Thursday, February 4, 2016

On the Epically Exhuasting Journey of Finding a Decent Women's Hoodie

If you are a woman, or a boyfriend/husband with excellent attentive listening skills, I'm sure you know the struggle women go through to find a hoodie. Not just "a hoodie," the hoodie. If you waltz into a store and check out the women's hoodies, 99% of the time they will be cheap. Thin. With a sorry excuse for a hood (Many times, in the privacy of my fitting room, I will try out the hoods and be disappointed yet again when they don't even cover all of my tiny head. Lame. Lame!).

Of course, during the inevitable moment when you are snuggling your man, hanging up his clothes, or curiously trying on his lounge wear, you will discover the fact that men's hoodies are far superior to women's hoodies. They are thick, so warm, so soft, and so snuggly. Did I mention the glorious, full-bodied hoods that accompany these creations of pure genius?

It didn't always use to be this way.

Women's hoodies used to be amazing. Do you remember, just a few years ago, when surfer clothes were all the rage? It was the heyday of Billabong, Hurley, and Roxy. It was the heyday of thick, quality women's sweatshirts. Women's sweatshirts with fleece, double-lined hoods, and cool features like: thumb-holes in the sleeve (just in case you felt like poking your thumb through your sleeve).

When did things change? I'm sure a huge part of it was moving our factories overseas for cheap (unsafe) labor practices, which resulted in cheaper clothes everywhere. Part of it is that the surfer days are over. Another reason is that women settle for the crappy hoodie versions of today. Have you ever seen a guy buy a crappy hoodie? No! They pinch it dubiously, declare it impractical, and move on to a hoodie that provides heat. In this regards we need to be smarter: demanding quality and waiting until we find it.

I am here to tell you that it is not impossible to find the perfect hoodie. It just takes a little patience. I found one recently on sale at J. Crew and I am so thrilled: it matches everything, is thick and warm, and even has a double-lined hood that makes me feel like a casually dressed elf princess. Or maybe a modern jedi knight. You get the idea.

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