Technically, wearing a hoodie is only as complicated as, well…wearing a hoodie. You either pull it on or zip it up and—bang—you’ve done it. But you know nothing’s really as simple as all that when it comes to style, or you wouldn’t be here exploring the intricacies of how, exactly, one should incorporate a hooded sweatshirt into a ‘fit in the fall of 2019.
Well, we’re here to help. Because while, yes, you could just throw a hoodie on with a pair of jeans and be done with it, you’re looking for something different. Maybe that combo makes you feel like you’re in a rut. Maybe you just really love hoodies, so you yearn for variety. Maybe you’re entangled in some strange style-based wager where you have to wear a hoodie every single day and, come 2020, a pair of curmudgeonly rich dudes will pay you a princely sum for your efforts. Whatever the reason, here’s how to mix up your hoodie-wearing for pretty much any scenario this fall.
Timothée Chalamet, tousled hair god and wearer of hoodies, knows the deal: If you’re going to step out in a simple hoodie-and-jeans combo, the easiest way to class it up is to black it out. The vibe is cool but approachable, and you don’t need a movie star’s bank account to emulate it for yourself.
Dress It Up
Hoodies are inherently laid-back. But they don’t have to be. When you want to give your hoodie a respectable sheen, take a page from David Beckham’s book. Pairing a hoodie with a topcoat has been a go-to move for celebrity types for a while now, and even though it’s not new, we still endorse it wholeheartedly. Why? Because it just plain looks great.
If you’re not a topcoat kinda guy, do as Michael B. Jordan does and wear your hoodie with a bomber jacket. Keeping things in the same color family makes the combo feel a little more refined, even though it feels supremely laid-back while you’re wearing it. Plus, you know, you’ll be cozy and warm, even if the wind kicks up. Call it a win-win. (Or is that a win-win-win?)
Take It Sleazy
Justin Bieber, the original sleazy boy, knows something important: If you want to lean way into the hoodie’s casual vibe, it’s time for tie-dye. And, because sleazing is all about taking things to the next level of DGAF, why not pair up that multicolor hoodie with a pair of mesh shorts? When the weather cools down, just swap into some track pants—preferably baggy—and you’re good to go.