3) Hoodies are still an essential style statement.
Although (ready or not) an ’80s fashion redux has been quietly inching its way back into retail stores and urban scenester wardrobes, don’t expect to see crewneck sweatshirts coming back quite yet. There is, said Smalley, “more of a preference toward hoods,” adding it’s a perennially stylish look, especially
Likewise, Crow as well as Stefan Bergill, East Coast sales for Petaluma, California-based Econscious, both maintained hoodies (pullovers and zip-up styles) as being the reigning design to date.
4) Little extras kick the classic design up a notch.
But despite the masses’ predilection toward hooded sweatshirts, the garment’s design principles are in constant rotation. Crow pointed to a J. America style carried by S&S with some trendy touches as an example: “This one is really popular because the outside is polyester, so it’s a little shiny.” And that’s not the only addition that has made the style a hit on the trade-show circuit. She mentioned a few of its other extras, which include a seam across the chest as well as an inner zipper that allows
Further, Crow noted camouflage is “hugely popular,” as well as a hooded sweatshirt with a lace-up neckline (hockey-style).