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Getting dressed for a day of travel involves a surprising amount of thinking: What’s the weather like where you’re departing from? How will it compare to where you’re landing? Are you a hot traveler or one whose temp tends to run cold? It’s a lot to think about, especially on a day full of decisions to make and transit connections to catch. Our vote? A comfortable, breathable, not-too-thick sweatshirt that looks polished and put together—not like you just grabbed it from the back of your closet. From sporty Nike looks to fashion-forward Revolve options, you'll find our favorites below.
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Wildfox Roadtrip Sweatshirt
Travel days call for perfectly slouchy, oversized sweatshirts that bring all the comfort without looking too lazy. This aptly named “roadtrip sweatshirt” from Wildfox completely fits the bill, with a wide crew neck that won’t bunch up around your throat, drop-seam shoulders for a laid-back silhouette, and a hem that fits close to the body while remaining just long enough to cover your butt if you’re pairing it with leggings. If you want a tighter fit than what this would normally bring to the table, simply order a size down. Made from 50 percent polyester, 50 percent cotton, the sweatshirt is breathable but won’t shrink up in the wash. Plus, it comes in three perfect colors: an ever-versatile black, a cheerful pale pink, and an edgier washed olive.
Best Cowl Neck: ALALA Riki Cowl Neck Pullover
Cowl necks are chic and cozy — and what more do you need for a day of travel? This sweatshirt perfectly blends style and comfort, with a raw frayed hem, long bell sleeves that cover your hands on chilly flights, and a paneled back in contrasting blues for a pop of subtle, unexpected color. The sweatshirt is made from French terry — a mix of 65 percent cotton and 35 percent bamboo rayon, so you don’t have to worry about synthetics. Bonus? We can’t get over how the fabric blend seriously ups the softness. We love the waist-length drop on the sweatshirt, too, which is neither too short nor two long. ALALA knows athleisure inside and out, designing pieces that can work equally well from travel days to hot yoga to exploring new towns. Just make sure to wash it on cold to avoid shrinkage.
Best Sherpa: Tory Sport Sherpa Fleece Pullover
Fleece is one of the coziest materials around and this vibrant red-orange sweatshirt from Tory Sport is one of the prettiest takes on it we’ve seen in a while. With a contrasting, henley-style snap-up neck in light pink, you can make this as buttoned-up for warmth as you want. We like the ribbed edges, which help keep the sweatshirt from riding up when you’re sitting for long stretches on a flight or on the train. And yes, of course, it has pockets — two which are located handily on the seams, making it easy to store essentials like rental car keys and passports. Though there won’t be too much shrinkage here, thanks to the loose fit and polyester shell, remember to wash it on cold to keep the colors just as saturated as the day you bought it.
Best Funnel Neck: The North Face Women's Terra Metro Funnel Neck Pullover
The North Face’s Terra Metro Funnel Neck pullover is well suited to travelers who want something supremely stylish but with all the design benefits of a technical-clothing company. This quilted pullover comes in a sleek color set, from vibrant bordeaux to starry navy and deep black. Those who run a little cold on airplanes will appreciate the funnel neck which is finished off with an adjustable drawcord so you can decide how loose or taut you'd like it. The fit runs standard, not oversized and there are plenty of pockets, too. There’s a hoodie-style kangaroo hand pocket in front as well as a secure-zip pocket overlaying it — which is super handy for need-to-access travel essentials like passports and phones.
Best Cropped: Strut-This The Sonoma Sweatshirt
Sometimes you just need a perfectly cropped sweatshirt to feel a little more put-together on travel days. Whether you wear it tucked into the front of high-waisted jeans or out and loose with leggings, this sweatshirt from Strut-This fits the bill. The heathered light gray color is always a classic choice for this style of loungewear, which helps keep the piece balanced and this side of being too trendy. The sweatshirt is super soft, as well; the design is made from 70 percent modal, 26 percent cotton, and 4 percent spandex, all coming together to form a cozy fleece blend. The Strut-This Sonoma Sweatshirt fits true to size — so order what you normally would.
Best Sporty: NSW Air Hooded Sweatshirt Dress
When you want the comfort of a sweatshirt but the long silhouette of a tunic (to cover your butt in travel-friendly leggings), a sweatshirt dress is a perfect choice. Think of it like a blanket that you can wear on the go — but one that still looks sharp enough to add a dash of style to your airport day. Nike’s sweatshirt dress easily pairs with leggings and sneakers, making it well suited to days spent rushing through airports or traveling by train; the midweight construction also means that you can wear it all year round. When it comes to design, we particularly love the round collar; it keeps you warm and looks perfectly on-trend without gathering up uncomfortably on your throat.
Best Maternity: Ingrid & Isabel™ Hooded Swing Sweatshirt
One of the most difficult parts about flying as a new mom — and traveling in general — is figuring out how, when, and where to nurse. This hoodie solves the issue elegantly: The front is made up of overlapping panels that part ways so your infant can easily nurse. Between feedings, you won’t have to worry about a gust of wind lifting up one of the panels, either — they’re cleverly designed to wrap at an angle that prevents that from happening, though you can always throw a nursing tank on underneath for more coverage. Made mostly from rayon, this hoodie can be dressed up or down, with leggings and running shoes for going through airport security or with black skinny jeans and some boots for an evening out. With maternity sizing, it’s great for women who are either pregnant or post-partum.
Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular women's sweatshirts for travel. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 40 different sweatshirts overall, screened options from 25 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 40 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.