They may have started out as streetwear, but the hoodie is now firmly placed in the essentials part of the wardrobe. They look casual and cool when just hanging out with friends, and bring function to the form when you’re keeping fit out in the frosty winter air. And with corporate and workplace uses thrown in to the mix, it’s true that there’s a hoodie for all seasons.
In its simplest form, the hoodie is just a sweatshirt with a hood attached. But that doesn’t come close to describing the variety on offer. Here’s a breakdown of the options.
The first thing to note is the weight. Some hoodies are designed to be worn like an outer layer, almost like a jacket, so look out for a heavier knit if this is what you’re looking for. Others are lighter, but never really lighter than, say, a polo shirt. They are ideal for layering with a T-shirt and perhaps worn under a coat or jacket.
The second big difference is how – or whether – you fasten them. Hoodies come in two designs: zip up and pullover. Pullovers go over the head like a T-shirt or sweatshirt, and are perfect if you want a big, bold design on the front. Pullover hoodies might have a pouch pocket running right across, a kangaroo pocket in the middle or two side pockets, and many have no pockets at all.
Zip-up hoodies are easier to get on and off, and to control your temperature when you’re wearing them. Just make sure you’re not getting them to print large designs on the front, as the image will be interrupted by the zip. They’re great for a smaller design on the breast, however, and sometimes lettering can work in the preppy heavy serif style, arching right across the front.
You want colours? We’ve got colours. If you can imagine a hoodie in any shade, we’re pretty sure we’ll stock at least one. From brilliant white to charcoal black, and every colour of the rainbow in between, there’s a hoodie that’s just right.
Again, if you’re printing onto them, make sure you get a pale shade unless you’re using opaque inks, as many colours won’t show up on dark fabric if it’s the wrong type. For sheer ranges of colour, we’d recommend Fruit of the Loom, Gildan and Just Hoods, as they’re aimed at the pro market and have hoodies in superb ranges of subtly different colours.
Many hoodies are pretty basic, but some come with a bit of hardware like drawstrings, eyelets, pockets and elasticated sections. Be careful choosing hoodies with drawstrings as they come in a range of sizes, from those resembling shoelaces to heavy flat strings. It’s mainly for design, though – most people don’t use the drawstring to pull the hood tight.
Take note of the age group you’re buying for. Kids’ ranges are quite different to adults’, and are sold in age ranges rather than sizes. These are average sizes for kids of that age, so take note if you’re buying for kids who are larger or smaller – some older children might be in adult sizes. Hoodies are pretty unisex garments, but some do have slightly more feminine tailoring.
Again, it’s down to personal choice – if you’re looking for an oversize hoodie, it won’t matter if it’s a men’s or a women’s cut.
The final option is the brand. We only sell high quality clothing, so you can rest assured that whatever hoodie you buy from us, it’ll be well tailored, fast dyed and ready to be worn, re-sold and printed on to your heart’s content. But reading the list of the brands we stock is proof that quality is our number one consideration when we’re stocking up to help you stock up.
We’ve already mentioned Fruit of the Loom, Gildan and Just Hoods – brands with quality running through every stitch. But that’s only the start. We also sell wholesale hoodies from brands like SOL’S, Skinnifit, Larkwood, Ecologie, Tombo, Just Cool, Kustom Kit, Finden & Hales, Front Row, Regatta Sport, Bella + Canvas, Skinnifit Men, Gildan Hammer, Kariban, Anthem and Mantis. If your favourite hoodie brand isn’t in that list, you must have very exclusive tastes!
The best thing about buying your hoodies from Screen Textiles probably isn’t the colour, the brands and the choice. It has to be the price. Where else can you make bulk orders of Fruit of the Loom or Gildan hoodies for less than £5 per item?
Whether you’re selling your hoodies with printed detailing or getting a set for your club or professional team, that’s a great price, and will save you money and increase your profits compared to buying them retail. Convinced? Have a look through the range and take advantage of our fast, easy delivery service.