It’s true that trends rotate like there’s no tomorrow, but I don’t think anyone in the industry could have predicted the mammoth resurgence of fleecewear, not even us. In recent years the fuzzy, textured material has transcended out of its roots as a rustic, function-first fabric and into the arms of the globe’s most stylish folk. With big-name brands like Folk, Rains and Patagonia all burrowing in deep dwellings of fleece this season, there’s ample scope to refresh your wardrobe with this insanely cosy polyester.
But, if perhaps, you still need to be persuaded that fleece is more mainstream these days, and no longer only reserved for seasoned ramblers and dearest Grandpa, the below looks may be the gentle nudge you need to finally invest in some fleece fits.
Read on to discover how to wear fleece…
Patagonia is a brand that has boasted strong ties with fleece for generations, this is mostly thanks to its popularity as an outdoor brand. While some of you may be getting back to nature in Patagonia garms, you also wouldn’t look out of place wearing a fleecy Patagonia style in the cityscape either. This is the beauty of fleece and its modern-day evolution. We’ve chosen to keep things fairly basic with this Patagonia fleece look; pairing it with green cargo pants ensures the ensemble is suited to alfresco settings, amplifying the rustic rambler aesthetic from which fleece originated.
Next, C.P. Company is on hand to demonstrate how to wear fleece, and prove that the fabric can indeed see you through many an urban pilgrimage. The Italian label’s signature arm lens silhouette is married with soft pile to provide a tactile, terrace-approved interpretation of the fleece trend. The silhouette’s neutral tone makes this piece immensely versatile. We’ve chosen to assemble the garment with a tonal C.P. Company Cross Body Bag and navy cargo pants. Although you could pair anything with this style and still look on point.
Famous for providing style without the drama, British menswear label Folk throw their refined design cues at the fleece trend for AW21. Crafted from fluffy teddy fleece, the Folk ‘Puzzle’ silhouette takes the crown where softness is concerned. Available in oak and slate melange colourways, this piece opts for a classic bomber collar, raglan sleeves and two roomy front pockets. If you’re an advocate for the concept ‘less is more’ this piece will promote it all day long. For a truly nonchalant look, reach for a Norse Projects baseball cap, a plain white tee, and turned-up chinos.
If layering is your thing, get acquainted with the latest Rains collection. The Danish label has turned their attention to liners in recent years and the final results are very impressive, we’ve got to admit. The Rains Fleece Vest, which is currently available at Aphrodite in olive and black, can be pulled over a range of garments, be it a t-shirt, sweatshirt, or lightweight jacket. It can even slide under a jacket too, maximising warmth from the inside out, as opposed to the usual external format. We’ve coupled up a black vest and a black sweatshirt here which almost merges the two items to appear as one. A grey beanie, soft sweatpants and classic adi’ runners render this outfit perfect for winter strolls.
Last but by no means least, the Belstaff Herne Full Zip Fleece takes the spotlight to help us identify how to wear fleece. Depending on the occasion, you could wear this piece as a standalone jacket or double up on layers, situating this piece underneath a bulkier jacket for extra insulation. Out of all the fleeces we’ve highlighted in this feature, we would confidently say that the Belstaff Herne Fleece fits the bill where luxury is of the essence. The fleece is plush, articulated with tonal nylon paneling and it’s fitted with the brand’s iconic Phoenix logo. Turn up your jean cuffs and slide your feet into some sturdy footwear, like the Danner Bull Run Boots, and head out on a plethora of pursuits.
With a bounty of brands up for grabs, and a variety of fleece numbers primed to browse, what are you waiting for? Put your style to the test and demonstrate to your peers how to wear fleece.