The best hoodies for men don’t necessarily have to cost you a small fortune. After all, as long as it’s comfortable, fits well, and has a comfortable and spacious hood then it serves its purpose.
Knowing this certainly makes the search for a new one that much easier, and there are plenty of reasons to have a selection of sizes and colours in your wardrobe. After all, the hoodie has found its way into virtually all corners of modern fashion, with everyone from streetwear hipsters to corporate office workers incorporating them into their daily looks. We can’t think of too many other pieces that seamlessly float between leisure and luxury with such ease.
If you want to read up on the history of this humble piece of clothing and how to style one, check out the sections below. But if you just want to know which are the best hoodies for men right now, you can jump ahead.
What we’re looking for…
When it comes to buying a hoodie it’s all about comfort.
Comfort – Weekend hoodie you want more room, whereas performance hoodies are fitted.
Fabrics – Wool, cotton and technical fabrics are what we’re looking for.
Price – Expect to pay more for technical designs and fabrics, cotton hoodies can be cheap.
Rhone is one of our favourite retailers here at DMARGE. The American activewear company perfectly blends its fabric technology with staple designs that can clothe you from head to toe. It also makes Rhone’s clothing suitable for day-to-day wear, as well as in the gym or when exercising, of course.
Rhone’s hoodies are designed with an emphasis on both performance and style incorporating technical fabrics and features to ensure they meet the needs of active individuals while also offering a versatile and fashionable look. Fabrics are lightweight, soft and stretchy and will keep you warm while minimising sweat thanks to moisture-wicking technology.
Their staple hoodie is the Rhone OOO Hoodie which is your everyday soft cotton hoodie for days off the gym or relaxing around the house. If you want something with a bit more weight to it, then try their Tribeca Tech Hoodie that’s double knit for extra comfort.
With professional American surfer Kelly Slater manning the helm of this clothing brand, you can be guaranteed to score immediate cool points. Even better, is that everything Outerknown produces has been meticulously crafted to be as sustainable as possible. This means much of the clothing range is made from recycled materials and workers are employed through Fair Trade USA, ensuring they work in ethical conditions and receive appropriate pay for their hours.
Outerknown’s hoodie range is beach boho through and through. Innovative features such as on-seam pockets and rubberised closures help them stand out from a crowded sea of sweats and with a range of colours to choose from, you’ll do well to stock up.
Their Sur Snap French Knit Hoodie is pure luxury and will keep you snug as a bug in a rug. Otherwise, the Hightide Pullover Hoodie is made from organic cotton and recycled polyester for a very unique and environmentally feel.
The variations in the garment’s dyed fabric also add extra texture to this already cool hoodie.
Reigning Champ is a Canadian clothing brand (2007) that’s doing big things in the premium men’s athleisure space. Made in Vancouver, Reigning Champ’s hoodies feature cotton fabrics in a loopback terry construction, that provides comfort and durability for workouts and lounging. Their ethos is simple… ‘Simplicity is arguably one of the hardest things to master’. That said, they do this very well.
We like the brand because of its attention to detail, design and level of quality.
Reigning Champ hoodies come in pullover and full front zip, making them suitable for athletic activities and everyday wear. If you’re a skinny bloke, then their slim-fit hoodies will look amazing on you. Otherwise, their more natural relaxed heavyweight hoodie will be perfect for the cooler months.
They offer a really solid selection of colours that are contemporary and something you want to be seen in at the gym. Check out the pale pink, it’s a major vibe. Even their British Racing Green hoodie is the bomb.
Everlane is another retailer you should add to your list of reliable clothing sources. Not only does the American brand offer an incredible range of clothing, but it is all made from sustainable materials and in sustainable and ethical means. The retailer also lets you know how the price of each piece has been worked out, including where your money goes. Transparency, people.
Everlane’s ReTrack hoodie is without a doubt one of the nicer-looking hoodies on the market. Relaxed, double-layer hood, kangaroo pouch, premium cotton in relaxed proportions. If you need something lighter, then The Waffle-Knit Hoodie is the one to go for.
Each Everlane hoodie can also be had in a multitude of basic colours (black, grey, beige, etc), meaning you can wear dark, colours to the gym and more vibrant, fun colours on your days off.
Olivers Apparel is a Californian-based brand that was conceived in a small workshop, a handful of fabrics and a clear goal to reimagine the very notion of menswear essentials. Positioning themselves more towards athletic-types, Olivers employs a range of high-end fabrics to deliver an eclectic range of clothing that performs far better than your average high-street retailer.
The current hoodie range comprises solely pullover designs, ideal for retaining warmth when the temperature drops, and are presented in a couple of classic looks that be dressed up or down.
If you’re looking for a relaxed fit then the Olivers Classic Hoodie is the best pick. It’s made from soft and breathable Japanese Supima cotton which is also more durable than your basic cotton.
American sportswear brand Champion is the one we should all be thanking for the hoodie, as it was the first to devise the now-popular piece in the 1930s. Since then, Champion has only worked to improve the quality of the materials and the craftsmanship of its hoodies and still cements itself as one of the go-to brands for a fuss-free, dependable hoodie.
Whether you’re after a zip-up hoodie or a pullover, Champion has you covered, and you’ll find a quite simply huge collection in their online store. You may call us unoriginal, but our favourite has to be the company’s classic reverse-weave hoodie.
Available in essential colours and offering an exceptional fit, Champion’s reverse weave hood resists vertical shrinkage (something not all hoodies can lay claim to) and will last you a lifetime thanks to its double-needle construction.
A true icon, in every way.
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Canadian company Lululemon isn’t just one to turn to for yoga clothing, in fact, the brand not only has an extensive range of activewear but a line of more casual clothing to boot.
That’s not to say the Lululemon hoodies can’t be worn for more active pursuits, as they’re made from breathable fabrics designed to keep your body warm and comfortable, without the build-up of excess sweat, but are designed to look decidedly more laid back.
Flint and Tinder
Flint and Tinder is an American label stocked exclusively by tough, rugged, outdoor gear specialists Huckberry. In this regard, you can trust whatever you buy from the online retailer to have passed some tests to ensure that you only receive the highest-quality items possible.
The company is so confident of the durability of its clothes that it calls its hoodies ’10-year’. This literally does mean Flint and Tinder expects them to last at least 10 years, thanks to a combination of American craftsmanship and tough, weighty fabrics.
British sportswear company Gymshark is one of those brands that makes you question “why didn’t I think of that?”. Its teenager-aged founder has seen exponential growth, thanks to a combination of great-looking and functional clothing and taking advantage of platforms such as Instagram for advertisement. The affordable prices also play their part.
It’s not just shorts and t-shirts for the gym in Gymshark’s clothing range either, as you’ll also find an extensive selection of hoodies too. Materials alternate been light and heavyweight for transitioning between seasons, as well as for use in and out of the gym.
Canadian clothing company Unbound Merino secures all of its Merino wool from ethical farms in Australia. It then uses this to create a premium fabric that serves up the perfect advert for this often-overlooked material.
Merino wool is a perfect partner for hoodies, as it provides plenty of warmth, yet without being too overbearing. It’s breathable too, so you can stay warm whilst also remaining sweat-free.
Better still, it’s naturally odour-resistant, will dry quickly, and exhibits some stretch to allow for full movement. Ideal for the man on the go. The brand’s Compact Travel Hoodie is our favourite hoodie for chucking in your carry-on when it gets chilly onboard a flight. It’s made from 97% Merino wool so it’s warm and breathable.
Direct-to-consumer brand American Giant makes all of its clothes in the United States. While that would normally mean prices would skyrocket, by adopting the D2C approach, American Giant is able to keep its prices firmly in the affordable category.
US-made also means quality can be closely monitored, so you get something that will genuinely last you for years. The hoodie collection includes pullover and zip-up styles, alongside waterproof and lightweight activewear options too.
American clothier J.Crew consistently churns out well-styled staple after well-styled staple. It’s perhaps one of the most inoffensive brands on the market today and one that is always on the hunt for the latest fabrics that combine outright quality at an affordable price point.
The company’s hoodie selection encompasses French terry and slub cotton (cotton with a slightly rough and uneven texture) fabrics, which are used to produce hoodies in a range of colours that can easily be slipped underneath a blazer or worn down with jeans at the weekend.
Founded by twin brothers Mike and Alex, Faherty Brand initially set out to create the perfect board shorts, but once that was quickly out the way, expanded into other areas of clothing. The aesthetic certainly takes on a more surfer hippie vibe, making it the perfect partner for anyone who lives near the coast. The brand places a firm emphasis on sustainability, longevity and comfort.
This is exemplified in the choice of fabrics used for its range of hoodies, which, while may be more akin to something your dad would wear, are made from the likes of cashmere to provide a supersoft feel that you’ll never want to be without.
Carhartt has been in operation since 1889 and has continued to be known for its range of heavy-duty clothing that comfortably fends off many of the nasties Mother Nature provides. It has since become just as much of a streetwear icon, with the ‘Work In Progress’ label being the one that frequently collaborates with some of the biggest names in fashion.
Hoodies encompass a mixture of midweight and heavyweight fabrics, with some even being able to defend against light rain showers. Typically neutral in their colour palette, Carhartt hoodies make great casual pieces that can assist in a time of need.
Italian sportswear label Ellesse was founded in 1959 saw its popularity soar following the release of skiwear in the 1970s, as well its involvement with tennis (the logo resembles a tennis ball and the two smaller red sections are shaped like the tips of skis). Today, Ellesse has also found affinity with youth and streetwear culture, but what has remained is the company’s insistence on prominent branding, combined with soft fabrics, resulting in pieces ideally suited to lounging around, the gym or casual weekend looks.
Los Angeles clothing designer James Perse literally grew up with his fingers in the fashion industry pie. His father owned a boutique in LA, Maxfield, that helped the city become known for its unique style. James designed a new cap for the store which was met with immediate success, and his clothing career was born.
Positioned more towards the higher end of the market, James Perse hoodies are made in the USA or Japan and make use of high quality fabrics that are garment dyed, making them feel personable from the very first wear.
British clothing brand Sunspel has a long history dating back to 1860 when it was founded in Nottingham. The company is often credited with being responsible for introducing boxer shorts to the UK market, bringing them over from the US in 1947. Today the brand’s clothing range is a lot more diverse, but attention to detail and the procurement of high-quality fabrics that will last you a lifetime is as paramount as ever.
Hoodies take on classic and familiar looks, but are made from luxurious French Terry with supersoft linings that make them worth every single cent.
It’s hard to ignore sportwear giant Nike in any field of clothing, such is its popularity and level of penetration within the clothing industry. It is, therefore, no surprise that Nike has a huge range of hoodies to cater to all tastes.
The majority of Nike’s various clothing labels have their own hoodie, whether it be Nike SB, Nike Sportswear or even the highly technical Nike ACG collection.
Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo can be relied upon time and time again to produce clothes that are of an impeccable quality, yet won’t break your bank. The brand has an extensive catalogue covering all menswear essentials, and that includes a solid hoodie offering.
Both zip-up and pullover styles can be had from Uniqlo and in a variety of fits and fabrics. Select hoodies are fashioned from the company’s Dry-EX fabric, which dries stupidly quickly and wicks sweat away from the body.
Polo Ralph Lauren
From the man who used to be a designer at Ralph Lauren to the eponymous brand itself. The Ralph Lauren polo player logo is one of the most recognisable around the world, making it one you’ll want to be seen wearing. And while you may initially think the hoodie range will comprise solely of the common selection of navy, grey and white zipped or pullover options, there are actually a number of more informal pieces with pops of colour just waiting to be snapped up.
Represent has never introduced change for it’s own sake. It has chosen instead, to refine constantly the design of garments. Each development is analysed carefully to ensure that it not only meet’s the brother’s meticulous standards but adds to the luxurious pleasure to be discovered when handling the garment. Their hoodie range features super soft garments made with high-quality fabrics, and are in an oversized fit for a luxury streetwear look.
Talentless stand strongly behind their quality goods that last a lifetime. The brand’s goal from the start has been to constantly implement luxurious, timeless pieces that serve as an effortless addition into men and women’s wardrobes.
Talentless has a huge range of hoodies in both block colours and printed graphics. Made with premium fabrics, Talentless has extremely cool hoodies that’ll last you for years to come.
Founded in 2016, CDLP is a design house of focused, luxury essentials within the categories of underwear, tops, swim, performance, and home. Developed with innovation in Sweden, the line is consciously constructed in Europe using future-orientated materials.
CDLP’s hoodies are designed with a robust, boxy fit, semi-dropped shoulder and tonal embroidered logo. Made of a recycled and organic cotton blend in a loopback knit, these hoodies – available in a few neutral colours – are breathable, durable, and have moisture-wicking properties.
Public Rec, founded in 2015, set out to make comfort look good. They achieved this by releasing a line of athleisure clothing that’s stylish, high quality, tailored, and, above all, comfortable.
Public Rec has a huge range of men’s hoodies, all of which are extremely versatile and can be worn for workouts, running errands, or just chilling at home. Available in multiple colours, all of Public Rec’s hoodies are extremely soft and feature hidden zipper pockets.
PANGAIA is a direct-to-consumer materials science company bringing breakthrough textile innovations and patents into the world through everyday lifestyle products. Every technology the brand work’s with aims to solve an environmental problem of the fashion/apparel & nature industry. The result is sustainably made clothing that’s impeccably high-performing.
PANGAIA has a huge range of responsibly made hoodies that are made with recycled cotton and recycled cashmere. Super soft and warm, these hoodies are available in multiple styles and colours.