The hoodie sweatshirt is a women’s loungewear must-have that you can adapt to all seasons. This fashion staple isn’t just for the gym—you can wear a hoodie for almost any casual occasion. Hoodies come in pullover and zip-front styles, and they’re crafted from super-soft materials like cotton and sherpa fleece. Keep reading for seven ways to wear your favorite hoodie!
On cool spring and summer mornings, you may need a layer of warmth over your short-sleeve top. Hoodies can be layered over comfy t-shirts, tunic tops, and even tank tops to keep you warm. A combination of a Supima cotton tee and a Serious Sweats hoodie is an option to consider. Supima is a type of cotton prized for its long-staple fiber; it’s grown in the USA and weaves into a fabric that’s soft, strong, and colorfast. Serious Sweats are made from a cotton/polyester blend that’s comfortable and soft. They’re not too light or heavy, which makes them ideal for layering over any type of top.
You can also layer hoodies over long-sleeve tops. This is a great outfit option for fall and winter, especially when you layer a sherpa-lined hoodie over a thermal top. Thermaskin thermal tops come in several styles and are great for layering. They’re made from a moisture-wicking, warmth-generating blend of Merino wool, nylon, and spandex for comfort on cold days. Another option is to wear your hoodie over a long-sleeve T-shirt. Long-sleeve tees provide lightweight warmth and come in relaxed and close-fitting styles to suit your preferences.
There are just as many options for pairing hoodies with bottoms, such as women’s jeans. Whether you wear your hoodie with a short-sleeve or long-sleeve top, jeans are a stylish accompaniment. Create a balanced look with skinny jeans and an oversized hoodie or go for a relaxed look by wearing your hooded sweatshirt with straight-leg jeans. Hoodies and jeans go well with all kinds of shoes—whether your preferred style is athletic trainers or high heels.
Another always-stylish option is the hoodie-legging combo. Whether you prefer classic black leggings or a bold print, a hoodie accents the look. Tunic tops are another type of top that works with leggings; wear a hoodie over a tunic for warmth and versatile fashion options. If you get too warm, you can take your hoodie off and wear the tunic on its own. When it comes to footwear, calf-high boots are an on-trend option to wear with this outfit.
You can even wear hoodies with shorts. If you exercise in the mornings when it’s cool, a hoodie with a pair of athletic shorts can provide the right amount of warmth. Layer a zippered hoodie over your workout top and favorite shorts for a gym-ready look that’s also appropriate for strolling the neighborhood. Of course, you don’t have to work out to wear shorts with a hoodie. Wear long shorts or capri pants with a t-shirt, hoodie, and your favorite sandals for a spring or summer look that can go almost anywhere.
One unexpected way to wear a hoodie is with a skirt or dress. Go casual with a t-shirt dress, hoodie, and canvas sneakers or slip-on shoes. Or you can wear a denim skirt with a hoodie for a retro-inspired look with a modern touch. Almost any kind of maxi dress looks good with a hoodie, especially if you want a semi-casual date night look that can be dressed up or down. For the coverage of shorts but the look of a skirt, there’s the skort. Whether you opt for khaki, denim, or another style, the skort is a versatile and universally flattering wardrobe option.
Now that we’ve talked about outfits featuring hoodies, let’s take a moment to discuss outerwear. Sometimes, a hoodie is all you need to stay warm. But on cold days, you may also need a heavier coat. Hoodies of all types can be layered under a parka or long coat for plenty of warmth and cozy comfort.
For the coldest days, look for a coat with down insulation and a rating of "warmest." Moderately cold days call for a Warmer-rated coat that falls past the hips. On rainy days, a waterproof nylon rain jacket with a roomy fit is ideal for wearing over your hoodie.
Hoodies are just one part of a well-stocked loungewear wardrobe. You may also want a crewneck sweatshirt and classic joggers, or a pair of women’s yoga pants with a cotton tee. Workout leggings are another option that goes with any sweatshirt style—hoodie or otherwise. Try out different outfits to discover your favorite layered hoodie looks. The best outfit for you is the one that makes you feel most comfortable and confident.