The temperature is now below 70 degrees. This means that it’s officially fleece season. We asked 15 fashion bloggers, stylists, editors, writers, and journalists about their favourite options. They included Patagonias and the new season’s stylish jackets. First, let’s talk about the timeless appeal of fall’s fuzziest jacket.
So, I’m kind of surprised at my conversion to fleeces. High school was a place where everyone had North Face Denali.
Jordan Bowman: I always wanted one.
D.P. And I didn’t. After college, I moved to New England. Everyone had a fleece. I survived four cold winters without one. Last year, however, I finally bought a Uniqlo one.
J.B. – My first fleece was also Uniqlo. It was great, but I upgraded to the Patagonia Snap T fleece last year. It’s so much better. It’s the perfect combination of style and functionality. It is super-warm, looks great, and most importantly, cosy. These ASMR-style snaps are so fun to take apart, which is why they got their name. It’s clothing’s version of popping bubble wrap. Is fleece now “cool”?
DP Sandy Liang made fleece fashionable again. A million retailers now follow suit. While many women still recommend the traditional Patagonia and North Face fleeces, there is also the desire for the warmth of a fleece with more style. You can add a teddy coat to some of these or update the fleece with different shapes. Fleeces are compatible with pandemic comfort wear.
J.B. These are for real, like sweatpants covering your upper body. Some people will say, “Just buy a sweater,” which is fine. But, when the wind starts to blow, a sweatshirt won’t hold up (or keep you warm) as well as a classic fleece. This is the perfect transitional piece for fall to winter.
BEST FLEECES for Women
The best fleeces for women under $100
Uniqlo Women Fluffy Yarn Fleece Full-Zip Jacket
Blogger Marie Zoumanigui says, “You cannot go wrong with a basic brown fleece. And this price point is hard not to beat.” However, this lightweight, quick-drying yarn fleece is available in 12 colours, including light blue, yellow, and green.
Bershka Faux Shearling Jacket
This jacket in zebra print was purchased by Stylist Kiarra. She says that the jacket is a stylish and affordable option. She suggests styling it with black and shiny Commando leggings and stylish sneakers. Logan also recommends the tan version, which she says she would “wear with jeans” and “cute ankle boots.”
ASOS DESIGN Oversized Borg Hero Bomber Jacket, Baby Blue
Logan recommends this ASOS fleece option if you are looking for a trendy and affordable fleece. You can also get the jacket in petite or curvy sizes. Logan adds that you can wear this jacket with a comfy sweatsuit and a Moto Boot.
Abercrombie & Fitch Asymmetrical Snap-Up Fleece
Although you might associate Abercrombie & Fitch and your teenage shopping days, style blogger Bethany Everett–Ratcliffe suggested that we check out the brand’s asymmetrical fleece. It feels surprisingly sophisticated. She says that she has had the fleece for many years, and it never runs out. It’s warm and cosy, making it look stylish while keeping you warm. There are nine styles available, including solids and two-tone colours.
L.L.Bean HiPile Fleece Pullover
Senior Strategist writer Karen Iorio Adelson swears to L.L. Bean as a timeless classic: “I adore this color.” It’s also very comfortable and has a large front pocket, ‘kangaroo-style’. I love that I can snap the neck or unsnap it, depending on the temperature.