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The 19 Best Hoodies and Hoodie Brands to Buy in 2020

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Not long ago, the hoodie was exclusively reserved for lazy Saturday afternoons on the couch or chilly morning runs while doing your best Rocky impersonation. But with the integration of streetwear into high fashion over the last decade, the hoodie has become a hallmark design among the world’s biggest luxury brands due to its undeniable commercial appeal. And, well, to be blunt, stuffy fashion people finally stopped turning up their nose at what was always cool. 

Now produced by just about every T-shirt startup and full-fledged ready-to-wear brand alike, a good hoodie means as much to your wardrobe as a good leather jacket or the perfect pair of white sneakers. Given that hoodies are no longer a passing fad, and winter will undoubtedly rear its ugly head, we’ve put together a list of the best hoodies to test drive year-round.

19. American Giant Classic Full Zip

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American Giant

The American Giant hoodie provides you with everything you could possibly want out of a zip up. The quality is superb, with reinforced elbow patches and a double-lined hood, all cultivated in a thick 100% cotton. The classic zip up comes in some muted, minimal colors, as well as a few fun colorful options if you’re looking for something a little more eye-catching. 

American Giant’s products are also entirely made in America, using the most local supply chain possible. If you’re looking for a no frills layer to incorporate into your fall/winter fits, look no further than the American Giant classic full zip.

Buy Now at American Giant, $112

18. APC Larry Hoodie

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APC

Although it comes at a steeper price tag than some of the other options on this list, the APC Larry hoodie makes a beautiful addition to anyone’s fall wardrobe. Made with 100% organic cotton, the understated hoodie (which comes in navy blue or anise green) perfectly exemplifies A.P.C.’s commitment to quality. Right now, it’s only available in store or for a pre-order, but if you’ve got your heart set on wearing a truly exceptional hoodie, then the Larry hoodie might just be the sweatshirt for you. 

Buy Now at APC, $245

4. Champion Life Reverse Weave Hoodie

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Champion

Ahh, yes, the good ole Champion hoodie. Cozy and brimming in an understated cool that implies “I care but also, I don’t,” this purchase is a no-brainer if there ever was one.

Buy Now on Champion, $60

3. Stüssy Basic Hoodie

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End Clothing

Bearing one of the best logos in streetwear with an impending Dior collaboration in the pipeline, Stüssy, the quintessential streetwear label, is having a moment. It’s one of many in the brand’s storied history and certainly won’t be the last.

Buy Now on SSENSE, $100

1. Daily Paper Alias Hoodie $102

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Daily Paper

If you’ve recently seen the brand Daily Paper all over your Instagram and Twitter feeds, it’s because everyone on your Instagram and Twitter feed is currently wearing Daily Paper. The Amsterdam-based label has quickly gone from a European upstart to a global staple in just seven years. With their simple branding and inclusive visual storytelling, Daily Paper’s reign is poised to continue into the new decade. 

Buy Now on Daily Paper, $102

14. Acne Classic Fit Hooded Sweatshirt

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Acne Studios

The Stockholm based fashion house is known for many things, but Acne Studios’ does more than just make flashy luxury pieces. The classic hoodie—made of 50% cotton and 50% polyester—boasts a unique fit, with a bagger silhouette around the torso while maintaining a fitted shape on the shoulders. The colors that are available vary from time to time, but right now there’s a gorgeous light purple and popping sage green available. Although the $340 price tag is certainly steep for a hoodie, Acne’s commitment to quality and recognizable silhouettes make the hoodie a great option if you’re looking for something deeply long lasting and stylish.

Buy Now at Acne, $340

13. Reebok Vector Hoodie

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Reebok

Reebok Classics releases a plethora of pieces that harken back to an era of cozy vintage sportswear. The vector hoodie features the legendary sportswear brand’s iconic logo plastered across the chest of a roomy, simple hoodie. Made of 100% cotton French terry, Reebok’s classic hoodie is a great and affordable option for aficionados of both Reebok and vintage sportswear more generally.

Buy Now at Reebok, $70

12. Everlane Felted Merino Hoodie

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Everlane

Most of the hoodies on this list are 100% cotton, but Everlane’s gorgeous take on the classic hoodie is made of something entirely different: wool. The gorgeous texture gives the layer more versatility than a traditional hoodie, allowing it to be dressed up or dressed down. Everyone also famously has a strong commitment to good work practices, making sure that all of their products are produced ethically. You can always read about the exact factory where your piece is coming from on the brand’s website. The thick speckled hoodie goes great with a beanie and sweatpants, or could be dressed up with a pair of slacks and a nice jacket. And with a price tag under $100, the Felted Merino Hoodie provides the best bang for your buck.

Buy Now at Everlane, $98

11. J. Crew Garment Dyed French Terry Hoodie

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J. Crew

As is the case with a lot of J. Crew products, their French terry hoodie screams one thing: classic. Although the coronavirus pandemic has thrown the future of the longtime retailer into a realm of relative uncertainty, it doesn’t seem like their hoodies will be off the market any time soon. One of the beautiful things about this hoodie is the garment dying process, which results in a ton of different unique styles. “Because this hoodie is garment-dyed, it has a perfectly imperfect color that will softly fade over time,” reads the product details on their site. The imperfect color gives the hoodie an element of the Japanese aesthetic term, wabi-sabi; the piece’s imperfection and deterioration over time is part of what makes it so unique and beautiful to begin with.

Buy Now at J. Crew, $88

10. Total Luxury Spa Open Logo Hoodie

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Total Luxury Spa

Total Luxury Spa’s most minimal hoodie, the Open Logo Pocket Hoodie, is a great example of a minimal design done right. The black hoodie features the brand’s trademark logo in their font style, modeled by Mama Nene, an elder in their LA community. The brand taps into people in their community for all of their modeling, and includes a little note about the model in the product description. “Mama Nene runs drum classes for the youth and elders in Leimert Park. Her work includes trying to preserve the historical legacy of the music and art in the community,” reads the description, giving the buyer more of a lens into the community they’re buying from.

Buy Now at TLS, $115

9. Russell 2.0 Premium Fleece Hoodie

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Russell

Although Russell’s Premium Fleece hoodie might not be quite as much of a fashion statement as some of the other items on this list, there’s a reason it’s a tried and true classic. For only $30, you get a rich fleece hoodie comprised of 80% cotton and 20% polyester. It’s got a slouchy, cozy fit and the extremely soft material makes it a great hoodie for lounging around the house or incorporating into layered fits to stay warm.

Buy Now at Russell, $30

8. Nike Standard Issue Pullover

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Nike

There’s a reason Nike is still the biggest name in sportswear. This iteration of their ubiquitous hoodie features a zippered kangaroo pouch and a plethora of colors to choose from. The cotton / poly blend means the piece won’t shrink, allowing the wearer to get full use out of the hoodie’s roomie fit. The hoodie also includes Nike’s patented sweat-wicking Dri-FIT technology, which means it will keep you warm but still allow for some athletic performance. Between the numerous color options and Nike’s history of excellence in sportswear, you can’t go wrong with the Standard Issue basketball pullover.

Buy Now at Nike, $80

7. Braindead Lover’s Embrace Hoodie

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We Are Braindead

The Braindead Lover’s Embrace hoodie has quickly become a staple of modern streetwear. The brand is a “creative collective of artists and designers from around the world,” and they emphasize graphics and eye-catching designs in all of their pieces. You’d have a hard time walking around the Lower East Side of NY in 2020 and not seeing someone rocking this now ubiquitous look, and hey, you can’t blame them.

Buy Now at Braindead, $140

6. Born x Raised Zine Blast Hoody

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Bodega

Born X Raised is an LA-based brand that aims to preserve the true Los Angeles in the face of the growing threat of gentrification and other economic factors altering the city’s landscape. The brand’s hoodie comes in a thick 100% cotton knitted fleece and features designs from local LA artists. All of their drops sell out quickly though, so if you’re looking to get yours you should probably act fast.

Buy Now at Bodega, $130

5. Converse Shapes Triangle Hoodie

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SSENSE

This Converse hoodie is a fun play on a traditional single color pullover. It’s all in the details. The single seam on the kangaroo pocket and the back-centered Converse logo give this piece a style distinct from the others on the list, while maintaining a relatively low price point. It’s a little different from your traditional hoodie, but not different enough that it changes an outfit’s entire vibe.

Buy Now at SSENSE, $65

4. Gap Vintage Soft Hoodie

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Gap

There’s a reason Gap’s been in the game so long. The vintage soft hoodie is aptly named; it comes in a few vintage-inspired colors and is, as the name would suggest, soft. Made out of a cotton-poly blend, the hoodie was designed with comfort at the forefront, and for just north of $40, it’s hard to find an issue.

Buy Now at Gap, $45

3. Uniqlo Long Sleeve Hooded Sweatshirt

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Uniqlo

Uniqlo really does the basics better than anyone. For the low price of $30, you can get a hoodie that looks far more expensive, comes in a wide array of colors and can provide infinite styling opportunities. Buy an Airism long sleeve tee while you’re at it, and layer them for the ultimate warm fall look.

Buy Now at Uniqlo, $30

2. John Elliott Folsom Hoodie

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John Elliott

There’s no way around it, John Elliott makes a heck of a hoodie. This iteration also plays on the Japanese aesthetic notion of wabi-sabi; it comes pre-worn, and if you buy it, you get to watch it continue to evolve throughout your lifetime of wear. Every piece in the Folsom collection is totally unique, as they’ve all been dyed and distressed differently. If you’re looking for a hoodie that’s a cut above the rest, but doesn’t quite break the bank like some of the other designer pieces on the list, then the JE hoodie might be the choice for you.

Buy Now at John Elliott, $268

1. Reigning Champ Midweight Terry Pullover Hoodie

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Reigning Champ

Reigning Champ’s signature pullover is quite simply a perfect hoodie. It’s durable, available in a few muted colors, features beautiful stitching and is just a treat to put on. There really isn’t much more to say. If you’re looking for an amazing hoodie with no frills, built to last a lifetime, then look no further than the Reigning Champ pullover.

Buy Now at Reigning Champ, $145
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