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| Fashion & Clothing | December 18, 2016

​The hoodie has long been associated with renegade

youths, gym junkies and rappers with a penchant

for ill-fitting clothes.

But the humble cotton top is seeing a resurgence

as men adopt an ‘elegant comfort’ approach to

their off-duty attire. So, how does one style the

hoodie, and not mimic a hooligan teenager? Listen

up home boy.


The only way to wear a hoodie (dressed-up) is to

put to death any hopes and ideas of neon patterns

and bunchy fits (save that for a Nineties, hip-hop

themed party, ok?) Today, the hoodie is a great

layering component under a nice fitting top coat or

trench. Or, it’s a slim-fitting sweater option

(zipped or without) worn neatly on its own.

Just as sneakers, track pants and jeans have

undergone sizing changes in recent years, the

youthful hoodie has too. It’s all a part of growing

up, really. Because, as men, sloppy just isn’t good



Like anything ‘dressed-up’, the drape and fit of the

hoodie needs to be snug and slim. Gone are the

days of ill-fitting, gangster hoodies, which bunch at

the stomach and give the wearer an unwelcomed

gut. Instead, the shape is almost jacket like for

most luxury versions, as the lines between fashion

and sports continue to blur.

But the reworked model doesn’t compromise on

comfort. Look for shoulders that are cut to form a

neat silhouette and opt for a hood compartment

that is double layered, ensuring it maintains its



This might be an obvious point, but still (some

people need reminding) black isn’t just for goths

or fashion editors. Anything ‘casual’ looks more

dressed-up in a plain colour: black, white or grey.

But this doesn’t mean you need to look like a chess

board. Experiment with muted colour too (think

mustard, marsala red, navy and olive green).

Style-wise, pair a plain, patternless hoodie with

dark denim and clean cut sneakers or brogues –

the latter is a more playful version of the typical

lace-up and matches the quirkiness of the hoodie.


It’s amazing what quality fabrics can do to a

garment. Like a suit, polyester and other synthetic-

cotton blend make the average hoodie look, and

feel nasty. A big textile win is a hoodie in pure-

cotton jersey. Cotton is breathable and if you’re

headed out make cause the sweats, while jersey

translates the softness back into cotton, and

eliminates the crinkled elements known to some

pure cottons.

Another cool fabric this season is neoprene. Built

like a wetsuit, the spongey fabric speaks volumes

to sportsluxe look big in men’s wear. Pair the

hoodie with cotton-jersey jogger pants – tailored at

the ankle and some luxury sneakers.

But if you want to spend a pretty penny, look to

cashmere-silk blends. But be warned, once you go

cashmere, cotton simply won’t cut it.


Here’s the fun part; dressing-up the hoodie. The

smoothest way is to treat the hoodie like you would

a waistcoat, especially the zip-through kind. Pick a

neutral-hue (grey is perfect) and layer (zipped-up)

over a cut-away collared shirt and tie (nonchalantly

tucked into the open tuck of the hoodie).

Wear like this or put on an unstructured wool-

cotton blazer (think navy and double-breasted for

ramped-up chic-ness). Shades and cotton chinos

come next. And you’ll be looking sprezzatura in no



By hybrid, we mean quasi-blazer hoodies and utility

variations. The former is the most sophisticated,

recognised perhaps for its breast pocket, complete

with a dandy pocket square. One brand offering

dapper hoodies is L’Estrange. Their posh hoodies

come with internal pockets and paisley patterned

satin-lining, much like an unstructured blazer.

Otherwise, functional-ise the hoodie with metalic

hardware, bold front pockets and cool zips and

clips. Big name brands like Givenchy and

Balenciaga are even plonking leather panels onto

hoodies this season and decentralising zips for

utility hoodie hybrids. Now, these are hoodies – at

their most refined.

Source: D’Marge

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