The Pullover Hoodie Spectrum


The modern day hoodie was first produced in the US by Champion in the 1930s. It was ideal for manual laborers in upstate New York, who often worked in frigid temperatures.

The hooded sweatshirt is something of a modern day staple of American style. Perhaps you wore one as a teenager on the varsity team or a baggier version during your days as a casual rap fan. Maybe even on the skinnier side during your indie rock days in college. This season, we're seeing a lot of great pullover hoodies on the market. Sure, they're a little less convenient than the versions with a zipper, but if the fit is trim at the sides and armholes, they're a really versatile layering piece. We like tossing one over a rumpled oxford shirt and throwing a denim jacket or down vest over it. They're ideal for transitional weather, or for trips to and from the gym. Here are a few of our favorites:

Alternative Apparel, $25

Made from a breathable eco-friendly natural fleece alternative, these lightweight hoodies are perfect for warmer weather.

J.Crew, $80

Knit like a sweater, this slubby cotton version has a ribbed kangaroo pocket for a different take on the silhouette.

A.P.C., $195

The French masters of minimalism combine a trim fit with throwback details and low-key branding.


American Giant, $69

Made from 14.8 oz fleece, these are inspired by old collegiate sweats and the ribbed sides help retain the shape.

Club Monaco, $90

Club Monaco renders the style in a comfortable French terry in a nice heathered blue and an updated slim fit.

Band of Outsiders, $400

Scott Sternberg combines lightweight jersey with a front patch pocket, wooden toggles and cinched sleeves.


Published on

March 27, 2012

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