Hoodies are a staple for any comfort loving woman out there. They are amazing for so many different reasons, they will keep you warm, they are cozy, and if you need to unexpectedly cover your head if it starts to rain or snow the hood is right there. If you get one that is a little big and has a soft warm fabric you will never wear anything more comfortable on a cold winter’s day. My preference is for the zip hoodies, but I’ve included a few pull over styles if that is your thing.
Alternative Apparel Eco-Fleece
If you are looking for hoodie from a socially responsible company you can try the Eco-Fleece from Alternative Apparel. The fabric is made in the U.S and it contains organic and recycled materials. The Eco-Fleece is known for being super soft and long lasting. This particular hoodie was made in a Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) accredited factory, which just means that they respect the rights and safety of the workers who are making the garments.
Find at Alternative Apparel
Classic H&M Hoodie
H & M Hoodies are one of the best budget options if you are looking for a decent quality, comfy women’s hoodie. They are usually offered in a number of pretty good colors, with the fabric being a mix of 58% cotton, 42% polyester. The weight of the material is a little thinner than other options out there, so they are a great all-rounder. They will keep you warm indoors and fit well under your coat to add an extra layer of warmth. They are pretty basic with no bells and whistles, just side pockets, a zip at the front and ribbing at the cuffs and hem.
Everlane Classic French Terry
Everlane is one of my favorite go to stores for comfortable clothing. Their Classic French Terry Hoodie is a loose fit, but has a nice cut at the waist so you don’t feel like its too bulky for some reason. It doesn’t have pockets which helps add to modern, almost stylish look to the shirt. The Classic French Terry Square Hoodie comes in black, bone or gray, and is made of a soft 100% cotton.
Find at Everlane
Lululemon Scuba Hoodie
They are kind of expensive, but a lot of women really love the Lululemon Scuba Hoodies. Right now they are on version V of this particular design and they are still going strong. The latest fit is very flattering for most body types and it now comes in 15 different colors. The fabric is a breathable cotton fleece that somehow manages to let you cool down after a workout, but still keep you warm on cold days. The Scuba is versatile, great for traveling, and flattering for most body types. Owners of this hoodie love the ribbing at the wrists, the thumb holes, and the shape of the hood.
Find at LuluLemon
With hoodies it is easy to get stuck in a bit of a style rut, but you don’t have to. The German company Naketano make hoodies that are the perfect mix of comfort and style. They are great at helping you to avoid looking sloppy which, let’s face it, can be a problem if you are always wearing sweat shirts. Their styles are super cozy while still looking great and work well with jeans or leggings. They have a number of slightly different styles both with zippers and pullovers. The sleeves are nice and long adding to the overall cozy vibe of this brand. Naketano’s signature oversized collars with adjustable drawstrings are what really put this hoodie on another level; many of the styles also have pockets which are pretty cute. The heavy fleece material on one of their most popular designs (the Darth pictured) is pretty thick if you need something warm, but they do have lighter options as well.
They are a little hard to find in the States, but are well worth the hunt. You can usually find them at Zumiez.
American Giant Essential Pullover
American Giant has a few great options for comfortable hoodies. A versatile option is their Essential pullover that is a mid-weight sweatshirt, which means that it isn’t too thin or too thick to get you over heated. Their women’s styles are also really flattering while still being cozy. American Giant seem to put a lot of thought into their different fabric blends, here is a breakdown of the qualities of the different fabrics that they use. Most of the hoodies are known for being soft but durable and able to stand up to a lot of wear. They are made in the USA, the company offers military discounts and they have a really good return policy.
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American Apparel Unisex Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie
American Apparel was recently bought by Gildan, a Canadian active wear company, the stores are closing but the website will probably live on. Hopefully the styles and quality of the hoodies will remain the same because they are really great hoodies. They last forever if cared for properly, and they are super cozy and comfortable. With Gildan purchasing the company, many of their products will now be made outside of the U.S for the first time, some will still be made in the U.S, but if this is a concern you should double check any designs you are considering purchasing.
Available from American Apparel
What makes a good fit for a women’s hoodie is pretty subjective. Some women like their hoodies to be oversized and loose fitting for the ultimate in comfort, while others prefer a more fitted waist for a more flattering look. If you are going for pure comfort and don’t mind a little bit of a boxy look, you may want check out some of the men’s smaller sizing. Mens styles are also a bit longer than the women’s styles for those who prefer more coverage in the hip area. If that is not your thing, most women’s designs are tapered at the waist and have a little more space in the chest area if you want the hoodie to fit closer to the body.
Hoodies are made out of lots of different types of material and material blends. For warmth, durability and comfort you may want to look for a cotton or polyester fleece blend. Polyester fleece may feel a little softer than cotton fleece when it is first worn, but over time it tends to lose some of that softness. Polyester fleece is warmer than cotton fleece because it doesn’t breathe as well so your body retains the heat. Cotton fleece will soften up over time and is more breathable, making it a little more versatile for different weather.
Out of our list The Lululemon and Naketano styles are cotton fleece, while the H&M and Roots are polyester fleece. The others have slightly different blends.
For warmth you will want to look for hoodies that have a heavy fleece or a polyester fleece to help retain heat. Polyester fleece can sometimes be hard to wear indoors because it can get very warm. For colder weather, heavyweight fleece hoodies are available to help maintain warmth.
Thickness of the fabric
The thickness of the fabric is also worth giving a little bit of thought to when shopping for a hoodie. Hoodies usually come in either a thin, mid-weight or a heavy weight thickness. The type you select will depend heavily on the type of weather you will be wearing the hoodie. If you like to layer, you should look for a lightweight or mid-weight. Heavyweights are sometimes not the best for layering as they are too bulky and get too hot. Obviously for warmer weather you will be looking for a thinner fabric.
It kills me to pay for expensive hoodies, but I pretty much wear them every day in the winter so the cost ends up being worth it Hoodies can be found at almost all price points. What you are usually paying for with a hoodie is the fabric, where it is made (expect to pay more if it is made in the USA) and any branding or logos can also increase the price. You can get simple plains hoodies for as low as $15 from some stores and online.
To me a hoodies without pockets is kind of useless; you may as well just wear a sweater. Hoodie pockets are fairly standard across the board. Pull-overs usually have one big pocket at the front or more rarely two at the side. Zippered styles will have almost always have two pockets.
Obviously the quality can vary quite a bit between different brands; some other high quality, but still reasonable well priced brands to look out for are Hanes, Jockey, Champion, and Gildan.
Your two basic styles are a pull over and a zipper style. Both have their benefits and draw backs. The hood almost always has a draw string closure and pockets are at the front of the garment or slightly to the sides.
One of the best things about hoodies is that they are very low maintenance. To clean them all you need to do is throw them in the washer and dry them in a dryer, they don’t even need to be ironed. It can’t get easier than that.
If you are someone who lives in your hoodie, let me know in the comments below if you have any recommendations.