Let me be the first to say welcome to the ‘hood…ie. The Hoodie. Also known as a bunny hug and a kangaroo jacket around the world, the hoodie is one of those weird pieces of clothing that never really changes or evolves yet somehow manages to make it’s way into both men and womens wardrobes and just stick. So if it’s not ever really in style or out of style, or really a style at all, allow me to be so bold as to say that the hoodie is about to be trending in a big way. Hoodies are about to have a moment.
I imagine that most of us were introduced to the hoodie at a very early age, usually in a sports setting. How many embroidered soccer and volleyball hoodies can a person own? The answer is, a lot. But hoodies aren’t just restricted to sports team attire, they have some serious cross over game as well. My favourite go-to loungewear is my high school grad class hoodie (PCHS 2005, represent!). And as I am typing this out I am wearing my old “Lifeguard” hoodie from my first, and best, job. But recently NEAT has noticed a trend with hoodies and the fashion scene in that they are popping up on fashion blogs and in street style. It appears as though hoodies are demanding equal rights that their counterparts, sweatshirts, have enjoyed for years now. That right being to be paired with something other than athletic shorts and threadbare sweatpants. So everyone welcome hoodies to the ‘hood.’
Now before you scoff at the idea of wearing a hoodie for fashion purposes just hear me out, there are more pros than you might think. I for one have always been a fan of a hoodie over a sweatshirt for several reasons:
- The hood on a hoodie keeps your head warm, hides that beard of hormonal acne you’ve been struggling with since puberty, and puts horse blinders on you to stop you from having to engage in any unwanted conversation while on public transit.
- The pocket in the front is a built in hand muff for you to keep those digits toasty in the cold months and it allows you to masturbate in public with little to no people catching on. I can’t guarantee you will fool everyone but hey, you only live once right?
- Fuck the new term “athleisure”. Hoodies have been taking you from home room to basketball practice to the back seat of your boyfriends car for years now. The hoodie is the original athleisure oufit, show some respect.
- And finally the traditional hoodie is loose and forgiving to help you out when you’ve got the bloats. A girls best friend really, because when I don’t have the bloats I am probably eating something that is going to give me the bloats in the very near future so I always appreciate a roomie top.
With this list I’ve provided you I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t be running to dig out those old high school hoodies you’ve got buried deep in the closet. So the next time you reach for a sweatshirt, take your chances on a hoodie instead. Happy hoodie hunting!
Photos by Kayla Browne from NEAT