Emblazoned with the school logo, showcasing the school colours and decked out with the names of friends and schoolmates, there’s truly no item of clothing that carries more significance and meaning than the leavers’ hoodie. As students across the country gear up their revision in preparation for their exams and to leave school, we pay homage to the leavers’ hoodie and take a look at why you just can’t beat this classic clothing staple.
A Heritage as Old as Humankind
So, that may be a slight over-exaggeration. In truth, the first hoodie was designed just over a hundred years ago, but it wasn’t until the 1980s, with the development of embroidery & print services, that the leavers’ hoodie as we know it today really took off. That being said, the tradition of signing your name as a testament to the fact that you were in a particular place at a particular time really is an impulse that has been around since the time of our earliest ancestors.
From the cave drawings of the first men to the graffiti tagging cultures of today and the enduring trend that sees every bathroom door, tree and park bench feature the infamous “[insert name] woz ere”, there seems to be a deep urge to leave a tangible trace of ourselves to mark our experience, and this is part of what makes the leavers’ hoodie so popular. In many ways, it’s a more elegant way of tagging and highlighting an important period in your life and letting the world know you “woz” there.
A Token of a Shared History and Identity
Our time at school is the most formative in our lives. Alongside the lessons that we learn in maths, science and English, it’s also where we learn about ourselves, society and the world at large. For many of us, it will be the place where we make lifelong friendships and lasting memories and experience many firsts. There are few times in our lives when we experience such a strong sense of belonging and community as we do when we’re at school. That’s why leaving school can be unsettling for school leavers. All of a sudden, they’re flung from the security of the classroom and the routine of class, breaks and lunch into a new world of unknown experiences and challenges.
Much more than an item of clothing, the leavers’ hoodie is a physical token of a shared history. Featuring the names of friends, it instils a sense of communal identity and belonging that lasts long after we leave school. No wonder so many fresher students don their leavers’ hoodies on the campus of their new universities — like a security blanket, it helps them showcase who they are, where they’re from and the people who shaped who them.
A Wearable Memento
What separates the leavers’ hoodie from other tangible mementoes collected throughout your time at school? Unlike the school photo, the scribbled notebooks and even the school trophies and certificates that remain in drawers, on shelves or behind glass panes, a leavers’ hoodie is designed to be used every day. The real reason that the leavers’ hoodie is so enduringly popular is that it’s wearable.
Is there anything more comfy, cosy and versatile than a hoodie? Whatever your taste or style — whether you’re a glamorous girly type or a hardcore sports addict — we all love a hoodie. They’re snuggly, soft and exactly what you go for when you’re in need of some home comfort. Not only is a leavers’ hoodie perfect for slouching around the house or popping out to the shops, but it also takes us back to that special time in our lives, allowing us to indulge in a little nostalgia. The leavers’ hoodie combines comfort with the power of shared memories — what more could you ask for in an item of clothing?
A leavers’ hoodie is a rite of passage for school leavers and today, they’re easier than ever to purchase. Head to an online personalised clothing company to get a free quote for your school leavers hoodies now.
Author bio: Robert Joyce is the managing director of personalised clothing company Yazzoo, which delivers high-quality screen printing and embroidery services at economy prices.