Sweatshirts

A few years ago I would have thought a sweatshirt was best for lounging around the house in the morning – it would have been a sweatshirt that was too big for me, too. But the surge in tailored men’s clothing has with it brought a huge range of well-fitting sweatshirts that you can respectably wear out of the house.

It’s not to say that this new breed of sweatshirt is form fitting or tight, just that the arm holes are higher and the torso has been cut so that there’s less bunched fabric at the waist; they are also a shorter length, hitting at the waist. These simple updates to the cut have cleared the way for the sweatshirt to emerge at the top of your clothing pile as a warm, stylish, versatile piece that every guy or lady should have.

1. Alternative Apparel Unisex Eco-Fleece Sweatshirt

Alternative Apparel has been floating under the radar for a long time, but I’m not sure why. They make a huge range of cotton t-shirts, crewneck and hooded sweatshirts, and more, with an eye on sustainability, comfort, and good causes. This sweatshirt is in their Alternative Earth line and is constructed from organic cotton and recycled polyester, using eco-friendly dyes and processes (which use less water). The sweatshirt has a regular cut; men should order their normal size, but women should size down one size.

Available in seven colors @ Alternative Apparel ($40)

2. Mollusk French Terry Crew

Mollusk is based in California, and began as an outfitter for surfers, offering some clothing and surfboards near Ocean Beach in San Francisco. That was in 2005; they've since expanded their product line and gained a reputation for making affordable and colorful, and California-made sweatshirts, tees, pants, jackets – you name it. This French terry crew is a cotton-polyester-rayon blend with nice heather gray body and charcoal gray cuffs, neck, and waist curtain.

Mollusk also has a range of women’s clothing, including sweatshirts and sweaters.

@ Mollusk Surf Shop ($65)

3. Archival Clothing

This is the second time I’ve mentioned Archival Clothing on 31 Days of (the first being for their waxed twill duffel), and to not include their sweatshirts would be a crime. Of all the sweatshirts in this roundup, this one from Archival Clothing has the most cachet, as it is made by super reputable cotton manufacturer Columbiaknit in Portland, Oregon, and is a great light- to midweight option that you’ll have around for a long time. They periodically offer restocks on this ever popular sweatshirt, so although right now the gray option is sold out, it will be available again soon (but this navy one is available in all sizes).

Archival has women’s sweatshirts (in gray and charcoal) as well, and all of which get the same high recommendation.

@ Archival Clothing ($100)

4. Reigning Champ

I’d love to explain in depth why I love Reigning Champ and why everyone should own one of their amazing garments, but thankfully I can simply attest that they make some of the best sweats and basics out there. Being based in Vancouver, all of their products are manufactured in Canada, and are built to last. They’ve got a wide range of fabrics, including lightweight and middleweight twill terrys as well as heavyweight slub fleece and thermal Polartec fleece. They have expanded from black, navy, and gray colorways and now include vibrant green and terra cotta options in hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, sweatpants, and more. I also particularly like their website design.

Available in many colors and fabrics @ Reigning Champ ($88–$135 CAD)

5. Our Legacy Reversible Crewneck Sweatshirt

Our Legacy makes a whole lot of appealing clothes. Based in Sweden, their garments have the forms and styles you’re familiar with, but are different than what you’ve ever seen before, with high attention paid to fabric and function. They’re well known for their deluxe sweatshirts, and this reversible option basically means you’ll have two sweatshirts in one. One side is soft fleece and the other a traditional jersey, and no matter which you pick it’s no doubt that you’ll look and feel great. (Also, Our Legacy has European sizing, so 46 is a small, 48 a medium, and so on.)

@ Steven Alan ($119, on sale from $238)