The phrase “wardrobe essential” is almost as overused as “streetwear” right now in the menswear universe, but there’s still one style that deserves the label: gray crewneck sweatshirts. They’re basic in the best way: cozy as a camp fire on the beach, never not wearable, and an integral part of menswear history. The humble gray crew neck sweatshirt helped Steve McQueen escape in The Great Escape, cemented John Travolta‚Äôs heartthrob status in Grease, and made Eddie Murphy a badass in Beverly Hills Cop. Paul Newman, the patron saint of laidback menswear, wore one. Today, a roster of famous stylish dudes trust in the gray crewneck sweatshirt (see: Ryans Gosling and Reynolds, Justin Theroux, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Michael B. Jordan). The allure is equal parts form and function, rugged vibes housed in a fitted cotton knit (like a perfect baguette, hard on the outside and soft as a cloud within). Right now, the market is flooded with spins on the athletic-inspired classic and at every price but none gets every detail right better than the one Todd Snyder designed as part of his ongoing collaboration with Champion.