Nights are getting longer, there’s a distinctive nip in the air and leaves are starting to turn. You know what that means: Fall is finally here! For us here at Merch Monster, it’s our favorite time of year. And no, it’s not because of the omnipresence of pumpkin-spice products during the next few months. It’s finally the perfect time of year – not to hot and not to cold – for everyone to break out that treasured article of clothing: The hoodie. Snuggly, baggy, warm and fuzzy hoodies.
Hoodies are the perfect outerwear. They provide just the right amount of warmth without being overbearing. If it gets too hot, they’re easy to take off. If it gets to cold, you can put layers over them. They look good on anyone, and best of all, they never seem to go out of style. In fact, hoodies have only been increasing in popularity over the years, culminating in the world of high fashion officially embracing them as the “it” article of clothing, combining a casual style with a relaxed fit.
Hoodies are all about comfort, which is why they’re the perfect accessory to a season like Autumn that’s all about comfort. And this year, adding an extra personalized touch is all the rage. That’s right, we’re talking about customized hoodies. So sit back and relax as we walk you through all the reasons your company can stand out this fall by making your hoodies work for you.
The real question you should be asking is: Why not hoodies?
If you do a lot of business outside, hoodies are the perfect thing to get your crew. Firstly, they’ll keep your peeps nice and toasty as temperatures continue to drop. Secondly, their extremely adaptable, so you can get a lot of use out of them. But more importantly, custom hoodies offer a way to keep your brand front and center as colder weather forces more and more layers over top of standard uniforms.
If you work in an industry like construction where bright colors are an absolute must, custom hoodies can provide another layer of high-vis apparel. Everyone on your crew can feel warm and safe, kinda like you’re giving them all a giant, cottony hug. A giant cottony hug with your company logo on it. But the good news doesn’t stop there. Bright colors are in this Fall, so you can work that style, while you work that job.
Big and bright just not your thing? No problem. The skies the limit with hoodie customizations. You can choose from a huge selection of colors, materials and designs. The hoodie truly is the all-purpose garment!
There is one more unintended benefit to ordering custom hoodies. As we said earlier, they’re comfortable. Hoodies put the “fun” in “functional,” so chances are your employees might just love them so much they decide to where them outside of work. That means free advertising for you. Every time one of your people goes out to eat, goes grocery shopping or even just heads out for a morning jog, people will see your brand.
Bottom line: Hoodies are a comfortable, adaptable garment that are a perfect fit for your crew and your brand.
Choosing the Best Hoodie
So now that we’ve established hoodies are the superior Fall garment, it’s time to decide which hoodie best serves your needs.
In a previous article, we talked about what a huge difference material composition has on the quality of a t-shirt [insert link to previous blog post here]. The same applies to hoodies. One of the most common types of hoodie is a 50-50 blend of cotton and polyester. Higher end hoodies are made of an 80-20 polycotton blend, or a 50-50 polycotton blend with a fleece-spun interior. Let’s go over the pros and cons of each.
Basic hoodies are made of a 50-50 polycotton blend that gives the hoodie it’s signature comfortable feel, while still being durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of frequent use. These hoodies typically have a more baggy or boxy fit, which some people find appealing. The Port & Company PC78H – Core Fleece Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt, is a prime example of a basic hoodie. It’s definitely the work horse of the hooded sweatshirt world. It’s 50-50 polycotton blend makes it easy to wear, yet hardy and built for longevity. If you’re looking for something quick to throw on in the morning as you start your workout routine, or for a trip to the store, this is a great choice. It’s got a boxier appearance and fits looser than other types of hoodies. But it fits more body types because of this.
Basic hoodies are also the least expensive option, due to their lower manufacturing cost. However, while basic hoodies are still comfortable, they aren’t the most comfortable option out there. So if you’re really looking for something you’ll want to wear all the time, this may not be the best choice. Some people also see the baggy fit as more of an annoyance than a benefit.
Mid-Tier hoodies boast an 80% cotton, 20% polyester blend. This makes the hoodie significantly more comfortable, with a smoother, less scratchy feel. Additionally, the extra cotton makes the hoodie thicker and more insulated, so you get a warmer, cozier feeling. Mid-Tier hoodies fit better than Basic hoodies, but because they’re 80% cotton, they will shrink a little when washed. Make sure you keep this in mind when picking which sizes to order.
The Independent SS4500 – Midweight Hooded Pullover Sweatshirt is one of our personal favorites. Aside from the bulkier, warmer feeling from all that extra cotton, this particular model has a jersey lined hood. This hoodie is definitely one you can wear around the house, at work, or anywhere you want, and still feel comfortable. It also comes in a ton of different colors, so you can find one that’s just right for your personal style.
Premium hoodies are the Cadillac of the hoodie world. They’re also made of a 50-50 polycotton blend, but there’s a huge difference between these and basic hoodies. The cotton is used in the interior of the hoodie in a sort of fleece-spun finish. This composition gives the hoodie an extremely soft feel that is extra warm. The polyester on the outside makes the hoodie very durable and versatile. The image below is the Bella-Canvas 3719 – Unisex Sponge Fleece Pullover Hoodie. This is one of the top-selling premium hoodies we offer. Notice it has a slightly baggier fit, which makes it perfect as a unisex garment. But despite its looser appearance, it’s side-seamed, meaning it’s better fitted than a basic hoodie, and holds its shape better after washing. It also means decorations that are applied to it will last longer. This particular hoodie comes with a 100% no sweatshops, eco-friendly guarantee, so you can feel just as good buying it as you will wearing it.
Premium hoodies are quite simply the best you can get in terms of comfort and longevity. However, they aren’t easy to make, so they are the most expensive hoodies you can buy.
Hopefully this little guide has given you a good idea of what hoodie would work best for your company this Fall season. But if you have any questions, feel free to ask us at https://www.merchmonster.net/.
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