You've got your scented candle, your chunky throw blanket, and a laundry list of harvest-themed Hallmark movies to pick your way through. The only thing missing? A perfectly snuggly sweatshirt, of course—the cornerstone of any autumnal night in.
Anyone who's ever worn a sweatshirt knows they're not all created equal. Finding that perfect, never-want-to-take-it-off piece isn't exactly easy. Layer on details like hoodies versus crew necks, zippers versus buttons, or cropped versus oversized, and finding the best sweatshirt can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. Cozy on up to the list below, if you will, and get your credit cards ready—there's a ton of sweatshirts out there but these are the best of the best, perfect for snuggling your way through sweater weather.
The best sweatshirts for women, at a glance:
- Best classic crew: Girlfriend Collective 50/50 Relaxed Fit Sweatshirt ($39)
- Best hoodie: Alo Accolade Hoodie ($89)
- Best zip-up hoodie: Vuori Restore Hoodie ($138)
- Best quarter-zip: L.L. Bean Sweater Fleece Sherpa Hybrid Pullover ($99)
- Best cardigan: Buck Mason Field Spec Cardigan ($75)
- Best cropped: Victoria's Secret Fleece Cropped Hoodie ($29)
- Best oversized: Aerie Lace Up Oversized Crew Sweatshirt ($32)
- Best on Amazon: Hanes Ecosmart Crewneck Sweatshirt ($8)
- Best splurge: Houdini Power Houdi Fleece Jacenket ($200)
- Most maximalist: Free People It's A Vibe Hoodie ($168)
- Most timeless: Champion Reverse Weave Boyfriend Crew ($55)
- Best for traveling: Pact Airplane Poncho ($67)
- Best for working out: Adidas Run-Fast Half Zip Long Sleeve Sweatshirt ($64)
- Best for eco-conscious shoppers: Richer Poorer Recycled Fleece Sweatshirt ($76)
The 14 best sweatshirts for women that'll keep you cozy no matter what
Best classic crew
Available sizes: 3XS-6XL
Believe it or not, you can go wrong with a classic crew. Some are too short, while some are too baggy. Others might not have that cozy, worn-in feel, while others are too light or airy.
Take the guesswork out of buying a crew neck sweatshirt ever again with this close-to-perfect piece from Girlfriend Collective that will keep you comfy season to season. The relaxed fit is slightly oversized, giving you plenty of breathing room when you wear. Speaking of breathing room, it’s breathable—never stuffy or too hot when you crank the heat. That’s thanks to the fabric, which is half organic cotton and half recycled cotton saved from the cutting room floor—that means it’s as good for you as it is the planet.
Colors: 9 different earthy hues
Available sizes: XXS-2XL
More of a hoodie person? Add the Accolade Hoodie to Alo to your cart. It’s everything you want in a hoodie, plus some. First is it’s baggy, chill fit that basically screams, “Curl up in me!” just by looking at it. Layer on the clean lines, neat stitching, and of course, the hood and kangaroo pockets, and you’ll want to curl up, indeed. You can wear it with anything—it’s long enough to cover up your bum over yoga pants and bike shorts, or you can get matchy matchy with a pair of the brand’s equally plush sweatpants.
Colors: 5 core neutral colors and 9 limited-edition shades
Best zip-up hoodie
Available sizes: XXS-XXL
If you’d prefer the convenience of a zipper when you’re layering up, we recommend the Restore Hoodie from Vuori. It has all the features you want in a pullover style, including a smidge of oversizedness that’s instantly cozy when you slip it on. It’s also as heavy, too, made from an thick organic cotton with a brushed back that feels dreamy against your skin. Pop it on over a sports bra or tank top when you head to the gym, or when you’re at home and trying to beat the chill. That zipper makes it easy to take off if you change your mind.
Colors: Pale gray, black, dusty pine
Available sizes: XS-XL in regular, tall, plus, and, petite.
We love a pullover moment, especially if there’s a quarter-zip involved. From layering up on a fall hike to staving off the chill on last-minute errands, L.L. Bean’s fleece pullover is simply the best. That’s largely due to its double dose of fleece: The shoulder and chest areas feature a buttery soft, sherpa-esque fleece that keeps heat in and cold out, while the bottom is made from the brand’s Sweater Fleece for some added durability. There’s also a quarter-zip neck (perfect for zipping up against the elements), a kangaroo pocket, and a front snap pocket for extra storage. And we can’t ignore those retro colors that standout in a sea of black and grey pullovers. *Adds to cart*.
Colors: 4 different color combos.
Available sizes: XS-XXL
For those who want cardigan that’s a little less ~fancy~, you will not be disappointed by this beauty from Buck Mason. We’ve raved about their sweats before, and this piece is just as comfortable. Made from the softest organic cotton jersey, its slouchy and lived-in, perfectly broken-in from the moment you pull it out of its packaging. The corozo buttons and front pocket elevate the traditional sweatshirt look while making it super easy to layer over camisoles, T-shirts, and base layers. We recommend splurging and getting the matching Field Spec Wide Leg Sweatpants ($80) for an outfit you won’t want to take off all autumn.
Colors: White and Venice wash
Available in: XS-XXL
Victoria’s Secret has undergone a much-needed makeover in both its branding and styling. While you can still find the occasional “PINK” slogan across a T-shirt or two, the logo-flashing has dialed down and it’s actually pretty darn cute. This cropped hoodie is particularly impressive, designed with a shorter waist for those who like a cropped look but still enjoy the roominess of a hooded sweatshirt.
Colors: 7 different colors
Available sizes: XXS-XL
On the flip side, this oversized option is ideal for anyone who likes the Ariana Grande look and wants to feel like they’re swimming in their significant other’s sweatshirt. It’s a bit lighter than the other options on this list, but it makes up for it in its spacious silhouette. And it comes looking like it’s been worn a dozen times (in the best way possible, of course). It has a lace-up front for some visual detailing and to make throwing it on and off a little easier.
Colors: 5 different colors
Best on Amazon
Available sizes: XS-XXL
The best sweatshirt on Amazon also happens to be the best one for your wallet. Not only is it affordable, but Hanes’ Ecosmart Crewneck Sweatshirt also has more than 45,000 5-star reviews. 45,000! That’s a lot of happy customers praising the budget-friendly top for everything from its softness, sizing, and of course, its price tag. Best part is, it’s made in line with the brand’s Earth-friendly initiatives and features a small percentage of recycled polyester sourced from single-use plastics. You love to see it.
Colors: 10 different colors
Available sizes: XS-XL
I’ll admit it: $200 for a sweatshirt is a bit steep. But this zip-up hoodie from Houdini is totally worth it, especially if you’re someone who’s spends a lot of time in the Great Outdoors. This tech sweatshirt doubles as a fleece jacket that’s perfect for fall hikes, bike rides, and other outside activities. It’s loaded with technical features, starting with the materials (four-way stretch, sweat-wicking, and sustainably made) all the way down to the hood, shaped collar, drawstring hem, and extended sleeves with loopholes. It’s a great investment and sure to last you for more sweater weather seasons to come.
Colors: 4 different colors
Can confirm: The It’s A Vibe hoodie is a vibe—a maximalist one, at that. It’s the definition of “Business in the front, party in the back.” The front features a small, retro-inspired patch over the breast, but the back is adorned in colorful patchwork and stitching that’s made to be seen. Plus, it’s so comfortable. Slightly slouchy, oh-so-soft, and the perfect conversation starter. (Or, ya know, stylish couch accessory.)
This wouldn’t be a “best sweatshirts” list without a Champion sweatshirt, now would it? Our most timeless pick, the Champion sweatshirt has proved a simple crewneck can’t go out of style—especially if the Champion branding is somewhere on it. Between size, fit, comfort, price, and look, it’s a win-win guaranteed to withstand the test of trends and time. There are numerous styles to shop on the Champion website, but we love this relaxed crew that we’re adding to our carts ASAP.
Colors: 9 different colors
Best for traveling
Available sizes: XS-XXL
Take a hint from this sweatshirt’s name—it’s perfect for planes, as well as trains and automobiles. Pact’s Airplane line is silky soft and heavenly to wear, whether you’re sitting in First Class or running to catch your next flight. Made from organic, Fair Trade cotton, it features a ponch-inspired waistline with a flowy, slit hem that looks great with leggings, bike shorts, and jeans (if you dare!) There’s a drawstring hood, too, so you can shade your eyes in relaxation on your way to wherever you roam.
Colors: 6 different colors
Best for working out
Available sizes: XS-XL
From pre-workout warm-ups to 10-mile long runs, this is the sweatshirt to work out in. The half-zip style is convenient, making it easy to add ventilation when you start to break a sweat. But the star is its sweat-sucking fabric that stops moisture in its tracks, absorbing it while you’re moving so you can stay comfortable. It’s also reflective (perfect for night running), has thumbholes (ideal for chilly nights) and has pre-shaped elbows for better movement. TBH, it has it all.
Best for eco-conscious shoppers
Available sizes: XS-XL
Many of these picks are made with the Earth in mind, but if you’re looking to narrow it down, Richer Poorer’s fleece stunner is a solid bet. It’s cute, it’s comfy, but most important, it’s eco-conscious, made with plastic from more than approximately 40 water bottles. It’s also made from cotton, which is notoriously better for the envionrment than artificial materials. Show yourself and the planet some love and get it now.
Colors: 8 different colors
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