21 surpassingly cute hoodies

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I get a lot of queries from you ladies as to how to style a hoodie under a jacket or coat in a way that doesn’t make you resemble a 14 year-old boy, and while I don’t think that takes into account how stylish many 14 year-old boys actually are, I get it. But check out the woman pictured here: her look is a little too fashion-week-zushed for me to totally sign off on, but she does make that hoodie look just as polished as every other piece she’s wearing—which isn’t not an accomplishment. How does she do it? By making sure the hoodie isn’t too oversized or boxy to look unsophisticated layered under a blazer, and by choosing one that’s similar, color-wise, to her blazer (though I’d pair a heather grey one with just about anything). I wouldn’t bother trying to tuck a hoodie in, though—who does that?

I like the slight cowl neck on this one from J.Crew.

The pops of neon pink on this leopard-print number are just so good. I may not need need any more hoodies, but I might require this one.

I think the tie dye print here is about as sophisticated as tie dye gets. It looks like it’s from Raquel Allegra and much more pricey.

The snap buttons here remind me of the Agnes B snap cardigans so many of us wore in the 80s.

A well-priced cashmere specimen that comes in a few good colors, and sizes up to 3X.

This ribbed hoodie is made of a cotton/cashmere blend, and I’ll bet it’s soft as all get-out.

 

Such a fun, graphic tiger print on this one.

The lace-up detail here is kind of chic and sportif, and I don’t usually like things that lace up.

A body-hugging hoodie that’d be ideal for layering.

A cool zebra print that’d be aces under a black blazer.

A splurgy boiled cashmere hoodie from Vince that couldn’t be a lot more luxe.

A fleece hoodie that just looks super-cozy.

And here is Uniqlo’s fleece-lined sweatshirt, which I can tell you first-hand is warm as can be. I can also tell you first-hand that it runs a bit small, so do with that information what you will.

And yet another fleece hoodie, with a bit of a popover vibe.

I like the half-zip detail here.

I’m kind of in love with the rainbow stripes on this one.

And I’m digging the stripes here too.

This well-priced heather grey hoodie is just so good and classic.

Feminine details make this one standout.

For those of you who insist on butt coverage at all times, this longer version might be the way to go.

And finally: the tonal leopard print here is nicely subtle.

 

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21 Thoughts on 21 surpassingly cute hoodies
    Caroline
    29 Oct 2020
    9:06am

    Yay hoodies!
    Quick styling question. Would your wear a hoodie with a collarless blazer?
    Or is that weird.. trying to shop my closet..

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      Kim France
      29 Oct 2020
      9:21am

      I can’t quite picture it, but you should give it a try!

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    kimbersam
    29 Oct 2020
    1:14pm

    Ok, you got me. Pulled the trigger on the anthro leopard.

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    Amy C
    29 Oct 2020
    1:16pm

    Thanks for including the Uniqlo fleece hoodies. I buy one every year. They last forever and are so warm.

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    cw
    29 Oct 2020
    8:03am

    As you say, Kim, I may not “NEED” any of these hoodies, but I might “require” a number of them. This is a fabulous selection. I will be drooling for hours and be unsuccessful in purchasing just one…(sigh)

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    Kate
    29 Oct 2020
    8:15am

    This was such fun reading,Kim, thanks!!

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    Alison
    29 Oct 2020
    1:31pm

    Thanks for a great post today. I enjoyed reading it, except for the phrase
    “ which isn’t not an accomplishment”. When did double negatives become a thing?

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      Stephanie
      29 Oct 2020
      6:23pm

      I don’t think it’s a meme. I’ve loved the nuance and irony of a well-deployed double negative — as this one was — for as long as I can remember, and I remember life before the internet. “Accomplishment” is giving too much credit, and “failure” is not accurate at all. It’s not an accomplishment, but it’s not NOT one either. Perfect.

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      kimbersam
      29 Oct 2020
      2:03pm

      It’s part of the internet hyperbole effect on language. For EMPHASIS ….

      Thank you for coming to my TEDTalk 🙂

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    Kathy O
    29 Oct 2020
    4:40pm

    The WSJ just posted an article on how to look cool and stay warm dining outdoors. I’d love see a post from you on that topic. Even in Northern California heat lamps only help so much in the winter.

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      Stephanie
      29 Oct 2020
      6:24pm

      Fingerless glove seem important here.

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    ramonaquimby
    29 Oct 2020
    3:47pm

    For those who do want the hoodie to only style under blazers Veronica Beard makes great hoodie/blazer combos that don’t look bulky. While they can be quite expensive they also have great sales. I think Kim’s mentioned them before?

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    Mamavalveeta03
    29 Oct 2020
    11:38am

    I really love the floaty look of the last one. It would cover a multitude of [Cheetos].

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      Mae
      29 Oct 2020
      11:57am

      Just ordered it!

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    Eloise
    29 Oct 2020
    10:48am

    Love this one so much I trekked into NYC on Saturday (first time in 7 months) and bought it in another color – now I don’t have to be sad when it’s in the wash. Butt coverage supreme. And stylish! Linking to my favorite small (and struggling) clothing store (if you call, I’m sure Shin will answer any questions) but it is also available elsewhere. https://lingonyc.com/collections/clothing/products/prairie-underground-long-cloak-hoodie

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      kara
      29 Oct 2020
      12:29pm

      I have a short Prairie Underground hoodie and I love it, particularly the flattering collar. Maybe I need to add a long one to my collection!

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    HickfromStyx
    29 Oct 2020
    10:42am

    “For those of you who insist on butt coverage at all times…”

    Hmmm, that might be why I gave up on hoodies, after acquiring hips in my teens.

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      Kayron
      29 Oct 2020
      10:52am

      Prairie Underground does some cute zip-front hoodies w/butt coverage. A little spendy, but I’ve successfully stalked some on eBay, and they are organic cotton, which is nice.

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        Eloise
        29 Oct 2020
        10:56am

        I second that! (See my comment with link to my all-time favorite hoodie! (I *may* have also picked up the raincoat version this weekend.) The cost per wear of the one I bought early last year is practically zero and will continue to shrink.

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          Jenny
          29 Oct 2020
          2:38pm

          Y’all! I was this close to walking away from this post with a shrug and a “hoodies are just not my thing” attitude and then you had to go and remind me of Prairie Underground and now I am felled with longing.

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    Jax
    30 Oct 2020
    1:54am

    While I love the look of layering hoodies under jackets and blazers, etc., I can’t really get behind it for myself. Maybe it’s because it’s too temperate in SF for it. I don’t even really like wearing hoodies indoors — I get annoyed with the unused hood that I have to lift up so I’m not leaning back on it when sitting, or it gets stuck under layers and need to be pulled up. In a few cases, the hood felt heavy and dragged my front back at the top (if that makes sense). But I love seeing y’all do the look!

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