Crew neck sweatshirts are a comfy and cozy enough to wear for a lot more than just exercising, although they are also great for that as well. From oversized to fitted to a few slightly cropped designs in the most ridiculously soft fabrics, we have found the styles that you cannot live without. Whether you are looking for a no hooded pullover from some of the coolest brands to simple, unadorned options in beautiful modern colors, we can help you find the perfect crewneck sweatshirt.
* If you love a looser fit you may want to check out our post on Men’s Crewneck Sweatshirts
Lululemon All Yours Crew
The Lululemon All Yours Crew is a fantastic basic option that is made of blended cotton fleece, so it is cozy, warm, and perfect for those fall and winter days. If you are a fan of Lululemon, you may be a bit surprised with the oversized fit of this top, but that is what helps to make it comfy. If you like form-fitting, this isn’t the sweater for you or consider sizing down. It also bucks the crop style trend that has been more prevalent in the last few years. The material, like a lot of Lululemon styles, is breathable and soft but is also able to keep you nice and warm. This is an excellent piece to use as a layer that still gives you room to move around. Overall the All Yours Crew is very high quality and is long enough to wear with leggings, but not so long that you can’t also wear it with jeans.
Available from Lululemon
Everlane The ReNew Sweatshirt
The ReNew from Everlane is a shorter length design that you may want to consider if you aren’t a fan of the longer, baggy look. It is made from 57% cotton and 43% recycled polyester that is somehow soft and cozy on the inside and smooth on the outside. The smooth outer of the top elevates this design and gives it a slightly less casual look than most sweatshirts so you can dress it up or wear it to work. To go with the somewhat cropped design, the arms are an oversized trapezoid sleeve, so they have a reasonably modern look to them. The ReNew pullover only comes in a few colors at this point, but the sage and the brass are unique and fashionable. This is a great choice to wear with high waisted jeans as it is easy to tuck in without being bulky. The ReNew from Everlane makes a great wardrobe staple that you will love to wear.
Available from Everlane
Women’s Crew Neck Sweatshirt – Universal Thread™
The Crewneck Sweatshirt from Universal Thread™ that you can get at Target is a super popular style, especially the camo print. It is perfect with leggings or as a layer to help keep you warm and cozy. This is the perfect sweatshirt for lounging, running errands, and wearing after going to the gym. The fabric is soft inside and thick but not too thick. Some people mention that it runs big and are bothered by that, but is designed to be oversized and a little bit longer. If you don’t like a baggy oversized fit, this isn’t the style for you. The colors are a bit limited, but the ones that are offered are gorgeous. This is more of a casual design than some other options on this list, but it can be dressed up in a pinch if needed. If you are looking for an inexpensive multi-purpose pullover that you can use for the gym, chilling, or layering, check out this style from Universal Thread.
Available from Target
Champion Women’s Fleece Boyfriend Crew Sweatshirt
The Champion Women’s Fleece Boyfriend Crew is an easy to wear 60% polyester, and 40% cotton blend that is comfy, comes from a brand with an excellent reputation and is available in some pretty colors. It has a vintage v-stitching at the neck and features the prominent Champion brand logo across the chest. This sweater is lightweight, soft, and not overly heavy for a sweatshirt. It is also has a slightly longer length that will hit around mid-hip on most women and is designed to be slim and fitted, so size up if you don’t like tight sweaters.
Available from Amazon.com
Adidas Originals Women’s Trefoil Crew Sweatshirt
Adidas have lots of sweatshirts, but one of their softest offerings is The Adidas Originals Women’s Trefoil Crew. This is one of the most popular styles at the moment that you can buy all over the place, especially sports outfitter type stores. The fit of this sweater is super flattering if you are looking for a slim, snug feel, so if you love the style but need more breathing room and space for layering, you will want to size up. The inside of the Trefoil Crew is a soft fleece, and the fabric feels midweight and very durable. Depending on where you get this top, the colors vary a little bit.
Available from DicksSportingGoods.com
ZELLA Carey Crew High/Low Sweatshirt
The ZELLA Carey Crew High/Low Sweatshirt is a soft and lightweight design that gives you coverage after a workout but isn’t so thick that you will overheat. It has a flattering high/low hem that is high in the front and low in the back for a little bit of coverage of the behind. This is a relaxed and oversized style that is super comfy and looks great with leggings. It comes in seven pretty colors and works well as a high-quality top for casual weekend wear.
Available from Nordstrom
ALO YOGA Soho Pullover
If you are a fan of the ALO leggings that are insanely popular, this pullover is worth checking out since ALO tends to put a heavy focus on comfort in their designs. The ALO YOGA Soho Pullover is probably the thinnest option on this list, yet it is quite warm despite the lack of thickness of the fabric. It is known for being a comfortable, flattering top that has a polished look so you can wear it for work or a casual outing, as well as for working out. It is a simple, stylish, oversized sweater that looks great over leggings or even with jeans. On most women, it will run long and will probably cover your hips. One of the best things about the Soho is the beautiful and unique range of colors that it comes in.
Amazon Essentials Women’s French Terry Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt
For those who are interested in a great budget option that has amazing reviews, you should check out the Amazon Essentials Women’s French Terry Fleece Crewneck. It is a classic crewneck top that is made from an incredibly soft and comfortable French terry fleece that is a blend of 60% cotton and 40% polyester. This is a basic sweatshirt that is notable for being well made and having a great fit. It is soft both inside and outside, and it comes with a very low price tag. This Amazon Essentials crewneck is a standard length so that it will fall around the hip on most figures. It is a simple style that you could easily dress up as no visible branding or logos is showing, making it an excellent choice for a fantastic all-around super-soft crewneck top.
Available from Amazon
Alternative Apparel Champ Eco-Fleece Sweatshirt
The Alternative Apparel Champ Eco-Fleece Sweatshirt is a popular, environmentally sustainable option that is a great everyday top. It features diagonal raglan sleeves that give it a slightly vintage look. The material is 50% polyester, 46% cotton, and 4% rayon that has organic and recycled material included with the blend. The Eco-Fleece has a very durable construction that is soft when you first get it but actually gets softer and comfier the more you wear it. This is a unisex style, so you have to be slightly careful when ordering online. It comes in several beautiful colors that are great for working out or for around the house.
Available from AlternativeApparel.com
What to look for:
It isn’t hard to find a cozy women’s sweatshirt, but here are a few things to keep in mind when you are shopping.
Size – If you don’t get the right size for your body type, you are going to find any garment you get to be uncomfortable. If you like a looser fit, size up on the more fitted designs, but if you prefer your clothes to fit closer to the body, you may want to consider sizing down. If you are buying the style for layering, you may want to get a bigger size, so you have room for layers underneath, but if you are wearing it under a jacket, extra bulk may also be a consideration.
Fit– Since the fits of sweatshirts can range from slim form-fitted to baggy and oversized, it is well worth checking how the fit is described in any manufacturer’s description that is available. As far as comfort goes, some women feel most comfy in a shirt that is designed to fit large, while others feel best in a style that hugs the body. If you love an oversized fit, you may also want to check out men’s styles as they have more options that are bigger, and in some cases, they are less expensive.
Colors– You can get sweatshirts in pretty much any color you desire. Some of the least expensive brands have the most color options. If you are looking for subtle modern colors, try the ALO Yoga Soho or the Universal Thread design from Target.
Price– There are a lot of inexpensive brands selling decent quality options, check Hanes, or the Amazon basic style listed above for some excellent budget options. If you are looking for a branded sweatshirt, the Adidas and the Champion charge a little more for the logo pieces, but most of the branded items are decent quality fleece that is super comfy.