Cool Hoodies For Men To Zip Up Every Casual Look

These are the best hoodies for men available...

The humble long sleeve cotton men’s hoodie is a piece that 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.

It’s also with this in mind, that the zip-up hoodie should certainly not be seen as a piece of clothing that you throw on in the comfort of your own home during the evening or one you give to a guest (unless you want to actually get rid of it, because you’ll be unlikely to ever see said hoodie again).

While it’s certainly true that you needn’t spend a huge amount to get yourself a nice hoodie, the more you are able to part with will result in you being able to rock more desirable hoodie brands that will make you the envy of your designer-conscious brethren.

But before we get into the best hoodies for men and the brands who make them.

Origins of the men’s hoodie

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 leads 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 buy the best 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 decent movement – and versatility (will it be 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 right way

The modern hoodie is at home in smart casual circles as it is in 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 the hoodie once inside if you start to feel warm all whilst looking trendy.

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 size & 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), 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.

Men’s Hoodies FAQ

What can I wear with a hoodie?

The appeal of hoodies is in their versatility. They can be worn with casual weekend outfits such as with jeans and a t-shirt, or you can find slim-fit hoodies that look great underneath a blazer and in the office during the week. Both zip-up and pullover style hoodies are appropriate for either scenario, but you will want to stick to natural colours for the office. The weekend is when you can let your personality truly shine through bold colours and prints.

What colour hoodies should I buy?

We feel every man should have a black and a grey hoodie in his wardrobe to cover the basics. From here, you can start looking into other colours that can change with the seasons. Burnt orange and olive colours are perfect for autumn and winter, whereas summer calls for lighter hues such as blues, yellows and even pink.

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