Originally added to sweatshirts as a protective layer for athletes and workers, the hood has long since surpassed its utilitarian origin. The hoodie is a universal symbol, seen across a multitude of subcultures. A feature that once protected from extreme weather conditions has been repurposed, functioning as an extra layer towards a masked identity. This season’s menswear hoodies and zip-ups are constructed of quality textiles ranging from cotton fleece, French terry, and denim to textured velvet and wool. This men’s wardrobe staple appears in a variety of silhouettes ranging from overlong to oversized, from vintage tracksuit motifs to avant-garde layered constructions far from its sportswear roots. Designers implement modern details like bungee-style drawstrings, asymmetric hems, and innovative drapes while exploring the garment’s utilitarian roots further with integrated press-release buckles that, in some circumstances, replace traditional-style drawstrings. Forever decorated with irreverent graphic forms of self-expression, the hoodie—and its zip-up counterpart—have dressed a culture of defiance for decades. Designers continue to celebrate this tradition with design elements that represent the intersection between sport and avant-garde.