Hug a Hoodie: The Friendly Side of Personalised Hoodies
UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s notorious advice that people should all ‘hug a hoodie’ has been much publicised and discussed. After the London riots it has come under scrutiny again. Hoodies, certainly on the list of older generation, have evolved all kinds of negative connotations. Many young people, however, don’t realize why this should be so.
For many totally law-abiding young people, the humble hoodie is a warm, comfortable clothing choice and nothing more. Personalised hoodies have grown to be especially popular amonst the younger generation, being a smart way showing your support for a club, team, group or cause. Plenty of youngsters get hooded sweatshirts composed as a keepsake from old schools, or fun group holidays. Hoodies are generally used as a way to remember positive experiences. So why do hoodie-wearers have such a bad reputation?
One possibility is that, although the vast majority of youngsters wear hoodies, the only ones who make it into the media are those that are up to no good. This could lead the elderly to assume that it’s young thugs and criminals alone who wear hoodies. This may imply that all hoodies, even friendly personalised hoodies, get unfairly judged and maligned.
Exposure to perfectly nice youngsters who wear personalised hoodies, or hoodies in general, could help the older generations to realise that the image of the dangerous, out-of-control youngsters in hoodies, isn’t the norm.
Another element which can make people cautious with hoodie wearers, whether they wear personalised hoodies or elsewhere, is the physical shape and style of hoodies and promotional hoodies. You will no doubt have seen signs in shop windows which read: ‘NO HOODS IN STORE’. The point that hoodies have an, eponymous, hood might sound obvious but it is something which can make people nervous because it obscures the faces of wearers.
Nasa Hoodies The images in the media of faceless gangs of youths in hoodies, even in personalised hoodies, can look particularly menacing, due to the fact their faces are hidden. If you are unable to start to see the faces of large groups it could seem scary as a result of insufficient human connection. Mostly, however, this prejudice against the humble hoodie is a media construct, mixed with just a little bit of class snobbery and fear of the young…an unpleasant cocktail once you think about it.
Why not show that personalised hoodies are just as fun, lovable, stylish and friendly as the next item of clothing. Since personalised hoodies are fully customisable it is possible to spread any message you like using them. Use personalised hoodies to show school pride, university affiliation and club membership.