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5 Days, 5 Ways: The Elevated Hoodie

for creatures of comfort *and* style

By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: May 19 2019

Your hoodie is a weekend layering necessity. Roll out of bed, throw on a hoodie and sweatpants, run to coffee. If your hair is unacceptably tousled, the hood has you covered. If it starts to lightly drizzle and you find yourself umbrella-less, that hood is there for you. See an ex you’d rather not see? Hood up and hightail it out of there.

So what separates an elevated hoodie from the standard? A focus on fit and finer material. When shopping for a hoodie that will get you through more situations than walking to and from the gym, look for styles without the kangaroo pocket, as that can add bulk (and honestly, guys clothes have so many pockets that you can’t possibly need another). Opt for materials that would typically be reserved for a sweater, like merino wool, cashmere, or even a finer cotton.


An elevated hoodie streamlines the traditional silhouette and favors fine sweater fabrics over typical fleece or cotton to create a more versatile layering option.


vest: Vince, $285 | shirt: Charles Tyrwhitt, $69 | chinos: Gant Rugger, $116

boots: Oak Street Bootmakers, $259 | watch: Timex x form•function•form, $96 | deodorant: Aesop, $35

Wear it well: Layer your hoodie over a shirt and puffer vest for casual work look.


sportcoat: Officine General, $675 | shirt: J.Crew, $60 | jeans: Jean Shop, $114

shoes: ami, $297 | socks: Mr. Gray, $30 | glasses: Oliver Peoples, $206

Wear it well: Make a sportcoat more casual for date night with a hoodie and dark denim.


bomber: Wings + Horns, $540 | jeans: Orslow, $262 | sneaker: Vans, $170

sunglasses: The Hillside x Toms, $239 | wallet: Acne Studios, $130

scent: Comme des Garcons, $110

Wear it well: Keep a monochrome outfit interesting by playing with texture, like this sherpa jacket, or adding pop color accessories.


topcoat: Theory, $672 | pants: Sid Mashburn, $175 | tee: Uniqlo, $6

boots: H by Hudson, $132 | belt: Tanner Goods, $105 | socks: Anonymous Ism, $24

Wear it well: Throw a topcoat over your hoodie to make it feel more refined.


jacket: Levi’s, $90 | joggers: Ralph Lauren, $209 | sneakers: Common Projects, $325

sunglasses: Whistles, $60 | cap: Norse Projects, $65 | backpack: Master-piece, $195

Wear it well: Wear your elevated hoodie with your casual clothes to make everything feel more put together.

Want to see more ways to wear your wardrobe favorites? We show you how to style a puffer vest, lace up boots and colorful cords 5 ways.