Words by Alek Rose
2020 is the year of the fleece. After many years of flying comfortably under the radar–detected only by parents and hikers–it deserves a warm welcome. As temperatures cool, and the morning wake-up gets harder by the dark day, you need a trusty fleece jacket to zip into over the winter months.
In the wake of the recent growth in popularity of technical wear, fleeces have moved from a more specialist sphere to a more fashion-focused space which is great news for you: benefit from the warmth and practicality, but not at the detriment of your outfit. We’ve made a few selections to put you on the right path and to show you how to wear fleece this winter.
The neutral off-white colour of this fleece jacket makes it an easy styling option. Light enough to stand out, but not too bright to steal the show, this will work under an overcoat or as the outer layer to a hoody. The Wolf Fleece is cut to have a great shape, sharp and relaxed at once, meaning it’s situationally versatile. Details are key on this fleece: gun metal zippers have an industrial feel contrasting with the light cream colour hue, as well as the chest pocket with velcro patch detail lending it a military edge.
Our second pick from Forét’s collection comes in the form of the Olive Roam Fleece Jacket. Cut like a classic bomber jacket, you won’t have trouble styling this with a pair of woollen trousers or heavy cords throughout winter for a casual look. With clean lines and high quality details, the Roam Jacket is an all-rounder of the highest order.
Satta’s mission is simple: to create stylish, high-quality clothing in a sustainable way. The Shitake Hemp Fleece Liner is 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton. As the name suggests, this piece is a liner, made to go under another garment. Having no collar, this warm fleece will go undetected until you decide it’s time.
Mfpen’s design ethos is rooted in the unreliable and often rough Scandinavian weather of Copenhagen, so where better to find your perfect fleece? Founder and designer Sigurd Bank’s dedication to unusual shapes, high-quality materials, and intricate details shine through in this one. Sitting somewhere in-between coat and fleece, the Atress Blouson is the perfect winter jacket. With two chest pockets and two front pockets, you’ll fit all your winter essentials in - lip balm, gloves, chocolate bar etc. The boxy fit is enhanced by the short body of the coat, which gives it a more casual look. That said, the sheer quality and finish of this piece mean it’s work-ready too.