The ultimate minimalist wardrobe trick? Feeling comfortable in your own skin, er, sweatshirt.
I’ve said before that the biggest indicator of whether something is going to have staying power in my wardrobe is its comfort factor. If something’s comfortable enough that I want to put it on day after day, it’s going to stick around, but it also needs to be comfortable on a more metaphysical level. Regardless of how it fits, I need my clothes to make me feel good. Enter sweatshirts. Maligned as weekend wear, or schlubby mom clothes (rude), sweatshirts aren’t typically celebrated as self-esteem boosting wardrobe staples. But give me a rack of designer clothes and include sweatshirts of any kind in the mix and the gravitational pull is going to be fierce.
I’m not saying that I swan around like royalty in a sweatshirt, but I do feel good. The trick is in the tailoring and the material. A thick French terry with perfectly draped shoulders and a thick hemline? Yes. A vintage sweatshirt with just the right details? Worth its weight in gold, I see.
Sweatshirt love isn’t my own quirk. Lots of folks are hip to the hype and there are plenty of lovely places for sourcing the perfect crewneck, should you be on the hunt. In case any of you are searching for stellar sweats, here are a few sweatshirts that have caught my eye lately:
Baserange: Basic Sweat
Known for their thoughtfully made cozy underthings, it’s no surprise that Baserange also has a killer-looking basic crewneck for layering on top. I love the blush color, but it also comes in black and off-white Made in Portugal.
Calder Blake: Isamu French Terry Pocket Pullover
For a sweatshirt with a twist, I love the look of this French terry pullover that’s been designed so that the terry loops are on the outside. For a more classic look, the Brady French Terry Sweatshirt is a simple crewneck made from a cotton blend. Made in California.
Everlane: The Slim Classic French Terry
I haven’t personally tried their latest iteration of the French terry sweatshirts, so I can’t vouch for the quality, but I owned one of Everlane’s original crewneck sweatshirts and wore it until it was threadbare and stained (user error). Made in Vietnam.
Jungmaven: Hemp Crew
These guys are my go-to source for all things comfy and hemp. They’re on a mission to support industrially grown hemp because it regenerates the soil it’s grown in and helps mitigate climate change (noble cause!). Their unisex hemp crew looks A+ and I can’t lie, I’m also very intrigued by the super-cozy looking turtleneck sweatshirt. Made in the USA of globally sourced fabric.
Of A Kind: Professional Enthusiast Sweatshirt
If you’re searching for a sweatshirt with just a little extra something, look no further than the very peppy French terry sweatshirts produced by the women at Of a Kind. Professional Enthusiasts of the world, take note. Now in a short-sleeved version, too. Made in Brooklyn, of Japanese fabric.
Tradlands: Althea Sweatshirts
Crew neck sweatshirts are part of Tradland’s latest foray into the world beyond button-ups. I loved their new sweatshirts so much, that I made sure to keep this one around after the photoshoot. Made in the USA.
United by Blue: French Rib Swing
United by Blue is a relatively new-to-me company that has a slightly quirky approach to environmental stewardship. For every sale they make, they pledge to remove a pound of trash from a local waterway. When I recently saw their French Rib Swing sweatshirt in my favorite color du jour, I couldn’t help myself. Made in China from organic cotton.
Victor Athletics: Women’s Sweatshirts
I’m a very big fan of the hoodie that I bought last year from Victor. Nerd alert: James and I have matching hoodies and we both love them very much (Mine’s blue and his is gray. We’re not total weirdos.) Made in the USA from organic cotton.
PS. In case you have a sweatshirt affinity and little guys you like to dress, consider something special from Rudy Jude: Faye and Silas have matching naturally-dyed Indigo raglans, and I’m v. v. tempted to try to squeeze into the size 10 Piglet. Such a perfect color, huh?
What about you guys? Favorite sweatshirts worth crowing about?