Last updated 20th September, 2021.
Comfort? Check. Style? Check. Versatility? Check. Even with all those points, it's pretty easy to forget just how great hoodies really are. It's the wardrobe staple we all take for granted but can't live without. From that comfy old discoloured piece you refuse to throw away to those luxury layers perfect for complementing your fits year-round, the simple hoodie has a multitude of applications and suits almost every occasion. If you're looking to pickup a new hoodie ready for the Fall season, be sure to keep reading!
Here at The Sole Supplier, we're bigs fans of both style and practical comfort so we've decided to put together a list of the best hoodies for men in 2021. We've based our choices on the quality, the fit, the design and comfort to bring you a range of only the greatest. From minimalist logo pullover hoodies to streetwear styled additions, we've got you covered and what we think you should be wearing and why.
So if you're looking to bolster your wardrobe essentials and add some freshness to your weekly rotation, look no further and check out our list of the best hoodies to cop in 2021!
The Best Hoodies for Everyday Wear
Hoodies are an excellent wardrobe essential, especially around the transitional months when the weather just can’t make up its mind. With athleisure becoming such a phenomenon it is now more acceptable to wear a hoodie under anything, whether that be under a puffer jacket or even a blazer! Whether you wear it on its own or under a jacket, having a great hoodie you can wear everyday is something every wardrobe needs.
When you pick a hoodie for casual wear, you need to make sure it's high quality and most importantly that it’s wearable. An everyday hoodie doesn’t have to be trendy or stand out, this is where subtle branding reigns supreme.
Carhartt WIP Chase Hoodie "Black"
When we talk about quality basics, it is hard not to mention Carhartt WIP (Work in Progress). Since its creation, Carhartt WIP has been refining and redesigning the label's mainline of workwear. Having adapted for a new audience, the main focus of this brand is on design and quality.
For that reason, a Carhartt WIP hoodie should definitely be on your wishlist. This fleece hoodie comes in a variety of colours from neutral colours to more vibrant statement colourways. Packing both style and substance, this Carhartt hoodie is sure to last due to its high-quality.
Who this is for: This is perfect for any fans of laid back looks! Carhartt WIP pays homage to its workwear roots to produce some of the finest in durable but comfortable garments.
Things we love: The simplicity of the garment! With a small logo embroidery being the only highlighted feature, this hoodie is ideal for creating layered looks during the winter or relaxed style for the rest of the year. As well as this, the fleeced inner is soft to the touch and provides comfort throughout wear.
Things we don't love: Its off-white appearance won't be easy for everyone to pull off, especially during the winter months.
Sizes Available: XS-WXL
Colours Available: Black, White, Grey, Green, Navy, Orange, Purple, Yellow
Materials: 58% Cotton, 42% Polyester
Where to buy: ASOS
Shop our full selection of Carhartt WIP hoodies here.
Champion Reverse Weave Classic Hoody "Navy"
The Champion Reverse Weave is a classic hoodie. It was designed specifically to be worn during sports and to overcome the fatal flaw of shrinkage which occurred in other sportswear items at the time so you know this hoodie is built to last!
Having been a staple of the brand for almost 100 years, the Reverse Weave Hoodie is hard to beat. It's comfortable, durable and has become a streetwear essential. Over the years it has refined and is arguably one of the best hoodies you can buy today.
Who this is for: This hoodie is perfect for anyone looking to add some durable and long-lasting essential style to their wardrobe! With minimal branding and a variety of colourways, this hoodie is truly for everyone.
Things we love: If you're looking for the all-round best hoodie, this is a strong contender. Champion's reverse weave technology is shrink resistant and built to withstand years of wear and the fit of the garment is perfect for streetwear-inspired outfits.
Things we don't love: Due to the casual nature of this hoodie, it may be difficult to dress up with this style. The extended cuffs and sportswear influenced design make it more suited for more casual outfits.
Price: Retail is £89 however this hoodie is currently on sale for £59 so act fast!
Sizes Available: Small-XL
Colours Available: Navy, Black, White, Grey, Orange, Green
Materials: 86% cotton, 14% polyester
Where to buy: END.
Check out our curated range of Champion hoodies here.
NikeLab Fleece Hoodie "Steam"
Nike of course has to get a mention in this list. The sportswear giant creates so many variations of hoodies we had to give them a shout out.
The hoodie we chose is part of the NikeLab line, which is known for its innovation and use of high quality materials. Part of the essentials collection, this NikeLab Fleece Hoodie offers a relaxed and slightly oversized fit with very minimal branding. Aside from the iconic Swoosh logo on the chest, this hoodie is kept very simple, perfect for everyday wear!
Who this is for: Anyone who's looking to marry both style and comfort with ease! This NikeLab popover hoodie is ideal for anyone who's aiming to elevate their daily essentials to the next level.
Things we love: The simplistic nature of this hoodie is worth shouting about! It's perfect for year-round layering and styling. As well as this, it has a boxy fit for a more contemporary style silhouette.
Things we don't love: Due to the price being slightly below the streetwear average, the quality isn't going to be anything to shout about.
Sizes Available: XS-XL
Colours Available: Black, Steam, Psychic Blue and Light Bone
Materials: 84% Cotton, 16% polyester
Where to buy: Footpatrol, Nike, END., Size?
Shop our full selection of men's Nike hoodies here.
The North Face Oversized Essential Hoodie "Asphalt Grey"
Coming from The North Face, this hoodie is an excellent piece to check out. If you’re looking for something incredibly comfortable for exploring the outdoors, definitely be sure to check out The North Face’s selection of hoodies.
Who this is for: This hoodie is made for anyone who's looking to be ready for the great outdoors! The North Face offer some of the finest in outdoor gear that will keep you looking your best from the high-peaks to the high streets!
Things we love: The oversized fit of this hoodie is perfect for creating those relaxed silhouettes and maximising comfort! This one is guaranteed to keep you cosy throughout wear.
Things we don't love: The oversized fit might run a little bit big so make sure you take that into consideration before buying!
Sizes Available: XS-2XL
Colours Available: Asphalt Grey
Materials: 96% cotton 4% polyester
Where to buy: ASOS
Shop our range of curated The North Face hoodies here.
adidas Originals Pharrell Williams Basics Hoodie "Night Sky"
Born from the join-efforts of Pharrell Williams and adidas, this hoodie is perfect for any fans of minimalistic style and simplicity. With a focus on comfort and freedom, this hoodie is perfect for day to day life and year-round styling. For anyone looking to add some freshness to their weekly rotation, this one is for you.
Who this is for: This hoodie is unisex so it's great for both guys and girls! As well as this, its minimalist style is perfect for anyone that prefers more subdued looks.
Things we love: The boxy and straight cut fit is unique and perfect for styling with matching bottoms and your favourite adidas sneakers.
Things we don't love: The lack of drawstrings can put some off as it doesn't offer any kind of tapering option for the hood.
Sizes Available: S-XL
Colours Available: Night Sky, Olive Cargo, Black, Light Grey Heather, Earth Brown, Ecru Tint
Materials: 100% French terry cotton
Where to buy: adidas, footpatrol
Shop our full collection of adidas hoodies here.
Our picks for the best Graphic Logo Hoodies
Sometimes you want a hoodie to be a little something more than just a basic essential. The right hoodie can be a statement piece, something to really show off your personality and style. When you’re looking for something to stand out, there’s no better place to turn than a graphic logo hoodie.
Lets face it, here in the UK you’re gonna spend a lot of your time in a hoodie, so you might as well get one which makes a statement. From the Supreme Box Logo to Off-White’s back print graphics, logo hoodies are more popular than ever!
A logo hoodie has become a streetwear essential, so we’ve pulled together a list of some of the best on the market.
AAPE Popover AAPE Head Hoodie "Black"
Get ready to explore the concrete jungles with the finest from AAPE! Born as a sub-label to A Bathing Ape, this AAPE hoodie is perfect for anyone who's after big logos and style without the hefty price tag that usually accompanies it.
Who this is for: Fans of Japanese streetwear! AAPE is an off-shoot of Japanese Streetwear giant A Bathing Ape with a lower price point and a younger and fresher feel. If you're looking to get into high-fashion pieces this is a very accessible starting point.
Things we love: This hooded sweatshirt blends cotton and polyester for a midweight and stretchy fit, making it perfect for lounging!
Things we don't love: A lot is going on logo-wise, if you're into more subdued looks and style, this might not be the hoodie for you.
Sizes Available: S-XL
Colours Available: Black
Materials: 67% cotton, 33% polyester
Shop our full selection of AAPE hoodies here.
SNS Movie Hoodie "Black"
Give your fits some retro-vibes with this SNS hoodie! Arriving from famed sneaker store Sneakersnstuff's own line, this hoodie is guaranteed to add some flair into your wardrobe. With a relaxed fit, this one is perfect for lounging or when you're out and about.
Who this is for: Movie lovers and streetwear fans alike! This hoodie's graphic is inspired by classic movie credits and features a retro-styled font throughout, perfect when paired with a vintage 80's or 90's inspired outfit.
Things we love: The front print is like something straight out of the 80s! Perfect for channelling those classic vibes into your fits.
Things we don't love: To the untrained eye, this hoodie might look a little bit too retro, which might not justify its average price point for everyone.
Sizes Available: S-3XL
Colours Available: Black
Materials: 70% cotton, 30% polyester
Where to buy: Sneakersnstuff
Shop our full selection of SNS hoodies here.
Stussy Basic Stock Hoodie "Black"
With over 40 years in the game, Stussy is one of the oldest and most successful streetwear brands on the planet! So it comes as no surprise that they can produce one hell of a hoodie! This classic back print hoodie is the perfect addition for even the most eclectic of wardrobes.
If you're a streetwear fan and you're on the lookout for your next best hoodie, Stussy is definitely one to check out. The Stussy Basic Logo Hoodie is a classic and has been found in streetwear wardrobes for decades.
Who this is for:: Any streetwear aficionado with a love for surf and skate culture. The brand was born after Shawn Stussy began scrawling his name onto his friend's boards and T-Shirts and despite its success still embodies the playfulness and DIY aspects of its creation.
Things we love: The classic Stussy logo motif is instantly recognisable amongst any fans of streetwear or contemporary fashion. It even appears on both the front and rear of the garment for maximum visibility and style points.
Things we don't love: While the comfort is certainly there, it isn't anything show-stopping for around the average price point.
Sizes available: Small-XL
Colours available: White, Black, Navy, Grey, Khaki, Brick, Lemon
Materials: 80% cotton, 20% polyester
Shop our curated selection of the best Stussy Hoodies from Europe's leading retailers.
Our Picks for a Luxe Hoodie
Sometimes you just have to treat yourself.
In recent years, since athleisure has hit its boom and Kanye West has taken over as everyone’s style icon, the hoodie has become everyone’s favourite item. When you know you love something as much as your trusty hoodie, you should treat yourself to something which makes you look and feel your best.
Here at The Sole Supplier, we have you covered. We rounded up a couple of our favourite hoodies below which you definitely need to check out if you want to up your style game. These hoodies will not only fit great and last you a lifetime, they are also sure to help you elevate your everyday looks into something a little more luxurious.
Cole Buxton Crest Logo Hoodie "Black"
Made in England from the finest cotton yarns, this Cole Buxton Crest Logo hoodie exudes quality and style. With the design being inspired by classic athletic apparel this jacket is guaranteed to take your athleisure fits to the next level.
Cole Buxton are masters of comfortable athleisure and that includes creating some of the best hoodies and joggers on the market! We're huge fans of the brand here at The Sole Supplier and many of us spend our days in the office rocking these hoodies.
Who this is for: Anyone who's a fan of classic boxy sportswear fits! Cole Buxton draws a lot of their inspiration from old-school athletics and bodybuilding gear, so their fits always have a retro feel to them.
Things we love: The crest and boxing-inspired logo on the chest look both premium and stylish. As well as this, it's made from a heavyweight loopback jersey for maximum durability and comfort. This hoodie is only going to get better with age!
Things we don't love: The lack of drawstrings around the hood may be unappealing for some but if you can get past that, there isn't much to not love.
Sizes Available: Small-XXLarge
Colours Available: Black
Materials: 100% cotton
Shop our full selection of Cole Buxton hoodies here.
Off-White Sprayed Caravaggio Over Hoody
Made from a heavyweight loopback jersey, this Off-White pullover is as comfortable as it is stylish! Alongside the standout graphic from Italian painter Caravaggio, the labels signature arrows branding is featured on the back of the hoodie in similar renaissance style.
Who this is for: This hoodie is perfect for any streetwear fan who's big on standout graphics or even a big fan of Italian paintings!
Things we love: The standout feature of this hoodie is definitely the graphic. The muted colours of the painting are perfect for incorporating into your outfit and the image itself is sure to catch some attention.
Things we don't love: The price point is enough to make some wince. Unless you're looking on bringing some luxury streetwear style to your wardrobe, we'd suggest another alternative.
Sizes Available: XS-XL
Colours Available: Black, White, Red
Materials: 100% loopback cotton-jersey
Where to buy: END.
Shop our full selection of Off-White hoodies here.
Care and Maintenance
Hoodies are pretty low-maintenance compared to other more delicate types of clothing. A high quality hoodie will stand the test of time so long as you properly care for it. Here are a few general dos and don'ts that apply to most hoodies:
- Wash your hoodie after every four to seven wears to keep it fresh.
- Always read the instructions on the label when it comes to washing and drying your hoodies.
- Wash in cold water - 30°C or below.
- If you're really concerned about shrinkage, hand wash it to be safe.
- Wash your hoodie inside out to keep colours and graphics vibrant and drawcords safely tucked away.
- If using a washing machine zip up any zippers so they don't catch on other garments in the wash.
- Give your hoodie a gentle stretch when it comes out of the wash to help it get back into shape.
- Avoid tumble drying even if the label says it's fine. It's just not worth the risk of shrinking. Air drying is the key to long lasting hoodies.
- Don't dry your hoodie in direct sunlight as it can quickly fade the colour.
- Hoodies don't usually require ironing but if you do we recommend ironing it inside out to protect the outside materials.
Why Should You Trust Us?
I cover men's clothing here at The Sole Supplier and my expertise lies in streetwear. I wear hoodies almost every day during the cooler months and I have a vast collection consisting of numerous brands.
For this test I considered hoodies from a number of brands, both established and up-and-coming. I also consulted the rest of our writing team to find out what their favourite hoodie brands were and remove any personal bias.
After settling on a shortlist of 15 I tested each hoodie during a normal workday. During the test I was primarily looking at the following key elements:
- Comfort: One might think that comfort doesn't differ much between brands for casual garments like hoodies, but this is actually the most immediately noticeable differentiator between a good hoodie and a great hoodie. The best hoodies featured on this list are incredibly soft and provide top notch comfort all day.
- Fit: This can be subjective; some people like baggy oversized hoodies while others have a preference for a more fitted feel. Personally, I land somewhere in between these two extremes. I like my hoodies to be roomy for the added comfort but they should still fit well in the length and sleeves. If a hoodie completely swallowed me or wasn't well-proportioned it was an instant 'no'.
- Quality: Goes hand-in-hand with comfort, but when it comes to quality I am also looking for premium materials that are going to retain their shape when washed and stand up the rigours of day-to-day wear. Quality obviously comes at a cost so I am also looking at value for money, I am happy to pay a premium for a hoodie as long as I am paying for quality and not just for a brand name.
- Design: The most subjective of the four key factors. Do I like how it looks? Is the design versatile enough for me to wear around the house, to the office and to a casual gathering with friends? Does it come in an interesting range of colours? At the end of the day a hoodie can be as comfortable, well-fitting and high quality as they come, but if I don't like the design I'm never going to wear it.
All of these elements played a part in my final rankings. The hoodies on this list scored the best across these four areas and are my top picks for 2021.