The hooded jacket or sweatshirt, more commonly called the 'hoodie', is the perfect all-around outfit for men of all ages. A symbol of individuality, the ubiquitous hoodie can be worn either as a stand-alone top or paired with a cool shirt, to create a variety of casual outfits. Depending on the situation, some types of hoodies may be better to wear than others, for example pullover hoodies can be worn without any underlying T-shirt, while zip hoodies are better worn with a T-shirt or another layer of clothing underneath. There are many natural and synthetic fabrics used to make hoodies, from cotton and wool to polyester. But then, with the sheer number of fabrics and designs to choose from, picking the right hoodie can be a very confusing task. When considering what type of hoodie to purchase, a man should choose what style and material he likes best before deciding on a final purchase.
Zip Up vs. Pullover Men's Hoodies
Men's hoodies come in many different designs. However, there are two basic classifications of hoodie designs based on how they are put on: the zip up and the pullover. Some buyers are confused about which one to choose, so this section will describe each classification, along with their pros and cons.
Zip-up hoodies have a zipper that runs from the neckline to the lower hem. These hoodies may be worn half-zipped, giving the wearer a layered look. With the right tank top or T-shirt, this outfit can be a good fashion statement. Moreover, a zip-up hoodie is less likely to mess up the hair of the person wearing it. Zip-up hoodies are very easy to put on and take off, so they are less likely to wrinkle underlying clothing if they are to be taken off and put on several times during the day.
Pullover hoodies are put on just like a plain T-shirt. The pullover hoodie works great as a stand-alone piece of clothing, although an inner layer can be worn for greater warmth. Generally, pullover hoodies last longer than zip hoodies because they have no zippers that can break when worn for a long time. Also, pullover sweaters tend to fit more snugly than zip ups. This is why people who engage in strenuous physical activities, which usually require greater freedom of motion, prefer pullovers to zip ups.
Materials Used for Men's Hoodies
While the basic cut of men's hoodies is the same regardless of manufacturer or style, they differ according to the material they are made of. More often than not, fabrics used for making hoodies are made from a combination of two or more types of fibres in order to impart a set of certain desirable properties that are not present in just one type. This section discusses the most common materials used for making hoodies, along with their advantages and drawbacks.
Cotton is the most popular material used for making men's hoodies. The cotton-based hoodie is known for its ability to let air in and moisture out. Thus, many men wear cotton-based hoodies in the gym, while jogging, and while performing other types of physical exercise. Cotton is also a good insulator, that is why it cotton hoodies can be worn during the cold season. However, fabrics made from 100 percent cotton are highly prone to pilling.
Wool is a fibre derived from the hair of several species of animals. Traditionally, sheep is the most popular source of wool fibres; however, the hair of other animals such as goat, alpaca, camel, musk oxen, and rabbit may also be used. Usually, the label on any piece of wool clothing indicates the source of wool.
Wool has greater elasticity and insulating properties than cotton fibres, making it more suitable for active wear in cold weather. Wool, however, has a rough texture and is uncomfortable when worn directly on skin, so an inner layer of clothing can be worn to prevent skin chafing. When engaging in winter sports, a cotton-based shirt on the inside and a wool hoodie on the outside can be a good combination.
Polyester is a fibre made from the application of water and special acids on a mixture of coal and petroleum. Unlike cotton and wool, polyester is a poor absorbent of water, making it very resistant to stains. Moreover, it is also elastic, allowing polyester-based hoodies to easily resist deformation. Most cotton- and wool-based fabrics contain a significant percentage of polyester to impart these properties into the garment. One type of polyester is the microfibre, invented in the late 1990s. Microfibre polyester fibres are so thin that they are indistinguishable from silk fibres, even for the trained eye.
Nylon is another petroleum-based synthetic fabric famous for its lustre and its resistance to stains, fungi, mildew, mould, moisture and flame. Fabrics can be made either from 100 percent nylon, or blended with other fibres such as cotton and wool. One of nylon's most interesting and potentially life-saving properties is its resistance to burning. When subjected to intense heat, nylon does not catch fire, it melts instead.
Hoodies made from 100 percent nylon are water resistant, providing ample protection from wind and rain. This is the same reason why nylon hoodies can also double as raincoats. On the other hand, nylon reinforces cotton-based fabrics, making them more resistant to unsightly pilling and staining. Nylon fabrics are also easier to wash as the dirt and stains do not seep into the fabric as much as they do into cotton.
Rayon is one of the first synthetic fibres in history. It is derived from high-grade wood pulp instead of petroleum, making it more absorbent than its hydrocarbon-based counterpart. Rayon fibres are finer than nylon fibres, giving rayon-based fabrics a more luxurious texture. Rayon may be blended with cotton or wool to make the resulting fabric shinier and smoother to touch. Rayon is also more absorbent than cotton, making rayon-cotton blends more suitable for use while performing physically-demanding tasks. Hoodies made from rayon are more resistant to pilling compared to those made entirely from natural fibres.
Lycra, also called spandex or elastane, is another petroleum-based synthetic fibre that is known for its tensile strength and its unparalleled elasticity. A popular component of athletic wear, elastane fibres are also used to make fabrics for hoodies. Lycra improves a fabric's stretch ability, making the hoodie more resistant to tear. Lycra is also resistant to moisture, letting hoodies do a better job at shielding their wearers from rain. However, elastane is a very fragile fibre, that is why it is often mixed with fibres like rayon, cotton, and wool, which are more resistant to breakage. Moreover, hoodies that contain elastane fibres should never be cleaned with regular bleach, as they are prone to yellowing when exposed to chlorine.
The epic tale of the Golden Fleece usually brings into mind the image of a golden ram. However, in the textile industry, fleece does not come from any animal. Instead, it is derived from hydrocarbon resins like polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the same material used to make plastic soft drink bottles.
Fleece, or more technically called 'polar fleece', is a lightweight and comfortable fabric that also acts as an excellent insulator. Fleece hoodies are excellent outdoor clothing because they are less likely to impede movement while providing the wearer sufficient protection from cold.
How to Buy Men's Hoodies on eBay
eBay offers a wide assortment of men's hoodies. To get a list of men's hoodies for sale, just type 'men ' s hoodies' in the search box on eBay's home page. If you have a particular brand, design, or component material in mind, just add descriptive keywords to find more relevant results. For example, typing 'Adidas men ' s hoodies' will give you a list of men's hoodies that are made of wool or a combination of wool and other fibres.
Before buying one of the hoodies listed in the search results, check that is the correct size, and if in doubt, contact the seller. Also, you should check the type of material and ensure it has the right properties, depending on the purpose for which you intend to use the hoodie. If you are looking for a hoodie to keep your warm, fleece or wool hoodies are good choices, for example. Also keep in mind that return policies may be different for each seller; hence, do not forget to read more about the seller's return policy, so that you can return or exchange the product if necessary.
Men's hoodies are typically either styled as pullover or zip ups. Pullover hoodies offer excellent protection from the elements, while zip-up hoodies are easier to put on and take off at will. For cooler weather, pullover hoodies do a good job at keeping the body warm and comfortable. Otherwise, zip-up hoodies are a good choice because they can be easily taken off.
The buyer should check the components of each hoodie for sale in order to find one that is most suitable to the wearer's needs, including size, colour, style, and material. Hoodies are commonly made from one or a combination of the following fibres: cotton, wool, nylon, rayon, elastane, polyester, and fleece. Cotton is for comfort, wool is for insulation, nylon is for toughness, rayon is for absorbency, elastane is for stretchability, and fleece is for lightness. No matter what the consumer chooses, he should make sure the hoodie is both comfortable and durable in order to get many wears out of the clothing item.