Nothing embodies a “don’t sweat it” swagger like an easy-wearing hoodie. Created in the 1930s by athletic brand Champion, the hoodie spent its first few decades mostly relegated to chilly warehouses and fish markets, where workers needed a loose-fitting sweater with a fabric hood (instead of a hat) to beat the frigid temperatures of their workplaces. As with many other menswear staples with utilitarian origins, hoodies have evolved into a common men’s wardrobe piece. They’re the ultimate high-low garment, seen everywhere from high-fashion events on the runway to the bleachers at high school football games.
Anatomy of a Hoodie
What makes a hoodie a hoodie? Simply put, it’s a long-sleeve sweatshirt with an attached hood. From there, a hoodie can take on different forms (though we’ll stop short of calling a hooded bathrobe a hoodie). Hoodies can zip up at the front, but they’re usually designed as a pullover, often with a front kangaroo pocket for warming your hands. Do a quick search for hoodies, and you’ll find them in every fabric imaginable: warm cotton fleece, sweat-wicking polyester blends, sumptuous baby alpaca, and even supple lambskin leather.
How to Style a Hoodie
How should you style a hoodie to not look like a slob with a Sunday morning hangover? As with any other garment, fit is key. Avoid buying a hoodie that’s so oversized it hangs below your butt or bunches up in the sleeves. Another tip to dressing up a hoodie is choosing a finer fabric like cashmere or wool. These fabrics look effortlessly cool while also keeping you more toasty than your worn-out cotton sweats.
Lastly, consider layering a jacket over your hoodie. Depending on the time of year, a sophisticated knee-length topcoat, vintage denim jacket, or leather moto will give your hoodie look a serious boost. Pair that with suede Chelseas or leather military boots, and you’re good to go.
Ready to shop? Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite hoodies of the season.
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The Best Men’s Hoodies of 2023
Handcrafted in Vancouver, BC, Reigning Champ’s signature pullover hoodie is cut to an athletic fit and offers a more structured, durable take on the genre thanks to details like a rib-lined hood, flatlock seams, ribbed cuffs and hem, and a rib-bound front pocket.
Wear your wanderlust on your sleeve—er, back—with Mountain Hardware’s cotton hoodie, which has images from Utah’s Mighty Five national parks (Zion, Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef) printed on the back in PVC-free, water-based ink.
Want to stand out from the crowd? This luxe hoodie from French label Ami Paris is worth the splurge. Designer Alexandre Mattiusi uses a loopback organic cotton fleece that lends high-quality heft to an otherwise simple sweater.
Menswear designer Todd Snyder puts a modern spin on this vintage classic with antique brass zippers and a slightly slimmer silhouette. Made from soft reverse-weave terry fabric cut on the cross-grain for exceptional softness, the breathable hoodie also features a slew of thoughtful touches like flexible side seam panels, ribbed finishings, and dual hand-warmer pockets.
Dyed in eight bold colorways, Jacquemus’ Le Sweatshirt is a classic-fit pullover drawstring hoodie that’s kicked up a notch with subtle fashion-forward details like engraved cubic metallic tips and the boutique brand’s logo emblazoned at the chest in white.
In place of a drawcord to guard against chilly air, Merely Made’s cotton-fleece hoodie fastens with a pair of snap buttons under the neck. It’s also garment-washed for a lived-in feel.
Step up your hoodie game with Luca Faloni’s 100-percent cashmere version, which is knitted with heritage yarns in the hills of northern Italy. Thanks to a slightly fitted shape, this henley-adjacent hoodie sweater is ideal for layering underneath a wool blazer or overcoat.
“California cool” is more than a state of mind when you’re sporting John Elliott’s made-in-L.A. beach hoodie. Custom-knit French terry fabric gives this hoodie a plush, towel-like feel, and it’s available in a wide range of eye-catching hues.
Take on brisk morning workouts with Ten Thousand’s stretchy midweight zip-up hoodie. Optimized for mobility, the brand’s “three-season staple” is chock-full of tech features including a silver ion odor-resistant treatment, anti-chafe flatlock seams, and a proprietary pocket system that keeps items secure.
Brushed cotton jersey fabric lends a soft, fleece-like feel to this midweight pullover hoodie from Carhartt WIP. It’s available in black, navy, green, and white, and all colorways have the Carhartt logo embroidered at the chest.
Nike’s snug cotton-polyester jersey pullover is a swift solution for those spur-of-the-moment grocery dashes and errand marathons. With a fleece lining hugging you from the inside and a punk-inspired logo on the outside, it delivers a comfy fit and a dose of punk-inspired style as you’re crossing off your to-do list.
Fine French terry makes this hoodie as comfy as a cloud, and it’s also as tough as they come (you can thank the reinforced elbows for that). Grosgrain tape details at the side seams add a subtly sophisticated flourish that elevates this above your typical gym wear.
The organic cotton Helix sweatshirt from resortwear label Orlebar Brown is a winner for relaxed weekends at the lakehouse or by the beach. Its roomy shape and zip-up design promise a comfortable fit, while the solid off-white makes it easy to layer with pretty much any colored garment in your wardrobe.
Available in more than a dozen colorways, this Norse Projects hoodie will be your trusted ally in crafting a timeless wardrobe. The brand’s design principles of longevity and versatility come alive in this hoodie’s high-quality cotton-jersey fabric and loopback interior, which ensures breathability and softness that’ll survive many wash cycles.
Evoking the nostalgia of vintage athletics, this indigo-dyed hoodie is a sartorial home run. It’s meticulously crafted from a soft loopback cotton jersey fabric, has roomy raglan sleeves, and features curved cuffs inspired by old-school baseball uniforms. The streamlined, unbranded look sets it apart in a logo-saturated world.
Established in N.Y.C. by a husband-and-wife duo, Handvaerk prioritizes sourcing superior raw materials and creating subtly elegant designs for its pared-down essentials, and they exude a quiet luxury. The Varsity Hoodie is a great example. Crafted from organic Peruvian Pima cotton, this hoodie promises a super soft feel—in terms of quality and sustainability, it’s a major step up from your average sweatshirt.
With Beams Plus, the basics are anything but. Born in 1999, the Japanese brand has been breathing new life into the classic American styles that shaped its DNA, and it has curated a rich blend of original, imported, and vintage pieces. Its popular pullover is expertly crafted from loopback cotton jersey fabric, and it comes with stylishly dropped shoulder seams for sleek look.
Taylor Stitch’s organic cotton terry hoodie packages up a refined exterior and a snuggly core. Dual zippers allow you to dial in the fit, and dual hand warmer pockets can accommodate chilly fingers, keys, or a phone. Thick contrast ribbing at the waist and sleeves assists with insulation while giving this hoodie a more elevated look.