It’s almost winter, which means the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. So are our sleeves. It’s officially layering weather. And what’s the most important secret to proper layering? Having the right outerwear. That’s why we searched out the twenty best zip-up hoodies for the ladies. By the way, if you’re looking for potential holiday gifts, hoodies are a great option. Wink wink.
Vuori Halo Women’s Performance Hoodie 2.0
Lightweight, moisture-wicking, and perfect for lounging or going out for a game of pool, Vuori’s Halo hoodie is a simple piece that every human in existence needs in their wardrobe. Available in six different colors, there’s something that will go with every outfit no matter the season. Hoodies like this are incredibly versatile, and there’s no reason to not have one (unless you’re a nudist).
Kuhl Lola FZ Hoody
Perfect for cool summer nights and, depending on where you’re living, warm summer days, the Lola FZ hoodie will also make you vant to talk vith a KÜHL accent. Made with a lightweight cotton and recycled polyester blend, the Lola FZ comes complete with zippered pockets, so you won’t lose your important things. Like snacks. It’s available in three colors: black, ivory, and eucalyptus.
Smartwool Women’s Intraknit Merino Fleece Full Zip Hoodie
If you’re into the edgy biker look, but are also a serious fitness junky who gets cold really easily, then your prayers have been answered. Smartwool’s Intraknit hoodie is designed to breathe, thanks to the mesh ventilation in the armpits (where you need it most). It’s available in three colors (that sounds more like three people up to no good): black, black cherry, and white blueberry hill.
Eddie Bauer Legend Wash Slub Full-Zip Hoodie
Before you make an assumption, slub isn’t referring to the “I’m waiting for my parents to send laundry money” look. It’s just an incredibly soft, lightweight, and loosely woven style of fabric that Eddie Bauer’s Legend full-zip hoodie is made of. It’s pretty much the hoodie of the ages, especially since there’s 12 different colors to choose from. Legendary.
The North Face Women’s Heritage Patch Full-Zip Hoodie
The North Face is synonymous with high quality, long-lasting goods. Their Heritage Patch hoodie is no exception. Made with 100 percent recycled fabric, The North Face incorporates a two piece hood, which makes it easier to hide your face when you’re trying to keep from making eye contact on early morning coffee runs. The Heritage Patch hoodie is available in five neutral colors.
L.L. Bean Primaloft ThermaStretch Fleece Hoodie
L.L. Bean brings you the most comfortable and universal hoodie in existence. Well, at least we think so. Featuring their unique Primaloft abrasion-resistant fabric shell, the interior is like a nice, soft fleecy hug. No hardcore hoodie is complete without thumbhole cuffs, a little booty coverage, zippered security pockets, and a miniscule reflective logo. Isn’t it nice when brand’s think of the little things?
Faherty Reverse Beach Fleece Zip Hoodie
Faherty’s Reverse Beach Fleece totes a chill, relaxed fit, cause, you know, it’s like, beachy … and stuff. Made with a blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester, the textured terry fabric feels just like a warm towel after a dip in the frigid waters of California. The Beach Fleece is available in white or navy. So nautical.
Columbia Women’s Cades Cove Full Zip Hoodie
One of the best things about Columbia’s Cades Cove hoodie is that it gives your booty some thermal protection. Made with a blend of polyester, cotton, and rayon, this lightweight jacket also protects your face with its scuba-style hood. The Cades Cove hoodie features Columbia’s patented moisture wicking technology, which means you stay temperate and dry as you get your jog on.
Figs Essential Hoodie
In honor of our essential workers comes a hoodie that should quite literally be an essential part of your wardrobe. Why? Because it’s that darn comfortable, that’s why. Made with an 80/20 cotton/polyester blend, Figs Essential hoodie comes complete with pockets on the outside and the inside. It’s available in seven different colors.
Adidas All SZN Fleece Full-Zip Hoodie
Adidas can make anything look like you’re in the fashion know. It’s no different with their All SZN fleece hoodie. Available in 11 different colors, this cotton and recycled polyester fleece is so soft, you’ll want to wear it pretty much all day every day. It’s perfect for layering or on the go. Adidas takes it one step further, because all of their cotton products support sustainable cotton farming.
Orvis Women’s Jackson Quick-Dry OutSmart Jacket
The mountains are calling, and you must go … and grab some bug spray before heading out, because the mosquitoes are bad this year. Orvis’s Jackson Quick-Dry jacket is made with their trademark Insect Shield fabric, which makes you essentially invisible to nasty little bloodsucking bugs. The Jackson OutSmart jacket dries up to 25 percent faster and also gives you full 50+ sun protection, even when wet.
Outdoor Research Women’s Vigor Full Zip Hoodie
Like the name states, Outdoor Research’s Vigor hoodie is made for the outdoors. With zipper pockets, thumbholes, and special thermo-regulating fabric to help maintain your body temperature, this hoodie is perfect for hiking in mild to subfreezing temperatures (if running in the snow is your thing). It comes in four basic colors.
American Giant Classic Full Zip
American Giant claims this is the best hoodie ever made. This is quite believable, considering its beautiful craftsmanship. Made from soft, sturdy heavyweight fleece this sweater has reinforced elbow patches which add a nice futuristic touch. What’s even better? It comes in 12 different colors, so you can get one for every occasion (or one to match every pair of your shoes).
Arc’teryx Proton LT Hoody
With color names like Ephemera, Timelapse, and Phantasm, you know this Arc’teryx hoodie will send you on a mission, or just to the grocery store. It’s hyper breathable with insulation that lets moisture and excess heat pass through so you don’t overheat. Plus Arc’teryx is committed to making 80 percent of their products Fair Trade Certified™ by 2025. What does this mean? That their layers are actually produced in a Fair Trade Certified™ facility. Go team humanity!
ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo French Terry Zip-Up Hoodie
The ATM French Terry Zip-Up is a hoodie of elevated status. In other words, it mimics a dress shirt. With a loose fit, raw hem sleeves (for that almost boho-chic look), and a high-low shirttail hem, you won’t be judged if you wear this sweater to a nicer restaurant. What’s most important is you’ll feel comfy and fancy. It only comes in black, so if you spill red wine on it, no one will be able to tell. Hey, when you’re comfortable and relaxed, mistakes happen.
L.L.Bean Women’s 1912 Sweatshirt, Full-Zip Hooded
If hoodies were in fashion in 1912, this would be worn by every woman across the country. It’s slightly fitted and falls at the hip, and the brushed polyester-cotton blend makes it soft and lightweight, but still thick enough to keep you warm. The 1912 comes in two colors: blue and pink, which unfortunately leaves out anyone who thoroughly dislikes color.
KUHL Ascendyr Women’s Hoody
A key design element of KUHL’s Ascendyr hoodie is that it has “princess lines.” What does that mean? A more modern and feminine fit that sits comfortably, but not too snug on the body. This 100 percent polyester sweater is fleece-like on the inside but looks knit on the outside. It comes in four colors, none of which are regal purple because that color is actually reserved for real princesses.
Patagonia Women’s R1 Air Full-Zip Hoody
The first hoodie that comes in only gem tones, the R1 is made with 100 percent recycled polyester and crafted for movement with no added bulk. The zigzag pattern is designed to wick away moisture and dry fast, but also has maximum breathability (plus, it just looks cool). Patagonia’s sweater is Fair Trade Certified™ sewn, which means that the people who carefully craft it are actually getting paid living wages, which is the way it should be. You get the idea. Good for the planet and the people.
Marmot Women’s Olden Polartec Hoody
With four-way stretch fabric, thumbholes, and a chin guard to keep out the wind, Marmot’s Olden hoodie is perfect for those who enjoy outdoor sports. It’s made of recycled polyester and elastane, which means it’s eco-friendly, will keep you warm and also has great breathability. Because no one likes being stinky and sweaty in freezing temperatures (or in general).
James Perse Vintage French Terry Zip Up Hoodie
This classic, lightweight hoodie definitely gives off the vintage vibe, harking straight out of the early ‘90s. It’s made with 100 percent Supima cotton (grown only in the USA). Known for its durability, softness, and color retention, Supima makes up one percent of the world’s cotton. James Perse’s Zip Up hoodie comes in three different colors, and the kicker is that it’s actually made to look and feel like it’s been worn in (but without holes).