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    #16
    Originally posted by alexd3 View Post
    I think wearing a hoodie is like anything, it can look nice if you make an effort to make it look nice. Jeans and a t-shirt can look great if you make sure that it fits well and is coordinated, likewise a suit can look sloppy if it's ill-fitted and matched with those square toe black shoes. Formality does not equal 'nice' to me.

    I can't recommend this hoodie enough (also probably wait to find it on sale somewhere). Put that on with some jeans and white sneakers and you will look put together and great.
    I was actually thinking of RC hoodies this entire time as an option that looks good. +1 to the rec
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      #17
      hoodies are a technical piece for me. If I need the hood function, I wear a hoodie. If I don't, I go for a more dappered look. keeping chill off of the neck can be accomplished with many other more dappered options. a scarf, a shawl neck, 1/4 zip sweater...I even pop the collar of my jacket to keep weather off of my neck. The intent of an article like this is almost always to help out those people that use the hoodie as a go-to for any situation int he fall. Or someone that wants to be warm and comfortable but maybe step it up for date night and doesn't know what to do to get the similar effect.

      I always say any style "rule" is a set of crutches for a beginner. As you get your own personal style more tuned in, you can determine what "rules" you want to break to represent your personal style. Most of the style icons we adore were not strictly following the rules but understood the purpose well enough to stylishly represent themselves, sometimes creating new "rules".

      I also agree with some others, I never like the crew tee under a v sweater. To me, it reminds me of the prepackaged shirt tie combos. Mostly because you can get those sweaters with the faux tee attached under from places like walmart.

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        #18
        Originally posted by idvsego View Post
        I also agree with some others, I never like the crew tee under a v sweater. To me, it reminds me of the prepackaged shirt tie combos. Mostly because you can get those sweaters with the faux tee attached under from places like walmart.
        I feel like the only reason I would wear that would be if I had a big scar from throacic surgery. And, even then... the scar feels more styley.

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          #19
          I would agree with others that hoodies are more functional than a fashion accessory.

          It is true that lately there has been a fashion trend of wearing hoodies—even some designer hoodies—typically layered under a bomber jacket, jeans, and interesting tennis shoes. There is also the trend swap jeans with some sort of fancy sweatpants. This seems like a very young style that I might have liked more some years ago.

          I don't think a hoodie is a flattering clothing item. However, when it is 40F outside, not raining, with on and off winds... I'm not really worried about if it would look better to be wearing a cardigan. I'll admittedly wear a hoodie with a raincoat if the weather is like that regardless of what it looks like.

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            #20
            I found myself moving away from hoodies at the same time I moved away from graphic tees. Hoodies don't have a lot of use when most of your shirts have collars. That said, I definitely agree with others that a hoodie is great for cleaning or relaxing at home.

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              #21
              A hoodie is also great if you are wearing a ball cap for "eye shade" but need warm ears...like riding in my Jeep today with the top down.


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                #22
                I just got an old navy sweater hoodie. I have an old school nautica sweater hoodie and it looks great too.
                I can't find the stationary. -- James Bond

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by TheManJournals View Post
                  Ever since I joined this website (couple of years ago) I have noticed the dislike towards hooded sweatshirts and the compulsion to provide alternatives. However, I have always felt that a hoodie is what it is because of the hood. So in my opinion, unless an alternative has a hood, it's not really an alternative.

                  Now, I am not passionate about hoodies and own only the two I bought from S&M. I use them mostly in Spring or Fall, when its chilly and windy outside. The hood offers some extra protection and having the hood on actually feels cosy and comfortable (in a way a beanie doesn't).

                  Wondering what others in this community think?
                  Plenty of people wear a hoodie everywhere and not make use of the hood either. For those people, yes, there are alternatives.

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                    #24
                    I see hoodies as functional. If you don’t need the hood, don’t wear a hoodie. If you need a good, is it raining? Then a hoodie might not be your best bet. It it’s a functional piece and if you’re using the function, go for it.


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                      #25
                      Originally posted by 3piece View Post
                      Plenty of people wear a hoodie everywhere and not make use of the hood either. For those people, yes, there are alternatives.
                      Yes there are alternatives but for the most part none of them are as casual as a hoodie.

                      I think in general dappered equates more formal with more stylish - like if I replaced my hoodie with a cardigan I’ll automatically look more stylish and therefore better. No, you’ll look more formal, that may or may not be better depending on your style and the occasion.
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                        #26
                        I'd normally agree with the no-hoodie thing, but I have a very Dappered friendly navy blue cashmere hoodie (thanks [MENTION=3767]wsupjs[/MENTION]) that goes great with chinos, jeans, moleskin, cords, cavalry twill, all that jazz, and an OCBD or polo up top. Think of it as a cardigan, minus the old-man vibes it might trigger in someone who isn't into #menswear. Perfectly balance of elegant and slouchy, and works for everything from date night to a casual day at the office to the sartorial morass that is Google HQ. Of course, it's rather rubbish for when the weather actually goes sideways, but it is pretty close-fitting and layers nicely under a harrington jacket and provides a bit of insulation to complement the jacket's windbreaking. So basically, I'm against baggy cotton Russell Athletic type things, unless you're actually using it to keep warm at the gym, but a few tweaks and you can make it work within a classic wardrobe.

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                          #27
                          It really comes down to occasion and venue. I'd never wear a hoodie to work, but for running errands or going to the gym? Hell yeah. In general many hoodies tend to look better than most cardigans, which, in my opinion, very few people can pull off. Tall, thin guys can wear cardigans (and most other items of clothing), but most cardigans make men look squat, pudgy, and/or old. There was a moment when hipsters were wearing cardigans (and in the 90s Kurt Cobain make them cool for a hot minute), but I've never understood why some style blogs have taken them up -- and certainly not as an "alternative" to a hoodie or sweatshirt. They serve two different purposes - would you wear a cardigan to a football game? In any case, can we talk about the Flint and Tinder Harrington jacket currently being advertised on Dappered? Yikes. Shades of Members Only anyone?

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                            #28
                            I have a bunny hug that I wear around the house. The thing is covered in cat hair because a) I pick the cat up when wearing it and b) the cat likes to sleep on the bunny hug when I'm not home. I do not wear the bunny hug out of the house though. My reason for doing so is the hug just isn't that stylish on me. Comfy as all get out when lounging on the couch though. But if I'm heading out to run errands of whatever I'll change and through on a sweater. Either that or a a shawl cardigan - my new found love.

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                              #29
                              Originally posted by Token View Post
                              Yes there are alternatives but for the most part none of them are as casual as a hoodie.

                              I think in general dappered equates more formal with more stylish - like if I replaced my hoodie with a cardigan I’ll automatically look more stylish and therefore better. No, you’ll look more formal, that may or may not be better depending on your style and the occasion.
                              I think the idea is more about dressing for the proper occasion...and the general resistance to the way society has moved towards EVERYTHING being a causal situation. But yeah, I hear you. One thing I struggle with here is finding good daily alternatives since I am now work from home and my previous "personal uniform" is overkill for my audience that consists of dogs, cats, and housewives at the grocery store.

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                                #30
                                Nothing wrong with a well fitting, neutral colored zip up hoodie in the right situation...there are some really nice cashmere hoodies out there that work well.

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