Hoodies are a closet piece you can find me wearing year-round, but I’m especially grateful for them in the winter. There’s nothing like a comfortable piece that wraps itself around your body like a warm blanket. That’s how I feel whenever I throw on a hoodie, and exactly how this Banana Republic Scuba-Knit Hoodie ($60) fits. The fabric, similar to neoprene, is soft and stretchy, and keeps the winter chills away. You can slip it over a t-shirt, but I find that I’m pretty snug when I style it as a standalone piece.
I was excited about the attached face shield, which as I continue to shelter in place, will provide extra protection. It makes the hoodie an ideal pick for winter runs or quick errands, and you can securely store your keys or cards in the zippered side pockets. I know I’ll feel a little safer leaving the house in this hoodie, with the extra panel at the hood working like an additional mask.
It’s the kind of item that feels like you’ve had it in your closet forever, which makes me wonder why I hadn’t bought it sooner. The fit is oversized—just how I like it—but it still looks put together enough for casual Zoom calls. It’s a must for winter if you ask me (people who live in cold climates will relate to this). I’ve rounded up some additional closet essentials that will bring you maximal comfort during this uncertain time.