A hoodie used to instantly identify you as a would-be robber and general bad guy, right up there with balaclavas, swag bags, and black-and-white striped tops.
However, despite the fact that this common piece of sportswear has the ability to turn onlookers away from you, we’re advising you right now to accept fashion advice from David Cameron (remember him?) and learn how to wear a hoodie properly.
Why? Well, leaving practicality aside, the hoodie has evolved from the de facto uniform of irate teenagers to the garment most likely to be covering the backs of well-dressed guys thanks to a designer makeover.
HOW TO STYLE A HOODIE
AS PART OF A LAYERED LOOK
Even while we’re extolling the virtues of hoodie styling, wearing one shouldn’t just be about making a statement. The hoodie may be surprisingly understated when worn as a layering piece.
“A cozy cashmere hoodie is a great layering piece for a day in the city, leaving you looking sharp while keeping you warm at the same time,” explains Mr. Porter’s style director Olie Arnold.
To pull off this look, layer a zip-up hoodie over a plain white crew-neck t-shirt, then finish the outfit with a jacket or overcoat, slim trousers, and a pair of brand-new shoes.
AS PART OF AN ATHLEISURE LOOK
You can count on us to be ardent supporters whenever coziness and coolness go hand in hand. Athleisure fits this description, and thanks to those astute clothing designers, you won’t have to worry about coming off as someone who was too lazy to take off their workout clothes.
James Jee, the head of menswear at Jaeger, declares: “The days of the loose, oversized sweatshirt with a logo are long gone. The fabrics are softer and heavier, which indicates that there is more yarn of higher quality. The fit is slightly cleaner and crisper.
Put on a pair of minimalist leather trainers, a black hoodie, and black-fitting joggers to complete the athleisure look. Done wearing a hoodie.
UNDER A LEATHER JACKET
It’s alright to stay on more familiar ground if you’re not sold on the high-low mix (it’s not for everyone). One of those low-octane combinations that look good season after season and prove you know how to style hoodies is a leather jacket and hoodie outfit.
Alex Field, the head of menswear design at Reiss, claims: “The quality and fit of hoodies have significantly improved. As a result, men want to spend money on well-made, casual clothing that can be worn in a variety of settings. Whether it be for a workout or an elegant after-hours look.
If you can master the “look” of wearing a hoodie with a suit or jacket, you will instantly distinguish yourself as a card-carrying member of Club Menswear. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try this high-low mix.
Sure, a sweatshirt paired with a pair of straight-leg jeans and trainers is a tried-and-true combination that just works, as Giles Farnham, head of River Island’s Style Studio, notes. However, if you want to look more put together, try layering under an unstructured suit for a look that defies convention.
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