Hoodies have got a recent surge in popularity and are a wardrobe essential going way beyond sportswear. They can look very stylish if you choose a good fit, opting for higher quality materials such as merino wool. Merino hoodies tend to be slim-fit, rather than oversized which can make them look professional enough to wear to the office if paired with a dress merino wool pants or over a short merino wool dress.
If you want the short version, here are our top recommendation for 2020:
Our pick for men
- Material: 97% Merino Wool, 3% elastane for durability and stretch
- Care: Machine wash, dry flat
- Features: Hood, zip and pockets
- Price (estimate): $165
Our pick for women
- Material: RealFLEECE 87% Merino Wool, 10% Nylon (for strength), 3% Lycra (for shape retention)
- Fabric weight: 200 g/m2 (very lightweight for a hoodie!)
- Features: adjustable hood with drawcord and zip to regulate body temperature
- Cut: hip length, meaning it layers easily
- Care: machine washable in cold water. Do not tumble dry.
- Estimated price (currently some options in sales): $130 – $220
The Icebreaker RealFLEECE collection brings a bit more chic so this hoodie has a lifestyle finish allowing to be worn for other activity such as travel of on the way to work. The touch of Lycra helps for shape retention. We love the fact that it exists in various color options.
Here are a couple of things to consider when choosing your merino wool hoodie. Below you will find a short list of good alternatives to our top pick above.
In summary, merino wool hoodie are lightweight, warm, and just as comfortable as your favourite sweatshirt—but gives you a put-together look.
Because they have a heavier grammage per square meter, hoodies tend to be less fragile than thin merino wool t-shirts. It means it is safer to go for a 100% merino wool fabric for a hoodie than for a t-shirt, for example. Note that some brands still choose to add a touch of lycra especially around the cuff or the hip waist for a tighter fit and more stylish cut.
Thumbholes: they tend to make a hoodie look more sporty but thumbholes help keep your sleeves in place and your hands warm.
Kangaroo pocket(s): after the hoodie, pockets that join are the biggest garnement feature that differentiate a hoodie from a sweater. They work great as a hand warmer when there are no thumbholes and generally bring a real cozy factor.
Zip: Zips in hoodies are very common. They make layering easier, putting it on and off simpler when the weather swings between Summer and Autumn temperatures. They allow for some body temperature regulation, because you can leave them unzipped in warmer weather, zip them half-way in moderate climes or zip it all the way up when it gets colder.
Note that it is actually best to wash the garment after wearing it a couple of time to remove any short fibers from the fabric in order to avoid future pilling.
Don’t forget: Ensure all zippers are closed.
Be sure to not put it in the drier as you want to be careful about the shape. It is typically best to lay your merino wool flat to air dry. This is particularly true for hoodies as they are heavier than a t-shirt for exemple. Hanging them could result into bad form share as all the water would pile at the bottom.