The chic-ification of fleece

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I’ve been noticing this trend evolve over the past couple of years or so, and I feel like it’s building toward critical mass: more designers are using this outdoorsy material on fashion-y items, and outdoorsy brands are creating more stylish iterations of it. This Vince hoodie is an excellent case in point, and you can also find it on sale in a nice off-white (but alas, in limited sizes).

I’d wear this asymmetrical jacket the same way I would a hoodie: under a jacket or over a sweater.

 

How cute is the color combination on this pullover hoodie? It also comes in black, if you’re allergic to color.

From Outdoor Voices: another cute pullover hoodie in a nice vibrant red.

And here’s a straightforward hoodie that looks warm as all get-out.

I like that this is ever-so-slightly cropped; it’d look great with high-waisted jeans.

Designer Sandy Liang has been turning out cool fleece items for a while now, and I like this jacket, with its fun corduroy patch pocket, quite a lot.

The yellow here really pops nicely.

I love a pullover zipper hoodie for lounging about, and this one is just aces.

This vest makes for a warm—and adorable—extra layer.

The pink trim here is an unexpected delight.

I’d wear this half zip top under a V-neck sweater.

Such a great shape on this cocoon coat.

This sweatshirt is from Everlane, and it’s made of recycled plastic, which is cool. It also comes in several colors, if mustard yellow isn’t your jam.

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17 Thoughts on The chic-ification of fleece
    Kate
    27 Jan 2019
    3:24am

    As a transplant to New England from
    the West Coast, I cant abide by the fleece outerwear. I’ve tried and tried. It always looks frumpy and sloppy on my body.

    A few months ago I tried on several Patagonia, North Face, LL Bean, and other manufacturers fleece options. My middle schooler just laughed and laughed at each option.

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    MaryAlice
    24 Jan 2019
    2:24pm

    Fleece anything makes me look gigantic. Can’t do it. But if I was forced to wear fleece, these are pretty cute.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    24 Jan 2019
    7:10pm

    I love the look of those fleecy, cozy “teddy bear” coats on everyone else, but I’d look like “Mama Moose,” to quote my mom. And while sunshine yellow looks absolutely deadly on me, the shade catshit is oddly flattering, hence, I’m pulling the trigger on the Everlane sweatshirt.

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    Viajera
    24 Jan 2019
    7:39pm

    There was a problem with fleece?

    And now, why black fleece? It’s fleece – no one is going to think you are going to the opera in it. Idt it will fool anyone. And … except for the first two items and the pink-trim one … I don’t see much difference between these items and any other ones.

    Then again, I am not anti-fleece. My favorite fleece was maybe $9 at a Ross and I liked the smokey blue grey so much that I went hunting for more of them. Did not find. The tag says “Carolyn Taylor By Design” on it. No idea if there is any such person, but if there is, I hope somewhere she knows that I am still wearing it, even though the zipper tab is all chewed up. Harrumph. It really is a nice color …

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    Mary
    24 Jan 2019
    10:11pm

    I wouldn’t say no to the Alexander Wang black cropped number.

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    Kathi
    24 Jan 2019
    1:10pm

    Love love love the Sandy Liang, the back is fabulous, EEK at the price tag. Like Seattle, lots of people wear fleece here in Iowa, mostly sports motif, overwhelming & commonplace. But if I could swing for the Sandy Liang piece, I would wear the sh$t out of it – especially today with the wind chill below zero and oodles of snow on the ground.

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    Kimberly
    24 Jan 2019
    9:44am

    I love fleece except for the pet hair factor. I feel like it gets woven in there and is hard to get out over time!

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    kimbersam
    24 Jan 2019
    10:13am

    It seems to me that fashion has taken another step into cozy/comfy/floofy because of all of the turmoil in the world. That asymmetrical jacket (that I love) reminds me of something Helmet Lang would have designed.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      24 Jan 2019
      7:13pm

      You’re undoubtedly correct in that theory, kimbersam!

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    AK
    24 Jan 2019
    10:19am

    Nearly all of these are take-offs on the Patagonia originals!

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    c.w.
    24 Jan 2019
    10:20am

    I often wear fleece (I even have fleece long underwear!) so this post is right up my fashion closet. Side note: I have the fleece Everlane pullover and it is super, super thick and warm and a bit bulky so it doesn’t easily fit UNDER another coat. I love it.

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    Ann
    24 Jan 2019
    11:37am

    Living in Seattle for the past 12 years (after 20 years in NYC), and proudly never wearing fleece, I truly laughed out loud with your “chic-ification of fleece”. I have loyally read and loved your blog for years but trust me, it is worn year round out here by everyone, and it is never chic.

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      Kim France
      24 Jan 2019
      12:24pm

      I think living in Seattle could put a person off fleece forever (I lived there briefly) and mine is just one opinion, but I stand by it.

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        Ann
        24 Jan 2019
        1:08pm

        Absolutely, everyone is allowed their opinion. I think you are awesome, and you are my daily NYC link, keeping me East Coast chic, connected and in the know. I’ll share your article with my fleece loving Seattle friends 🙂

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          c.w.
          24 Jan 2019
          1:24pm

          I lived in Seattle for what felt like a bazillion years (reality was probably more like 16-18 years)––it’s where I was introduced to fleece because I regularly cross country skied and backpacked. But the fleece I wore in those days was not fashionable, strictly functional. And ALL my fleece clothing came from REI, of course! I moved away from Seattle in 1994 and have no idea of how the fashion world goes there now, but when I lived there I refused to wear flannel plaid shirts or Birkenstocks so I totally understand your mind set, Ann!

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