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October 15, 2018 2 min read

Men's fashion isn't confined to runway outfits. There are ways to look fresh in the most everyday articles of clothing.

Case in point: the classic hoodie. Many people associate this unassuming garment with cozy loungewear, sick days, and pajama bottoms. But that doesn't have to be the case.

Wearing a hoodie can be a fashion statement all on its own, as long as you know how to pull it off.

So what are the secrets? How can you elevate your hoodies from shab to fab?

Let us help you. We've rounded up a handful of suggestions to start you off on your journey toward hoodie fashion heaven.

Wearing a Hoodie Well: 5 Tips to Get You Started

Whether you're a fashion innovator or tend to stick to your comfort zone, these five hoodie outfit ideas will spark your imagination.

1. Layer Up

It may seem counterintuitive to talk about the power of the hoodie and then immediately start talking about what to pair with it, but hear us out.

One of the things that allows people to take hoodies for granted is the default to wearing them baggy and unadorned. Pairing your hoodie with the right shirt underneath and jacket on top can set off your hoodie's identifying characteristics against complementary fabrics and colors.

2. The Magic of Monochrome

If you prefer not to vary your color palette, you can go the other way.

Plain colors give casual outfits an air of intentionality and sophistication. You can go Johnny Cash with an all black look, or you can choose other classics like white or heather gray.

But the black-to-white spectrum is not the only family of colors you can use in a monochrome look. Muted mustards, maroons, and burnt siennas are also powerful choices.

3. Rock the Leather Jacket

This is a variation on our first suggestion. But we separate it because it's important to highlight how cool a hoodie can look under a leather jacket.

Both of these items are versatile, and when worn together, the options are nearly endless. The hoodie-and-leather-jacket combo communicates cool from a mile away.

4. Try a Tailored Look

Another way to subvert the comfy casualness of a hoodie is to pair it with tailored clothes that shout sophistication. A hoodie can even bring life to a tailored suit in the right fabric. We recommend it with corduroy.

5. Push the Boundaries With Hybrids

Take the mixing and matching even further by shopping for hoodies that break with the traditional shape. Oversized hoodies, hoodies with zippers in unique places, and hoodie-blazer and hoodie-jacket hybrids are all ways to take wearing a hoodie into the 21st century.

Hoods Down and Out of the House

We hope you've found inspiration in this guide to help you update your hoodie-wearing style. You don't have to confine this garment to the couch. Wearing a hoodie in the right style and with the right other items of clothing can make your outfits pop.

And we can help you shop if you're looking to browse specific hoodies.

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