stylish hoodies for guys

Before it took over the runways of the world, the modern iteration of the hoodie came from relatively humble beginnings. In the 1930s, Champion, then known as Knickerbocker Knitting Company, began producing sweatshirts in a thicker material with hoods to protect athletes and men in the workforce who had to cope with chilly environments. Its purpose was purely practical. At the same time, the brand started reaching out to high schools across America, offering merch for sports teams. It gained steam with the kids, and the hoodie took on some personality. By the ’70s and ’80s, the style was adopted by counterculture groups, from hip-hop artists to punk rockers to skaters. The hoodie accrued a rep, becoming an integral part of their MO.

Today, the humble hooded sweatshirt ain’t all that, well, humble. It not only packs personality—available in every conceivable color, fabric, size, and print—it also has gone mainstream. In fact, there was a period not too long ago when finding one was sort of tough. In the ’90s and early aughts, unless you went to a sporting goods retailer or shopped at a college store, or didn’t mind a large Gap or Nike logo emblazoned on the front, hoodies just weren’t readily available—at least by today’s standards. A lot has changed since then, especially with what is deemed respectable enough to wear out and about. And with the rise of normcore, as well as luxury streetwear, the hoodie, which has long had dominion over those categories, conquered the market entirely. It is the champ, walking down almost every runway with no worthy challengers.

Indeed, you can buy a hoodie for $30 or $3,000, and at every price in between. From breathable, workout-oriented options done up in the best technical fabrics to beefy, ultra-comfortable takes for serious lounging to ones that are office-ready, there’s a hoodie out there for everyone. In other words: It’s the hoodie’s world, and we’re all living in it. The sooner you reconcile yourself to that reality, the sooner you can move on and cop as many hoodies as you possibly can.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWPullover EcoSmart Hoodie

HANES$14 AT AMAZON

A fantastic color, a perfect-for-right-now fit, and a price that’s almost impossible to beat.Fleece Hoodie

GILDAN$14 AT AMAZON

The brand behind the blanks for most of your favorite concert tees also happens to make a damn-fine hoodie at a price that’ll let you stock up.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWModern Fit Eco-Fleece Hoodie

ALTERNATIVE APPAREL$20 AT MEN’S WEARHOUSE

A subtle shade of brick red (the brand calls it “currant”) from the folks at Alternative Apparel, who specialize in super-soft fleece in all its forms. ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWLightweight French Terry Hoodie

AMAZON ESSENTIALS$28 AT AMAZON

Oatmeal: good for breakfast, great for hoodies.Powerblend Fleece Hoodie

CHAMPION$30 AT AMAZON

Champion remains the, well, champion of cranking out super-solid hooded sweatshirts. ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWPullover Fleece Hoodie

GOODTHREADS$31 AT AMAZON

Everyone loves a good burgundy, whether it’s poured from a bottle or pulled over your head.Sweat Pullover Hoodie

UNIQLO$40 AT UNIQLO

Uniqlo’s collection of basics is not only foolproof, but affordable. Its cotton hoodies, which come in a slew of colors, are the perfect top layer come fall. As far as which hue to pick, it’s worth saying that the cream always rises to the top. ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWhttps://9493e8f64310ed7aa76449a9d047e8cb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlMidweight Hoodie

CARHARTT$40 AT AMAZON

Pro tip: Carhartt makes a hoodie more durable than almost any of its designer counterparts, and at a fraction of the price. If you’re looking for a solid option that’ll stand up to pretty much everything you throw at it, start here. French Terry Hoodie

GAPSHOP AT GAP

$59.95 $50.00 (17% off)

The Gap, too, doesn’t mis when it comes to hoodies, especially this season with the slew of colorful terry options it has on offer. ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWhttps://9493e8f64310ed7aa76449a9d047e8cb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlVintage Wash Tie Dye Pullover

WELLEN$57 AT HUCKBERRY

Tie-dye is a thingJason Sudeikis demonstrated that pretty visibly a few months ago. It’s also a style that is both old and now. And Wellen is demonstrating that pretty visibly with this vintage-wash hoodie. French Terry Hoodie

J.CREWSHOP AT J CREW

$89.50 $54.50 (34% off)

As classic as they come, courtesy of the Crew.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWPopover Hoodie

NIKE$55 AT END CLOTHING

A crispy white hoodie? A crispy white hoodie! Reverse Weave Hoodie

CHAMPION$57 AT AMAZON

Champion’s Powerblend fleece—the stuff you saw earlier on this list—is wonderfully soft, but if you’re into the heavy-duty stuff, this Reverse Weave option is the way to go.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWhttps://9493e8f64310ed7aa76449a9d047e8cb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlHeavy Fleece Hoodie

LOS ANGELES APPAREL$65 AT LOSANGELESAPPAREL.NET

A hefty 14 oz. fleece zip-up crafted in L.A. for decidedly East Coast conditions. The Track Hoodie

EVERLANE$68 AT EVERLANE

When it comes to well-made wardrobe staples, Everlane, once again, has you covered.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWAll Day Hoodie

OUTDOOR VOICES$88 AT OUTDOOR VOICES

Outdoor Voices’ beloved CloudKnit fabric will make this the softest and most lightweight hoodie in your wardrobe. ‘State of Mind’ Graphic Hoodie

NOON GOONS$89 AT NORDSTROM

Get your head right with Noon Goons.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWCity Sweat Pullover Hoodie French Terry

LULULEMON$118 AT LULULEMON

The sleek, aerodynamic layer you’ll want to keep on long after you’ve cooled down.Stripes Cotton Graphic Hoodie

ICECREAM$135 AT NORDSTROM

A tiger may not be able to change his stripes, but it turns out Icecream’s beloved Running Dog logo can, and the result looks damn good.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOWGym Hoodie

It’s called a Gym Hoodie, yes, but this pullover from burgeoning designer Darryl Brown is best to wear out and about. It’ll definitely win you some fashion cred. 
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Butterfly Graphic Hoodie



CARROTS BY ANWAR CARROTS X FELT
$160 AT NORDSTROM
Carrots and butterflies, together in one hoodie. It’s like a garden party without all the awkward small talk.
Shadazz Print Graphic Hoodie



BROWNSTONE
$168 AT NORDSTROM
A rhapsody in blue. Gershwin would have definitely copped. 
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Embroidered Logo Hoodie



DAILY PAPER
$171 AT FARFETCH
A sorbet-colored hoodie from the cool, sweet folks at Daily Paper. 
Embroidered Heart Cotton Hoodie



COMME DES GARÇONS PLAY
$272 AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
With this Comme des Garçons Play hoodie, you will always wear your heart on your, well, heart. 

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Pistou Embroidered Cotton-Jersey Hooded Sweatshirt



JACQUEMUS
$305 AT MATCHES FASHION
Followers of Jacquemus’s Instagram account know very well that the real star of the whole shebang in the designer’s dog, Toutou. Now, fans of the brand and canine lovers alike can have a hoodie that is truly a hot dog. 
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Reconstructed Hoodie


JOHN ELLIOTT
$348 AT NORDSTROM
It’s impossible to discuss the state of the hoodie today without talking about what John Elliott did for the style back in the 2010s. It’s only fitting, then, that his 2021 take should get a little meta, reconstructing the style with mismatched seams and washed-down panels. 
Garment Dye Cotton Hoodie



NICHOLAS DALEY
$410 AT NORDSTROM
Marble looks nice on a countertop, but as materials master Nicholas Daley proves, it looks even better on a hoodie.
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Quiet Riot Hoodie



MARTINE ROSE
$446 AT FARFETCH
A hoodie with a name the perfectly reflects the designs of the wondrous Martine Rose.  
Logo-Embroidered Printed Cotton-Jersey Hoodie



JW ANDERSON
$490 AT MR PORTER
Isn’t this JW Anderson hoodie just peachy? 
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Rubber Arrow Slim Hoodie



OFF-WHITE
$685 AT NORDSTROM
Virgil Abloh and co. deliver a logo-heavy riff on the hoodie that’s sure to please longtime fans and new converts in equal measure.  
Monarch Logo Cotton Hoodie


FEAR OF GOD
$695 AT NORDSTROM
When it comes to super-elevated sweats, it’s tough to beat Jerry Lorenzo and the team at Fear of God. This hoodie is appropriately kingly, considering the “Monarch” moniker. 
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Slim-Fit Striped Loopback Cotton-Jersey Zip-Up Hoodie



THOM BROWNE
$780 AT MR PORTER
Thom Browne, the modern-day master of shrunken suiting, also happens to make a bestselling hoodie—cut from Japanese cotton, of course. 
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Jumbo Uneven Dye Pullover Hoodie



VISVIM
$800 AT NORDSTROM
Like the vintage gem you’d normally have to fork over top dollar to buy, but already washed to perfection so you can skip the part where you flip through musty rack after musty rack to find it. (Unfortunately, you’re still going to have to fork over that top dollar. It’s Visvim, man.) 
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Political Campaign Hoodie



BALENCIAGA
$895 AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Suffice it to say, the world isn’t as divisive as it was last year. But when Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia debuted the Political Campaign hoodie, we were in the midst of the U.S. presidential election; he hit the nail on the head with an item that reflected the zeitgeist. It became a runway hit, so much so that the designer has introduced new colorways, sans overt political associations. 
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Cotton Sweatshirt



GUCCI
$1,680 AT GUCCI
Father, son, and house of Gucci.”
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BESPOKE POST X ESQUIRE
$75 AT BESPOKE POST
A curated collection of stuff you actually want, courtesy of Bespoke Post and the team here at Esquire.

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