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Rejoice, folks, it’s finally fall! That’s right, this week has brought back the NFL, kids returning to school, and the ungodly early sales of Halloween candy. It’s also pullover season as the leaves turn from summer’s green to autumn’s gold, red, and orange. It’s getting to be the perfect time of year to chill out inside drinking some pumpkin beers and watching playoff baseball in long sleeve sweaters.
Yes, there appears to be somewhat of a friendly division in opinion as to what is the superior fall aesthetic. While many are out there fronting for sweatshirt — aka the look of the 90s sitcom dad — others are firmly team pullover. As you have probably surmised, I do not fall into either camp. Instead of wearing a pullover, which feels like it’s not meant to be worn inside at all, or the sweatshirt, which feels overly bulky and frankly ugly, I’ll spend the fall rocking the superior fall outerwear: the hoodie.
For the hoodie is the utility man, the all-purpose player for maximum comfort. Indoors or outdoors, a hooded sweatshirt is never out of place. In a pullover or zip up style, decked out with your favorite team’s logo or just plain, pockets that go all the way through the front or just on the side, a hooded sweatshirt always works. It’s lightweight, breathable but still insulated, and most of all comfortable. Wear it over a t-shirt or under a heavier coat for extra warmth, the hoodie will always be there for you.
Whereas the pullover can often seem stuffy and preppy, the hoodie is relaxed. The pullover is often tight to form and constricting. On the other hand, the hoodie stretches and morphs to match your shape, draping over your frame and enveloping you in its cotton embrace. While you might argue that it is as bulky as the classic sweatshirt, it lacks the pockets to keep your hands warm, the zipper to let your skin breathe, and the hood to cover the top of your head.
Ah yes, the hood. The key piece these other two outerwear options lack. The hood is what will keep your ears warm when a sudden cold snap comes. It will keep your head dry during those bitterly cold fall showers. And, if you’re the mysterious type, it will hide your face on days when you just don’t want to deal with anyone else.
Sure, you might argue, the hoodie is not quite suitable when you want to look a bit dressier. A button-down and a hooded sweatshirt do not go together, so yeah a light fall jacket or pullover would be the way to go. But, in my opinion, being all dressed to the nines is overrated, especially when you’re off the clock. The hoodie is relaxed, it’s chill, it’s the perfect loungewear for watching the game or staying warm on a chilly day.
If you’re still not convinced, then please answer me this question. You have a girl over at your place, which clothing items is she most likely to take? For myself, it’s one of two. Either she’ll go for one of my old t-shirts, or my hoodies. For whatever reason, girls recognize that the soft embrace of a hooded sweatshirt is the most comfortable thing a man can own. They may try and deny it, as my girlfriend will often do when she wishes I’d wear something a bit nicer than a hooded sweatshirt. But when they want to wear something of ours, they want something cozy. Safe. Something that vaguely smells like us. Something that they know is ours. That’s a hoodie, all day every day.
So this fall and winter, take a minute to relax a bit. Let your hair down once in a while and go for comfort over style and whatever the old school sweatshirt offers. Fall into the embrace of your best friend, quarter-zipped, sitting at the bar watching the game. Because fall is the time to bask, to take things slow, and to just chill out. Nothing will do that better for you than a hooded sweatshirt. .