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Three ways to wear fleece this season

Three ways to wear fleece this season

A fleece used to be something your gran would give you at Christmas while finger-wagging at you to ‘stay warm’. More recently it was adopted as the uniform of tech bros worldwide. Needless to say, it hasn't had the edgiest reputation in recent decades, but the 'gardening dad' staple has proven to be a comeback kid of late (with the blessing of style big shots like A$AP Rocky and Shia LaBeouf), and we’re all for it. In fact, we’ll go so far as to say you should be wearing it. Not just because it’ll keep you damn warm (your gran was right all along), but also because its a low-key style hero. 

Despite the misleading name, fleece has nothing to do with sheep. It is, in fact, a moisture-resistant synthetic fabric made of polyester fibres that traps body heat. While being super lightweight, fleece offers teddy bear-level comfort and warmth – a much-appreciated benefit in colder climes. If that isn’t enough to sway you, here’s three ways to wear it this season.

A classic zip-through jacket

The traditional way to wear fleece is in jacket form. An easy, throw-on piece that works with casual ensembles and outdoorsy garb, a fleece jacket will keep you ridiculously warm come wintertime with its heat-trapping design. Whether you’re walking the dog in the park or bundling up on Christmas morning, a fleece jacket can offer an extra layer for every casual occasion. Fleece is inherently casual and so gives you a bit more leeway to experiment with colour. Here we’ve gone for a cream hue, but feel free to mix things up with rust orange, brown, or green.

A gilet (or vest)

No longer governed by tech and finance guys, the fleece gilet has been returned for our enjoyment. “A fleece gilet is a strong layering move,” says Thread stylist Alexander McCalla. “Wearing fleece is all about understanding the function of it. It’s all about keeping you warm, and a fleece gilet in between your layers does exactly that.” Here, the look isn’t as classic. The gilet is paired with cargo pants and a vibrant outer layer to tap into a cool, streetwear-inspired aesthetic – proving that fleece is more versatile than you may think. 

A warmer sweatshirt

Although fleece is generally quite casual, this doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with smarter styles. If you’d like to tackle smarter looks with fleece, stick to more versatile shades like navy, so that you get more wear out of it. A plain sweatshirt in a fleece material can add a more relaxed feel to dapper check trousers and a structured overcoat. And, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, wear it over a roll-neck jumper for the most stylish cold-weather armour you could want.

Words: Ashiana Pradhan
Photography: Jamie Stoker
Styling: Alexander McCalla