Motley Crew

By The Editors
September 27, 2013 9:00 am

What the well-dressed man in New York will be wearing this season. This is your Essential Fall Style Guide, Part Two: in which we recommend The Sweatshirt.

The crewneck sweatshirt has not received a fair sartorial shake.

While it’s cousin the hoodie was long ago adopted by the fashion set — Alexander Wang, per esempio famoso — the crew remained on the billowy, ill-fitting fringes, with only the logos of professional sports teams for loudmouthed company.

But no more. Menswear designers have finally adopted the hoodless wonder, giving it updated fits in upmarket fabrics – allowing the wearer (that’s you) to look casual and comfy but still put-together. We call this the “Disheveled But Damn Sexy” effect (copyright pending).

Our favorites this fall:

Todd Snyder + Champion Pocket Sweatshirt

GQ‘s recent “Best New Menswear Designer in America” has teamed up with the historic sportswear brand on a line of vintage-inspired sweats with a tailored fit and the patinated feel of the pre-Nike era. Get this pocketed number in oatmeal – goes with literally everything. Buy Online.

J. Crew Wallace and Barnes Camo Sweatshirt

Camo’s having a big moment. Again. Throw this J.Crew piece on with some light colored chinos, brown leather boots and a couple of leather bracelets. Buy Online.

Ugmonk Premium Ampersand Crewneck

Typography: also du jour. And this ampersand’s a perfect, crisp example. Bonus: raglan sleeves, which make your shoulders look bigger. Buy Online.

The West Is Dead Drab Green Men’s Crewneck

Always remember (and not just for sweatshirts): texture is every bit as important as color. TWID’s reversible crew is woven with “slub” cotton. Layman’s terms: yarns of varying thickness that result in heavy texture on one side and heather on the other. Buy Online.

VFILES City Series Crewneck

This is the one to wear under your black leather jacket. Classic gray with simple black text repping ‘hoods from St. Tropez to Rio to Hell’s Kitchen. Buy Online.

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