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Layer up: 9 best hoodies

Keep one of these versatile tops handy to throw on when the sun disappears

Hoodies can be traced back to Medieval Europe – well, when it comes to monks anyway. Fast forward a few hundred years to the 1930s and the first hooded sweatshirt was born in the United States. They were marketed to labourers at that time, who endured freezing temperatures. It was only 40 years later in the 1970s, that the hoodie started really taking off, largely thanks to hip hop culture and high fashion embracing the new clothing – not to mention its famous appearance in the Rocky movie.

By the 1990s, the hoodie had become a symbol of youth, active living and free thinking and although it has since survived a few knocks (associations with chavs and David Cameron’s misguided Hug A Hoodie campaign, among them), today people of all ages and walks of life proudly sport them, ranging from plain zip-ups such as Fat Face’s Orcombe Block Hoodie to White Stuff’s more feminine and detailed Twinkle Twinkle Hoodie.

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For kids, the GAP Arch Logo Hoodie is iconic, good value and washes like a dream. For men, it’s hard to beat the quality and all-age appeal of Superdry’s High Neck Zip Hoodie. Meanwhile, Crew’s GBR Reversible Hoodie is a great option for women, literally providing two for the price of one.

Buy now

1. Superdry High Neck Zip Hoodie, £54.99

2. Next Surf Beetle Hoodie, £13

3. Diesel Button Up Hoodie, £70

4. Helly Hansen W Skagen Hoodie, £75

5. Fat Face Orcombe Block Hoodie, £42

6. GAP Arch Logo Hoodie, £16

7. White Stuff Twinkle Twinkle Hoodie, £37

8. Crew GBR Reversible Hoodie, £70

9. Johnnie B Zoe Zip Through, From £30