How Should a Hoodie Fit

How Should a Hoodie Fit

Every season, a fresh crop of hoodies appears on menswear shelves, bearing all manner of shapes, sizes, and sensibilities. While the hoodie hardly seems like a tricky fit — stretchy fabric, elongated body, drawstring hood — even the most basic silhouette can trip you up. It's true. Hoodies are tough to wear. This synthetic layer is designed for warmth and comfort, but it is never flattering cut-wise and can look quite baggy and shapeless if not styled correctly. That's why we're breaking down our styling tips to help you find the most flattering hoodie to suit your body type.

A hoodie that's too big does little to complement your shape. Luke says, "If you're wearing a baggy one, it can make you look far bigger than you are," and recommends picking a slightly slimmer fit to balance out the extra thickness and chunkiness of this style of hoodie. "Hoodies are easy to put on, and you can wear them with absolutely anything. But they're stylish, too. So my advice is to wear yours over a plain t-shirt and a pair of smart sneakers. All three will work together to create a casual, dressed-down feel that is also polished.

1. Fit

First, look at the sleeves. They should sit snugly around your wrist, but not so tightly that they leave marks or show your arm hair. The same goes for the waistband. It shouldn't be stretched or gaped open below the zipper line if you're wearing a zip-up. There's no hard and fast rule about where the hem should sit when it comes to length. Some people like the loose fit of a long hoodie, others like the one which sits just above their knees, while those with a larger stomach might prefer something shorter to avoid excess fabric bulging over the waistband. Typically you want it to end at the top of your bum before the trousers start, anything longer is probably going to look too big on you."

A hoodie should be easy to move around in, and it should not droop or bulge. It should not be too baggy or too tight. The hoodie looks best when it's close enough to hold its shape. To get the best fit, you want it to sit firmly where all the ribbing is, i.e., around the waist and hips. Not too tight. Or loose. Getting a hoodie that fits you appropriately is akin to locating the aural equivalent of the mythical golden mean. A hoodie should be comfortable and practical and not droop like a kangaroo pocket. The hoodie looks its best when it is tight enough to hold its shape but not too tight that it squeezes your torso and cuts off circulation. As a rule of thumb, we recommend aiming for the ribbing around your wrist and hips.

2. Length

If you're shopping for a new hoodie, try one on out at a store or look at pictures online. Look at how the hem is positioned on the mannequin, then compare that to a hoodie in your closet. If it's too long, consider moving up a size (or two) to help camouflage the extra material at the bottom of your hoodie. Once you've found the perfect balance between fit and length, you can play around with the fit. Tuck in your bespoke hoodie for formal occasions, and wear it over your button-down for informal ones. Either way, you'll look stylish and well-proportioned every time.

Ultimately, the best way to find the correct length for you is to try one out (or twenty). Find a brand you like, and try on many different options. Ideally, you'll be able to find one in your size. And when you think you have a suitable hoodie on, see what it looks like in a mirror. See how it looks with your arms at your sides and your hands in your pockets. Inspect its length from different angles to make sure it looks the best it can. Soon enough, you'll be fit and stylish but, most importantly, comfortable.

3. Sleeves

The perfect fitting hoodie isn't just a fashion item; it needs to have the correct measurements in place so that it's comfortable for you to wear and so that you can move around without restriction. This is mostly a matter of choice, but remember the main points to get the fit just right. To find a good fit, take your measurements and get a template for how it should look on your body. Don't forget that buying clothing online can be difficult, but you will be wearing stylish sweaters in no time with these tips.

Well, there you have it, the ins and outs of the hoodie. If you are still unsure of what to look for in a hoodie, remember that you want it to hang effortlessly on your body and be snug enough so that it does not flop around. It should have no pull from the neckline down to the sleeve. The neckline should cover your collars and neck with an inch or two overlapping. From the waistband down to about mid-thigh, you should stay unfettered by constrictions.


So, have you found the perfect hoodie? Did our styling tips do the trick? If so, let us know when you tag us on Instagram @artisthoodies to show off your new favorite piece of outerwear. We'd love to see it! But, if not, don't lose hope. There are plenty of different materials that this garment can be made from and other cuts that it can take, so keep shopping until you find the perfect fit for you.

The hoodie has become a popular staple in the menswear world. From high-fashion to the street, few fashion neighborhoods were untouched by last season's collared sweatshirts, and it seems unlikely that the trend will melt away into obscurity any time soon. We hope that the above tips have helped you in your quest to find the perfect hoodie. Remember, everyone has solutions (except those with tiny body frames.

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