The 25 Best Zip-Up Hoodies Are So Much Cooler Than You Remember

The zip-up hoodie gets a bad rap. Close associations with a certain bumbling tech billionaire have turned the once innocuous style into fashion anathema, a far cry from the days of Steve Jobs and his enviable rotation of identical Issey Miyake mock necks. The zip-up, though, deserves your respect. Its merits are self-evident. And if the scores of options available now are any indication, the industry’s coming round to the idea, too. Which means today’s zip-up sweatshirts often look as handsome as they feel soft—so long as you take the time to pick a grown-up version, and then style it with purpose.

There are a lot—and I mean a lot—of choices out there. Pick the wrong one and, yes, you’re apt to look like the Zuck (and trust me, you really don’t want to look like the Zuck). But pick the right one and the zip-up hoodie can prove transformative, instantly providing a dose of casual cool in the form of an easy on/off layer you can shed and reapply as you see fit.

Wear one on its own when the office AC goes into overdrive this summer. Come fall and winter, throw a slinky version on beneath a long, voluminous topcoat for a look that harnesses the tremendous power of an Olsen twin casually ripping a cigarette outside of an upscale sushi spot in Soho. Or layer a heavyweight, oversized hoodie under a blanket-lined chore coat in a winning cold-weather combination that’ll keep you as toasty as your trustiest winter parka. (Just don’t wear one with a suit jacket. Like, ever.)

With all that in mind, here are some of the best zip-up hoodies on the market today—none of which, it should be noted, will make you look like a dead-eyed internet magnate hellbent on upending the foundations of American democracy.

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Full-Zip Eco-Smart Hoodie

Rival Fleece Full-Zip Hoodie

Under Armour

Reverse Weave Zip-Up Hoodie

Midweight Terry Zip-Up Hoodie

Reigning Champ

Essentials Fleece Thee-Stripes Full-Zip Hoodie

Loose-Fit Midweight Full-Zip Sweatshirt

Heavy Fleece Zip-Up Hooded Sweatshirt

Los Angeles Apparel

Cashmere Terry Zip-Up Hoodie

Recycled Fleece Full Zip Hoodie

Richer Poorer

Pacific Fleece Hoodie

Ace Full-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt

Mack Weldon

10-Year Hoodie

Flint and Tinder

Classic Full Zip-Up Hoodie

American Giant

Surge Warm Full-Zip Hoodie

Classic Full-Zip Fleece Hoodie

Polo Ralph Lauren

Full-Zip Sportswear Tech Fleece Hoodie

Spar Full-Zip Hoodie

Sun-Faded Midweight Full-Zip Hoodie

Todd Snyder + Champion

BB Eva Full-Zip Hoodie

Billionaire Boys Club

Supima Cotton-Jersey Hoodie

James Perse

Loopback Zip Hoody

Heavyweight Zip Hoodie

Logo Zip-Up Hoodie

Striped Ribbed Cotton-Jersey Zip-Up Hoodie

Thom Browne

Cashmere Zip-Up Hoodie

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Source : Esquire