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How to Wear Our Editors' Must-Have Hoodie with Everything You Own

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The formerly strict lines between casual and formal wear have been perpetually blurring over the past few years. As menswear silhouettes evolve, the concept of certain clothing fitting into a tight box of either "casual" or "dressy" is now a thing of the past. The humble hoodie is a great case study of this phenomenon.

What began as a staple of sportswear, relegated to the bottom of the formality totem pole, has become a staple of numerous styles of dress. And when you talk hoodies, Champion is an icon. The logo is a mainstay of streetwear, and the brand's storied past in sportswear makes the Champion hoodie one of the most recognizable and beloved sweatshirts in the game to this day.

Let's take a look at a few examples of our favorite hoodie and the most stylish ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe.

The Classic Option

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This is the most obvious choice for a vibrant hoodie, but definitely not the only one. Pair a beautiful chlorophyll green version with a pair of pale blue jeans to let the hoodie pop, giving you more freedom when it comes to sneakers. You could either match the hoodie with a similar turquoise pair of kicks or opt for a basic white sneaker to give the hoodie primary billing.

If you want to go with a more streetwear look, combine the green hoodie with red shorts and an equally vibrant pair of sneakers, giving the entire outfit a bombastic, flashy style. Streetwear is completely malleable, so whether you're leaning towards the eye-catching or low-key look, a green Champion hoodie is the way to go.

Shop the hoodie, $30-60

The Cozy Option

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Aside from the aesthetics, Champion's hoodies are also notably comfortable and cozy. The Reverse Weave hoodie's durability coupled with its baggier fit makes it a great option for lounging around the house.

Opt for a darker color, like black or navy, which will wear in beautifully with numerous washes. Pair one of these hoodies with Champion's Reverse Weave sweatpants, and you've got yourself a cozy 'fit that doesn't sacrifice an ounce of style.

History time! The Champion Reverse Weave technology can actually be traced back to 1938, when it was engineered as the first athletic sweatshirt developed to meet the needs of athletes. Originally conceived (and patented) in 1938, the version we've come to know and love today was finalized in 1952. In response to complaints by coaches about the cotton sweatshirts, Champion introduced the novel idea of turning the fabric 90 degrees to eliminate vertical shrinkage and address other issues with fit, durability, and cost.

The brand's succeeding partnerships with numerous sports organizations throughout the '60s, '70s and '80s firmly cemented them as the premier sportswear option for athletes. Fast-forward to today, and you can see the hoodie donned by a slew of big names in pop culture, from Kendrick Lamar to Odell Beckham Jr.

Shop the hoodie, $30-60

The Dressier Option

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Although each style in this article is based around the same hoodie, color can totally change a look. By opting for a white hoodie, you can create a basic foundation to build a more formal outfit on top of. Listen, this won't be an outfit to wear to a wedding, but for a night out in the winter, it'll look slightly dressier, but still cool.

Pair the white hoodie with a blazer or patterned overshirt and some dress pants. White hoodie, plus a herringbone blazer, plus black flared dress pants? Forget about it. Tie the whole thing together with some leather loafers or clogs and you're in business.

Shop the hoodie, $30-60