A few months back, I shared my review of the stronger hoodie from Athleta and how much I love mine. Athleta also makes a version of the same hoodie with plush faux fur lining, dubbed the luxe stronger hoodie. Of course I had to try it!
By the way: the luxe stronger hoodie is on sale, so if you want to wear it as a jacket for chilly spring days (and hold onto it for next winter!), you can save a pretty penny by getting it now.
I bought this hoodie in XXS, my usual Athleta size and the same size as my other stronger hoodie. It fits close to the body with just a little extra room. I still have room for a long sleeve tee or lightweight sweater underneath. That said, note that since it has the cozy lining, it does lay just slightly bulkier compared to the regular stronger hoodie. It has a nice stretch to it and isn’t constricting at all. The luxe version doesn’t include the quilted shoulders or side ribbon in favor of a cleaner cut.
The faux fur lining extends through the entire torso and hood. The sleeves are lined with a lower-profile fleece. All told, it feels considerably warmer than my other jackets. When you need warmth but don’t want a peacoat or a puffer, this is the perfect in-between option. I live in a cooler climate with chilly nights even in summer, so I expect this will see lots of wear in all seasons.
Besides the faux fur, I love the gold zipper details. Even after a few months of wear, there aren’t any chips in the gold.
The jacket pairs nicely with activewear when you’re heading to and from your workouts, but is sophisticated enough to wear with jeans around town. It’s way fancier than that 5-year-old hoodie you throw on when you’re lounging on the couch (don’t worry, I have one of those too).
If you’re wondering how the fleece lining holds up, I’ve had this for several months now and it still looks and feels fantastic. I wash it on the delicate cycle and let it air dry. The fleece did not ball up and is still just as soft as the day I bought it.
Overall, this hoodie was a really excellent purchase that I’ve gotten lots of wear out of. You can find the luxe stronger hoodie in this color (oatmeal) as well as heathered black on Athleta’s website. As of right now, most sizes are still available, but they won’t last long at markdown price!