It’s difficult to think of any one item of clothing that has had quite as colourful a history as the humble hoodie.Today, the hoodie is enjoying a golden era of acceptance. Just as with Elvis, denim jeans, electronic music and all other aspects of youth culture that initially made grown-ups nervous, everyone has now calmed down and said a collective, “You know what? Maybe a sweatshirt with a hood on the back isn’t inherently evil after all.” Read ahead for our top tips on finding the perfect hoodie.
They don’t come in skinny fit, but if you want to wear a hoodie under a regular-fit denim jacket, look for one that’s relatively form-fitting. Otherwise, go maxi with an oversized hoodie that nods to the street culture that made it cool in the first place.
Fleece back or loopback cotton are the most likely options you’ll find at the shop and they’re ideal because they’re comfortable, hard-wearing and easily washed. Higher-end brands will also experiment with fabrics like merino or even cashmere if you want to loaf in luxury.
As ever, grey, navy and black are the no-brainers that will get the most wear, but consider khaki, off-white or brownish tones for alternative neutrals. If you want to make a statement, bold reds and yellows will do the job, although a mint green or purple gives you a more subtle way to stand out.
It sounds like a contradiction in terms but ever since sportswear and loungewear got the high-fashion seal of approval, hoodies have become appropriate for smarter dress codes. We’re not talking dinner at the Ritz, more like dress-down Friday’s done in style and comfort. Stick to neutral colours and you’ll find a hoodie looks great over tailored trousers or under an overcoat.