X Ways to Layer Your Hoodie

Ahhhh the hoodie. The true staple of anyone’s wardrobe. It’s one of those rare items that it’s safe to say, pretty much everyone has in their closet. For my money, it’s due to its versatility. It’s just warm enough to wear during the fall, and just light enough for spring. In the winter you can wear it under your jacket for that perfect snuggly fit. It’s one of those singular iconic items that just works. It’s irreplaceable, it’s impeccable, it’s…your hoodie! But now what happens when you want to incorporate that hoodie into a larger outfit? And even more importantly; what happens when we want to incorporate that hoodie into a larger outfit, and still have drip? Don’t worry because I have the answers! In this guide, you will find ways to not only successfully pull off your hoodie in any style possible, but to keep warm and comfortable while doing so! So jump in my friend, cause we’re going to check out some of the best ways to layer your hoodie!

The Under Shirt, Tight Shirt, Big Shirt Shuffle!

This is a style for those who are looking for a more modern 2022 meets Y2K kind of outfit. First things first though. Let’s cut in real quick to talk about layering! Layering with a hoodie is the key to staying warm with just a hoodie. Now, the look I’m suggesting requires the hoodie to be the outermost layer of your outfit. This means that layering is gonna be essential to keeping you warm. So with that in mind let’s begin. The look I’m suggesting is straight out of 2003, so it’s not for the faint of heart. However, if you’re brave enough to attempt it. You will find that…you…you… have a sick outfit on! To start, get an undershirt. Depending on where you live this can be just a regular old tank top, but if you’re in a colder climate thermal works too. Then take your tight shirt. Now bear in mind this is for late fall to winter temperatures so the presumption here is that that tight shirt has long sleeves. Now tuck those two shirts into your pants. Then grab your big shirt. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, it just needs to be short-sleeved, and have some length to it. Layer it over your long sleeve. Take a second to make any adjustments you may need. You’re going for a flat look, so you don’t want any of these underlayers to bunch up on you. Finally, you’re ready for the hoodie. Since it’s your outer layer my suggestion is to take a look at some of these mens graphic hoodies. For this outfit in particular I suggest an oversized sweater. The challenge here is that you don’t want to crimp your silhouette. This type of outfit is defined by its unique silhouette and to compromise that, you compromise the whole of your look. Take your time with this look. It’s one of those situations where the devil is in the details. Even the most deceptively simple outfits can have a lot going on. But hey maybe you’re not going for all that. Maybe you want something kind of cool and elegant. Maybe even a touch formal? Well, I’ve got just the thing!

A Dash of Darling Elegance

So you’re looking for something else, in your hoodie. Something a little more refined. Something in between dressy, and casual. Now, stop right there. I know what you’re thinking. Dressy, and a hoodie? Isn’t that a bit of an oxymoron? Well, my rebuttal is to check out the Louis Vuitton 2018 Summer show. If it’s good enough for Virgil Abloh, it’s good enough for us! What you want to do here is start with a tighter hoodie. This is an outfit that’s going to require a gradual increase in layering as we get to the outer layers of the look. It’s important though that you try to keep your silhouette as tight as possible. You have the option of going for a shorter sportcoat with this look, but to give it a little extra bit of zing. Might I suggest choosing a full trench? With the trench overcoat you’re now the picture of elegance, yet not without some edge. This is a refined sophisticated look that requires the right person to pull it off. But when they do? Boy, they can pull it off! 

When one wants to make an outfit that’s both fashionable and functional. It’s normal to run into a series of roadblocks. Finding that perfect balance between design and purpose is something people take years to figure out. Don’t be discouraged if it takes you some time to figure this stuff out. My last piece of advice on this subject is essentially…Don’t be afraid to experiment. Take risks, wear what you want to wear. Not for anyone else just for you. As long as you like the way you look, that’s all that matters. 

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