion is now even more relaxed with sportswear looking more like luxury wear and luxury wear kicking back into leisure mode. Nowhere is that more evident than with hoodies.
The humble hoodie is no longer confined to being something you throw on when you get home from work, out on your morning run or to give your girlfriend or bedroom companion as something to remember you by. Instead, it has become its own fully-fledged fashion piece and a staple of any man’s wardrobe.
You don’t necessarily need to spend big money to get yourself a formidable hoodie either, as this round up of the best affordable options around will prove. But first, a little history lesson.
Where The Hoodie Came From
Like most pieces in men’s fashion, the hoodie had humble beginnings. Sportswear label Champion began making sweatshirts in the early 1930s, adding a hood to them to protect athletes and labourers from the elements. Meanwhile, college sporting teams began pining for warmer apparel to wear during winter, which lead to the hoodie becoming adopted by young America during the sixties. Hip-hop culture soon embraced the hoodie and today it’s become a mainstay in the modern male wardrobe with plenty of designs to choose from.
How To Pick A Good Hoodie
While the brand name will likely determine your choice of the hoodie, there are still a number of factors you should be looking out for before you make a purchase. When shopping for your next hoodie, look for quality craftsmanship, a perfect fit – depending on its intended use, you’re going to want to decent movement – and versatility (will it appropriate for transitioning from casual weekender to evening bar). These traits will ensure the hoodie not only looks good but will remain so for years to come.
Naturally, you’ll also want to consider whether you want a pullover or a zip-up style. Zip-up hoodies are naturally easier to take off and put on but can come across far more casual in their design.
How To Wear A Hoodie
The modern hoodie is at home in smart casual circles as it is in the plain casual. These days men can wear hoodies with:
The zip variety, much like a blazer, can be worn open as a quick throw-on layer during cooler summer nights – zipping it halfway can help to accentuate your upper body proportions – or fully zipped up if the temperature decides to really drop. You can wear the zip-through smartly and it’s more versatile. You can take it off without messing up your hair, and unzip once inside if you start to feel warm.
The only rule is to make sure you never go down the double hoodie route; that is, wearing a hooded tee with a hoodie (we’d hope you wouldn’t wear a hooded t-shirt anyway, but we felt we needed to make the point). If you need more tips, check out our comprehensive style guide on how to wear a hoodie.
Hoodie Fitment Rules
As a rule to using hoodies to sharpen up your look, the hoodie should be fitted. Shoulders should be snug, with the sides of the hoodie following the drape of the torso. A billowy body immediately creates a sloppy, weekend dad style. Think comfort and never go for a super tight fit. A nicely fitted hoodie is a far better look for dressing up and dressing down.
Best Hoodie Fabrics
Cotton jersey is the original (and the best). It’s loved by athletes and now urban gents alike. The cotton stops air from penetrating (thus, keeping warm), it absorbs sweat and is breathable when body temperatures warm up underneath. A bit of polyester blended in is fine for added durability but make sure there’s cotton in the mix.