Non-athletic style cute but comfy hoodie/outerlayer?
May 29, 2013 11:21 AM   Subscribe

What is a ladies alternative to my partners zip-up hoodie that I can put over everything, including dresses and skirts and cute outfits, and be presentable enough to run errands yet comfy and warm?

Now that it's springtime and getting warmer, I find the need to have more layers. There are still a few hours in the beginning and end of the day where the temperature drops about 15 degrees, and I need a thing that I can put over whatever i'm wearing. What is that thing?? I guess i'm looking for a grown up version of the sweatshirt material zip up athletic hoodie.

Usually I grab my boyfriends cardigan or zip-up and it's perfect but definitely just for lounging. All of my cardigans/sweaters are too tight/thin/short to work over an outfit, and my jackets are too structured. I really want a soft comfy not-too-heavy layer that will work over these things and still allow me to be presentable in public. Does this exist? Budget is around $100.
posted by sarahnicolesays to Shopping (23 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
A jean jacket is perfect for this, as long as you aren't wearing jeans. (Or if you're okay with rocking the double denim.)
posted by something something at 11:34 AM on May 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

You might want a boyfriend cardigan. Long enough to cover up everything, but tailored for a lady. They come in a ton of varieties; textured and chunky, thin and fitted, colors and patterns.
posted by specialagentwebb at 11:37 AM on May 29, 2013 [4 favorites]

A knit blazer, maybe? Something like this. Less structured than a real jacket, more polished than a hoodie.
posted by tan_coul at 11:38 AM on May 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

I have this jacket. It's a peacoat, but it's unlined fleece, so the fabric is casual and lightweight, but the silhouette is on the dressier side. I wear it constantly.
posted by decathecting at 11:42 AM on May 29, 2013 [6 favorites]

Trench coat or other spring coat.
posted by travelwithcats at 11:56 AM on May 29, 2013 [2 favorites]

What about a big wrap cardigan?

I had one that was just awesome but I wore holes in the elbows from basically living in it at work. :(
posted by phunniemee at 11:58 AM on May 29, 2013

If you're not feeling dressy, a cardigan. Something like this might thread that cozy-but-nice-looking needle that you're working with. I also think sweatshirts like this look nicer than a hoodie.

If you are feeling a little dressy, a knit blazer. I have this blazer and I love wearing it with dresses because it makes them less feminine and frilly, in my opinion. I also have this jacket which seriously is sweatshirt-material. I also love jean jackets - I was thinking of getting one in white just because it would be different from other jean jackets (thought I'm worried about getting coffee on it immediately).

If you are interested in a trench coat, I am into this one that I saw online yesterday. I also like this one with the detachable hood.
posted by kat518 at 12:00 PM on May 29, 2013

I like a hooded raincoat with a zip out liner, in a neutral shade like black or bone or navy blue. A belt is a nice touch. Works for all outfits and seasons.
posted by bearwife at 12:00 PM on May 29, 2013

This is out of your price range, but I'd tend to go for a true spring jacket like this one from Banana Republic, or this "Utility" Jacket (in your price range) from Gap.
posted by anastasiav at 12:00 PM on May 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'll also add that this quilted jacket is my go-to spring/fall jacket, but I live in Maine where it's still chilly except in July and August. But I love it, and it goes with everything.
posted by anastasiav at 12:03 PM on May 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

I have a light twill jacket with an A-line cut and big pockets. Depending on what I have underneath it morphs from casual to dressy, and the pockets hold all my stuff. Love it.
posted by cakebatter at 12:26 PM on May 29, 2013

If you don't want an actual women's hoodie - which I think is fine, I wear slim-fit zip up hoodies all the time with jeans or casual skirts - maybe try a fleece moto jacket? This one from Revolve is outside your price range, but you may find something similar at an outlet shop.
posted by celtalitha at 12:28 PM on May 29, 2013

Also, here's a french terry hoodie-type jacket with a little more structure.
posted by celtalitha at 12:39 PM on May 29, 2013

This Adidas jacket might work for you!

I got it for many of the same reasons you list - it's relatively lightweight (no padding, just a fleecy-feeling inside) but keeps you warm, and it's thin enough to breathe so if it's a little hotter out, you don't suffocate. It has a hood in case of rain.

It's not dressy by any means, but it's sleek and looks nice. I love mine and am extremely happy I got it. (I could do without the thumb-holes in the sleeves, but that's a minor complaint.) Plus, it's right in line with your budget.
posted by meggan at 12:42 PM on May 29, 2013

Why not a hoodie that's an actual sweater? Fitted, in lightweight wool or cotton or a cashmere blend, with maybe some cables. (I've been wanting to knit one for myself.) Like this one (cheap) or this one (simpler and sweatshirty, but fancy because cashmere). (Ugh, sorry about the Pinterest linkrot.)
posted by clavicle at 1:20 PM on May 29, 2013

I would just get a blazer that is meant to be loose so you can layer it without the problems you're currently experiencing.
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 1:30 PM on May 29, 2013

This might be more casual than what you are looking for, but I think this is pretty cute while still retaining all the slouchy, comfy goodness of a hoodie.
posted by heliotrope at 1:35 PM on May 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

Knit blazer (the slouchy kind made of sweatshirt material) and then a Patagonia better sweater for slightly more casual.
posted by amaire at 2:38 PM on May 29, 2013

This is what I thought might work for you. I'm sure you can get it for less than $139. More examples here.
posted by bearwife at 3:17 PM on May 29, 2013

I actually wear a hoodie under a thin knee length trench coat. I wear it with everything and I dress up for work every day. You can also try a little thin hoodie with a blazer like This or perhaps This And This is adorable even if you don't have snazzy red hair like the model! With them all being on sale, it is not too bad!
posted by Yellow at 5:51 PM on May 29, 2013

Are you looking for funky or classic? If you want something with a little more edge, try looking at what skate/surf brands offer in terms of jackets and hoodies. I have been coveting this blazer, and this hoodie seems cool enough to work with fairly stylish options as well (check out the image of the back of it!)
posted by synapse at 7:26 PM on May 29, 2013

I was just talking about this with a friend. We concluded that a hoodie with a asymetrical zipper is pretty classy alternative to the standard sweatshirt.
posted by buttercup at 1:51 AM on May 30, 2013

You could have a larger button down shirt in a medium wieight fabric tailored for this purpose
posted by WeekendJen at 11:14 AM on May 30, 2013

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