Fall is finally happening — big news for anyone who’s built a wardrobe around When Harry Met Sally and Inside Llewyn Davis, rather than Weekend at Bernie’s and the Barbie movie.
If you’re in dire straits about how to dress, going with classic basics that are easy to layer is never a bad move. Gildan’s fleece crewneck sweatshirts are perfect, 44% off on Amazon today, going for a measly $9. That’s cheaper than a coffee with oat milk in some parts of town.
Gildan is a reliable, durable stalwart in the T-shirt and sweats game, taking the “affordable but quality” mantle from Champion after the latter brand ascended to streetwear status in recent years. The sweaters are immediately broken-in and comfortable, the kind of casual classic that fits into the chill of a high school track meet or the warmth of a bar when you’ve peeled off your outer layers.
Amazon reviewers love it (it’s no novelty, with over 35,000 reviews), highlighting the crew’s resistance to shrinking after multiple washes (as well as to pilling), the value, and the right-out-the-plastic softness. Customers also emphasize that it’s legitimately warm, and a perfect purchase for an oversized fit (still on the uptick as a trend).
It’s not Billy Crystal’s fisherman sweater (or its Chris Evans successor), LL Bean, Patagonia, Everlane, or something from any of the other double-dollar sign brands. It’s not the first sweater you think of when it’s time to hit the pumpkin patch, you’re packing for a Thanksgiving back home, or shooting a Christmas card with your dog. But it’s the homey, smug garment you grab on the first brisk day of the year, slip on before grabbing the mail, or reach for in the backseat when the car won’t heat up fast enough. That’s further than $9 usually takes you.
Gildan Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt
Cozy, cheap, and passes for L.L. Bean.