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What’s the Best Men’s Crewneck Sweatshirt?

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A sweatshirt may have the reputation for being something you work out in — it does have the word sweat in its name — but there are plenty of crewneck terry sweatshirts that are sharp enough to wear to dinner or even the office (especially when paired with a white oxford). To find the best sweatshirts for any kind of guy, we talked to various sweatshirt wearers and found a slew of options, from affordable to luxury, and ones you’d wear on the weekend or even (yes) to the gym.

Best ecoconscious crewneck sweatshirt

Alternative Apparel Men’s Champ Eco Fleece Sweatshirt

“I can wear this sweatshirt with jeans or chinos, and because it’s a little bit on the slimmer side, I’ll wear it as a layering piece under jackets all the time. I love, of course, that it’s made with organic and recycled materials, but it’s still extremely affordable.” —Dejon Mullings, PR manager, Pinterest

Best mid-weight crewneck sweatshirt

Everlane Indigo French Terry Crew

“This sweatshirt doesn’t really have the bells and whistles, but it’s just exactly what you think of when you think of a comfortable, relaxed sweatshirt. It’s a mid-weight terry in a dark indigo that’s stylish enough to wear pretty much anytime, anywhere.” —Dan DiNicola, student

Best crewneck sweatshirt for shorter torsos

Gap Men’s Pullover Crewneck Sweatshirt in French Terry

“My problem with so many sweatshirts is always the fit. They’re always just a bit baggy or low in the armholes, or most often, too long. I pretty much gave up on finding a good one until I read (of all things) Derek Blasberg talking about his search for a good crewneck sweatshirt, which ended up coming from the Gap. The cut of the small is exactly right on me. I’ve gotten a few over the past five years, and Gap’s changed the material from a lightweight cotton to something a bit heavier, but the fit is always spot on.” —Jason Chen, deputy editor, Strategist

Best crewneck sweatshirt with unusual color

Saturdays NYC Simon Crewneck Sweatshirt Dusty Amber

“It’s absolutely the perfect weight and cut. Tailored, but with some room to breathe, and quality cuffs that don’t stretch out. They always keep it simple, so you know what to expect, but offer a great selection of different, unique colors every season. Right now, there’s this dusty amber that’s got the most interesting wash.” —Zach Weiss, freelance publicist

Best slim-cut crewneck sweatshirt

J.Crew French Terry Crewneck Sweatshirt

“This sweatshirt is pretty hard to not wear constantly. Unlike most sweatshirts that are a baggy and bulky shapeless blob, its slightly slimmer, tailored cut fits perfectly. Meanwhile, the French terry might as well be made of kitten fur and cotton balls, it is so soft and fluffy.” —Justin Maccaro, orthodontist, Maccaro Orthodontics

Best crewneck sweatshirt with chest pocket

Todd Snyder x Champion Classic Garment Dyed Pocket Sweatshirt in Vintage White

“I love a good sweatshirt, but this is my favorite for its cool vintage feel with the pocket and the V-stitch under the collar. The fabric also only gets better and better with age. The navy version also goes with everything. They aren’t cheap, but well worth the investment.” —Joseph Suchodolski, head of global communications, Allen Edmonds

Best crewneck sweatshirt for working out

Outdoor Voices New Upstate Crewneck

“This sweatshirt covers all the bases. It’s my comfortable, quick-trip sweater on colder mornings when home-brewed coffee won’t cut it. It frequently functions as my athletic warm-up/cool-down uniform on-court as a tennis professional. And no one questions why you’re sitting at a nice table in a restaurant if you decide to keep it on afterward … that is unless you’ve sweat through it. But if you do, whatever. Just wash it like any other athletic gear, and it’s no worse for the wear.” —Christo Schultz, tennis professional and assistant men’s tennis coach, Tufts University

Best plain crewneck sweatshirt with stretch

Håndværk Stretch-Pima Cotton Sweatshirt

“NO ONE does sweatshirts better (or classic ‘basics’ in general) than Handvaerk. Their Flex Sweatshirt is a classic crewneck in pima cotton (and in sensible solid shades like black, white, gray, or blue) without the damned Dorito triangle underneath the neck. (I really, really, REALLY don’t like that). Plain. Simple. Gorgeously comfortable. Beautiful. I have the black one, but should order all the others.” —Christopher Blomquist, writer and professor, Parsons New School

Best crewneck sweatshirt with elbow patches

Billy Reid Dover Crewneck Sweatshirt With Leather Elbow Patches

“I love the leather elbow patches on this lightweight sweatshirt. [Editor’s note: Click to the site to see them.] It has ribbing at the waist, but doesn’t bunch up, so it lies flat and is universally flattering, too. ‪Bonus: It’s made in the USA.” —Brian Boye, vice-president, Nike Communications

[Editor’s note: You can get it in black or white, too.]

Best sun-faded crewneck sweatshirt

Marine Layer Raglan Crewneck

“My favorite sweatshirt of all time is the raglan crewneck from Marine Layer. It’s super soft and the cut is great — comfortable, but not baggy. Plus, it’s held up for years. I bought it from their store in San Francisco three or four years ago, and it still has that purposely faded cool look as the day I bought it.” —Clay Farnsley, operations manager, Capital One

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What’s the Best Men’s Crewneck Sweatshirt?