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Fleece clothing is one of the warmest things you can add to your winter wardrobe. But is it worth sacrificing style? Now you won’t have to. Take a look at our round-up of the best looking fleece clothes available this season!

 


Fleece Clothing

Written By: Niki Landry


 

The general perception of fleece clothing is the extra-thick pile fabric in the form of a vest or pullover worn casually during outdoor activities–usually not the picture of style or high fashion.

Over the years, the look and feel of fleece clothing has been refined, along with a shift in more stylish athletic clothing trends, making it easier to source good looking fleece pieces. To aid in the shopping process, below is a compilation of the best fleece clothing, both fashionable and functional, that online shops have to offer.

Why do travelers like fleece? It’s light and warm with quick dry properties; fleece is a smart and popular synthetic choice for outdoor or athletic travel enthusiasts. This durable performance material is usually worn as a mid or outer layer in colder destinations. The light weight makes it easy to layer (and pack) without sacrificing insulation and warmth.

Take a look at our top picks!

 

Accessories

 

Earflap BeanieFunnel-Neck Scarf / Wool Hat

 

The colder it is outside, the more coverage you need. Those are the times when hats, gloves, and scarves become more than a fashion statement.

A fleece-lined beanie is a great way to keep your ears and head warm while showing a little personality in your winter outfit. A cable knit exterior or a fun ear-flap style are both ways to upgrade a simple fleece hat. Patterned scarves are another way to improve your basic fleece accessory.

 

Here are more stylish winter accessories!

 

Pullovers

 

Vortex Half Zip / Funnel-Neck Pullover Plus / Convertible Neckline Tunic

 

When it comes to staying warm in the winter, fleece is a favorite material for lightweight outerwear. Lately, it’s easy to find fleece clothing with a more subtle pile and therefore a more streamlined look. These stylish pullovers are perfect examples of fleece in more modern shapes and cuts.

The quilted sleeves and offset zip on the Athleta top are two details that help upgrade the pullover. Generally, pullovers have a sporty feel, great for hiking and skiing, but a few of these selections would easily transfer over to casual daywear.

 

Use thermal underwear underneath and never feel a winter chill!

 

Bottoms

 

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Fleece Joggers / Fleece-Lined Tights / Nike Tech Fleece

 

Fleece pants are often associated with lounging and relaxing around the house, and they don’t usually make it into travelers’ packing lists. That being said, they do have their place. (Read: How to Stay Warm in Cold Weather)

If you work out on the road, fleece bottoms can double as sleep pants and training gear. They can also work well for low-key retreats or relaxing winter vacations. Fleece-lined leggings, on the other hand, are a useful layer for any snowy or extra-cold destination. Layer them under your pants to keep your legs warm and toasty during your trip.

 

Our readers LOVE these fleece leggings. Find out what other leggings they love!

 

Jackets

 

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Sportswear RallyWool Blend & Knit Jacket / Slacker Poncho

 

Similar to the pullover, an updated fleece jacket can be a versatile and lightweight addition to your packing list. These six styles offer alternatives to the typical zip up fleece jacket.

Fitted silhouettes, longer lengths, offset button closures, high collars, and quilting are all details that take these pieces to the next level.

 

Take a look at these fleece travel jackets!

 

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Vortex Jacket / Martina Jacket / Fleece Coat

 

These pieces still have the functional aspects expected of fleece, but offer a little more in the style department. These quality jackets don’t come cheap though, so shop smartly and select pieces that fit your travel style, budget, and needs.

 

Need something waterproof? Here are the most stylish travel raincoats!

 

Cardigans

 

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Star Valley Wrap / Aerie Cardigan / One-Button Cardigan

 

If you’re looking for a less structured fleece, these cozy and warm cardigans are a casual alternative to jackets. The relaxed fit makes for an easy addition to simple jeans and t-shirt travel outfits.

The extra coverage is nice to layer over leggings on long travel days. They’re also a great choice for trips without many athletic activities, where ease of movement isn’t a concern.

 

Need a coat? Here are six styles to wear over your fleece layers!

 


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Author Bio: Niki is an interior designer and artist from Louisiana. In addition to her design work, she writes for local and online publications sharing her experiences and passion for travel. Niki is currently adding stamps to her passport while building her design practice, Niki Landry Designs.


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