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Perfect as light summer outerwear or a winter layering piece.
The best sweatshirts are both comfortable and durable. It’s a balance not every brand gets right. Thankfully, there are plenty that do make a good sweatshirt — enough to make a list out of it, anyway. We’re focusing our attention on our favorite crewneck sweatshirts, ones we’ve been living in. Options you can wear with every outfit, whether it’s jeans and a t-shirt or atop suit trousers in your home office. (Kudos to you for kind of dressing up.)
Your favorite sweatshirt doesn’t have to be expensive, but it also don’t have to be cheap. Simply good, and sometimes even that can be a tall order. Trust this list, though. We’ve vetted every option for you. Here are our picks for the best crew neck sweatshirts on the market.
Outerknown’s Sur Sweatshirt sticks out for good reason. The hemp and organic blend terry fabric make it a hefty-yet-soft option, not to mention one of the most eco-friendly on the market.
Buck Mason’s dense, midweight fleece sweatshirt eschews modern flair in favor of a more timeless look. It’s tailored, the right tone and the cotton was cut on the cross grain to prevent shrinkage. (Plus, it looks pretty damn good with the sleeves rolled up.)
You can’t go wrong with Gildan. The basics brand makes sweatshirts in several different weights — this one is dubbed the Heavy Blend — and 26 different colors.
This eco-conscious sweatshirt comes way of California clothing company Richer Poorer. Constructed from a near even mix of cotton and recycled polyester, this option prevents roughly 40 water bottles from reaching landfills. Righteousness aside, it’s a solid sweatshirt with an added incentive.
Better basics at a solid price Uniqlo’s thing. So it’s no surprise that its Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt made it to our list. It’s inspired by vintage designs and features a sturdy but soft all-cotton fabric.
Everlane’s crewneck sweatshirt is unsurprisingly part of its Uniform collection, a range of garments requisite for your daily ‘fits. It’s made from 100-percent cotton French terry fabric and is as comfy as it is affordable.
Reigning Champ’s Midweight Terry Sweatshirt is what the company was built upon. It’s made in Canada — where some of the best sweats are made — and designed with quality details like inset-raglan sleeves and flatlock stitching for seams that are flush against the skin.
Madewell’s sunburnt, sort of autumnal orange sweatshirt is made from Betterterry, the brand’s proprietary cotton-poly blend. It’s soft and won’t shrink (or fade) in the wash.
Garment dyeing gives Alex Mill’s crewneck sweatshirt a worn-in look, which makes it the perfect pair for washed jeans or faded chinos. It’s still sturdy though, considering it’s cut from 100-percent cotton.
Made from American-grown supima cotton, some of the softest you’ll find, Save Khaki’s heathered sweatshirt was garment-dyed and pre-shrunk, plus, it’s fully reversible.
Australian surf lifestyle brand Rhythm makes their classic fleece crew in several colors, including what you see here (Baked Clay). Garment dyed and enzyme washed, it’s got a vintage look and worn-in feel, meaning it’ll be an instant favorite.
J.Crew’s super popular sweatshirt is a cut above other big brands. The cotton French tery fabric has a beautiful heathered appearance and is satisfyingly soft to the touch. The bound ribbed collar and v-insert give it that timeless vintage appeal.
This one is a modern-day classic. Todd Snyder’s Pocket Sweatshirt is one of the best designs to come out of his ongoing partnership with Champion. It’s substantial, it’s super cozy and it can hold your wallet.
These take after vintage sweatshirts of the midcentury, featuring a year-round fleece, a classic V insert and a mounted collar. They come in a handful of colors as well as with graphics.
L.L. Bean doesn’t just make Boat and Totes. But you knew that. (Right?) The brand’s classic crewneck sweatshirt isn’t anything to scoff at. It’s comfortable, 91-percent cotton, 9-percent polyester option that clocks in under $50.
Sweatshirts don’t have to be painfully simple. You can make them interesting with contrasting cuffs and collars, as is the case with Universal Works’ made-in-Portugal Mr. K Crew.