Winter is finally here, and with it comes the promise of months of cold weather. Layering is important to stay warm in multiple settings, and a hoodie always seems to make its way into the layering mix. I recently had a chance to add a new one to the mix, the Stio Sweetwater hoodie. The fleece definitely kept me warm. In fact, it was a bit too warm for most indoor settings, which made layering a challenge.
The Stio Sweetwater hoodie is very soft, especially on the inside, with sweater knit fleece. That’s a definite point for coziness. The hoodie gets points for warmth, too, with a 100% polyester construction. But as I mentioned, the extreme warmth made it hard to layer for mixing indoor and outdoor environments. Several times I wore it thinking I’d stay cozy indoors, and I actually had to change mid-day because I was too hot. Cold days outdoors are definitely more suitable for this one. In fact, I was plenty warm for a full day of snow wearing just a t-shirt, this fleece Stio Sweetwater hoodie and a down jacket. Technically that’s layering, but just barely.
The kangaroo pocket at the front is a nice feature to help keep your hands warm. Not only is it insulating, but it has the same soft sweater-knit fleece inside and is a delight to put your hands into. The arms also have thumb holes that help keep the back of your hands warm, and the hood has elastic binding to help keep the wind out.
As for sizing, the Stio Sweetwater Hoodie is pretty true to size. I wear a 6-8, and the Medium fits well. It has princess seams, so it is cut-in at the middle and flared-out at the hips. It also has a drop-tail design in the back, so you won’t be getting drafts at the pant line. This is particularly nice when it’s cold outside.
The hoodie does fit pretty snugly, though. Because of the fit, it has a zipper at the front to help with taking the hoodie on and off. Truly, it fits tight enough that you either have to unzip the neckline to pull your arms out, or pull the whole thing over your head when taking it off. This isn’t necessarily bad, but you should be aware of this if you don’t have the stereotypical “princess cut” figure. It might be snug in places you don’t want it to be.
Another few aspects to keep in mind are the front zipper and ruched neckline, which can be bulky near your face. The upper chest area pooches out a bit, and I find myself trying to flatten it. The style adds uniqueness, as does the contrasting zipper color, and it’s unlike anything I’ve worn. But like all new things, it takes some getting used to.
The Stio Sweetwater hoodie is a great cold-weather option, and I’d recommend it to women looking for a winter-weather hoodie. I do think twice about wearing it indoors because of how warm it is, and I’d caution anyone looking for something to bum around the house in. But if you’re looking for a few quick takeaways, I’d say the Sweetwater is incredibly warm, performs great outdoors, is nice and soft and has a unique style.
The Stio Sweetwater hoodie was provided for review. All opinions and words are my own and honest, and the article contains no affiliate links.
Stio Sweetwater Hoodie
- Incredibly warm outdoors
- Very soft material
- Kangaroo pockets keep hands warm
- Thumb holes help protect hands from the cold
- Generally too warm for extended wear indoors
- Princess seams may be cut too snugly for some
- Unique neck zipper area can feel bulky