Zip-up hoodies make a great layering piece, no matter the season. A good one should be soft and durable so you can keep it in your rotation for months to come. To help you find one that meets these criteria, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite women’s styles on the market — from lightweight options perfect for breezy days to thick, cozy styles built for optimal warmth. Another bonus? Our picks come from well-respected brands in athletics and outdoors, like Adidas and Carhartt, so you can more confidently make a purchase.
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1. Adidas 3-Stripe Zip-Up Hoodie
This classic hoodie from Adidas contains a blend of 70% cotton and 30% recycled polyester that’s designed to be breathable and resist pilling.
Pros: It comes in five colorways and in sizes XXS to 2XL. Split kangaroo pockets provide convenient storage or a place to warm your hands.
Cons: This style tends to run a bit small.
2. Hanes Full-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt
This Hanes zip-up is also made with cotton and polyester for ultimate breathability and comfort.
Pros: It’s offered in eight colorways. The fabric blend shouldn’t pill. This one also has split kangaroo pockets for storing your hands or small items.
Cons: Some wearers may find it fits a little short.
3. Carhartt Clarksburg Full Zip Hoodie
This style from work gear brand Carhartt is made with heavyweight fleece and features a relaxed fit so you can pair it with your favorite long sleeve or tee.
Pros: It comes in over 10 colorways and sizes XS-3XL. A rib-knit waistband and cuffs help to keep out cold air. Roomy split front pockets can be used to warm up hands or hold personal belongings. The zipper comes up high on the neck for extra coverage.
Cons: The cuffs may not offer much stretch.