Un-simply put, a hoodie is a genius mid-layer, a trusty ally, a form of self-expression. And like a good pair of jeans, it gets better with every wear. In fact, the two together are one of the all-time classic clothing combos, like t-shirts and jeans, Trucker Jackets and jeans, leather jackets and … well, you get the idea.
Though in the past, this humble item of clothing — practical, warm and comfortable — was considered casual sportswear, it has recently achieved the status of Necessary Everyday Staple.
Fit matters — too big and you won’t be able to layer without bunching. Your hoodie’s shoulders should be snug. Sides should be fitted. You want your hem to fall no lower than mid-fly, with your cuffs resting at the base of your wrists.
The classic hoodie is made of cotton jersey. A great everyday hoodie is either 100% cotton, or at least 85% cotton with polyester added for durability, washability, wrinkle-and-stain-resistance and color fastness. It can be double-face jersey (smooth on both sides) or fleece-back (fluffy inside) or French terry a.k.a. loopback cotton (the inside feels like a beach towel). It’s breathable and cozy. Ours are even moisture wicking.
Our new hoodies are made of garment-dyed 100% cotton, which means that each hoodie is dyed after it’s been sewn, not made with pre-dyed fabric. This gives each a coveted sun-bleached look and unique coloration — your hoodie is yours alone.
It seems like a no-brainer, but there are rules.
- For a gentlemanly look with a bit of attitude, mix your hoodie with tailored menswear — say a herringbone overcoat. The contrast says: I know the rules, but they don’t rule me.
- For a streetwear refresh, pair a bright hoodie with a Trucker Jacket and camo pants. Or go denim-on-denim but, again, pop the hoodie. If that all seems like too much work, here’s an idea: wear a jacket with a hoodie built right in.
We make hoodies for women too.