Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
When it comes to the articles of clothing that we wear repeatedly, it’s great to see the garment evolve without appearing to wear out. Unfortunately, sweatshirts don’t ordinarily fall into this category, but when they’re dyed with indigo, they certainly do.
While you’ll want to be careful not to let this sweatshirts crock over everything you own, I’m sure you’ll quickly find yourself falling in love with your self-customized indigo sweatshirt.
1) Brooks Brothers Red Fleece: Indigo French Terry Crew
For garments made from anything but chambray or denim, indigo dyeing is quite niche. That’s why it’s so great to see companies like Brooks Brothers embracing the color and offering pieces such as their Indigo French Terry Crew sweatshirt. It’s made from 60%/40% cotton/polyester blend, which is likely part of the reason why the cost of this sweatshirt remains so low, but the excellent “fadeability” of the indigo fabric should remain.
Available for $52 from Brooks Brothers.
2) 3sixteen: Heavyweight Indigo Fleece Hoodies
3sixteen has their fingers firmly on the pulse of what is wanted in the menswear world, and they always seem to release the right products at the right time with the right quality-to-price ratio. Their Heavyweight Indigo Fleece Hoodies are available in both zip-up and pullover styles, both made with 500gsm (~14.75Oz) cotton fleece fabric which has a beautiful dark indigo hue. Both styles feature many of the same great details, such as the side gussets and three-piece hood construction, and made-in-the-USA construction.
Available for $185 at Self Edge.
3) Samurai: SIS17-101 Indigo
Samurai is known for producing some of the finest jeans in the world, but their other garments are nothing to scoff at. The SIS17-101 Indigo is a beautifully textured indigo sweatshirt with a true V gusset, which sweatshirt enthusiasts always love to see due its ability to make the sweatshirts easy put on/take off without an overly large neck opening or unwanted stretching after wear. Like all of Samurai’s pieces, this one is made in Japan to the very highest standards available.
Available for $235 from Denimio.
4) Senio: Indigo Dyed Crewneck
Senio’s Indigo Dyed Crewneck offers all of the details you’d expect on a high-end, indigo-dyed sweatshirt without the large price tag. With its 100% cotton fabric, ribbed trim, and slim fit, this sweatshirt is likely to become a popular choice for those looking to up their sweatshirt game. And best of all, this piece is made in Okayama for optimal quality.
Available for $80 from Okayama Denim.
5) Studio d’Artisan: Loopwheeled Sweatshirt in Indigo
For many of us, loopwheeled sweatshirts represent the epitome of the sweatshirt world due to the fabric’s soft feel, thick yarn, seamless construction, and nod to vintage garments. Sadly, for many years it was all but impossible to find an indigo-dyed loopwheeled sweater, but that is no longer the case. One such offering is available from Studio d’Artisan, which features flatlocked seams, a V-gusset insert, a brushed cotton interior, and fantastic made-in-Japan construction.
Available for £249.90 (~$325USD) at Rivet & Hide.
Plus One – Pure Blue Japan: Henley and Hobo Sweatshirts
It’s tough to find an indigo dyed sweatshirt that really sets itself apart from the others on the market since, well, indigo dyed sweatshirts are themselves very but somehow Pure Blue Japan managed to do this not once but twice with their Henley and Hobo styled indigo dyed sweatshirts. While neither style is unique in and of itself, when all these characteristics come together these pieces are really set apart. Made from medium-weight, 100% cotton fabric, these sweatshirts are perfect for layering on cold days or wear as a piece of outerwear when it’s just a bit warmer out.