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Elevated hoodies for women – une femme d’un certain âge

We’ve just weathered the first in a series of “atmospheric river” storms scheduled to hit over the next few days. When it’s damp and chilly like this, I often reach for one of my hoodies to keep my head and neck warm.

Hoodies: not just for the gym anymore…

Hoodies have made the leap from purely athletic wear to elevated casual. And they are on-trend for 2024, which means you’ll have a better selection.

I purchased this Me+Em cashmere hoodie over a year ago, and have worn it often. Even though it’s a relaxed fit, it layers well under a blazer. I like that it can be worn open or closed (hidden button front with placket). I’ve had this J.Crew “Regent” blazer for years, one of my best purchases ever!

Cashmere hoodies

If you prefer a zip front, this one’s available in several neutral colors.

I’m kind of intrigued by this sleeveless style (which I think would be great for travel) and not hating the pink either. Also available in a few neutrals.

Yes, Me+Em is spendy, but I’ve found the quality of their knitwear to be very good. (I’ve washed my hoodie a few times (in a lingerie bag, cold water/gentle cycle, dry flat)…it keeps its shape and pilling is minimal.

For a more budget-friendly option, this one rings in under $100, and gets rave reviews. It’s available in several colors; this darkish-red “Crimson” is very on-trend for Spring. (On my monitor, this looks to be in between “Chestnut” and “Brick” in the Autumn palettes. Winters and Summers, take a look at the “Burgundy” color.)

Here’s one in Donegal tweed, marked way down. This Emerald color is great for you Winters! In Misses, Petite and Plus sizes (other colors,too).

Wool-free options

If you prefer something lighter weight or wool-free, this “Performance” hoodie is also a customer favorite, and available in several colors.

When I was visiting London last fall, I stopped in at the Varley store on King’s Road to acquaint myself with this (new-to-me) brand. I was really impressed with the quality of the fabrics, and the design details. Like the two-way zip on this longer cotton-blend hoodie. (I brought home one of their zip-neck sweatshirts as a gift for a friend; she was delighted with it!)

And this colorblock number in cotton is kind of fun…

A hoodie is both a practical garment and one that can add visual interest and an element of Sporty Chic to your casual outfits. Do you have a favorite brand or style of hoodie?

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