4 Fall Hoodies You Must Have!
The search for the perfect sweatshirt may seem overwhelming. After all, they may seem like one of the simpler styles out there, right?
Unfortunately, it’s not so simple. Not all features or fabrics are equal, and choosing a hoodie with the wrong make-up can be the difference between cozy fall comfort and utter autumn misery.
Thankfully, we’re here to help make things simple once again. Today, we’re taking you through our guide to the most essential features and the best styles for your fall hoodies. So grab some tea or hot cocoa, throw on a blanket, and let’s get right into it.
What Features Should a Fall Hoodie Have?
It’s one thing to find a style you like, but before that, we need to know what practical features we are looking for. After all, even the most stylish sweatshirt will fall short if it doesn’t perform when we need it to.
When it comes to functional features, it all starts with the fabric. Fabric is the foundation of any piece, determining much more than just softness and comfort. Before we talk about the kinds of features we need, let’s look at some of the best (and worst) fabrics.
Traditionally, outer garments have commonly been made with cheap cotton or synthetic fabrics. While these fabrics may seem convenient and beneficial at first glance, a deeper look reveals a plethora of issues.
Cheap cotton may feel soft, but in more practical terms, it lacks the functions you need for day-to-day life, such as quality moisture-wicking capabilities. Traditional cotton also ranks very poorly in environmental considerations—it’s simply not a sustainable fabric to produce and use.
Synthetic fibers have many of the functional features you need, but achieve most of them through chemical treatments, which are not only dangerous to you but also detrimental to the environment.
For better fabrics, we can start with organic cotton. A vastly more sustainable alternative to the traditional fabric, organic cotton still has the same soft feel we’ve come to love without harming the environment and livelihoods of those who produce it.
Our favorite fabric at Tasc Performance, one that truly does it all, is bamboo. Bamboo comes absolutely packed with every performance feature on the need-to-have list, including moisture-wicking, breathability, sun protection, and more. Plus, it’s all-natural—no chemical treatments required. There’s no doubt it’s one of the most versatile, sustainable materials on the market.
Now that we know what sort of fabrics we’re looking for, let’s dive into the features that make these fabrics great.
One of the most important qualities of any piece of clothing is moisture-wicking.
Even as the cooler months of the fall roll in, a bit of sweat is inevitable. Moisture-wicking is your weapon against sweat, as it draws the moisture from your skin and releases it through the surface of the fabric into the air.
Without moisture-wicking, your sweat and any other moisture become trapped on your skin, inhibiting your body’s all-important thermoregulatory processes.
This may not seem like a central concern during the fall, but even when the temperature is lower outside, intense activity or cold sweats can still call moisture wicking to action.
Few things can kill the lifespan of a hoodie more than lingering odors. Cheap materials trap scents from outside and the surface of your skin, allowing them to stick around and worsen even after multiple washes.
The best way to prevent this is simply to choose anti-odor fabrics. Be sure to check that any anti-odor properties are also all-natural, such as with bamboo fabric, to avoid harmful chemicals.
UPF Sun Protection
UV rays aren’t only a danger in the summer. The sun’s radiation penetrates even on the coolest and cloudiest days. These rays even penetrate through your clothes.
Choosing sun protection clothing is a strong step you can take towards maintaining your best health. Look for UPF 50+ rating, the highest score on the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation—a score which bamboo just happens to meet.
It might seem counterintuitive at first glance—your hoodie is supposed to keep you warm and cozy, so why should it be breathable? Don’t we want to keep the cold air out?
However, if you’ve ever worn a jacket without breathable material for more than a few minutes, you’ll know exactly why this is important.
A proper sweatshirt should keep your temperature balanced, but without breathable material, warmth will continue to accumulate and cause you to overheat. That’s when the sweat kicks into high gear, and before you know it, it’s incredibly uncomfortable.
Choose the highest quality fabrics with breathable material such as bamboo and organic cotton to ensure you stay comfortable and cozy in your fall hoodies.
Speaking of comfort, few things define a great hoodie quite like it. Hoodies are a classic comfort piece, giving you that cozy, wrapped-up feel when they’re made right.
Of course, finding the proper fit (not too loose, not too tight) is important, but the first and most fundamental consideration for comfort should always be the fabric.
Once again, you can’t go wrong with bamboo—it’s one of the most comfortable fabrics we’ve ever tried, and we’re sure you’ll feel the same way.
What Are the Best Fall Hoodies?
Now that we’ve got a list of essential features, it’s finally time for the fun part—choosing our styles!
1. Legendary Fleece Hoodie
Looking for the ultimate soft and cozy hoodie? Look no further than our Legendary Fleece Hoodie.
With the help of our signature bamboo fabrication, we’re bringing the softest fleece feel you can imagine to a super functional package, so you won’t have to be picky about when you wear your hoodie. Just keep it on all day and night, if you’d like!
2. Carrollton Lightweight Hoodie
On the other end of the spectrum, a lightweight hoodie can be one of the most versatile and useful outer garments in your closet, especially if you live an active lifestyle.
Our Carrollton Lightweight Hoodie is built for equal parts comfort and performance. Design features such as a fitted hood and thumbholes offer that extra edge during a cool-weather workout, while the fabric qualities such as moisture-wicking and stretch capability take care of the rest of your needs.
3. Varsity Crop Hoodie
Athleisure style is definitely on trend this fall, which is why our Varsity Crop Hoodie tops our fashion list.
It’s not just a vibe—our bamboo and organic cotton blend ensures you’ve got all the greatest function features packed right in, so you’ll look great and feel the same the whole time you wear this.
4. Varsity French Terry Hoodie
When it comes to the ultimate versatile, functional wardrobe basic, you can’t beat our Varsity French Terry Hoodie.
With a classic look that can pair with just about anything, incredible comfort, and all the performance qualities, it’s one of those styles you’ll want to wear every single day.
What Can I Wear With a Hoodie?
One of the best things about hoodies is how versatile they can be in terms of fashion. Let’s talk about some of the best ways to style an outfit with a hoodie this fall.
The first option on our list may surprise you—it’s shorts! Whether you’re living an active lifestyle or just going out casually on the weekend, shorts and a hoodie are a classic, super comfortable combo.
Pair a hoodie with your choice of running shorts or a slightly less casual style like the Weekender Elastic Short. However you wear this combo, you’ll want to keep wearing it all year.
With athleisure looks sweeping the fashion world, few things pair better with a hoodie than a quality pair of leggings.
Thankfully, the best in fashion finally means best in feel, too, with ultra-comfortable leggings like the Allways Crop Pocket Legging.
Athleisure style includes many different styles of pants too. Styles like our Recess Hybrid Pant or Legendary Fleece Joggers are perfect options if you’re looking to complete your ultimate athleisure outfit for this fall season (and all year round).
For an alternative look, some athleisure vibes with a bit of tennis influence pair a hoodie or sweatshirt with an activewear skirt such as our Rhythm Tennis Skirt.
Few things will be as essential to your fall wardrobe as a high-quality hoodie. That’s why we put together this guide to help you stay up to date on the best fabrics, essential features, and ultimate styles—all of which you can find right here at Tasc Performance.