Men’s necklines go in cycles—in the 70s, it was all about the chest-hair-baring deep-v (the ones that make you laugh hysterically at photos of your father from that era), making crew neck shirts and sweatshirts seem stuffy and uncool. And while v-necks fell out of favor somewhere between the 80s and 90s, in the past few years, the v-neck has made a comeback, and you’ve been sporting it consistently ever since your girlfriend told you to.
But now, the cycle has completed and the crew neck is ready for a comeback. A crew neck sweatshirt, in particular (with its ribbed sleeves and hem), is a classic cut that will lend a whiff of old school preppy to your wardrobe. Dress it down with sneakers or dress it up by wearing a button-down shirt underneath it. Whatever you decide to do, you can be guaranteed it’ll never go out of style, which is more than we can say for all of your v-neck shirts and sweaters. Check out 12 of our favorites that’ll occupy space in your closet for the next few decades.
Iron and Resin Libertad Crew Fleece
Built from the ground up in a blue collar beach town just north of us, our friends at Iron and Resin are focused on creating quality products that embody the southern California lifestyle. Their made in the USA crewneck stays true to this notion, offering up the perfect pull-over for our unbeatable weather out here on the west coast.
Buck Mason Raglan Sweatshirt
Los Angeles-based Buck Mason specializes in creating simple essential apparel for the modern day man, and this Raglan Sweatshirt certainly falls into that category. Available in gray, black, or olive, the shirt is crafted out of 100% USA milled cotton.
American Giant Classic Crew Sweatshirt
Want to know how you get away with wearing a sweatshirt out somewhere without looking like a slob? A tailored fit. American Giant understands that—its Giant Classic Crew Sweatshirt takes a classic silhouette and makes it more tapered, allowing you to look casual and put together at the same time. Available in a variety of colors (and even a gray and navy combo that makes it look a bit like a baseball tee), the sweatshirt also has a classic ribbed v-shape at the neck, which is a classic touch.
ISAORA Crew Neck Sweatshirt
ISAORA’s MO is to take classic apparel and add updated features to make them more functional for today’s modern world. That’s why its Crew Neck Sweatshirt has all of the classic details of a classic crew but also has features like a kangaroo waist pocket with snap closures and vented under-arm gussets to reduce sweating.
Orvis Softest Crew Neck Sweatshirt
Vermont-based Orvis has been creating outdoor gear since the mid-1800s, so you can’t go wrong with anything they have on offer, especially this Softest Crew Neck Sweatshirt. Available in a variety of colors, it’s simple, comfortable, and everything you want in a sweatshirt.
Saturdays NYC Simon Striped Sweatshirt
Since Saturdays NYC is so firmly rooted in surf culture, you might be surprised to see that they have products on offer made to steel you against the cold, but that’s exactly what this Simon Striped Sweatshirt is made for. Perfect to throw on before heading out on a cool summer night, the navy and white striped shirt is decidedly nautical, and will look good with a pair of crisp chinos (we recommend bright red) or a pair of board shorts.
Reigning Champ Alpha Insulated Crew Sweatshirt
Canada-based Reigning Champ creates basic apparel and athletic wear that is made so well that it would be sacrilegious to wear it to the gym. Insulated to keep you extra-warm, the sweatshirt is made from a blend of nylon and spandex and has a zippered kangaroo pocket to store your stuff or keep your hands warm when you’re running errands.
Finisterre Fara Crew Sweatshirt
Based in the UK, Finisterre is a brand that was borne out of the harsh coastal winds coming off of the Atlantic Ocean. That’s why they’re experts in creating warm weather apparel, like this Fara Crew Sweatshirt. Made out of merino wool, this is probably the most formal sweatshirt on this list, which means you can wear it to the office without thinking twice.
Todd Snyder Reverse Weave
The New York based Todd Snyder has a penchant for crafting high-end menswear, and this ultra comfortable sweatshirt is no exception. Made in Canada, each one features a contrasting hem and collar to show off that slim-fit tailoring.
Outerknown Noche Crew Sweatshirt
Outerknown—a brand created by World Surf League Champion Kelly Slater—creates quality menswear pieces while using sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices, and the Noche Crew Sweatshirt is one of their best offerings. Crafted out of organic cotton slub, it has a rolled neckline, a chest pocket, and a roomy, relaxed fit.
Apolis Alpaca Crew Neck
Armed with the “Global Citizen” mantra, Apolis will go to any lengths to find the most talented artisans, scouring the entire world. Hand knit in Peru with the highest social and environmental standards, each ultra comfy pullover is made from natural alpaca fiber that’s super soft, durable and hypoallergenic.
J. Crew Chimala Vintage Sweatshirt
Japanese brand Chimala is mainly known for making high-quality denim products, but with this Vintage Sweatshirt, they’ve got out of the denim game to create something just as special. Available in navy or gray, the sweatshirt is pre-washed to make it feel like your favorite broken-in sweatshirt from the first time you put it on.