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The Ultimate Guide to Different Types of Sweatshirts

By ShirtSpace | Aug 31, 2022 |  Updated Jan 09, 2024


Everyone wears sweatshirts, but do you know all the different kinds of sweatshirts we carry at ShirtSpace? Each sweatshirt has its positives and negatives, but they are all great for their own reasons. You likely have tried many of these sweatshirt styles, but which one is your favorite? 

At ShirtSpace, we have unisex sweatshirts, women’s sweatshirts and kid’s sweatshirts. We have sweatshirts perfect for athletics and fitness, as well as casual sweatshirts for everyday wear and fashion sweatshirts too!

Everything You Need to Know About Blank Sweatshirts

The many types of sweatshirts all have their time and place. If you are considering what sweatshirts to buy for your group, consider these things:

  • Age

  • Gender

  • The time of year

  • Climate

  • Any dress codes for the event or venue

  • Budget

  • Decoration methods you want to use to customize your sweatshirt

Now is the fun part, getting to know all other different types of blank sweatshirts through our Ultimate Guide to Sweatshirts. 

Multi-colored hooded sweatshirts hanging on a clothes rack.

Image credit: Jarmoluk from Pixabay


Crewneck sweatshirts are a classic style of clothing, made popular long before the other styles on this list. You can’t go wrong with the quintessential crewneck sweatshirt and a pair of jeans for a go-to casual look. If you don’t like the bulkiness of a hood, a crewneck will feel a lot more comfortable for you. If you are trying to print on a sweatshirt, crewnecks are ideal because they are able to lay flatter than a hooded sweatshirt does. The downfall? If you are caught in a drizzle, you will have no head protection. In very cold weather, you may prefer to have a hood to keep your head warm. These sweatshirts are typically made of polyester fleece material, or a cotton/poly blend. And lastly, crewnecks do not have any pockets. But there is still something special about the iconic crewneck that we just love! Some top crewnecks we sell are:

1. Gildan G180

2. Comfort Colors 1566

3. Hanes 1607

The Gildan G180, Comfort Colors 1566 and Hanes 1607 crewneck sweatshirts worn by models.

Cropped Sweatshirts

Worn by women more often than men, cropped sweatshirts were popular in the 80’s and 90’s and have made a major comeback! Crop sweatshirts look great with high-waisted bottoms. They are a fun, trendy and youthful piece of casual wear that young women and teens love to sport! Cropped sweatshirts look great tie-dyed, printed on and embroidered. Check out these popular cropped hoodies and crewnecks:

1. Bella+Canvas B7502

2. Bella+Canvas B7503

3. Independent Trading Co.’s AFX64CRP

The Bella+Canvas B7502 cropped hoodie, the Bella+Canvas BB7503 cropped crewneck sweatshirt and the Independent Trading Co.’s AFX64CRP cropped hoodie worn by models

Full-Zip Sweatshirts

Zippered sweatshirts are an excellent choice if you still want to show off your shirt as a part of your outfit. It’s easy to take on and off without messing up your hair. For those that run hot, they are an easy way to get a little air by unfastening the zipper. Plus, a full-zip gives you the perfect layering opportunity! Wear your full-zip sweatshirt with a heavier winter jacket in the cold months and a soft tank top for those almost summer days. Most full-zip sweatshirts have hoods, but there are a few styles that do not.

The drawbacks for a full-zip sweatshirt include the fact that you can’t print on the center chest without the design being split into two. This is why many full-zip sweatshirts that have prints feature the design on the upper back and/or sleeves. Some people print over the center chest anyways, but be careful not to damage your zipper with a heat press, or even worse, melting the two sides together.  Some of our favorite top-selling full-zip hoodies include:

1. Gildan G186

2. Port & Company PC78ZH

3. Bella + Canvas 3739 

Models wearing the Gildan G186, Port & Company PC78ZH and Bella+Canvas 3739 full-zip sweatshirts.

Pullover Hoodie

Pullover hoodies are arguably the most popular sweatshirt on this list. Everyone loves hoodies! They are perfect for promotional items, sports teams and clubs, branded merch for staff and everyday wear! Hoodies provide a place to store small personal items with a large front pouch. When it’s cold or windy outside, it’s great to have the option to cinch the drawcord tighter to protect the ears. 

What’s not to love about the hoodie? The reasons are few and far between, but one is that hoodies are so casual—there are situations where no matter how you dress it up, a hoodie is too informal. But the hoodie is widely accepted by the masses, so youdefinitely would be dressed appropriately in most casual workplaces and everyday public businesses. There are so many amazing hoodies to choose from, but our top three hoodies here at ShirtSpace are:

1. Gildan G185

2. Port & Company PC78H

3. Bella+Canvas 3719

Models wearing the Gildan G185, the Port & Company PC78ZH and Bella+Canvas 3719 pullover hoodies.

Sherpa Fleece

Sherpa fleece sweatshirts are made from polyester but are meant to mimic a sheep’s wool. These fuzzy sweatshirts are another level of cozy! They come in a variety of style options, typically full-zip or quarter-zip. They also come in a variety of colors and even some prints like buffalo plaid! Some Sherpa fleece sweatshirts have a sheep’s wool-like appearance on the outside, but some simply have a lining of Sherpa fleece on the inside for ultimate comfort and warmth. Both Sherpa-lined and regular Sherpa fleece sweatshirts make a great gift during the holiday season—because who doesn’t like to be comfy and cute all at the same time!? Limitations with this type of sweatshirt are that Sherpa fleece sweatshirts with a furry exterior cannot be printed, tie-dyed or embroidered. Sherpa-lined sweatshirts can be customized, however. Some of the best Sherpa fleece and Sherpa fleece-lined sweatshirts include:

1. J America JA8454

2. Independent Trading Co.’s EXP40SHZ

3. Port Authority F130

Male models wearing the J America JA8454 Sherpa quarter-zip sweatshirt, The Independent Trading Co.’s EXP40SHZ Sherpa-lined full-zip hoodie and the Port Authority F130.

Quarter-Zip Sweatshirts

Partial zip or quarter-zip sweatshirts come in a few different styles. To start, there are athletic quarter-zip sweatshirts made of polyester and perfect for going on a job or a trip to the gym. There are cotton/poly quarter-zip sweatshirts that are a little thicker and more substantial. Quarter-zip pullover sweatshirts give the added benefit of neck protection and additional warmth that a crewneck doesn’t provide, but it’s bulky as a full hood. Quarter-zips can be customized in  a number of decorating methods, including screen printing, DTG, HTV, embroidery and sublimation printing (if the garment is at least 65% polyester). Here are some of our most popular quarter-zips.

1. Jerzees 995M

2. Team 365 TT31

3. August Sportswear 2785

A male model wearing the Jerzees 995M, a female model wearing the Team 365 TT31, and a flat lay image of the August Sportswear 2785.

Advanced Features To Look For With Any Sweatshirt Style

Added features to look for when shopping for a sweatshirt, including anti-pilling, anti-static, garment-dyed and moisture-wicking.

Added features to look for in a sweatshirt, including pre-shrunk, raglan sleeves, tear-away label and weather-resistance.

See our selection of sweatshirts that are:

Now That You’re a Sweatshirt Expert…

Green, yellow, blue and gray hooded sweatshirts hanging on a wal

Image credit: Schafar from Getty Images

Some sweatshirts can fall into more than one of the categories listed in this article. For example, you could have a cropped, full-zip hoodie with a tear-away label. What a find! With over 50 brands of sweatshirts available, there is a hoodie, crewneck or zip-up sweatshirt perfect for your next project! Tell us your favorite sweatshirt style in the comments! If you are curious about t-shirts, check out our Ultimate Guide to Different Types of T-Shirts today! 

Pinterest pin for the ultimate guide to sweatshirts with a man wearing a yellow hoodie and woman wearing a yellow crewneck sweatshirt.

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