RLGT Style: Hoodie’s, No Allen

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RLGT Style: Hoodie’s, No Allen

(Above: Some classic Hoodie Allen, because at no point in universtity will there ever be an interruption in your need for a comfortable hoodie)

Alright, alright. It’s been long enough. After months, and various editions of RLGT Style, its finally time. Today we discuss the most important piece of clothing you will ever wear during Fall & Winter in Canada. Of course, we’re talking about your warmest outer-wear; More specifically, your hoodie.

Lets face it, there is nothing like a good ‘ol hoodie. Sweatpants may give your comfiest bunny-hug a run for it’s money (S/O to our Saskatchewan readership for that lingo, all 4 of you), but if you’re anything like me, sweatpants never see the light of day outside of your house. Jeans are cool too, but pants are quite subjective to the individual. But hoooodies, hoodies never get old, never go out of style, and most importantly are perfect for any kid, from elementary to college, all the way through the eternal youth of all 90’s kids.

A hoodie is literally the dividing-line between being too casual to leave your house in, and just comfy enough to be an everyday item.

The reason I put so much emphasis on good outerwear after my first 3 years of university is simple. Literally, simple. Simplicity is exactly what you want, especially when you have to get dressed 5 days away, for the harsh Canadian weather and the uncomfortable, long hours ahead. Plus, when try hard as hell to look fresh, it’s really difficult when your $300 APC blank, shotgun-blasted tee (the stupidest shit I have ever heard in my life, by the way), when you have a jacket on; You might as well just rock a fresh jacket instead. Below, we will teach you how to dress up, and dress down your favourite hoodie, with other outerwear options.

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The base item: Alife “Core” hoodie, in grey, $110 CAD (purchased for $55 from Group7 in Calgary, #BARGAINGAMEBRAZY. Available here for $78, USD, from Hypebeast). This hoodie was quite expensive on its own, and realistically I’ve never spent more than 70, maybe 80 dollars on a hoodie before, but when looking for a good everyday hoodie, there is no point cheaping out.

I always start my outerwear collection with a classic, heavy grey hoodie. This one isn’t soft on the inside like usual, but I seem to have a weird semantic association with grey being the most comfortable color for hoodies, so that really accounts for the bulk of my decision-making. Neutral colors like grey or black are also quite easy to mix and match with, so keep that in mind too.

Alone, there is really nothing special about a hoodie. Yes, some are kinda chill, yes some are rather un-legit, but at the end of the day its a hoodie, and your street/swag cred won’t be on the rise just yet. The real trick is the next step.

The Fix-in’s: Dressing-up simple items, such as hoodies, is the most under-appreciated skill in basic fashion, in my opinion. Instead of springing for the expensive, complicated, & convoluted items, keep it simple. Dress up your hoodie for school by layering is with a myriad of options, and change the look completely.

As seen above, the options are literally endless. Not only do you stay super comfortable, but you can change the entire vibe of your fit, by changing very little in reality. By switching up the top layer, and possibly some accessories as well, the direction of style can do a full 180. Plus, when you live in a place like Calgary, and you are going to be in jackets all year around, it’s not a terrible idea to have to extra options. Personally, this year I sprung for almost as many jackets and I have tee’s, to ensure for maximum freshness, all winter long. My favourite option out of the 3 would have to be the extra long “sand” jacket, pictured second, by Rains. At about $150, this one costed more than I would have liked, but it’s honestly way too dope to complain about.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how you do it, or what you do it with, treat yourself and your wallet by finding some versatile components to add to the wardrobe. Maybe you might end up spending a bit more on the core pieces, but in the long run it will be worth it, in the money and effort saved in an attempt to switch it up every so often.

Keep in mind, these tips are to be taken with a grain of salt, as you should always WEAR WHAT YOU LIKE. Don’t take these as rules to follow, but instead mere suggestions, as tested by me. Be a taste-maker, not a taste-tester.

Two words; one love,

-Hospey Allen

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