Winter has many fashion-related benefits. You get to break out your statement pullover jacket, your latest outsize sweater score and a cozy blanket scarf that makes you feel like you’re still bundled up on the couch. But the best perk is getting to wear long sleeve hoodies under (or over) practically everything. The versatile and often-mocked layering piece is a cold-weather staple, providing much-needed insulation.
Even though hoodies don’t always get their due, we’re big advocates of the pieces for their ability to instantly upgrade an outfit to next-level status.
There’s a reason we admire the street style set. Members of the fashion elite have an uncanny ability to take an item that was once dismissed as tacky and make it suddenly relevant again. Who would have imagined that fanny packs, neon and bike shorts would be must-haves? You can also add hoodies to that ever-growing list.
Just like turtlenecks, hooded sweatshirts have become key layering pieces during fashion week, especially the fall shows in February. Looking to take that kimono-style wrap jacket into winter? Just layer a hoodie underneath. Longing to participate in the off-the-shoulders jacket trend but too practical to expose yourself to the cold? Slipping on a hoodie makes the trend blizzard-appropriate. Wish your fave winter coat came with a warm hood? Work in a hoodie for instant gratification.
While solid color hoodies are frequently favored on the streets, there’s also room for color-blocking, graphic prints, tie-dye, laces and structured necklines. There are even wool and teddy versions you can rock as outerwear (which presents a whole new range of styling opportunities).