Here’s the problem with the hooded sweatshirt:
Buy a saggy, ill-fitting number and you risk looking like a sad allegory for Silicon Valley, no matter how comfortable you might be.
Don’t be that guy.
Thankfully, there are better, more grown-up options these days, as confirmed by our roundup of great hoodies that run the gamut of styles and prices.
What you’re looking for: a garment that will keep its shape, for starters. Keep in mind that brands today are experimenting with a range of fabrics — fleece, for example, is having a moment — and you’d do well to follow suit.
And generally speaking, we’re in the camp that believes basics are better when there’s minimal branding. So obnoxious logos? Leave ’em for the kids.
Below, you’ll find the hoodies we’ve got our eyes on.
Mission Workshop Bosun Fleece
The SF label takes its most popular silhouette and gives it a streetwear-inspired update. That means fleece. It’s nevertheless a technical wonder, featuring merino wool from New Zealand and four-way stretch panels for extra versatility. Speaking of versatility, check the hood — it’s removable. $265
Northwest Knitting Co. Pullover Hoodie
A heritage brand revived by John Mooty, the man behind Wilson and Willy’s in Minneapolis, Northwest Knitting Co. makes all of its wares in New York’s garment district using a Merino Dual Cloth, a proprietary tri-blend fabric comprised of merino wool on the outside, cotton on the inside and spandex connecting the two, meant to move with you and not lose its shape. $158
Champion Reverse Weave Classic Hoody
A clean hoodie available in countless of colors from a legendary brand that knows American sportswear. If you’re wondering what the reverse bit means, it’s that the fibers are woven upright (instead of horizontal) to minimize shrinkage and loss of shape. $99
And Wander Back Nap Raising Hoodie
Led by Keita Ikeuchi and Mihoko Mori, both formers designers for cult Japanese label Issey Miyake, And Wander is all about bringing Japanese finesse and craftsmanship to technical outdoor gear. Nothing demonstrates that better than this jaunty adventure hoodie that’s quick-drying, UV-resistant and built for mobility. $165
Outerknown Lowtide Hoodie
A beach-friendly hoodie from a world renowned surfer. Go figure. The Lowtide Hoodie features terry toweling fabric weaved into the outside and inside for an unmatched feel. Bonus: a percentage of sales will go directly to the workers who sewed it. $78
Edgevale Fleece Hoody
Hoodies that function well out on the trail but look stylish on the streets are actually hard to find. This number from Edgevale strikes a happy balance. It made from cozy, lightweight Polartec shearling fleece, and cut with room to layer. $224
Velva Sheen Pullover Hoody
Founded in 1932, the Ohio-based brand continues to churn out elevated basics you must wear to understand. This simple hoodie is made from loopback jersey with no-frills details like metal eyelets and flatlock stitching. Best part? It’s still made right here in the U.S. of A. $179