If you’re anything like us, your style has taken a serious turn in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. There’s just something about being quarantined with the couch in such close proximity that lends itself to more casual wardrobe. We’re making a valiant effort to give up our pajamas by embracing the next best thing: a good old-fashioned sweatshirt.
With an often-oversized fit and an über-cozy lining, these leisure tops are familiar, comfortable, and easy to wash. In short? There’s no piece of apparel we’d rather be swathed in in the midst of a national pandemic. Make no mistake, however: The sweatshirts we have our hearts set on are far from the grass-stained variety your kids used to wear. Instead, the designs we’ve rounded up below are suited for a more mature women who values presentation every bit as much as she values comfort.
The History of the Sweatshirt
Sweatshirts have evolved by leaps and bounds from that first versions of the garment that emerged in 1926, when football player Benjamin Russell Jr. reportedly invented them as an all-cotton practice football jersey. As legend would have it, the “sweat” part of the shirt’s came from the high-intensity workouts that were happening on the field.
By the 1930s, these tops began making the rounds on the retail scene, with Champion putting its own spin on the attire while introducing them as staple clothing items for athletes and laborers. And the rest, as they say? History.
The Best Sweatshirts for Women Over 50
From traditional zip-up sweatshirt styles ($79, L.L. Bean) and colorful hoodies ($39, Venus) to attractive embellished half-zips ($132, The Outnet) that will make you feel like you still put some effort into your look, these pieces represent the most pulled-together lounging styles we could find.
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Caslon Side-Slit Cotton Sweatshirt
Where to buy: $24.50 (Originally $49), Nordstrom
If it’s basic comfort you’re after, you can’t go wrong with this crewneck sweatshirt from Caslon. With a longer cut to envelope you in coziness and a 100 percent cotton construction, it’s attractive, functional, and easy to care for — simply hand wash it and dry flat.
Adidas Brilliant Basics Track Jacket
Where to buy: $49 (Originally $79), Adidas
OK, OK, this is technically a sweat jacket, but its sweatshirt-like cotton and fleece blend are close enough for us. Whether you’re working out with a new at-home routine or binge-watching your favorite shows, this everyday zip-up is just what the doctor ordered. Features include side pockets, a drawcord hem, and elastic cuffs.
Ombre Hooded Sweatshirt
Where to buy: $39, Venus
Make your own sunshine in this bold ombré hoodie from Venus, With a kangaroo pocket and a dip-dye pattern that’s sure to command attention from your brood, this green-and-yellow sweatshirt will be your spot of sunshine in the gloom.
Varley Oversized 1/2-Zip Pullover Sweatshirt
Where to buy: $158, Neiman Marcus
The oversized foldover collar seen on this half-zip design give it a dressier-than-average feel that we can definitely get behind. Its casual, relaxed fit keeps it plenty wearable, while a machine washable-fabric renders it stress-free, too.
Berksha High-Neck Sweat Top
Where to buy: $15, ASOS
In addition to its super-affordable price tag, this “throw and go” pick is marked by balloons sleeves, dropped shoulders, and a high-rise rolled neck that set it apart from the sweatshirt pack. If green’s not your color, you can also pink one up in purple or gray.
Romwe Cat Print Sweatshirt
From $9.99, Amazon
Embrace your inner cat lady — and your relaxed side — with this darling cat face sweatshirt from ROMWE. Not only will you have your pick of colors in this lightweight top, it also comes in a hooded version for added warmth. If the design alone didn’t sell you, Amazon shoppers say it’s also “surprisingly soft,” with one shopper writing, “Super cute design, material seems solid and the design appears to be attached well. New fav!!”
Southern Tide Paiton Striped Hoodie
Where to buy: $118, Southern Tide
Even if you can’t jet off on a resort getaway just yet, you can embrace your seafaring side with this striped hoodie from Southern Tide. Its nautical print and beachy, drawcord neckline will make you feel like you’re getting ready to stroll the coastline or explore the local lighthouse.
L.L. Bean Quilted Full-Zip Sweatshirt
Where to buy: $79, L.L. Bean
L.L. Bean offers up an elevated take on the traditional zip-up in the form of this quilted mock neck top with a faux leather zipper pull. This new-to-store style comes in four classic shades (olive, heather, navy, and cream), and its slim, fitted silhouette is sure to flatter your shape.
Koral Pass Studded Scuba Hoodie
Where to buy: $132, The Outnet
A basic sweatshirt, this designer hoodie is not. Adorned with silver studs in a V-shaped pattern that lend an edgy aesthetic, it’s a cut above your typical Hanes. Further adding to its charms are its stretchy, high-quality fabric and fully-functional kangaroo pouch.
The 100 Percent Human Unisex Sweatshirt
Where to buy: $48, Everlane
This French terry crewneck delivers more than a cheeky saying. 100 percent of Everlane’s profits on 100% Human products will go to Feeding America’s COVID-19 response fund. It's 100 percent cotton, machine washable, and comes in one of two colors.
Tommy Bahama Island Soft Sea Coast Pullover Hoodie
Where to buy: $98, Tommy Bahama
Soft, classic, and easy-to-wear, this Tommy Bahama top has all the makings of a perfect sweatshirt. We could wax poetic about its light, feminine silhouette, but why bother when this Tommy Bahama shopper has summed it up so eloquently? “I just received this and instantly loved it,” she wrote. “It's very soft, drapes well and is lightweight.”