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Fair warning: You’ll want more than one.
No matter which season, you can’t go wrong with a comfortable hoodie. And if your go-t0 sweatshirt still has stains from a college party you attended 20 years ago (no judgement!), it might be time for a refresh. You can go classic with an oversized pullover, get a thin, light-weight zip-up for layering under a coat or workout gear, or opt for an ultra-cozy style lined in warm fleece.
From tried-and-true athletic companies like Nike, Lululemon, and Champion to innovative iterations from newer activewear and fashion brands, there is a plethora of quality sweatshirts for women out there. Plus, there’s no wrong way to wear a sporty hoodie. Pair it with coordinating sweatpants or winter leggings and comfy slippers to lounge, try the high-low look and dress them up with skirts and ankle boots for work, or wear a cropped version with high-rise jeans on the weekends.
And a little tip from Oprah: “A hoodie is just one of those gifts that suits a multitude of people of different styles and ages,” she said this year when curating her Favorite Things gift guide (look ahead for her top picks). To make things even easier, we’ve rounded up some of the softest hoodies on the market. Consider your sweats upgraded.
This super soft yet thin hoodie has a fan: Oprah counted it as one of her 2021 Favorite Things. “This cushy number (in versatile shades) is next level and pairs just as well with jeans as it does with a skirt,” Oprah said. “I’d even layer it under a blazer.”
Selected as a Favorite Thing in 2019, Oprah described this hoodie as “ridiculously plush” and suggested it over leggings or for wearing at home. It might end up being one of the softest things in your wardrobe.
The Oprah Daily style team wear-tested this ultra-cozy teddy hoodie and it was a win across the board. Lounge in it with your fave pajamas or wear it as outerwear during the transition months. Tip: It does run large so size down.
You can’t go wrong with a classic heather gray hoodie, especially one that reviewers called “amazingly soft.”
Available in four colors, this simple and relaxed 100 percent french terry cotton hoodie is versatile enough to pair with leggings or flirty skirts.
Long-line designs are great when you want thigh or butt coverage. This zip-up hoodie also features a plush interior lining for extra warmth when you’re running around.
The open V-neck on this cotton-blend style makes it a little easier to slip on and off (goodbye, makeup smudges). Plus, it comes in a slew of cheery colors.
With a boxy fit, this cropped hoodie also has an elastic waistband—ideal for pairing with high-waist bottoms.
Prefer something oversized? This roomy and lightweight style is perfect for throwing on after your workout.
This oversized and cozy teddy hoodie might just be the MVP of your sweats drawer this season. The partial zip also allows room for a chunky scarf.
A classic throwback style in heavyweight cotton. This Champion sweater comes in multiple colors.
Step up your zip-up game in this comfy hoodie with geometric quilting detail, a subtle upgrade.
Constructed with the same ultra-soft fabric as their best-selling joggers, this Vuori performance hoodie features the same four-way stretch and moisture-wicking material. Hint: It makes for a great travel piece.
Contrast stitching and double pockets lend some extra interest to this slouchy organic cotton blend sweatshirt.
Capture that weekend vibe every day in this oversized tie dye hoodie.
Designed for both working out and lounging, this soft, lightweight, and stretchy hoodie is one you’ll reach for over and over again.
Throw this oversized, mid-length hoodie over just about anything for an effortless sporty touch. Voluminous sleeves and side slits make it extra comfortable.
This fleece hoodie comes in a variety of cheery colors. You can pair it with matching shorts for the coziest of all possible looks.
Did you know Allbirds also makes clothing? And it’s just as comfortable and sustainable as the brand’s shoes. Allbird’s sweater is made with organic pima cotton, hemp, and Tencel, and made under the company’s carbon neutral practice.
Lined in warm fleece, this zip-up is a practical option for outdoor activities.
Wide swingy sleeves and a minimalist silhouette make this an easy option to dress up while staying warm.
A covered zip placket makes this boxy hoodie stand out, while the longer curved back hem provides some tush coverage. Pick from pastel blue, green, or pink.
Layer on this warm sherpa fleece hoodie for all your outdoor adventures.
Throw it back to the early aughts in this slim-fit velour hoodie. Pair with the wide-leg track bottoms for the total look.
Snuggle up in super soft and slouchy pullover. The only problem? You won’t want to take it off.
Quilting brings a dash of style to this casual sweatshirt.
Fuzzy fleece lining makes this roomy partial-zip hoodie even more appealing. It even has a convenient hidden security pocket to stash cash or keys.
Both clever and cool, this heavyweight 100 percent cotton design features a detachable, pull-up face covering for extra protection (but don’t forget your face mask). And, of course, we love the brand name, which happens to be how Gayle refers to her own favorite daughter.
Available in over 20 colors, this mid-weight pullover is perfect for the colder months. Lined in fleece, it also has a double-layered hood and ribbed cuffs to keep you toasty.
Who can resist a cozy sherpa? This zip-up has a slight high-low hem and features “windproof technology” making it ideal for chilly temps.