Fashion & Beauty

What We Want to Wear Now: 01.04.24

Cool new sweatshirts From left to right, PE Nation’s adorable Andorra hoodie, a collared version from Rumored and Alice + Olivia and Basquiat’s colorful collab. 

By Janet Kelly

AND JUST like that, the holidays are over. Put the sequins away until next year—or until an invite for a swank soiree shows up on your calendar. While it’s the season for thinking all things cozy and comfortable, it’s not the time to indulge in schlumpy sweatshirts. That was so two years ago.

Designers and retailers, including J. Crew, Tory Burch, Clare V. and Alice + Olivia, have stepped up to the plate with a raft of colorful, patterned and embellished styles that look and feel new and exciting to wear.

Here are some on our radar for 2024. Happy New Year!

Start 2024 off right with a cheery cherry red heritage fleece hoodie from J. Crew. The white drawstring detail at the collar reminds us—in a good way—of way-back-when styles. A cotton-poly blend with a touch of stretch, it will feel good to wrap up in all year. Full price, it’s $98, but take 25% off with code NEWYEAR.


Trovata isn’t settling for your everyday, quarter-zip fleece sweatshirt. Instead, the label, known for its classic silhouettes and feminine details, embellishes its Casey Pullover ($318) with a quilted floral design on a rich, dark green background. Roomy front pockets add a practical note to this reimagined version of a standby style.

Sometimes I just want to wear something with a collar. That’s the tailored detail that appeals to me about Rumored’s mid-weight fleece Airport Sweatshirt. True to its name, it’s just the kind of roomy, warm piece you’ll want to wear while traveling cross-country or around the globe. Available in oat, pearl gray and black, it sells for $84.

It’s not just a sweatshirt, it’s art, which is one way to justify the sky-high price tag on this half-zip printed fleece from American fashion designer Connor Ives. Made with 33% recycled fibers, the sweater depicts a landscape of the Hudson Valley, after a photo Ives once took of the woods behind his home. A neon green zipper and matching trim at the collar, cuffs and hem updates the picture. It sells for $575.58 at Net a Porter.

When you feel like partying but want to feel comfortable, too, Clare V. has got your number with this over-the-top take in 100% cotton fleece. For my fringe-loving friends and colleagues (you know who you are), Le Drop  sells for $195. The site recommends sizing up for a more generous fit.

Instead of the expected fleece, Lululemon opts for a quilt fabric lined in jersey for this half-zip pullover ($148) with a funnel neck. Not too short or too long, it hits right at the waistline and comes in black and bone, in addition to beige shown above.

This PE Nation Andorra Hoodie ($189) is sold out just about everywhere we looked. However, if you scurry, and you’re a size medium, you may be able to score this cute paisley print before it’s gone at Anthropologie.

Tory Burch may have strayed from her roots, but there remain plenty of options for preppy stalwarts. I rest my case with this French terry chevron hoodie with a high-low hemline that sells for $178 at Shopbop.


The delightful fruit of a collaboration between Alice + Olivia and the Basquiat estate, this Sunny Cropped Hoodie with the artist’s signature words, images and eye-popping colors also offers comfort in a super-soft cotton fleece and oversize fit. It sells for a splurge-y $440.

A hoodie in cashmere? Heavenly, like this Off-Duty Hoodie that won’t blow your budget. Besides this peacock blue, it also comes in camel, black, charcoal and oatmeal for $145.

If you love art, say so out loud by wearing Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Campus hoodie. In a cotton-poly blend, it’s traditionally styled with a drawcord and front pouch pocket, plus a double-layer hood for an extra-cozy feel. It sell for $69.

And more: Three old-school options. 

Get comfy in H&M’s relaxed-fitting Oversize Hoodie for a wallet-friendly $27.99.

When you’re going for a clean, crisp look, it’s hard to top this Gap white sweatshirt with contrasting logo in navy. It sells for $49.95.

Girlfriend Collective’s Classic Hoodie, which comes in eight other colors besides this tempest blue/gray, is made from a blend of recycled and organic cotton. It’s about as old-school as they come—with a generous cut, drop shoulders and plushy lining. You can make it yours for $88.


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4 thoughts on “What We Want to Wear Now: 01.04.24

  1. Nancy G says:

    The J. Crew red one caught my eye, not that I need an expensive sweatshirt. But that pink (!) H & M one! Fab!

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      Like the red one a lot, but the pink H&M one is a much better deal.

  2. Carol says:

    All good choices here! I love the artwork one but a little pricey for me
    I live in my hoodies during the week but I do prefer the zip up ones for easier on and off
    Thanks Janet.

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      I like the zip-up ones, too. I have one from Patagonia that I’ve worn out.

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