Hoodies are about as American as apple pie.
First invented by the company Champion in the 30‘s as a way to keep workers in New York warm, the coveted hoodie has become a staple piece of clothing for many people around the world.
If you’re looking for a guide on the best hoodies for men, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s lay down some ground work first though.
A hoodie should fit one of two ways: slim fit and hugging the body or loose and baggy. There really isn’t a wrong fit when it comes to hoodies, it all depends on the kind of look and feel you’re going for.
If you’re going for a more relaxed look you would want to opt for a boxy and baggy hoodie. Slim-fit works great for a casual look.
French terry: This is what makes premium hoodies so high quality, soft, and comfortable.
French terry is basically knitted terry cloth that is woven in a certain way (loops) which allows it to be really soft and also absorb large amounts of perspiration.
Usually French terry is either 100% cotton or a blend of cotton and polyester.
Styles of Hoodies
Hoodies come in all different shapes, styles and materials.
Let’s start with the obvious, pullover hoodies vs Zip-up hoodies.
A pullover hoodie is when you literally have to pull the hoodie over your head to wear it and a zip up hoodie simply requires you to put it on and zip it up.
Pullover hoodies are more popular if you’re going for a relaxed, casual look.
Pullover hoodies are also usually more comfortable, and made with thicker, softer material.
Zip-up hoodies can give you a more body hugging fit, which is great if you’re looking for a hoodie that show’s off your physique.
Another advantage of zip-up hoodies is that they’re easier to use for layering. You can easily show off a cool shirt underneath a zipped hoodie.
Zip up hoodies also won’t ruin your hair when you put them on and take them off, which surprisingly is an issue a lot of people have with pull over hoodies.
When it comes to hoodies, the weight of the hoodie can a lot of times indiciate the quality and durability of the hoodie.
If you want a warmer, softer and higher quality hoodie, a lot of times this will mean a heavier hoodie.
Now when I say heavy, I mean heavy as in you can really feel the weight of the hoodie, but it’s not going to be uncomfortable in anway, infact it’s usually the opposite. Heavier hoodies tend to be more comfortable.
Now there are some situations where you want to opt for a lighter, thinner hoodie.
For example, if you’re looking to wear a hoodie in warmer weather, it’s obviously going to be better to opt for a thinner hoodie so you don’t boil inside your hoodie.
Another advantage of thin hoodies is being able to use them as a layering piece in your outfits. If a hoodie is too thick it can be hard to pair it with something like a denim jacket.
Also if you’re looking for a hoodie that shows off your physique, thinner hoodies are also the better choice.
Oversized Hoodies vs Slim Fit Hoodies
The everlasting battle between oversized and slim fits continues in the realm of sweatshirts.
Now it obviously comes down to personal preference what style of hoodie you prefer, but here’s a couple of things you should know.
Oversized clothing is what’s currently trending in 2019, but just because it’s trendy doesn’t mean it’s right for you.
If you have a nice physique for example, a slim fit hoodie works in your favor.
If you’re really skinny, an oversized hoodie can give you a nice contrast.
Take into consideration what kind of vibe are you going for? A relaxed, casual and chill look works better with a relaxed fit / oversized hoodie.
If you’re hitting the town and want to show off a bit, slimfit works in your favor for sure.
Here are a couple of example that will hopefully help you come to a conclusion in what fit you prefer.
Layering With a Hoodie
Hoodies, a lot like sweatpants can work in your favor or work against you in the world of fashion.
If you purposely style around the item and make concious choices, you can make a casual piece like a hoodie or a pair of sweatpants look really really good.
The best way to do this with hoodies is by layering.
Layering with a hoodie is a great way to look good with such a casual piece. Here are a few ways to layer.
Wearing a long tee underneath a baggier and shorter hoodie gives off a really nice stacking / layering look.
Wearing a hoodie underneath a denim jacket gives retro vibes and is super popular right now, it’s a really nice chic look.
Take it to the next level and rock that hoodie underneath an overcoat. The contrast between a dressy item like an overcoat and a casual item like a hoodie makes an amazing look.
Blank Hoodies vs Branded / Designed Hoodies
When it comes to choosing a blank hoodie or a hoodie with design it really comes down to what the focal piece of your outfit is.
If the hoodie is just another piece of your outfit that pulls everything together, you want to opt for a blank hoodie.
If the hoodie is the focal point of your outfit and you really wanna show it off, you probably want to go for either a statement hoodie or a branded hoodie.
For example, a Champion Reverse hoodie, Supreme hoodie, Palace hoodie, Off-White Hoodie makes it obvious you’re flexing the brand and a certain streetwear look.
A statement hoodie can be a hoodie with crazy designs or a unique look to it.
For example a tie-die hoodie can be a great statement piece, just make sure the rest of your outfit is blank and muted so you don’t look too loud
The 7 Best Hoodies For Men
Here is our list of the top hoodies for men. We’ve tried to cover a ton of price ranges and styles.
1. H&M Hoodie
The range of hoodies available at H&M are going to be at the fair price point you usually expect at a fast fashion retailer.
But with that price point also comes less quality; definitely expect a thinner hoodie.
H&M sometimes surprises you though, I’ve had pieces last for years – it’s really hit and miss when it comes to quality control.
One thing you can expect from H&M though that’s a huge advantage is the latest styles, cuts and colors of hoodies.
The Champion line of hoodies are very basic, but the style they specialize in are definitely in trend right now.
If you’re looking for a thicker, softer version of the H&M hoodie, this is perfect.
The hoodie itself gives off the oversized / baggy look which is what’s popular at the moment.
It’s also the perfect lounge hoodie for when you just wanna chill out and be in complete comfort.
Expect a sturdy and warm hoodie, perfect for fall and winter.
The style of the reverse weave hoodie is of course over-sized, and cut a bit shorter with an elastic band at the waist giving that old school 90s retro look.
I am a huge fan of all things Uniqlo – and their hoodies live up to the Uniqlo name.
You can expect a regular fitted, basic hoodie that keeps you warm, is decently thick and is at an amazing price point.
The hoodie has that “Uniqlo quality“, meaning you’re going to be hard pressed doing anything to ruin this hoodie. It can take a beating.
If you’re looking for a high quality, durable hoodie with no thrills this is the one I recommend.
As we all know by now, French terry is the premium material you want if comfort is an attribute you’re looking for in a hooded sweatshirt.
This hoodie by J.Crew has a really cool and uniquely dyed color to it. The fit is casual and relaxed but it’s not sloppy.
Overall, a great looking hoodie that has an awesome aesthetic and a very soft touch to it.
This is a well fitted hoodie by Everlane that’s worth taking a look at if you’re wanting a modern cut hoodie.
It has quite a nice heavy feeling to it, so you know the quality and durability is on point.
If you’re looking for a more slim-fit hoodie, this is perfect. You won’t get a ton of extra material around the sleeves like other hoodies.
Overall this hoodie is slim, modern and durable. It has the OPF seal of approval.
Reigning Champ offers a line of both pull over and zip-up hoodies that have gotten the reputation of being the softest and most comfortable hoodies in the world.
When you first put this hoodie on you’ll instantly feel the softness of the Terry that defeats any other hoodie you’ve ever worn in terms of comfort.
When it comes to warmth, think of this hoodie as the perfect hoodie for “air conditioner” weather.
If you wear this outside during summer, you’d probably work up a sweat, but it wouldn’t be unbearable.
It’s “mid-weight” in every sense of the word when it comes to weight and thickness.
Reigning Champ hoodies are perfect if you’re looking for a more slim fit hoodie. If you don’t like a snug fit, size up.
Reigning Champ hoodies are made in Canada using some of the very best manufactures, so you’re going to get unparalleled quality.
There is a lot of pride and care gone into making these hoodies and it really shows.
The John Elliott Villain Hoodie is coveted in the fashion community as being one of the “fashionable” hoodies on the market.
The Villain hoodie is the ultimate “slim fit hoodie”. So if you’re not keen on slim fit, definitely size up.
You can expect the Villain hoodie to never stretch or shrink, to rarely lose it’s color and luster, even after a hundred washes.
It’s truly a piece of art as much as a hoodie can be art and speaks volumes about the build quality.
If Reigning Champ is the king of comfort, John Elliott is the king of stylish hoodies with the best build quality on the market.