There’s a reason we admire the street style set. Members of the fashion world have an uncanny ability to take an item that was once dismissed as tacky and make it suddenly relevant again. Who would have imagined that fanny packs, neon, and rubber jackets would be must-haves? You can also add our topic of the day, hoodies to that ever-growing list.
There was a time, along with balaclavas, swag bags and black-and-white striped tops, when hoodies were something that would instantly mark you out as a would-be robber and all-around some type of trouble.
But, as much as this humble sportswear staple has the potential to send passers-by straight to the other side of the street, right now we’re urging you to take these style tips and invest in a hoodie.
Why? Well, practicality aside, thanks to a designer overhaul the hoodie has gone from something that’s looked down on, to the item most likely to be covering the backs of well-dressed individuals – Like a good bag, the hoodie can be the perfect add-on to most any outfit!
~How to Wear the Hoodie as a Layered Look~
As much as we’re trumpeting the power of the hoodie, don’t think that wearing one is all about making a statement. When used as part of a layered look, the hoodie can be surprisingly unassuming. A cozy cashmere hoodie is a great layering piece for a day in the city, which will leave you looking sharp while keeping you warm at the same time.
To get this look right, wear a pull-over hoodie over a simple white crew-neck T-shirt, then add an overcoat or jacket, skinny jeans, and a pair of slip-on’s or sneakers!
~Under a Leather Jacket~
If you’re not sold by the everyday wear of the hoodie (it’s not for everyone), then it’s okay to stick to more familiar territory. A leather jacket and hoodie combination is one of those low octane pairings that work well season after season. Hoodies have dramatically improved in terms of quality and fit. Therefore, when looking to invest, look for a well-fitting, well-made, casual hoodie that can be worn in various situations. Whether that be on a more professional wear or as part of a stylish off-duty look.
Using a black leather jacket and black or distressed jeans as the base, experiment with hoodies in different colors beneath your outerwear and combine with a pair of leather or suede boots to smarten up this look.
~Wearing the Hoodie to Work~
If you’re going to wear a hoodie with a suit or blazer, you’re channeling a ‘look’ and will instantly mark yourself out as a fashionista. The Professional wear has transformed over the years to many different forms, one being the hoodie! That’s no reason not to give this high-low combination a whirl.
Sure, a hoodie teamed with a pair of straight-leg jeans and sneakers is a tried and tested combination that just works. But if you’re looking to sharpen up, try layering under an unstructured suit for an outfit that rips up the traditional rule book.
To nail this look, try a mid-weight colored hoodie with a plaid suit and choose black or nude leather boots in place of your normal work wear shoes.
To Wrap this up…Hooded sweatshirts have become key layering pieces over the last couple years, Only growing more popular in the fashion industry. Looking to take that kimono-style wrap jacket into winter? Just layer a hoodie underneath. Longing to participate in the off-the-shoulders jacket trend but too practical to expose yourself to the cold? Slipping on a hoodie makes the trend blizzard-appropriate. Wish your fave winter coat came with a warm hood? Work in a hoodie for instant gratification. There are even wool and teddy versions you can rock as outerwear (which presents a whole new range of styling opportunities). And designers have gotten in on the action with Zadig & Voltaire, ATM, NSF and White & Warren all supplying high-end options.
From cropped to over-sized, we have everything you need to help you find your perfect look for this upcoming Winter season. Remember these looks and go right into Spring and Summer!