Best comfortable hoodies

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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 BELOWMidweight 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 BELOWVintage 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

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