Ay up lads. So it’s been a month since I got this Champion Reverse Weave black hoodie for my birthday, and I can say that it is well worth the ££. Everyone who owns one knows that wearing a cosy hoodie is like being hugged. Ok, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I do think that a black hoodie can be the basis for a huge range of looks, though, and a well-made heritage brand like Champion (the O.G., progenitors of the style) is the perfect fit. It can be used for lots of looks. Classic/heritage sportswear; contemporary streetwear; skate style; all-black everything; complete nonchalance.
The sheer versatility is perfect for a minimalist, capsule wardrobe. It was love at first wear. The pale colours at Urban Outfitters are coveted at the moment, but for me you cannot beat the murdered out, Night’s Watch black hoodie colourway. So let’s take the black… hoodie.
Look 1. Black hoodie, t-shirt, skinny grey jeans, boots.
Thrown over a simple, but reliable pair of pale skinny jeans, layered with a black oversized t-shirt and with some mean boots. The slightly oversized fit* gives a nice amount of bulk to balance out the top and bottom of the silhouette. The items are American Apparel Made in USA/Sweatshop free t-shirt. The skinny light grey jeans are by Japanese denim brand Edwin. On foot are my Grenson Hadley boots in pebble grain brown leather.
Alternatives: This would be a great look with a pair of combat boots like Dr Martens or any of the pricier options like Dior Homme vintage, Common Projects winter combats, SLP rangers etc. You could also substitute the boots for high-top sneakers like Nike Air Force 1 or Common Projects B-ball for a similar chunky look.
*(I went with a size Small, which I consider to be my ‘true size’)
Look 2. Black hoodie, Army green parka, black skinny jeans, winter boots.
This is more of a practical, urban look. Starting from the bottom my shoes are super-practical, highly recommended everyday shoes by Adidas (Terrex GTX, i.e. lined with Gore-Tex for weatherproofing, techwear properties). The skinny jeans are by H&M, the 360 degree tech model which I have showcased many times.
Designed with a vintage look, the fish-tail army parka is a neglected piece in my wardrobe. I am looking to finally get some wear out of it this autumn. The coat is by All Saints, the resale prices of which have sadly collapsed (so hit up eBay for 2nd hand/BNWT steals). The black hoodie gives bulk, which is perfect because the coat is not the warmest, and is a slightly roomy fit on me. Layer a black hoodie to tie looks like this together. You could pop the hood as well which is nice (which is sans hood). This look reminds me of the streetstyle in Berlin, probably the coolest place I have been fashion-wise.
Alternatives: Black joggers would be a perfect substitute for that East Berlin, U-Bahn riding nonchalance.
Black hoodie look 3, parka removed.
The slightly cropped, yet roomy fit just means this is a favourite look of mine when out and about, day-to-day. Without the parka, the oversized t-shirt comes into more focus, as the layering changes. My dog approves.
You can pick the black hoodie up by Champion, in the superior reverse weave fabric and construction from Amazon UK, imported, made in Honduras (prices fluctuate, was £28 in mid August 2017).