In college, you lived in hoodies. It was socially acceptable to do this because you weren’t considered an adult yet. They could be emblazoned with anything—the name of your college, your favorite team’s logo, an obnoxious phase, whatever. Your body was a blank canvas and you wanted to use it to SAY SOMETHING.
After you graduated from college, you still clung to your hoodies. They were warm. They were easy. They hid all of that extra weight you gained in the months leading up to graduation, when you were eating and drinking constantly in an effort to celebrate your last days of college. Somewhere along the line after college, you stopped wearing them as much. You started wearing button-down shirts to meet your friends at the bar for Sunday Funday. You starting scaling back your illustrious hoodie collection one by one.
But listen—you don’t have to completely abandon wearing hoodies. The rules of engagement are this: 1.) You can’t wear a hoodie with words or a big, bold logo on it unless you’re attending a sporting event and 2.) You need to make sure it fits you—there should be a distinct difference in fit between the hoodie you wear to bum around your apartment and the hoodie you wear when you’re going out for the night. Bearing these rules in mind, we’ve rounded up 15 hoodies for grown-ass men. Check out our favorites.
Everlane Pullover Hoodie
The difference between this hoodie and the one you bought at your college bookstore is all about the fit—and this slim Pullover Hoodie from Everlane is the definition of fitted. Crafted out of 100% cotton French terry, it’s available in two shades of gray as well as in black.
Lands’ End Striped Rugby Pullover Hoodie
You can look preppy and collegiate while still projecting an air of “Hey, I have a job,” with this Striped Rugby Pullover Hoodie from Lands’ End. It’s pre-washed, so it’ll feel just like your old, comfortable hoodie without looking like it.
Howler Brothers Shaman Hoodie
You can’t wear a Baja Pullover if you’re someone with a full-time job, but this Shaman Hoodie from Howler Brothers is the employed man’s version. With a tribal pattern on the hood and shoulders, it’s funkier than most of the hoodies on the list, without looking ridiculous.
Buck Mason Slub Hoodie
Los Angeles-based Buck Mason specializes in creating simple essential apparel for the modern day man, and this Slub Hoodie is one of their best offerings. Available in white, army green, or charcoal gray, it’s essential to any man’s wardrobe.
J. Crew Sun-Faded Pullover Hoodie
Allow us to introduce you to your new favorite weekend hoodie—the jade green color makes it look a bit more formal while the cut remains casual and the kangaroo pocket and white drawstrings add a little extra flair. This hoodie will take you from brunch to drinks to dinner in a snap.
Roark Revival Baidam Road Fleece Hoodie
Los Angeles-based Roark Revival seeks to make men’s apparel that’s fit for travel and a rugged outdoor lifestyle. Their Baidam Road Fleece Hoodie fits squarely in the middle—featuring contrast-colored elbow patches, an added chest pocket (rare for a hoodie), and brass button snaps.
Flint & Tinder 10-Year Hoodie
Flint & Tinder started with a mission to create clothing that’s built to last, right here in America. That’s why they call their hoodie “The 10-Year Hoodie”—they’re so confident that they’ve constructed something so high-quality that if it starts to display wear and tear at any point in the decade from when you buy it, you can send it in and they’ll mend it for free. Now that’s service.
Saturdays NYC JP Fleece Hoodie
Crafted out of French terry herringbone, the JP Fleece Hoodie from Saturdays NYC is relaxed without looking slovenly, and is designed to take you from the beach right to the beach bar without having to worry about changing your clothes.
Club Monaco Boiled Merino Hoodie
Crafted from a boiled merino wool-blend, this fitted black hoodie from Club Monaco will dress up a pair of jeans and sneakers or will look great under a blazer at the office.
Everlane Cashmere Hoodie
If you want to piss off your friends/frenemies, buy a cashmere hoodie. Cashmere is luxurious, so owning something so casual crafted out of a not-so-casual (or cheap) material is your way of saying not only, “Hey, I’m worth it,” but also, “Hey, I’m doing really well for myself.”
Iron & Resin Imperial Hoodie
Half hoodie, half jacket, Iron & Resin’s Imperial Hoodie features an Anorak-style top half made out of water-repellant material while the bottom half is made out of pile berber. The unusual pairing of unusual materials means that this is a show piece for sure.
Isaora Neo Hoody
Another hybrid garment, Isaora’s Neo Hoodie can function as a full-on jacket in ways that a regular hoodie can’t. If it looks a bit tech-y, that’s because it’s outfitted with a bunch of high-tech features such as hidden pockets and zippers, a bonded neoprene knit, a waterproof finish, and taped seams to prevent tears and rips.
SuitSupply Grey Hoodie
You can tell from its name that SuitSupply is mainly known for its more formal offerings, but it actually does casual items very well. This Grey Hoodie is one of those items—crafted out of cashmere, the zip-up hoodie features a tapered hem and cuffs, and will quickly become your favorite “fancy” hoodie.
Faherty Twist Yarn Hoodie
Twin brothers Mike and Alex Faherty are the minds behind their namesake brand, and while they mainly focus on creating high-quality swimwear, they can do colder weather apparel well, as evidenced by this Twist Yarn Hoodie. Crafted from marled merino wool, it has a bit of a formal look, which means you can wear it as you would any other nice sweater you own.
Outerknown Costa Pullover
Launched by World Surf League Champion Kelly Slater, Outerknown is a brand that creates quality menswear pieces while using sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices, and this Costa Pullover is no exception. A modern take on a Baja hoodie, the pullover is made from a blend of baby alpaca yarn from Peru and organic cotton. The pattern makes a statement while being the perfect blend of laid back and fashion-forward.