Last Updated April, 2020.
The best sweatshirts are both comfortable and durable. It’s a balance not every brand gets right. Thankfully, there are plenty of brands that do make a good sweatshirt, enough to make a list out of it, anyway. We’re focusing our attention on our favorite crewneck sweatshirts, the ones we’ve been living in. The ones we wear with every outfit, whether it’s jeans and a t-shirt or with suit trousers at your home office. They don’t have to be expensive, but they also don’t have to be cheap. They just have to be good. Here are our picks for the best crew neck sweatshirts on the market.
Uniqlo U Wide Fit Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt
Inspired by vintage sweatshirts, the Wide Fit Long-Sleeve Sweatshirt is part of Uniqlo’s U sublabel, designed by the famed Christoph Lemaire. The fabric is substantial for what you get at the price point and the fit is exceptional. If the relaxed fit scares you, we also liked the classic version (which is also a notch cheaper).
Everlane The French Terry Crew
Everlane’s crewneck sweatshirt is unsurprisingly part of its Uniform collection, a range of garments requisite for your daily ‘fits. It’s made from 100 percent cotton French terry fabric and is as comfy as it is affordable.
Gap Oversized Sweatshirt
Sometimes, you don’t want a clean-fitting sweatshirt to go with your slim jeans. Sometimes, you want to feel as free and as comfy as possible. Gap’s Oversized Sweatshirt is the right amount of slouch while avoiding a messy look.
Outerknown Sur Sweatshirt
Outerknown’s Sur Sweatshirt sticks out for good reason. The hemp and organic blend terry fabric make it a hefty-yet-soft option, not to mention one of the most eco-friendly on the market.
Alex Mill Standard Lightweight Sweatshirt
Every sweatshirt need not be beefy. Alex Mill proves that with its spring-ready version, made from a lightweight cotton terry fabric with vintage details like a bound collar and raglan sleeves.
Todd Snyder x Champion Heavyweight Pocket Sweatshirt
This one is a modern-day classic. Todd Snyder’s Pocket Sweatshirt is one of the best designs to come out of his ongoing partnership with Champion. It’s substantial, it’s super cozy and it can hold your wallet.
Reigning Champ Core Crewneck
Reigning Champ’s Core Crewneck is what the company was built upon. It’s made in Canada (where some of the best sweats are made) and designed with quality details like inset-raglan sleeves and flatlock stitching for seams that are flush against the skin.
Knickerbocker Gym Crew Fleece
These take after vintage sweatshirts of the midcentury, featuring a year-round fleece weighing 15 ounces, a classic V insert and a mounted collar. They come in a handful of colors as well as with graphics.
NWKC’s crewneck ain’t like the others. That’s because of its dual cloth fabric with links 100% merino wool outer layer with a luxurious cotton-poly-rayon blend inner layer. The result is a temperature-regulating wool sweater with a silky-smooth feel.
Sunspel Cotton Loopback Sweatshirt
If you want a crewneck with supreme fabric and a tailored fit, Sunspel should be in your wheelhouse. Known for its high-quality cottons, the heritage brand has been in the business of luxury knits for over 160 years and its Cotton Loopback Sweatshirt continues its tradition. It’s a classically trim silhouette made with some of the softest cotton you’re likely to come across.
Lady White Co. ’44 Fleece
Made entirely in southern California, Lady White Co.’s seminal sweatshirt features flush, flatlock stitching, bar tack reinforcements and custom-knit ribbing you won’t see on any other sweatshirt. And, it’s garment-dyed for a wabi-sabi lived-in feel.
Merz B. Schwanen Heavyweight Crewneck Sweater
Germany-based Merz b. Schwanen is known for its secret weapon: loopwheel knitting machines. These machines are extremely rare and produce fabric in a continuous, seamless loop that’s unbelievably dense and soft. Put it into a sweatshirt and you’ve got yourself a grail sweatshirt.
Cushman Lot. 26903 Freedom Sleeve Sweatshirt
These made-in-Japan sweats are truly special and up the ante on other loopwheeled sweatshirts. Inspired by 1930s sweatshirts, Cushman’s version features a freedom sleeve which is as comfortable as a raglan sleeve, but with a better shape. A high, bound collar, v-insert, flatlock seams and long, vintage ribbing make this sweatshirt a dream for vintage heads.
RRL Double V Crewneck Sweatshirt
From the passion project of Ralph Lauren, the RRL Double V Crewneck Sweatshirt is one that’s meant to age and age well. It’s dyed with true indigo and meticulously washed for a vintage look and feel, while leaving you enough to fade it yourself.
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