Curated and photographed at the Highsnobiety New York office, “Test Drive” is a series where we try on our favorite items of the season. 

Hoodie weather is here, that glorious time of the year where the ubiquitous cotton jersey (or cross-grain fleece, if you’re a real connoisseur) garment becomes the T-shirt of the season. In the world of streetwear and sportswear, the hoodie ranges from Museum of Modern Art-worthy offerings like Champion’s inimitable Reverse Weave knitwear to Supreme’s covetable Box Logo hoodies, which are actually made on high-quality blanks from Canadian manufacturer Roopa Knitting Mills.

But of course, as streetwear and fashion become evermore interchangeable, we’ve seen masters of the game like Raf Simons turn humble hoodies into straight-up pieces, like his latest Fall/Winter 2019 collection where he turns his penchant for graphics to the world of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet film, making tonal photos featuring Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan, and Lynch himself into covetable and wearable garms.

Jun Takahashi of UNDERCOVER similarly takes inspiration from Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (his previous collection tapped Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, so maybe he’s been rewatching the Criterion Collection?) to turn some of the film’s most memorable characters and scenes into haunting all-over print hoodies.

We decided to take it upon ourselves to style some of the season’s best hoodie offerings — tying in some other trends like tie-dye and wild graphic prints — giving our take on how to style the perennially young garment. The trick to wearing hoodie without looking like a teenager? Consider layering it under some super-luxe outerwear.

Raf Simons

Sweater by Raf Simons. Sunglasses by Oakley. Pants by Billy.
Highsnobiety / Andrew Morales

After waxing nostalgic about Raf Simons’ collection featuring graphics from David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, we dug a bit deeper into this season’s offerings and found this sick take on the designer’s tendency to tap into fetish culture like bondage. The metallic rings come in handy for today’s sidebag-saddled world, and now you have multiple options for stashing your keys.

Embellished Fleece Hoodie

Embellished Fleece Hoodie

$765

Raf Simons

Buy at Mr. Porter

Officine Generale

Hoodie by Officine Generale. Bags by Rhude. T-shirt by Billy. Pants by Marni. Sneakers by VETEMENTS.
Highsnobiety / Andrew Morales

Officine Generale is synonymous with laid-back French style. Think of it as “A.P.C. for the slightly more refined set.” Here, the label’s pigment dyed hoodie gives it that perfect worn-in look without the effort. And the best part? You don’t get that gross, semi-permanent vintage store smell.

Grey Olivier Hoodie

Grey Olivier Hoodie

$137

Officine Generale

Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $300

Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $300

Buy at ssense

COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT

Hoodie and T-shirt by COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT. Pants by Lanvin. Loafers by Palace.
Highsnobiety / Andrew Morales

Biff! Bang! Boom! Whether you’re a comic fan or simply a nerd with an appreciation for fun typefaces and onomatopoeias (look it up, Webster), CDG SHIRT gives a literal meaning to “loud prints” with this playful graphic interpretation. To blow people’s minds even further, wear a coordinating layer underneath with even more textual references. Super meta!

Printed Loopback Hoodie

Printed Loopback Hoodie

$290

COMME des GARCONS

Buy at Mr. Porter

GmBH

Hoodie by GMbH.
Highsnobiety / Andrew Morales

If we could describe GmBH in three words, they would be: “Weird, but good.” The same could be said of GmBH and Highsnobiety’s hometown of Berlin, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. GmBH’s remix of the simple black hoodie adds a slight crop and a half-zip closure, channeling another knitwear vibe we’ve recently been on. The simple embroidered graphic skews between Silicon Valley company and super minimal fashion label, which we’re definitely feeling.

Logo-embroidered  sweatshirt

Logo-embroidered sweatshirt

from $374

GmbH

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Isabel Marant

Hoodie by Isabel Marant. Blazer by Gucci.
Highsnobiety / Andrew Morales

The dude who wears Isabel Marant listens to Lil Nas X but also considers Celine Dion and Princess Diana as absolutely god-level in his pantheon of impeccable fit-wearers. This multicolor Viley hoodie speaks to that aesthetic, which is somewhere between Wild West rough and Southern France rustic. To balance it out, we paired it with a textured tweed sportcoat from Gucci (no cowboy hat though) to give it an upscale appeal.

Multicolor Viley Hoodie

Multicolor Viley Hoodie

$187

Isabel Marant

Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $300

Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $300

Buy at ssense

Burberry

Full Look by Burberry.
Highsnobiety / Andrew Morales

Sleeves can be a burden. Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci understands that! This sleeveless option makes a great layering piece, and definitely has retro ’80s sportswear vibes if the same designers who made those wildly-inaccurate-but-sick-in-their-own-way video game box art decided to make sleeveless gym hoodies. We also like how this particular take on the Thomas Burberry monogram/Burberry logo looks like if Piet Mondrian was in the pizza box business.

Sleeveless Logo Graphic Wool Hoodie

Sleeveless Logo Graphic Wool Hoodie

from $924

Burberry

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)
Words by Jian DeLeon
Editorial Director

Jian DeLeon is the Editorial Director at Highsnobiety. He is based in New York.