A different perspective: the Hoodie

A while back I posted about London-based L’Estrange and its unique take on a classic garment, which has earned an ill reputation during the course of recent years: the Hoodie. The common (mislead) association with an underground urban culture, has removed this timeless piece from the list of essentials for many men out there, apart from sports or other relaxed occasions. This misconception has led to a point where its preppy/Ivy League associations have fallen into oblivion.

Thankfully, upgraded interpretations in recent collections, such as this one from L’Estrange, have been slowly changing the panorama and reintroducing the Hoodie to its rightful place. This version in particular, features a wide range of superb details that make it appropriate and versatile enough to sport on several occasions: the slimmer, fitted silhouette breaks down its sporty essence, a contrast inner lining in striped oxford cloth conveys a refined feel, structured hood and back yoke, metal finishings on the drawstrings transpire quality and finally, the addition of 3 additional pockets set it apart from the rest, namely due to the introduction of a chest pocket. The latter is a brilliant detail that makes a world of a difference, allowing you to deliver some extra panache simply by flipping the inner lining inside out, or by sporting your favorite pocket square.

All combined, this Hoodie is much more an alternative to a knitted jacket, than a sporty all-rounder. Although it’s a perfect piece for layering purposes, here I wore it as outerwear to really showcase its full potential. The striped lining called for a neutral background, hence the white OCBD, while the wine shade worked beautifully with dark grey trousers and burgundy boots. The plaid wool tie and felt fedora subtly picked up the remaining tones of the look.

Details: oxford lined hoodie by L’Estrange, oxford button down by Ralph Lauren, trousers by Boglioli, boots by Buttero, vintage hat and wool tie, diy bracelets.

Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira