Monday, September 25, 2017

this calvin klein hoodie is all i can think about right now

Photo: SSENSE

Have you checked the temperature lately? It’s hot. Thirty nine degrees hot. Hot is actually an understatement. It’s scorching. It’s brutal and armpit stains are my latest accessories. I could cook an egg on the pavement if I wanted to. But I choose not to out of cleanliness and practicality.

As I am looking forward to the temperature dropping a few degrees this week, and yes I will miss those sweaty armpits, I am deciding what I want to wear for fall. At this very moment, I want this grey hoodie by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC.


The relationship between the hoodie and myself dates back to childhood. The hoodie was the epitome of my personal style and I can speak for other teenagers (I am the voice of my generation) as well. I made my teenage suburban self so happy because I thought I was ahead of the times.

After graduating high school, I made a commitment to never wear a hoodie again. As an Asian person entering my 30’s, I often get confused for a 14 year old teenager. The hoodie’s connotation just confirms this notion when I sport one. Therefore, no more hoodies!

Enter Calvin Klein by Raf Simons. Which has been modified to Calvin Klein 205W39NYC. This change represents to customers that a new creative director has entered, sort of. A media release works as well. This is akin to Heidi Slimane dropping the Yves in Yves Saint Laurent.

Ultimately, a hoodie is a hoodie. You can buy one in Chinatown for $10 or you purchase the Calvin Klein iteration for $350. The way in which the Calvin Klein hoodie has been styled is so effortlessly pragmatic. A turtleneck under a hoodie. FEELS NEW, RIGHT??? I don’t know how I never thought of this before. It makes me want to break this commitment to not ever donning hoodies again.

Since I don’t have $350 and because I have $10 (and some), I will be searching for a loose grey hoodie in Chinatown.

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