Fleece: The retro menswear staple you need this winter

The unassuming piece is perfect for cold-weather layering

Sarah Young
Sunday 18 November 2018 14:24
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A garment most of us associate with dorky dads, dog walkers and Springwatch’s Chris Packham has come in from the cold to become one of this season’s must-have items.

Enter the unassuming fleece jacket.

It’s a wintry staple that’s not only eco-friendly but also a damn sight cheaper than cashmere.

The fabric is cosy yet lightweight, which is why it’s long been popular with fans of the great outdoors.

American brand Patagonia is behind the creation of the fleece, which it launched back in the 1980s as a means of improving on wool, which can often feel itchy and heavy when wet.

These days the label is producing more stylish takes on this sturdy favourite, as are Neighborhood, Carhartt and Penfield

In fact, in 2018 you’re more likely to spot a fleece jacket on fashionable kids than hikers and birdwatchers.

Adidas Originals, EQT Colour-Block Fleece Half-Zip Jacket, £100, Mr Porter

Why? Because it’s unpretentious, functional, comfortable and affordable.

It might have started out on the walking trail but the fleece jacket is actually a handy offshoot to the current hiking and technical outwear trend that has dominated runways.

Fallon Full-Zip Sweatshirt, £77, Carhartt

So, the trick here is to carry this thread through with a casual look of slim-fit jeans and heavy shirts and boots. And if you’re feeling brave you could also wear it under a blazer.

Oversized Fleeced Jacket, £69, Cos Stores
Nonnative, Hiker Polartec Wind Pro Fleece Zip-Up Sweatshirt, £325, Mr Porter
Men’s Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover, £120, Patagonia

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