Confession time: I basically live in hoodies these days and, as a result, I’ve discovered some of the best hoodie brands on the market. Naysayers will argue that at the end of the day, they’re all the same and I admittedly used to think that way — until I discovered otherwise.
There are a few different things to consider when shopping for hoodies. The material used and the weight of the design are among the first things to check when starting the search. How does it feel against your skin? The answer should always be soft and substantial enough to last against multiple wears. “Whether it’s a graphic or a minimalistic piece, quality should always be first,” Victor James, co-founder of the Brooklyn-based brand, explains. “A nice French terry or heavy cotton hoodie can go a long way”. (Pro tip: Styles made from 100% cotton will last for seasons to come.)
If you’re not sure where to begin your hunt for the perfect hoodie, I’ve cherry-picked some of what I consider the best hoodie brands to help you out.
Best Fleece-Lined Hoodie: Richer Poorer
It’s no secret that Richer Poorer makes some pretty comfy loungewear and intimates (you might have heard of the brand’s women’s boxer brief shorts). As expected, the hoodies are just as good. This one is made from a cotton and recycled-polyester blend with a plush fleece lining that makes you feel like a shearling blanket is wrapped around your full body. Need I say more?
Best Hoodie For Lounging: Lou & Grey
Fans of practical clothing brand The Loft will love its cozy little-sister, Lou & Grey, just as much. Its super-soft sweatshirt is made from an organic cotton and recycled polyester blend. The result is a plush feel that’s ideal for lazy days spent lounging around the house. If you’re in the market for a comfortable hoodie that you can take naps in or just chill, call off the search — the fleece-back jersey style is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Best Hoodie For Layering: Los Angeles Apparel
On those winter days when we want to skip the coat, we have to find warmth elsewhere. Los Angeles Apparel’s heavy-fleece pullover will keep you warm even when you leave your winter outerwear at home. Just pair it with second-skin thermals, a quilted vest, or even a blazer, for a strategically layered look that’s as practical as it is trendy.
Heavy Fleece Pullover Sweatshirt
Best Zip-Up Hoodie: Brooklinen
That’s right, Brooklinen has much more on offer than its highly-praised collection of sheets and bedding. The DTC (direct-to-consumer) brand also dabbles in other homeware and apparel realm. Among some of its best-selling clothing is the Montague zip-up hoodie, which features a fitted shape and concealed front fastenings. Aesthetics aside, its impeccable quality mirrors that of its bed linen – as it’s made from a sturdy cotton, modal, and spandex jersey blend for added flexibility.
Best Everyday Hoodie: Talentless
Anyone that knows me knows that I am such a fan of Scott Disick’s brand. I have been impressed with the quality and overall feel of the sweats since day one. The hoodies, in particular, are made from a sturdy heavyweight cotton fabric. The cozy fit will definitely add a little bit of comfort to your day-to-day looks without being completely off-duty. Also, the YEEZY-inspired colorways will work just as well into your wardrobe as the cheekier pieces with the media star’s catchy phrases across the back.
Hoodie That’s Worth The Splurge: Stone Island
If there’s no way you could imagine spending a few hundred dollars on a hooded sweatshirt, it’s likely you haven’t come across Stone Island. For starters, this luxe hoodie is made from 100% French terry-cotton material that’s been garment-dyed so it doesn’t lose its vibrant appearance after multiple washes and wears. Not to mention, the hoodie’s quality stitching and flexible rib-knit trims give the posh wardrobe staple a sportier feel.
Stone Island Grey Garment-Dyed Hoodie
Best Soft Hoodie: Woodley + Lowe
If you aren’t familiar with Woodley + Lowe, now is the time to get acquainted. The loungewear brand takes pride in its collections of ultra-cozy loungewear staples, which include slouchy hooded sweatshirt.s One of the only styles to be just as cozy on the outside as it is when you put it on, the Crush design is easily one of the softest athleisure finds.
Best Quality Hoodie: TIER
The TIER team has put ample time and thought into making the perfect hoodie and it shows. “When we launched TIER in 2014, we were still learning and navigating this industry, honing in on our brand’s identity,” James explains over email. “As we grew, we began to construct what is now our monochromatic TIÉR hoodies. Within the past year and moving forward we have done research to make our clothing more sustainable. We currently use an eco-friendly pigment dye for our hoodies on superior French terry cotton.”
Best Sustainable Hoodie: Pangaia
Made from 100% organic cotton, Pangaia’s hoodies are designed to have a worn-in feel with discreet side pouch pockets and a loose-fitting hem. To put it short, you’ll basically want to live in these. The sturdy sweats come in an assortment of colors, all of which are the product of the brand’s environmentally friendly dye and recycled-water system. I can unapologetically say I have worn this hoodie every day for weeks.
Organic Cotton Loose Hoodie
Best Dressy Hoodie: Twenty Montreal
The term “dressy hoodie” may seem like an oxymoron but, over the last decade, the activewear staple has worked its way into our everyday wardrobes. As someone who describes their style as sporty-chic, I think Twenty Montreal makes the best elevated hooded sweatshirts. The athlete-approved brand, founded by David Helwani, makes hoodies that be easily layered under a blazer or worn by themselves with leggings. Talk about true styling power.
Breathe Mesh Color Block Hoodie
Best Relaxed-Fit Hoodie: Frankie’s Bikinis
Chances are you’re more than familiar with Frankie’s Bikinis collection of influencer-approved swimwear. Beloved by celebs like Sofia Richie and EmRata, the brand’s venture into athleisure makes sense. Available in three candy-inspired colors (Rosewood pink, Lilac, and Pacific blue), they’re cut for a relaxed fit that’s loose, but not oversized, so you can still use it to layer with ease.
Best Terry Hoodie: Reigning Champ
Reigning Champ’s midweight terry hoodie is defined by its smooth, flat-locked seams and what it describes as an “exceptionally comfortable fit.” From my experience, I can say the brand is not wrong. This hoodie has a fresh and generous silhouette that’s super relaxed but not as saggy as more traditional full-zip hoodies. Also, it’s worth noting that the sleeves have a draped raglan shape that creates unintentionally-chic proportions, meaning it’d look just as good with leggings or denims.
Midweight Terry Relaxed Full Zip Sweatshirt
Best Cropped Hoodie: Cotton Citizen
When it comes to shopping for a cropped hoodie, getting the hem to fall exactly where you want it to can be tough. The secret is knowing your body type. You know, whether you have a short or long torso. Cotton Citizen’s Brooklyn style offers the midriff-bearing fit that looks great on everyone. Its 100% cotton material has a sturdy terry finish that will withstand typical wear and tear.
Best Activewear Hoodie: Live the Process
Live the Process makes ultra-luxe activewear that is as comfortable as it is functional. When it comes to looking for a hoodie that offers the best of both worlds — style and performance — the brand’s oversized design is a great choice. Its fleece-like material is also super easy to take care of, just throw it in the washer and go.
Best Cashmere-(Blend) Hoodie: Summersalt
From the affordable price to the quality feel, Summersalt’s cashmere-blend hoodie is the ultimate find. This drawstring sweatshirt has an overall sporty feel with a luxury twist. It’s a great alternative for more casual days. It comes in your pick of neutral and vibrant two-tone colorways, so it will go with a range of looks in your closet.
The Coziest Cashmere-Blend Hoodie
Best Affordable Hoodie: Brandy Melville
Available in both oversized and standard fits, Brandy Melville’s zip-up hoodie will give you the same vibe as any other of the brand’s affordable ‘90s-inspired pieces. It has a drawstring hood and white-piped trims that will add a sporty feel to your look — whether you decide to style it layered under a leather motorcycle jacket, with a blazer for a more polished finish, or solo with jeans and sneakers.
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