A hoodie is no longer just
a hoodie. The thing you pick up off the floor in the morning — or from a hanger in the closet, if you’re a real showoff — and throw on before braving the cold has grown all the way up. Thanks to athleisure, John Elliott’s
seminal Villain hoodie, Kanye declaring that “sweatshirts are fucking important,” and the absolutely crucial emergence of New York-based rapper A-Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, the sweatshirt has become an important part of the fashion canon.
And it’s not just the multi-functional, well-made hoodies that the bros of Silicon Valley throw hundreds of thousands of dollars at. Designers now are experimenting with graphics, fabrics, and fit more than ever.
Middle school-me (and now-me) is delighted by the hoodie revolution. This is a true story: My mom once went to TJ Maxx, because the Wolfs are nothing if not GD Maxxinistas, and bought me an XL sweatshirt with a huge Slim Shady (yes, as in Eminem) graphic printed on it. I wore it roughly 99 percent of the time during my school days — a luxury afforded only by growing up in the perpetually chilly Bay Area.
There’s nothing quite like wrapping yourself up in what is essentially a blanket that’s acceptable to wear out of the house. The hood also works as a shield for the constant sense of embarrassment teenagers harbor.
Below are the best hoodies to buy now — just probably not at TJ’s, unfortunately.