I Tried It: The American Giant Jacket

nobody asked me to try it

Sometimes I get a kick out of creating an anonymous username and writing a review for Amazon, or, say, J.Crew. It’s a thank you to those who have gone before me and written a review and influenced a buying decision. It’s a nod to those who come behind.

“I use this magical hand-vac to clean up stray Cheerios in my minivan. I am besotted. If it is ever discontinued, I will rent my garments and shout at the sky.”

“These vegan leather leggings look like house music sounds. You think you might be into it, but fifteen minutes in and you’re uncomfortable and you look kind of sweaty.”

Here’s another one. Pretend my username is americasnexttopmodeltrainset.

(Like with the Blue Apron write-up, I’m not remotely affiliated with the brand, and I handed over crisp dollar bills in exchange for product.)

I had read about the hype surrounding the American Giant sweatshirt. It was the best sweatshirt in the world. It had a three month waitlist. Fast Company! Men’s Fitness! InStyle! All the rage.

An American-made sweatshirt with a heftier-than-most price tag and a devoted following. Cool, I thought. And then forgot about it.

Until I got one for my birthday.

I ended up poking around on the website and buying the baseball jacket, too, and it quickly became a go-to for me. Thick, warm, and a nice alternative to my usual denim jacket.

It looks like a sweatshirt, but it doesn’t feel like a sweatshirt. You know how a brand new sweatshirt feels like a box of puppies, and then after a few washes, that box of puppies feeling goes away? It never begins with one. It’s pretty no-nonsense, but still comfortable. Like if Mary Poppins was a hugger.

what is it: The Baseball Jacket by American Giant

on fit: Tends to run small. The friend purchased me an extra-small sweatshirt (which is smaller than I’d get anyway). I zipped it up, but it was I-suddenly-look-stacked-tight, so I sized up.

For the baseball jacket, I bought the medium, and while it’s a teensy bit big on me, it feels just right. I’d show you great photos, but I’ll never be a fashion blogger and if I was, you’d be getting photos of me posing in front of a Taco Bell or the dumpster behind PepBoys.

For reference, I’m 5’4″ and while brands seem to vary, I’m generally a size small in tops.

I used an iPhone. There is a houseplant. You can see a model wearing it on the website. IDK, I tried.


on customer service: Banging. A family member and I had a UPS mishap while traveling, and they resolved it (and shipped his sweatpants to him overseas). I’m at the point in my life where my sanity is worth a lot, which is why I no longer shop on Black Friday or succumb to the temptation of bangs or give money to frustrating companies.

on wearability: I feel like Sam I Am when I talk about this jacket. I can wear it with jeans, I can wear it with jorts, I can wear it with leggings, I can wear it on a boat, with a goat, etc, etc.

on cost: $89. Not the cheapest article of clothing I’ve ever purchased, but right in line with the way I like to shop (buy a small amount of quality-items, wear them forever, have friends comment about how I wear the same outfit three days in a row). Here’s a code for 15% off for new customers, bringing that $89 down to $76.

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  • Reply Kelly September 23, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I started buying from them after my husband got a sweatshirt from them (actually from me to him) for the holidays. The quality rocks, but more impressive is their return policy. We returned one of them due to some threads that were hanging from a seam and getting worse, they refunded us, and he promptly bought another.

    I have more than 10 of their v neck women’s tees since I scored them on sale. Even on sale they aren’t cheap but the quality and the Made in the USA label had me at hello.

    • Reply Roo September 24, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Oh, that’s great to know! I wish the sweatpants had just a little bit of a higher rise, and I’d be all over them.

  • Reply Niki September 23, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Are you back to blogging regularly? I hope yes. :)

    This looks nice. But I’m not sure if it is ten-bucks-away-from-one-hundred nice. You feel me?

    What are the other pieces in your capsule wardrobe?

    • Reply Roo September 24, 2015 at 10:23 am

      I totally feel you. ;) I keep my closet tight, so this was a good pick for me, but I get it. I don’t know if I’d so much call it a “capsule wardrobe” as a serious penchant for wearing the same damn thing daily, haha. But two denim shirts and two pairs of jeans are in solid rotation, too. ;)

  • Reply Diane September 23, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    The baseball jacket looks good on you! Do you like the sweatshirt? Is it an actual sweatshirt that you have, or a hoodie? I bought the hoodie for my son a couple of years ago. The price seemed high for a hoodie, but that’s what he wanted and he loves it. I was thinking of ordering one for myself, so just wondering…

    • Reply Roo September 28, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      The hoodie, and it’s super thick and not fluffy hoodie-like, know what I mean? It’s not something you’d get cozy with on the couch while watching a movie, more like something that you’d wear outside to brave the elements.

      For cozy fluffy hoodies, I like oversized ones from PACT (the zip-up is my fave).

  • Reply Trude September 23, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks for the review! It’s funny, I was actually looking at them not too long ago in my quest to find a decent quality sweatshirt that wouldn’t swallow up mah curves, but wound up going with one from Land’s End and saving myself the $$. But they still look tempting… :)

    • Reply Roo September 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Ooooh how’s the Lands End one?

      • Reply Trude September 29, 2015 at 11:27 am

        Pretty great! I like that the hood is lined, so it’s not open fleece on the inside, and it’s warmer. But I forget their sizes run large, so I could’ve gone one size down if I wanted a more fitted look, but whatevs it’s a sweatshirt, right? :)

  • Reply Heather Laura Clarke September 23, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    “Like if Mary Poppins was a hugger.” Lololololol.

    I’d never heard of this sweatshirt, jacket, or even the brand before (I blame my Canadian-ness) but it all sounds very comfy. Would also like details on the sweatshirt.

    • Reply Roo September 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Get you some! They ship international. ?

  • Reply Danielle September 23, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Ohhhh, this looks kind of perfect for Vegas winter. I wear my heavy wool coat for one week of the year and the rest of the time, it’s a lighter Columbia jacket that makes me feel like a frumpy bag of magenta.

    • Reply Roo September 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      It’s nice! Let me know if you end up trying it out, Danielle!

  • Reply lydia September 23, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    your line about Mary Poppins might be my favorite sentence you’ve ever written.

    • Reply Roo September 24, 2015 at 10:10 am

      She was a little too icy, you know?

  • Reply sherry @ save. spend. splurge. September 24, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    It looks nice enough to be a stylish sort of jacket.. not at all “baseball”..

    • Reply Roo September 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks, Sherry! I love it and I’m wearing it now. ?

  • Reply Sara October 29, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I saw this link and thought of you! I wish I could justify one. Maybe next year.


    What type of boots did you end up getting? I can’t find cheap ones I like (i usually replace every year) and I wanted to look into nicer ones.

    • Reply Roo November 3, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      I’m still on the boot hunt. Related: my feet are cold.

  • Reply Jessi June 16, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Found your review…I’m debating purchasing a T from them! hmmmmm
    LOVE your honesty about the brand! new follower! :)

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