A “hoodie” is a sweatshirt with a hood. The hood is the most distinctive characteristic besides its frontalpocket, drawstring (adjusts the opening of hood), and zipper closure. This garment became popular in the70’s during the start of the hip hop culture. It became even more widely recognized in the 90’s when a champion boxerwas wearing this garment during the iconic blockbuster hit “Rocky”. This piece of clothing has been a wardrobe staple for all kinds of people, whether we’rewearing tennis shoes or heels. No matter our age or gender, we all deserve to get comfy in a good hoodie. But how can a woman dress up a hoodie without looking like a teenybopper? See below for some tips on how to make a hoodiefashionable:
Prints/Pattern: Women should choose a hoodie with a mature pattern. Do not pick childish prints you would find on a 5th grader’s back. Make sure you choose colors that flatter your skin tone and can be easily matched with layers of clothing. Be daring and do not be afraid to pick prints (i.e. florals, animal, abstract designs). Some of these garments have special printing and embroidery embellishments, which create asophisticated and stylish look.
Fabrics: Hoodies vary not only in prints and patterns, but also in terms of what they’re made of. Fabric certainly does make a difference in price;using cashmere or softer knits makes a hoodie look more dressy. Usually this garment is made of fleece sweatshirt material, but fashion designers and labels have been creating more and more versions of the hoodie look. Check out Smarter’s cashmere hoodies.
Cuts/Layers: Try to think outside of the hoodie… choose different cuts like a tunic-style hoodie (which can be worn as a dress alone or over tights). Besides the length, some women’s hoodies differ in style by an adjustable drawstring cinched at the waist (making a figure look more flattering). Some are sleeveless and can be found as a tight or loose fit. Layering should be easy with a hoodie: under a jacket or layered with a vest.