It’s almost laughable to think there was a time when “athletic wear” referred to band T-shirts, jogger pants and velvet track suits with matching headbands (still a look, TBH). Now, we demand more from athletic wear, even if we aren’t athletes: Everything in our exercise wardrobe has to be multifaceted — leggings that can take us from the studio to the office, tops you can sport on the treadmill and throw a cardigan over for Sunday brunch. Luckily you can still adhere to the athleisure trend if you’re working with the basics, like classic zip-up hoodies for women that are just as fashionable as they are functional.
Staples are staples for a reason: they never go out of style and you can wear them in pretty much every situation. Zip-up hoodies are no exception to this rule, especially if your style is full-on athleisure. With the right accessories, hoodies can be dressed up for date night or happy hour with the ladies, or you can throw them on for an afternoon of lounging and streaming reality TV. They also make for awesome pajama tops and can be thrown on like an afterthought when you’re headed to the gym or track.
No matter how you sport them, know that you don’t have to be sporty to don this athleisure look. Since we’re firm believers that every closet needs a hoodie for workouts and weekends, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites below.
Our mission at STYLECASTER is to bring style to the people, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.
STYLECASTER’s mantra is ‘Style To The People’— and our mission is to be an accessible, inclusive, ahead-of-the-trend destination for millennial and Gen Z women who want to live with style and substance. Our fashion, beauty and lifestyle coverage is equal parts informative and inspiring, and at once aspirational yet attainable. If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission.
1. Sofra Women's Thin Cotton Zip Up Hoodie
Sofra’s zip up hoodies are all about keeping things light and casual, so if you’re looking for heavy duty athleticwear, move along. Each thin jacket from the collection is made from a blend of cotton and spandex, so they’re super comfy to lounge or run errands in, but still relatively functional should you decide to go for a jog around the park. The basic athleisure piece is the perfect hoodie for warmer weather, and is also a great layering piece under heavier vests and coats when temperatures start to drop. Plus, with so many fun colors to add to your wardrobe like burgundy and blush, it’s a wardrobe staple that can easily be dressed up or down with the right accessories.
2. Made By Johnny Women's Active Casual Zip-Up Hoodie
Made by Johnny has the classic athletic aesthetic down pat with its bold color options and white drawstring and zipper details. These casual zip up hoodies for women come in an assortment of colors to match your every mood, including basics like black, white and navy to vibrant hues like fire engine red and turquoise, but it won’t be the wardrobe of shades that’ll keep you clicking “add to cart.” For Made by Johnny, aesthetics comes second to the cozy factor of sweatshirts, which is why these hoodies are made from polyester and lined with fleece. Perfect for weekend lounging or throwing on after a sweat sesh, we guarantee you’ll want to live in this hoodie.
3. TOP LEGGING Women's Active Casual Zip Up Hoodie
Whether your athleisure style is comfy and loose or slim-fit and snug, the TOP LEGGING collection of zip up hoodies for women has you covered. The hoodies come in either thermal or cotton and feature adjustable drawstrings and front pockets for storing your keys, phone or just warming your hands. But aside from design, we love this hoodie for its wide range of colors that include neutrals like oatmeal, and vibrant shades like orange and peacock that make your wardrobe pop. What’s more, we’re praising TOP LEGGING for its inclusive size range, as most styles are available in plus sizes.