Before we dive into the best hoodies for men, let’s get one thing straight: there is no such thing as a bad hoodie. If it has all the essentials – cozy fabric, roomy hood, long sleeves (sorry, Bill Belichick) – it’s worth your time, at least in some ways. Even the sloppiest, bleach-stained hoodie has the option to enjoy a Sunday on the couch from 8 to 10. It’s a warm hug to wear. But some hoodies are better than others in terms of appearance or quality or both. If you’re looking for a new, publicly available addition to your hoodie rotation – a sweatshirt that looks just as good under a topcoat in winter as it does with shorts and a t-shirt in spring – we’ve all tracked down the best options you can get right now be available. All hoodies are good hoodies, but these 21 are the absolute best hoodies for men.
The best all-round hoodie
Reigning Champ pullover hoodie
If you haven’t had the chance – or more precisely, the patience to sign up for a chance – to wear a Supreme hoodie, you missed it. And we’re not (just) referring to the illusory clout you get when you slip on a high profile Grail. We’re talking about the hoodie itself: the fleece is dense and heavy, the industrial-grade ribs on the sides and hems provide a healthy amount of resilience, the hood is perfectly proportioned. But in case you’re just not the boxing logo type, or don’t have an extra giant or two in the streetwear resale market, there is another, more accessible, way to understand how the hyper half-life lives. Just over a decade ago, Vancouver’s CYC Design Corp – the former maker of Supreme’s superior sweat – launched the Reigning Champ, which makes the same heavy-duty sportswear without the thirst-inducing branding and severely limited range. All the coziness that adds to the game without the risk of causing an actual commotion.
The best hoodie you already own
Champion Life Reverse Weave Pullover Hoodie
OK, come on: we don’t really have to sell you on this, do we? Champion sweatshirts like 501s and Chucks were likely a staple of your wardrobe before you could spell “wardrobe”. Instead, let’s use this area to reiterate why they have been worthy of your loyalty all these years. Mainly it is the construction: as early as the 1930s Champion introduced its patented back weaving technique, a process that increases the durability of the fleece and makes it insensitive to shrinkage. That one innovation made Champion’s Sweats an instant outfitter for every college sports program in the country and a favorite with Japanese vintage hunters many decades later. They still do them the same way, and their hoodies still last almost forever – so deserve a spot on this list.
The best elegant hoodie
Everlane felt merino hoodie
Calibrating your wardrobe for the WFH era is about finding the Swiss Army Garms that look and feel right in a wide variety of situations. The latest hoodie from Everlane fits this shape perfectly: the felted merino knit is woolly and sophisticated like your best business casual sweaters, but it’s still a hoodie. That said, you can wear it on an important Zoom call with a client, go to the dog park for some fresh air, and then enjoy it on the couch for a long night of The Queen’s Gambit without anyone ever have to turn a blind eye. Swing with the matching sweatpants and you’ll be tempted to change your clothes again in spring.
The best slightly oversized hoodie
John Elliott Beach Hoodie
John Elliott built his menswear empire – opening huge flagships in West Hollywood and designing kicks for LeBron – all on the back of an era-defining hooded sweatshirt. Seven years later, Elliott hasn’t lost a step. Its newest model feels for 2020: Baggier and Boxer the right way, cut from a lighter cotton that’s perfect for sunny spring days or autumn.
The best advanced flex hoodie
Needle patchwork batik hoodie made of cotton blend with fleece back
If you want to get loud with your casual attire, there is no shortage of options. You could dig deep into the graphics, try on a few highlighter neons for size, and maybe bring them back to the late aughts with all-over Jesse Pinkman-style prints. But none of them can hold a candle to Needles’ wildly trippy patchwork hoodies. Made up of five chopped up sweatshirts, no two are exactly alike – which makes each of these already rare Grails even more desirable.
16 more hoodies we love
Carhartt “Paxton” hooded heavyweight sweatshirt
Our own Chris Gayomali recently described this sturdy, water-repellent joint as “heavier” so it feels like you’re wearing a weighted blanket. Sounds reassuring.
Russell Athletic Dri-Power Pullover Fleece Hoodie
GQ 8-Ball Hoodie
Inspired by the cosmic grunge of ’90s headshop iconography, GQ’s very first hoodie features downright tattooable 8-ball logos on the front and back – something you would find if you searched and delved into your favorite magazine in 1996 Smoking shop instead of a newspaper kiosk.
Gap vintage soft hoodie
We’re well-documented gap hoodie fans here at GQ, and this one – logo-free, no drawstring, soft as hell – may be their best yet.
Yes, you can take off a giant chewing gum hoodie.
Naadam recycled cashmere hoodie
You deserve more cashmere in your life.
Mooji Mooji Oversize Crop Hoodie
Our favorite, non-vintage hoodie doesn’t go well with your best blue jeans.
Colorful standard classic organic popover hoody
3sixteen heavy pullover hoodie
A thick hoodie with a cleverly hidden pocket.
Adidas Adicolor Premium Hoodie
Freshen up your rotation with this mint number.
Birdwell Cayucos Pullover Hoodie
A look back at surf hoodies from the 1960s – including a vintage wash.
J.Crew lightweight French Terry Henry hoodie
Pair it with your airiest shorts and a summer drink.
Outerknown Hightide Pullover Hoodie
A hoodie with which you feel equally comfortable on the outside (made of lush, soft terrycloth) and on the inside (the fabric is woven from 54% organic cotton and 46% recycled polyester).
Nike Sportswear Club Fleece Pullover Hoodie
Sometimes a fresh color is enough to make your hoodie rotation feel like new.