Gonna Make You Sweat-shirt, Baby. Day 13 of My Favorite Things: Fruit of the Loom Zip Hoodie

The Mint Chip Mama Fruit of the Loom Zip Hoodie

The Mint Chip Mama - Fruit of the Loom Zip Hoodie

A new zip hoodie for the new year! As I’ve mentioned before – Back to School shopping was something I really looked forward to for months. Even the little stuff – like new underwear, undershirts, even socks were exciting to me. There’s something about buying new socks that I think is romantic. Maybe it’s the hope that they will stay with their sole mates forever… reinforcing the idea of love (Oh, just go with it).

A New Zip Hoodie Brings Happiness

One of my favorite things to buy was always a new sweatshirt. I remember vividly getting Champion sweatshirts (heavy weight AND light weight), bedazzled 90210 sweatshirts, zipper sweatshirt, whatever the styles were at the time.

A new sweatshirt always felt like a big deal to me. Maybe because it was a tangible item one thought of on those nights when the summer was winding down and there was a chill in the air.

Or maybe because it went over stuff so it could be used all the time instead of just in a shirt rotation.

Who knows, but I always loved me some good sweatshirts, especially a zip hoodie.

A Broken Heart Entwined With A Zip Hoodie

Sadly this love affair was abandoned after a very messy breakup between me and a zip hoodie Michigan sweatshirt I splurged on my senior year. Years later I found out I left it at my cousin’s house and he refused to return it because they had started their own love affair.

Fourteen years later – my wounds finally healed as I was given a chance for renewal. She doesn’t have a name but she is black, soft, hooded, tailored, and has a media pocket! Yep – an extra pocket within the pocket just for one’s phone. Pretty 22nd century Fruit of the Loom!

The Mint Chip Mama - New York Zip Hoodie

The Mint Chip Mama in one of her favorite sweatshirts. What did she just “do”? Skydiving.

But There Was Hope With A New Addition

Last November, a few weeks after having my son I snuck away for a Momtrends event to celebrate the holidays.

One of the giveaways was this new zip hoodie sweatshirt. I was skeptical how exciting a sweatshirt could be. A woman scorned.

The wounds were still fresh – all these years later.

I played along halfheartedly.

They let me choose from tons of colors and sizes until I settled on “boring” black. I filled out my form and forgot about it. It was too painful. Too painful. It was too soon.

The Mint Chip Mama - Santa

Happiness Arrived On My Doorstep

A few weeks later, my new Fruit Of The Loom Sweatshirt Jacket arrived. It sat on a chair for a few weeks. It wasn’t so jazzy – so I thought.

Then one day I was a bit cold.

I needed a – guess what!?

Nope, I needed a blanket.

So I put a blanket over me and looked at the chair. I waved. She waved. It was brief. I was still cold. I wished there was something to make myself warmer – hmmmm… (Cut me some slack. My brain was mush. I had a baby five minutes ago).

Eyes And Zipper Met Across The Room

My eyes searched the room. They stopped. They met. Eye to eyelet. We smiled for a few minutes. I didn’t want to get up.

I looked away.

We were slow to warm up to each other.

Finally I got up. I walked past, said hello. Nothing big. A simple flirtation. I got a chill. We started talking. We decided to try each other out. I put her on.


She was soft, cozy, fitted. We became inseparable.

The rest as they say – is history.

The Mint Chip Mama - Fruit of the Loom Zip Hoodie 2014

The happy couple.

I’ll Never Let Go Jack

As you start (or continue) your back to school shopping – pick up this sweatshirt for yourself. Treat yourself. It’s not a new handbag or fancy shoes. Your friends won’t be dying for details. You don’t really have to justify it because it’s – a sweatshirt.

But it will make you happy.

You will not regret it! I mean it has a pocket for your phone IN another pocket.

Fruit of the Loom. You Healed An Old Would

While you are in the store trying YOUR new sweatshirt on, check out Fruit of the Loom‘s other great items for those little people that follow you around. For back to school, they have some great new combo packs with bonus items. The perfect way to get your little ones ready – but also for men and women. I love that each pack has at least seven of the item so you are set for the week!

The Mint Chip Mama - Fruit of the Loom Boy Shorts The Mint Chip Mama - Fruit of the Loom Zip Hoodie Boxer Briefs

Thank you Fruit of the Loom for re-introducing me to a beloved piece of clothing. You have become one of my favorite things!


Fruit of the Loom has offered to give away 2 underwear combo packs – winner’s choice – Men’s, Women’s, Children’s – to one lucky reader!

To win – please post in the comment section below:

What was your favorite clothing item to buy for back to school as a kid?

Winner will be chosen Thursday, August 21st.

The Mint Chip Mama - Fruit of the Loom UnderwearThe Mint Chip Mama - Fruit of the Loom Undershirts****************************************************************************

Fruit of the Loom Brand Heritage:

Fruit of the Loom was born in 1851 when brothers Benjamin and Robert Knight bought their first mill and started producing cotton cloth and textiles in Warwick, Rhode Island.

In 1871, Fruit of the Loom® was registered as an official trademark, making it one of the world’s oldest brands — predating the invention of light bulbs, cars and telephones!

Today, more than 160 years later, Fruit of the Loom is now a global underwear and casualwear business, employing more than 32,000 people worldwide.

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Published by Stacey Wallenstein

Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (13, 9, and 7). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. Please check out The Mint Chip Mama in the Press: The New York Post, Psychology Today, NY Metro Parents, New York Family, Parents Magazine, Newsday, News 12, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt: Kids, NerdWallet, Big Apple Kids Guide, and more! The Mint Chip Mama was also nominated as "The Best Blog On Long Island" for 2022 & 2023, one of the Top 20 New York Mom Blogs & Websites, and one of the Top 100 Mom Lifestyle Blogs on the web! For more updates, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Pinterest.

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