Hoodie (sometimes spelt “hoody”) is short for “hooded sweatshirt” and is usually a thick, heavy, upper-body garment which is worn as over a lighter top or t-shirt. The most popular varieties of hoodies have drawstring extracts enabling the streetwear sweatpants person to enhance the size of the hood opening, a large frontal “all in one” pocket, a hood, and often some kind of motif printed either on the back of the hoodie, or on the front, above the pocket. Hoodies come in all shapes and sizes, and a variety of different colours, from black or greyish to bright pink or bright yellow, that produces them an excellent option for wearing no matter what season.
In recent years, hoodies have received a good bit of negative attention as they are often known as the “uniform of yobs”. Many teenagers, and in particular, teenage boys, manage to wear hoodies to hide their identity when they are causing trouble or even committing crime. The garment received so much attention that at one point it was regularly being discussed in parliament. Although clearly some young boys do wear hoodies as a method of intimidation, the vast majority of those that wear hooded tops do so because they are a fashionable and practical item of clothing. Thankfully, the majority of the public recognise this and the negative press surrounding hoodies has somewhat died down.
For a number of dresses, such negative press would spell the end for them but hoodies are so popular, they have stayed at one of the best selling types of garment in the uk. Parents have rejected to stop buying hoodies for their sons and daughters considering this moral panic surrounding them, and boys hoodies in particular form the majority of sweater styles out there on the high-street.
The most popular style for boys hoodies is the pull over style hoodie, however zip up hoodies have recently become fashionable. Boy’s hoodies tend to be made in dark colours and out of heavy fabrics and often have appliquéd writing on the front of them or a design printed onto them. This can be an image or something as simple as a place name or lot.
Another popular style of hoodie which was introduced in the late 1990s had album artwork and band names on of rock groups. These hoodies had a longer body than regular hoodies, a zip the front and were always in black. They became known as the “uniform” of Goths (mainly teenagers who liked to wear dark colours, heavy make up and generally clothe themselves in a old style). These hoodies became a depiction of a whole social group and this just shows how influential the hoodie has been doing fashion over the past few decades.