With the athleisure movement in full swing, it's hard to think of a more essential item for a man's wardrobe than a crewneck sweatshirt. An iconic, no-nonsense staple, popular since cotton was considered a state-of-the-art workout fabric, time has only improved its design. And while advances in workout wear technology mean it no longer gets much airtime in the gym, its place has been firmly cemented in the streets. The list of high-end designers jumping on the upscale sweats bandwagon continues to grow, and with tailor-fitted pieces coming out almost daily, and at all price points, everyone can get in on the action. Just as great dressing down a suit jacket as it is topping an oxford for a pinch of modern prep, this sweatshirt is much more than a passing trend - it's a timeless piece you needed yesterday.
This roundup showcases a range of styles: the quintessential grey classic, a short sleeve silhouette, a high-end designer interpretation, a splash of indigo and horizontal stripes. Don't be afraid to spend a little more than you're used to shelling out for a sweatshirt; you'll be wearing this one to death, and investing in a high quality cut will ensure it stays looking fresh wear after wear, year after year.
College Loopback Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt
TODD SNYDER + CHAMPION
Mélange Fleece-Back Cotton-Blend Jersey Sweatshirt
Striped Loopback Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt
Striped Woven Cotton Sweatshirt
Finn Loopback Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt
Photography by Mr Porter
Words by The Cuff