A Great Crewneck Sweatshirt Is the Most Versatile Item in Your WFH Wardrobe

Man, I fuck heavy with the crewneck sweatshirt. Sure, it’s hooded counterpart tends to get a lot of love these days, but if you’ve been sleeping on the crewneck up until now you’re missing out big time. Shit slaps. Not only will the right crewneck sweatshirt keep you cozy inside of your borderline freezing home office (read: whichever chair you decided to prop up as close to the AC as possible) but over a fuzzy Zoom connection—fuzzy Zoom connections: the real standout accessory of the season—you can plausibly fool your gullible work colleagues into thinking you’re wearing, like, an actual sweater. Fancy!

I’ll level with you, I’m pretty damn picky when it comes to the hoodies I rock on a regular basis. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the hype. Hell, I work with more than a few self-described amateur hoodie enthusiasts, and their devotion to the style is damn-near contagious. But I’m finicky when it comes to fit—shocker, I’m sure—and there’s something about the way the hoodie falls around the neck that throws me off ever so slightly, leaving me feeling downright miserable any time I wear one I’m not completely satisfied with. (Listen, man, I never said being married to the game was easy.)

The crewneck sweatshirt, on the other hand, solves the problem by, uh, straight up getting rid of the thing entirely. Easy peasy. And if you’re in the market for yet another ultra-soft, fleece-lined, absolute unit of a wardrobe staple, I’d highly recommend getting involved with the style that solves all your hoodie problems in one masterful stroke of bona fide design genius.

I don’t always wear sweatshirts, but when I do, I wear crewnecks. Stay cozy, my friends.

Vintage Soft Pullover Sweatshirt

Gap gap.com

$39.95

There are few pieces that feel more essentially all-American than the crewneck sweatshirt. So naturally, Gap—iconic purveyor of classic Americana—makes a pretty perfect one. 

The Classic French Terry Crew

Everlane everlane.com

$54.00

Made from a thick french terry built to last looong after you’re sick and tired of wearing it. 

Ace Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Mack Weldon mackweldon.com

$68.00

If you’re a fan of Mack Weldon’s signature sweatpants (and, really, you should be) chances are you’re going to dig the brand’s micro-sanded crewneck style, too. 

Garment-Dyed French Terry Crewneck Sweatshirt

J.Crew jcrew.com

$69.50

Garment-dyed to perfection and designed to fade softly with wear. 

‘Jus’ Kickin It’ Cotton-Blend Sweatshirt

PARADISE mrporter.com

$75.00

A tongue-in-cheek graphic that hits the right note of childhood nostalgia ready-made to enliven any dreary autumn day (and make getting out of bed in the morning marginally easier). 

NRG Men’s Crewneck Fleece Sweatshirt

Nike nordstrom.com

$75.00

There’s a reason The Swoosh has been making sweatshirts like these since shortly after the company was founded (and why certain old-school styles are in such high demand on the resale market): When it comes to fleece, there are still few brands that do it better.  

Frog Crewneck

Golf Wang golfwang.com

$80.00

*All together now* It’s the wolf gang, golf wang. 

Printed Pigment-Dyed Sweatshirt

Iggy

$80.00

Putting on for The Man never looked so damn good.

Loop Back Sweatshirt

Entireworld theentireworld.com

$88.00

The internet’s favorite fleece set, now in sweatshirt form. 

Ponto Performance Crew

Vuori vuoriclothing.com

$98.00

The ideal layer for cold-weather workouts, made out of a high-performing stretch knit that wicks away moisture with ease—complete with a stash pocket on the side to help you store your…keys. 

Lightweight Pocket Sweatshirt

Todd Snyder + Champion toddsnyder.com

$98.00

Todd Snyder makes his in collaboration with the classic sportswear savants at Champion, so you know it’s gonna be good.

Pocket Logo Patch Sweatshirt

Carhartt WIP farfetch.com

$104.00

Surprise, surprise: The brand behind some of the sturdiest go-to pieces in your closet also makes an ultra-durable crewneck style tough enough for everyday wear. (As in, yes, you can literally wear this every day.) 

City Sweat Crew

Lululemon lululemon.com

$108.00

The sky is blue, the sun is shining, Lululemon is making sturdy sweatshirts out of soft, stretchy french terry. Nature is definitely healing. 

Logo-Embroidered Sweatshirt

Champion mrporter.com

$115.00

It’s hard to beat the classics, and when they still look this damn clean—in a perfect shade of periwinkle sky blue, to boot—why bother trying? 

Mélange Loopback Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt

Reigning Champ mrporter.com

$125.00

Rest assured, Reigning Champ’s typically second-to-none take comes with reinforced construction that’ll stand up to way more wear and tear than you’re ever going to put it through. 

S Crewneck

Supervsn Studios supervsn.com

$128.00

Not all heroes wear capes. 

Classic B Crewneck

The Brooklyn Circus thebkcircus.com

$135.00

A heavyweight option of a beloved NYC institution on the best coast of the country. (Shots!)

Logo Crewneck

Bricks & Wood bricksandwood.us

$140.00

Another heavyweight cotton number pre-washed to perfection in sunny L.A. 

Logo-Print Fleece-Back Sweatshirt

Polo Ralph Lauren mrporter.com

$150.00

Real ‘Lo heads represent. 

Bronx Crew

Cotton Citizen cottoncitizen.com

$157.50

The Bronx Crew: Ironically made on the West Coast, but in a perfectly relaxed fit—and dusty shade of blue—that more than makes up for the discrepancy. 

Split Handle Sweatshirt

Palace farfetch.com

$170.00

A crewneck (with a hidden kangaroo pocket) fit for a goddamn king. 

Rage Against the Machine Sweatshirt

Wacko Maria mrporter.com

$185.00

You don’t need to be super well-versed in the band’s entire discography to rock (heh) this guy— you only need to dig really nice sweatshirts. (And then maybe brush up on your Robert Indiana.)

Dover Sweatshirt

Billy Reid huckberry.com

$195.00

True story: Adding leather elbow patches to any given piece almost always makes said piece, like, at least 25 percent more appealing. (Not that this Billy Reid number needs the help, tbh.)

Embroidered Logo Sweatshirt

JW Anderson farfetch.com

$230.00

JW, FTW! 

Software Print Sweatshirt

A-COLD-WALL* farfetch.com

$231.00

Come for the typically clean typography up front, stay for the absolutely bonkers printed graphic on the back. 

Burnout Effect Frayed Sweatshirt

John Elliott nordstrom.com

$268.00

The man who damn-near singlehandedly made the sweatshirt a status item is back at it with a crewneck style painstakingly printed with a “volcanic burnout effect” (!) and then artfully frayed for good measure. 

Panelled Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt

Nicholas Daley mrporter.com

$295.00

Paneled to perfection and made from a hefty cotton fabric cut to fit big and boxy, i.e. exactly they way you should wear it. 

Embroidered Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Martine Rose farfetch.com

$372.00

Martine Rose and her subtly embroidered crewneck sweatshirt are here to save you from the late-summer blues. 

Black Logo Crew Sweat

Fear of God nordstrom.com

$419.00

By now it should be pretty clear that Jerry Lorenzo and co. know their way around an impeccable sweatshirt. Still not convinced? Try this this crewneck joint out for size—dropped shoulders and all—and then report back to me. 

Laced Men’s Sweatshirt

Craig Green nordstrom.com

$491.00

An otherwise classic crewneck style that makes good use of the fashion industry darling’s signature side lacing details.  

Hand Painters Printed Sweatshirt

Off-White farfetch.com

$520.00

Off-White doing Off-White things. (‘Nuff said? ‘Nuff said.) 

Colorblock Cotton Sweatshirt

THOM BROWNE nordstrom.com

$590.00

A varsity-inspired take from the Godfather of shrunken everything (trademark grosgrain loop on the back very much included).  

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Avidan Grossman is the Style eCommerce Editor at Esquire, covering men’s fashion, shoes, grooming, and accessories.

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