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Zipped Up

Photos By: Grace Auble

It’s a sweater! It’s a sweatshirt! No, it’s the centerpiece of cute-but-casual outfits everywhere: the zip-up hoodie. With the enthusiastic return of Y2K style and the simple necessity of a good, fall cover-up, the zip-up hoodie is the best versatile item to invest in. 

People have been wearing hoods since Ancient Rome, but the hoodie itself was invented in 1930 by the brand Champion, originating as an item of clothing to keep athletes and construction workers warm in cooler months. In the 1960s, they became popular among college students, with universities branding various sweatshirts with their logos, letters, and more. From there, the notion expanded into full-body ensembles in the 1990s and early 2000s, with track suits taking the stage. 

Enter the zip-up hoodie. With the reemergence of early 2000s fashion transformed into 2021 styles, the zip-up hoodie is a tasteful homage to Y2K looks without going full Cheetah Girls. True to 2000s style, the zip-up hoodies of today are typically one solid color and can be cropped or oversized. Brightly colored, cropped hoodies are especially spot-on for that Y2K feel, but the piece can be styled in a number of ways.

Grunge aesthetics have also embraced the zip-up hoodie. Often paired with baggy jeans and a cropped or fitted t-shirt, the oversized zip-up pairs wonderfully with a laid-back look. The zip-up is also essential to student wardrobes this year, as they are a great way to stay cute and comfortable in class. No matter the aesthetic, gender, or casual occasion of the wearer, they pair with nearly any outfit, looking cute fully-zipped, and as a coverup. Their typical solid color makes them an easy addition to nearly any outfit, and they are a great way to incorporate layering. 

Not even celebrities are immune to the zip-up fanfare. Bella Hadid, Zayn Malik, Kendell Jenner, Mila Kunis, Lil Nas X, and Madison Beer have all sported the trend, along with many of their fellow stars. As sweatsuits have begun to hit high fashion and runway looks, celebrities have followed suit, with average fashion dialing the full ensemble down to the zip-up hoodie. Zip-ups are the ideal compromise between high fashion and the required comfort level of the everyday dresser.

From runways to coffee shops, and Y2K styles to grunge aesthetics, the zip-up hoodie is the best investment for any wardrobe. Take it out in class, wear it to study or around campus, or let it replace a favorite sweatshirt whenever it is dirty. It is truly the mason jar of clothes: the trendy, versatile item that can be used in any situation while making everything cuter. This year, embrace the zip-up hoodie.

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