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The Eight Best Sweatshirt Brands of 2023

Kendall Posey
A photo of the eight brands represented in this list. From the top row to the bottom, left to right: Nike, Under Armour, Champion, Lululemon, Aerie, Lonely Ghost, Abercrombie & Fitch, and White Fox.

Once you take a moment to look around in the hallways and in classrooms, you will soon notice that a majority of students are likely wearing a sweatshirt. They are the perfect clothing item to keep you comfy all day long. The great thing about sweatshirts is that you can wear them in whatever way makes you happy. This article will take a deeper dive into some of the favorite sweatshirt brands of 2023.

Popular features to look for in a sweatshirt

Sweatshirts come in all shapes and sizes. Clothing is so versatile, and sweatshirts are no different. There are so many things to look for in buying a sweatshirt, especially now since they are so loved. Among the students who participated in a voluntary poll, most seemed to pay attention to the style, color, material, price, and design the most when purchasing a sweatshirt. Caoilin Carickoff, a senior at Pennridge High School agrees, “I like mine thicker, longer, and bigger.” Trends are always changing, but 2023 brought an oversized fit, good quality, and stylish designs into fashion. This list also brings other factors into consideration such as versatility and size range.


This beloved sports brand seems to be a favorite since 85 percent of the students who participated in the poll placed Nike sweatshirts among their top three favorite brands. Madigan Posey, a sophomore at Pennridge, adds, “I like the simplicity of a colored Nike hoodie. I also like that I can get them at lacrosse tournaments and colleges, they are really comfy.” Nike is not only rated highly at our school but as a broader population. From 2,475 reviews, this particular style received 4.8 stars. Nike sweatshirts are usually around $65.00 making them decently expensive, but definitely worth it for the heavier, oversized, comfortable feel.

Under Armour

Under Armour was also a popular response for many students when asked for their top three brands. Since Under Armour is a sports brand, they are loose and very durable. Many Pennridge sports use Under Armour for their apparel due to its lightweight, but soft feel. Compared to Nike, Under Armour is cheaper as this particular style is $55.00 and comes in around 14 colors. This is a very reliable sweatshirt as it stays comfortable throughout washes. An Under Armour hoodie is a must-have for playing sports in the cold or to represent your team.


Champion’s best-selling sweatshirt is a very simple design: a single-colored crewneck. Because of this, many college crewnecks are from Champion, which may alter its price from the original $29.99 to $55.00. They can be simple basics in a nicer outfit, or dressed down with sweatpants, proving they are very versatile. These are also great to layer up or wear during exercise since it isn’t the best quality compared to others on this list.


One of the main downsides to a Lululemon sweatshirt is the price. Scuba hoodies are $118.00 but may increase depending on the fit. While this is a very expensive store, their clothing is very high quality. Lululemon is a yoga website so all of their material is very breathable, stretchy, soft, and comfortable while still being lightweight. Lululemon has many colors that match with other items such as leggings, shorts, and skirts. This way, you can have matching workout outfits or mix and match with others.

Aerie/American Eagle

This classic brand is always coming out with new styles. Aerie and American Eagle offer a wide variety of colors and patterns for each style. This brand is among the cheapest as they are consistently having sales. Aerie’s values of inclusion, body positivity, and empowerment are represented in their vast size range and diverse models. You can’t go wrong with any style of Aerie or American Eagle style since they are all so different but fit well with all outfits. Most of their sweatshirts are more casual and trendy, so are not seen from an athletic standpoint.

Lonely Ghost

If you are wanting something more personalized, Lonely Ghost is a place to look. This online website has many unique designs. Their goal is to bring more inclusivity and positivity into the streetwear space. This idealism fits their designs perfectly. They include positive sayings such as ‘This Song Reminds Me of You’, ‘I Love You Say It Back’, ‘Text Me When You Get Home’, and a few more. They are $65.00 for a hoodie and $59.00 for a crewneck, so they are a little more expensive than others. Overall, this is a great choice if you want to branch out and wear something different.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch is best known for their casual outfits, which must make sense because of their outstanding hoodie. Abercrombie’s most popular sweatshirt style is the Essential Popover Hoodie. It comes in 24 different plain colors which gives you the freedom to match it with any outfit. This versatile hoodie is a must-have staple in your closet. This particular style is technically meant for men, but anyone can wear it for an oversized, cozy fit. It has 1,998 online reviews with a 4.8-star rating, so it is very trustworthy. This sweatshirt is priced at $60.00 and includes a wide range of sizes from double extra small to triple extra large, meaning they are very inclusive.

White Fox

This smaller boutique has been quickly gaining popularity due to its trendy design and a wide variety of color combinations for its hoodies and crewnecks. White Fox’s sweatshirts attract more females since most of their website is girls’ clothes. These sweatshirts can be included in nicer, cute outfits as seen with new trends. Their hoodies are priced at $59.99 and crewnecks at $49.99, so they are about average. Madigan stands by White Fox hoodies when she says, “In the past year, I’ve seen a lot more girls wearing these. I love mine.” This hoodie has comfort and style, everything you may be looking for.


Sweatshirts are a must-have for your closet. With fashion trends always evolving, sweatshirts are likely to remain a staple because they are so versatile. Whether you are representing a college, or sports team, or simply lounging around, a sweatshirt will fit your every need. There are many things to take into consideration when choosing a sweatshirt such as color, price, size, style, fit, material, design, and more. These eight sweatshirts are all unique in their own way so at least one of them is bound to be your perfect match!

Sweatshirt Comparison (Kendall Posey)



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Kendall Posey, Student Writer
Kendall Posey, Grade 12. Interests/hobbies include lacrosse, reading, traveling, and cooking. She is the captain of the lacrosse and cross-country teams and is involved in NHS, Key Club, and Executive Council treasurer/president. Kendall plans on attending a four-year college, hopefully in Boston, to study mathematics or statistics.

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