I got a pretty nice t-shirt at Wal-Mart of all places, and the fit was pretty awesome. I was surprised at how soft it was, and the color was awesome. "Purple heather", I had never seen it before so that was kinda neat.
Maybe I set my standards high. But having touched/tried on/felt "luxury" brands such as RLPL, BoO (the stupidly expensive ones that I believe, are Scottish cashmere) Marc Jacobs (not astounding, but it's still a $1000+ retail sweater), and even Loro Piana it's just... not that great. Certainly not worth retail. Would prefer a blend or some soft wool just because it's so much less hassle/expensive.
My jil sander cashmere shits on marc jacobs 1k cashmere.
Keep in mind even within js there are different grades.
I have a DKNY cashmere sweater that I haven't worn in like ten years. I checked it out the other day and couldn't believe how soft it was. I can only imagine that there are much better grades of cashmere goodness that I don't know about. So I disagree with the cashmere is overrated bit. More like, having cashmere in the tag doesn't mean anything as there's a ton of low quality garments made with cashmere that i've seen constantly being made.
I think the hood looks childish. What the hell is the hood doing there anyway?
You're right about this: me saying women can pull off hoodies but men cannot is far from a 100% watertight position. I know some women who look very cute in hoodies, whereas the guys I see on the street look like kids. Maybe I need to play more computer games.
When your social life revolves around going to bars and playing pool, hoodie+tee+jeans+sneakers can't be beat for practicality. Ergo, every singly one of my WAYWTs.