Who doesn’t love a hoodie? Since its creation over a hundred years ago, the humble hoodie has become the ultimate comfort fashion staple. Whatever your style or taste, we all have one hoodie in our wardrobe that we reach for when we’re in need of something cosy, comfy and easy to wear. And there’s no hoodie that carries more significance than a leavers’ hoodie. A symbol of school spirit, this wearable memento of our all-important school years is a rite of passage for all school leavers.
As students across the country rev up their revision in preparation for the coming exams and prepare to leave the comfort of school to head out into the big, bad world, we take a look at the enduring appeal of leavers’ hoodies.
- For the Tradition
Have you ever noticed how many trees, desks and bathroom doors have been tagged with the infamous “[insert name] woz ere”? It seems that there’s a universal impulse to write down our names and memorialise a time and place that was special in our lives — or at least just get a reaction. Somehow, in tagging our names, we feel as though that experience will be immortalised forever.
The same tradition is enacted throughout the schooling experience. At primary schools, youngsters arm themselves with an array of coloured sharpies to scrawl their names across their classmates’ shirts, but when it comes to secondary school, the enduring tradition is the leavers’ hoodie. In many ways, the leavers’ hoodie is an extension of the name-tagging tradition — albeit a more elegant, not to mention legal, way of asserting that we were there. It’s a tangible trace of our time and inclusion within a school community and forms part of a long-held desire to remember our participation.
- For the Memories
Our time at school is one of the most formative and important parts of our lives. It’s the place and time in which we learn not just about maths and science but also about the world and ourselves. It’s where lasting friendships are made and unforgettable memories are created. Of course, nothing can erase those memories, but there is something uniquely appealing about having a physical memento of our shared experience.
Emblazoned with your child’s school logo, colours and the names of their classmates, a leavers’ hoodie is both highly personal and uniting. Leaving school can be overwhelming and it’s natural for recent school leavers to miss the camaraderie of the classroom. A leavers’ hoodie encapsulates a sense of shared history and memory and instils a sense of identity, which makes those first few months away from school a little easier to manage. As school leavers become university students or employees, a leavers’ hoodie continues to provide a reminder of that period of their lives and the people they shared it with.
- For the Personal Connections
Take a look in your wardrobe and see how many items of clothing you have that are unique to you. We mean really unique — those things that only you own and were designed specifically for you? We’d guess not many, right? We live in a time where everything is mass-produced and where the personal touch is often lost in favour of the same famous brands and clothing lines. There’s wrong with that, but it does explain part of the enduring appeal of the leavers’ hoodie.
Leavers’ hoodies are designed for your child and often by them. They feature their name, the year they left school and the names of their friends and classmates. Your child’s time at school is a period of intense personal development, and the leavers’ hoodie pays homage to that. As the years go by, it will act as a constant reminder of who they once were and the people who shaped the person they became. Now that really is unique.
- For the Comfort and Practicality
Hoodies aren’t just something to frame and put on the wall — they’re designed to be worn. Comfy, homey and perfect for slouching around the house, a good leavers’ hoodie is not only a token to remember school but also a practical and wearable item of clothing. Years after leaving school when your child comes home from university or takes a break from work, the leavers’ hoodie is an easy and comfortable thing to wear.
Each time they wear it, they will be reminded of their time at school. Think of it as a wearable school reunion, always there in the wardrobe!
Leavers’ hoodies are a core part of the school experience, so don’t miss out. To get the perfect customised leavers’ hoodies, head over to a personalised clothing company and delight your child with an investment in memories, tradition and an item of clothing as unique as they are.
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.