Pictured Above: Arc’teryx Proton LT Hoody
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
Lightweight 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. Even though it only comes in one color (black), at least it’s a color that goes with everything. Hoodies like this are incredibly versatile, and there’s no reason to not have one (unless you’re a nudist).
Reigning Champ Midweight Terry Full Zip Hoodie
You actually will feel like a champ wearing this hoodie because it’s so darn comfortable. This Canadian-made hoodie is 100 percent cotton, has a unique two-way zipper, and a flattering casual fit. The Reigning Champ hoodie is perfect for wearing anytime. Even when you have to take the trash out late at night because *someone* got spooked by a raccoon last time (they obviously weren’t Canadian, eh?)
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!
Nike Sportswear Tech Fleece
With a nice, loose fit and ribbed cuffs, Nike’s cozy Sportswear hoodie also sports side and chest pockets that zipper closed. It comes in six different colors, because options are always a good thing. Most importantly, it has a lower, rounded cut in the back. You know, to keep your bum warm. This is the ultimate hoodie to wear with leggings and some designer kicks, or combat boots.
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.
Orvis The Journey Hoodie
With patented OutSmart Fresh odor control, Orvis’s Journey hoodie is perfect for travel, wearing around the house, out on a run or more. Orvis states that this special fabric will keep the funk away, meaning you can wear it for more than one workout without worrying about stink. It comes in two colors: blue and orange, and has a striped interior lining. The orange is reminiscent of an orange creamsicle, while the blue has an almost aquatic feel to it. Maybe that’s why it’s called “Journey.”
Under Armour Women’s Armour Fleece Full-Zip Hoodie
Under Armour has created their own special polyester fleece that is smooth and aerodynamic on the outside, yet warm and fuzzy on the inside. This 100 percent polyester sweater is lightweight and fast drying, and made for maximum mobility. Its flush side pockets are great when you’re on the run, but they don’t have zippers (so don’t run too fast, or you might lose whatever you’re stashing in there).
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.
Duluth Trading Co. 40 Grit Fleece Lined Sweatshirt
Take it from a north Midwestern company in the middle of “snow”-where, Duluth’s 40 Grit hoodie takes warmth, comfort, and durability to the next level. It has a soft, quilted polyester lining, cotton fleece shell, and a jersey lined hood. It even has a hidden pocket for your phone, keys, or, you know, a snack that you don’t want to share.
Marine Layer Signature Full Zip Hoodie in Black
If your boyfriend accidentally shrunk his hoodie in the dryer, this is what it might look like afterwards. But in a good way. Marine Layer’s Signature Full Zip sweatshirt is made of a knit, modal, and spandex blend, which means it’s super soft and light, but also nice and warm. It has a classic fit and looks identical to what the bro’s usually wear, except it’s made to fit you.
Lululemon Scuba Oversized Full Zip
Lululemon’s waist-length hoodie doesn’t have much to do with scuba, but everything to do with comfort. It has a nice oversized fit and is perfect to throw on when you’re cooling down after a workout. There’s also an interior card pocket and thumbholes. What’s even better is that the elastic zipper pulley doubles as a hair tie. Don’t lose it, though, or else you’ll have a tough time trying to zip up. Apologies to the ladies that have short hair. For you, it’s just a zipper pulley.
Helly Hansen W Nord Graphic FZ Hoodie
Plain and simple, but definitely not boring, Helly Hansen’s universal hoodie looks like it wants to cuddle you. It’s made of cotton and polyester, so it’s soft and won’t easily succumb to wear and tear. The drawstring cords are actually flat as opposed to round. Why is that so awesome? Because there’s less chance of accidentally pulling the cord out when you wash it. Because who has time for restringing hoodies?
Faherty Brand La Jolla Hoodie
For you beachy people, look no further. Faherty’s La Jolla hoodie gives off a Southern California coast vibe, circa 2000. The front pockets lay flat (which is great since this is a fitted sweater), and it has edgy racing stripes trailing down the sleeves because, you know, you’re going to be racing to get this sweater on as soon as you jump out of the ocean during winter.
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).
Reebok Identity Zip-Up Hoodie
This is your typical “I forgot to do laundry and someone’s at the door” hoodie, and that’s a good thing. Reebok makes it in two colors, so you won’t get overwhelmed with options. It’s also shorter but not fitted, so you can wear more than just a light shirt underneath (and not feel like you’re the little brother from A Christmas Story in your little red snow onesie).
Ten Tree Burney Zip Hoodie
If your main concern is being eco-conscious, Ten Tree has your go-to Hoodie. This eco-friendly sweater is made from organic cotton and recycled polyester, so you know it’s going to feel like you’re wearing a hug from Mother Earth all day. It sits mid-length, so you can lift your arms and not worry about your shirt getting all puckered underneath. And because simplicity is a good thing, it only comes in two colors. Yay for simplicity. And Earth, you eco-warrior, you.