Perhaps no other time then now have we ever had such an abundance of hoodies. They’ve become part of the foundation brands build on as new collections are churned out year after year.
But, for one reason or another all hoodies are not equal.
Compared to its pullover counterpart, the zip up hoodie is often overlooked and doesn’t get enough credit in the sweater landscape. It could be that some folks just despise having zippers on their garments, or brands just tend to lean towards pullover hoodies since it’s a bit easier to add graphics or embroidery to them.
What’s often left out of hoodie debate is the overall practicality of having a zipper. Too often I’ve been too warm in a pullover hoodie and a zipper would’ve easily changed everything. It allows a different level of comfort that you can dial in as you please depending on the environment.
And while I don’t expect to see any drastic changes from my favorite brands anytime soon, I for one think that time is slowly coming to an end, and zip up hoodies will retake its place on the throne of sweater royalty.
Until then, we can appreciate a few options from some brands that get it and put pullover hoodies to shame.
Shop the best Zip Up Hoodies Below
Noon Goons High Tide Zip Hoodie
Another brown zip up gem courtesy of L.A.-based Noon Goons comes pre-shrunk and built to take on the coldest fall days with cozy fleece interior.
Abc. 123. Zip-Up French Terry Hoodie
Monochrome hoodies are all the rave these days, but rarely do you come across ones like these with low key embroidery on French terry fabric.
Prada Terrycloth Hoodie
Consider this my first entry in the petition to make terrycloth hoodies more popular. Fleece is amazing but terry provides a different level of comfort and Prada knows this for sure.
Highsnobiety BERLIN, BERLIN 3 Zip Hoodie
From embroidery to printed graphics and even a patch, our Berlin tribute hoodie has it all. If you're searching for a nice heavy-weight hoodie to wear this fall this is a fitting choice.
Marni Striped Mohair-Blend Zip-Up Hoodie
Striped Mohair-Blend Zip-Up Hoodie
Marni didn't hold anything back from what could be the hold grail of zip up hoodies. The gorgeous striped mohair is truly one of a kind.
Stüssy Basic Zip Hoodie
Stüssy always comes correct with the essentials so this hoodie is guaranteed to get good use all year round.
Acne Studios Logo-Appliquéd Zip-Up Hoodie
Sure graphics are great but sometimes a small embroidered logo is all a hoodie really needs.
Stray Rats Logo-Print Zip-Up Hoodie
The Miami graphic connoisseurs went off on this black zip up hoodie with detailed prints along the sleeves and back.
Colorful Standard Classic Organic Zip Hoody
Like its namesake, Colorful Standard produces garment dyed and organic cotton essential that works for any setting. The interior fleece lining as well as the earthy brown color is perfect for the season ahead.
Carhartt WIP Hooded Chase Jacket
A mid-weight hoodie is always great to have in your arsenal, especially ones with a zipper. And besides, with the abundance of black hoodies on the market, navy is the next best thing.
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