Did you know that the military was the birthplace of the sweatshirt?. Because troops that are in basic training are often outside in subpar weather, not to mention unfriendly climates, armies began ordering sweatshirts in bulk. What the Army once discovered is now a mainstream staple in the worldwide clothing marketplace. With that comes an amazing variety of styles. With sweatshirt, the type of fabric you choose is an important consideration.
Trends are variable but they swing between 100% cotton varieties and the more breathable poly cotton blends that are often lighter in weight. Athletic varieties of sweatshirts tend to use more polyester, because it breathes more readily and stretches far better than cotton. Manufacturers are happy about this because the cotton polyester blends are far less expensive to produce. One thing all sweatshirt varieties have in common is the ability to protect one from the elements. This includes not just cold-weather, but driving rain and howling wind. There was a time when coats were the primary resource used for these purposes, but the marketplace today favors lighter, less bulky items. Sweatshirts have, over time, become more stylish as well.
There’s so much customization available to help you with your selection. The overwhelming bulk of sweatshirts are still purchased at physical store locations, because this customization is considered so important by the consumer, not to mention achieving the proper fit. This has the added benefit of being able to try on the product to make sure that it’s a smooth fit for the buyer. Obviously, shopping online can often be less expensive but comes with possible confusion about the quality and manufacturing standards of what you order. Most clothing comes from southeastern Asia, and because the population in that section of the world tends to be a bit shorter and smaller than some other continents, you have to be really careful when selecting a size from an online store. It’s important to use online outlets where consumers are given an opportunity to write unbiased reviews about the products. This gives you an opportunity to get objective information about fabric durability and the cut, or fit, of whatever you buy.
If you shop carefully online, and take these things into consideration, you’ll significantly lower the odds that you’ll have to return an item because it did not meet expect expectations. And quality is important in clothing purchases. Reviews will sometimes let you know that manufacturers have inconsistent patterns of quality, and you’ll want to stay away from those items. Some manufacturers will take whatever comes their way, and even reviews can’t be counted on, when they use a different quality of material from week to week. The earliest variety of sweatshirt that became popular was the pullover. There’s no hood with the pullover, but they do excel at keeping one warm and outside weather. This sweatshirt comes with no hood, but typically has a ribbed cuff and bottom. Popularity of these surged in the 1970s, as consumers flock to them for comfort and because they have the ability to be customized with logos of sports teams and other areas of interest.
Large corporations began to source pullovers from overseas, and companies like Reebok, Adidas and Nike discovered that putting their logo on athletic wear was an opportunity to create free advertising and still charge premium prices. They were able to charge premium prices for doing so, so they got the added benefit of higher margins and essentially free advertising!
Soon after, colleges got into the act as well. Athletic departments license their logos, and not long after, fraternities and sororities began to do the same. This group bond was not just popular on college campuses, but pullovers became the norm at almost every sporting event. And because a lot of sporting events are held outdoors, often in very cold climates, the pullover eventually morphed into what’s known today as a hoodie.
In simple terms, this is really just adding a hood to the traditional pullover. But it’s become far more than that over time. There are a lot of choices available when selecting custom printed hoodies these days. Obviously, for those who work in extreme conditions, the addition of a hood was a perfect development.
These help to keep wind and rain off your shoulders and back, and with adjustable drawstrings, can help hold in body heat when you’re outside for extended periods of time. Still, you will want to use a fabric as breathable as possible. Otherwise, perspiration can become an issue with lots of activity. These are also made with either cotton or cotton polyester blends, and are seen at most athletic events, worn by both participants and spectators alike. Depending on your needs, you can choose 100% cotton or cotton and polyester blends designed to make the fabric more breathable.
And it’s no longer just sports teams that have embraced the customization trend. Specialty manufacturers mass-produce hoodies in everything from camouflage patterns, useful for those who like to hunt and fish, to bright colors for those who want to make non-sports fashion statements. At one point, sweatsuits were popular. These added sweatpants to an athletic version of the traditional pullover to create a unified look designed around comfortability. Companies such as Under Armour have developed advanced materials designed to wick away sweat and hold in body warmth. These are popular in gyms and with athletes who primarily compete in outdoor events.