The Best New Zipped Hooded Sweatshirts for Men

Has any item of clothing had as much stick as the humble hoodie? Comfortable, practical and – as our examples prove – rather cool, we don’t need politicians to convince us to hug a hoodie…we’re positively embracing them! Here are our five favourite zip-up hoodies for men.

Good For Nothing Zip Up Hoodie In Black

Zip Up Hoodie In Black – £50, Good for Nothing

In a world of rather pedestrian men’s clothing, Good for Nothing’s 100% cotton sweatshirt stands out. In black (though versions are available in khaki, navy and burgundy) it has a bright red stripe down the outer edge of each sleeve and is finished off with the company’s signature butterfly logo. Matching jogging bottoms are available for this drawstring hoodie, which fastens up the front and has side pockets.

Y3 Classic Zip Hooded Sweatshirt

Classic Zip Hooded Sweatshirt – £180, Y3

If you’re looking for a nice, simple, quality addition to your casual wardrobe you need look no further than this Y3 classic zip hooded sweatshirt. This pure cotton piece has long sleeves, a drawstring hood and a central zip and two pockets at the front. The brand’s signature logo is printed in large black type on the back. It’s available in Heather grey and black as well as in the black olive colour shown here.

Zip Hood Detail Velour Curved Hem Hoodie

Zip Hood Detail Velour Curved Hem Hoodie – £8 (was £18),

With short sleeves and in a light olive colour, Boohoo’s velour hooded top is far from your standard hoodie! The top has a dropped hem at the back and features not one but three zips – one at the front neckline and two at the side vents. Currently something of a steal in the sale with a tenner off, this attention-grabbing number is also available in a champagne colour but both are selling out fast.

AllSaints Cotton Lasher Hoody, Charcoal Marl

Grey Cotton Lasher Hoody, Charcoal Marl – £39.20 (was £98), AllSaints

At the smarter end of the spectrum we have the grey Lasher hoody from AllSaints, which features long sleeves and a dropped shoulder. The long-sleeved sweatshirt has a draping oversize fit and a white contrast drawstring at the hood. With an extra-soft brushed fabric and ribbed cuffs and waistline, this top is currently available for less than half price in the sale so act now if you want to get your hands on one!

Hugo Boss Samoo Digital Print Zip-up Hooded Sweat Top

Samoo Digital Print Zip-up Hooded Sweat Top – £199, Hugo Boss

We end with a stand-out designer number: Hugo Boss’s Samoo digital print zip-up hooded sweater. A wide white striped band across the chest separates the solid navy blue of the body of the garment from a digitally-printed grey and light blue section, which extends across the back and covers the hood. The long sleeves of this pure cotton sweat are finished off with badges featuring the Boss logo.

Five of the Best: Women’s Velvet Shoes

Velvet shoes – or clothing in general – is so often confined to the Christmas period, which strikes us as a real shame and a bit silly. Velvet itself isn’t exactly comfortable in wetter conditions; and also, it looks so good in brighter summer shades that it really should be brought out more when the sun is shining! With that in mind, we’ve searched around our favourite online retailers to find our five favourite pairs of velvet shoes – and they’ll also all look great at Christmas!
Phase Eight Clara Velvet Block Heel Shoes

Clara Velvet Black Block Heel Shoes – £79 (was £110), Phase Eight

Phase Eight’s classic black velvet block heels have a gently rounded toe and a covered back. With open sides and covered backs, they have gentle rounded toes and the end of each slim ankle strap is finished with a beautiful gem embellishment in the shape of a flower. With a sturdy block heel, they’ll make the perfect match for any occasion wear (even the Christmas party, if you want to get in now while they’re on sale!)

Office Velvet Diamante Ballet Shoes

Rose Pink Velvet Diamante Ballet Shoes – £54, Office

There’s something rather nice and playful about ballet shoes – the ones that have lace-up straps winding around the ankle, rather than simple flats. These beautiful rose pink ballerina shoes by Office are no exception. Square-toed with a gemstone embellishment on the front, they’ll see you through the summer in style, adding life to a casual look as well as fitting in perfectly with a more glamorous outfit.

Anna Velvet Embellished Trim Skater

Anna Velvet Embellished Trim Skater – £15,

We’re intrigued by’s Anna velvet skaters – on a thick white casual base, these shoes are super-comfortable and fairly glam at the same time. They’re made from velvet in three different shades (three-tone?!) and are finished off with a glittery, gem-heavy buckle. Also available in a two-tone nude version, they’re a pocket-friendly £15, so you won’t break the bank if you go for both!

AQUAZZURA Velvet Court Heels

Rose Pink Velvet Court Heels – £420, Aquazzura

At the designer end of the spectrum, we present these antique rose pink velvet court heels from Aquazzura. Oozing quality, these classically-styled shoes have a pointed toe, a skyscraping but slim 10cm (that’s almost four inches) heel and luxury leather lining and sole. Each of the leather soles is finished off with a goldtone pineapple (yes, really!), so your feet will even look good from the back!

Blue Velvet Carvela Android High Heel Court Shoes

Blue Velvet Android High Heel Court Shoes – £39 (was £120), Carvela

You don’t have to pay a designer price tag to get a luxury shoe, as proven by these Android velvet court shoes from Carvela. These rich blue shoes have a pointed toe and a 9cm (3 1/2″) heel in a sleek and shiny grey finish. They’re currently available in the sale less than a third of their original price and are selling out rapidly – so act quickly if you want to get your hands on this elegant pair.