Juergen Teller, Bella Hadid, and Anna Wintour were at the Balenciaga's couture show in Paris last year, bearing witness to, alongside a long list of other standout pieces, look 38 — a zip-up, grey hoodie. It was ultra-basic, but it looked plush as hell.
As if the humble hoodie, which many of us have relied upon more than ever in the stay-home era, needed more vindication — Demna and Balenciaga go and stick the most simple of staples on the most anticipated of runways. This was Balenciaga’s first physical couture show in a huge fifty-three years and it served as a reminder of the love this hard-working garment deserves.
This is the wardrobe essential that can do pretty much anything. As well as couture runways, it’ll handle fall evenings, long dog walks, nights in, nights out, and everything in between. Hoodies are crazy tough, too. Good ones will brush off years of mistreatment, hot washes, and begrudged borrows and still be solid.
Of course, your trusty Uniqlo one might be fine, but with the above in mind, we're turning to exceptionally high-quality hoodies that are worthy of a little more investment. While we patiently await more from Demna's latest take on the staple, we've picked out some luxe options from the likes of Affix, Diomene by Damir Doma, and Maison Margiela.
Shop some of the internet's best investment hoodies below.
Stone Island Garment-Dyed Fleece Hoodie
Stone Island's garment-dyed sweats are not only some of the best on the market in terms of quality, but they also let you get the badge in.
visvim Distressed Garment-Dyed Hoodie
Getting a hoodie to be perfectly worn in with fading and distressing in all the right places is a chore, so visvim has done all the hard work for you.
Highsnobiety Garment Dyed Hoodie
Garment dyed with contrast stitching and a boxy oversized fit, we don't want to toot our own horns too much but this is a pretty perfect day-to-day hoodie.
Celine Printed Mohair Hoodie
The current craze for all things mohair has meant that the fabric is even being used for hoodies, and we're not mad at it. The more fluffy things there are in the world the better, that's what I say.
Jacquemus Le Sweatshirt Brodé
Amongst Jacquemus' many talents is the ability to create the ideal hue, as is shown by the subtle yellow color of this hoodie.
The Row Deugene Hoodie
Minimal, luxurious, and with a focus on subtle details — what else do you expect from The Row?
Winnie New York Cotton Fleece Hoodie
This bright green offering from Winnie New York will add a little variety to your hoodie collection. And for those that appreciate minimal branding, look no further.
Raf Simons Resilencer Hoodie
For all those who enjoy layering a hoodie under a t-shirt, here's the high-fashion version of your signature styling trick.
Diomene by Damir Doma Pullover Hoodie
Damir Doma is an OG in the world of luxury fashion and his new label Diomene is known for intricate patterns and beautiful embroidery, though this hoodie provides none of that. What it does provide though is a timeless style that can essentially be worn with anything. The small embroidered logo will set you apart from those that aren't in the know.
Rick Owens DRKSHDW Grandbury Hoodie
Whether from the back of the hood or from cuffs, this otherwise minimal hoodie has all sorts of fabric hanging from it.
Acne Studios Organic Cotton Logo Hoodie
A list of high-quality hoodies without Acne just wouldn't make sense as the brand consistently releases minimal staples that work with any wardrobe. This neutral hoodie comes oversized, so no need to size up.
Loewe Anagram Patch Hoodie
There are not many hoodies that are hallmarked with a leather Anagram patch, but this one from Loewe is.
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