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American Apparel Flex Fleece Hoodie

Reviewing: American Apparel Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie  |  Rating:
By phyre on
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American Apparel has become a brand surrounded by much controversy, mainly from it's risque and revealing advertisement campaigns to the reported perverse and inappropriate antics of the company's founder and CEO, Dov Charney. However, one cannot deny that American Apparel churns out quality, sweatshop-free apparel that never goes out of fashion. The company tends to stick to the basics - blank shirts, undergarments, and sweatshirts among other things - which are so fashionably ambiguous that they'll practically be around forever.

American Apparel's Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie is definitely one of the most comfortable hoodies around. Featuring a blend of 50% polyester and 50% cotton fleece, the sweatshirt is soft, smooth, warm, and stretchy. The hoodie itself is rather basic - a solid colored jacket with a hood, white drawcords, two front "kangaroo" pockets, a white zipper track, and a quality metal zipper. The amusing thing regarding this basic look is that it has recently been imitated by companies such as GAP INC's "Old Navy", which sells a product that looks nearly identical save for a larger white zipper instead of a quality metal zipper, a baggier apperance, and lower quality materials. There recently have also been similar styled jackets from companies such as Volcom and DC Shoes, with the only difference being a small embroidered logo on one side of the breast. Needless to say, these imitations don't come close to the comfort or construction of the original American Apparel Flex Fleece, especially Old Navy's. Also, American Apparel has many eye-pleasing colors to choose from, opposed to the handful of colors most other companies have available.

The only possible criticisms I can come up with may not be considered cons to everybody. American Apparel is known for their somewhat tight, form-fitting design and style and thus some wearers may find the hoodie too tight or too small. Additionally, though the hoodie will always look smooth, it may not always feel smooth due to the possible formation of little cotton tufts at areas of constant friction. However, I feel that this is a regular thing with just about any shirt or jacket. You can prevent these tufts by taking care of your hoodie, or you can eliminate them as they appear with such things as a fabric shaver.