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Difference Between Hoodie and Sweatshirt

Difference Between Hoodie and Sweatshirt


Hoodie vs. Sweatshirt

Sweatshirts and hoodies are contemporary garments worn by many people across all age groups, sexes, and other distinguishable characteristic. Nowadays, they are considered as utilitarian garments and can be worn for almost any occasion.

A sweatshirt is a long-sleeved and pullover garment. It covers the upper body – both the chest area and the arms. It can be worn as a stand-alone garment or with an additional one, accompanied by a shirt or T-shirt beneath the sweatshirt. As a pullover, a sweatshirt doesn’t have buttons, hooks, or zippers for attachment. Sweatshirts are usually made of the following materials: wool, cotton, jersey, synthetic materials, or a combination of those.

The garment began as an article of clothing in the sports apparel; it was usually paired with sweatpants. Athletes often wore this piece of garment due to the fact that it absorbs sweat and provides a free range of body movement during exercise. Aside from mobility and sweat absorption, sweatshirts are a good choice of clothing in cold climates.
Like any specialized clothing, the sweatshirt found its way into the commercial market and has been used not only by athletes but also by the public. Due to its versatility, the sweatshirt became part of casual and everyday wear.

Meanwhile, a hoodie (also referred to as a hoody) is a garment that is a variation of the sweatshirt. The word “hoodie” is the short form of “hooded sweatshirt.” This garment contains most of the sweatshirt’s characteristics, with a few additions. The hoodie and the sweatshirt are collarless, oversized, and heavy. They are both used for athletic and casual wear and are made from similar materials. They are also soft and comfortable in addition to providing warmth and insulation.

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Both hoodies and sweatshirts are usually plain or sometimes plastered with a logo from a particular affiliation or organization in the chest or back area. Both clothing items can sport pockets for hands. Aside from these similarities, the hoodie features a hood and laces used to adjust the tightness of the hood. The hoodie can be a pullover like the sweatshirt, but it can also be opened with buttons, zippers, etc.

The design of the hood is derived from the outfit or habit of medieval monks and priests.
A hoodie is a popular article of clothing for people affiliated with various subcultures like skateboarders, Goths, and others labeled as outcasts (whether by an individual’s own volition or society’s perception). Aside from protection from environmental factors, the hoodie projects an image of anonymity, mystery, and suspicion. It has been noted that some criminals take advantage of the fact that it’s not only comfortable but also ideal for hiding the face from recognition.


1. The hoodie and the sweatshirt are popular clothing items for both sportswear and casual wear.
2. A hoodie is a variation of the sweatshirt with added features.
3. Both clothes are popular due to their low restriction on the body and its movements,
their warmth and comfort, and their absorption of sweat. Most hoodies and sweatshirts
are made with the same materials and design.
4. The sweatshirt is usually a pullover, while a hoodie can be a pullover or it can be opened and closed using zippers or buttons.
The hoodie also has a hood and laces. In addition, the hoodie is a reminiscence of
medieval monks and priests’ habits. Sweatshirts and hoodies can have pockets.
5. Aside from their original function as clothes, both the hoodie and sweatshirt imply a
certain image of their wearer. A person wearing a sweatshirt may be affiliated with sports or fitness, while the hoodie is often associated with outcasts
and criminals.

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  1. Sweatshirts are long-sleeved pullover clothes. The hood covers the upper body and arms, just like a hooded sweater. A hoodie, on the other hand, is not only equipped with a hood, but is often also equipped with cords, which are used to tighten it. A zipper can also be found on some hoodies, so you can choose to wear them open.

  2. Hoodies are much smarter than sweatshirts. Thank you for the post.

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