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Pile it on: fleece is Autumn Winter 18’s most unexpected trend

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Nope, it’s not just for hiking anymore

You thought fleece was just for muddy weekend hikes, right? The cosy, comfy base layer you don under your waterproof, and swiftly remove on entry to the pub post dog walk. But not any more. Fleece is the season’s most unexpected trend revival – and it’s the fastest way to look like you know your stuff this autumn. The utility fabric was seen on the Autumn Winter 18 runways at Lacoste, Tom Ford and Maison Kitsuné, and has played a large role in the ongoing trend for outdoors-inspired clothing. Versatile, warm and great for layering, it’s a fabric that’s surprisingly easy to insert into your wardrobe this season. Here’s six ways to wear it well.

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CMMN SWDN ‘Sergey’ oversized fleece shirt jacket

Lumberjack shirts are a style perennial on the menswear scene come autumn. For Autumn Winter 18, the design duo behind CMMN SWDN have upsized its typical silhouette with this oversized shirt jacket, and reimagined it in an outdoorsy mix of fleece, mohair and alpaca. Sounds cosy, right? Style it with this season’s utility trousers, minimalist white trainers and a simple white tee.

£285, shop now

AMI zip-up fleece sweatshirt

AMI is one of our go-to labels for understated French style. This season, they’ve given the fleece trend their usual makeunder with this deceptively simple zip-up sweatshirt. But be under no allusions: this sweatshirt will slot seamlessly into your wardrobe this season, and is ideal for layering over chinos, and under heavy winter coats, like the Massimo Alba number below. The navy and black palette is an especially stylish addition.

£275, shop now

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Massimo Alba double-breasted fleece coat

You can count on Italian label Massimo Alba to execute a super-luxe take on the fabric of the season. This impeccably cut coat is high on our wish list for this winter, and the fact it’s crafted from weighty wool-fleece makes it even more covetable in our eyes. Made in Italy, it’s an investment piece – but one that more than lives up to the name. Wearing it with Army Surplus boots and a Breton-striped sweater gets our vote.

£1,300, shop now

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And Wander ‘High Loft’ polar-fleece jacket

As the name suggests, And Wander is a brand focused on creating high-spec outdoors clothing for adventurous men. However, we reckon this statement two-tone fleece jacket can easily be worked into your urban wardrobe, too. Made in the label’s native Japan, it has a slim fit and a zipped high neck, plus reflective panels – great as the evenings draw in. Wear under a khaki quilted bomber, for an of-the-moment take on this season’s trend for layering tactile materials.

£358, shop now

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YMC fleece jacket

Take inspiration from the motto behind YMC – which stands for ‘You Must Create’ – with this shawl-collar jacket. In this season’s must-have burnt orange hue, the jacket is ideal for building outfits in creative ways. Layer it over a chore jacket now, and under your winter overcoat when temperatures take a plummet – just make sure to leave the front open, for that pop of orange.

£170, shop now

Barena Venezia ‘Ori’ fleece short coat

A cold-weather take on the chore jackets that dominated our summer wardrobes. For Autumn Winter 18 Venetian brand Barena Venezia have lent the style a more contemporary, cropped silhouette with this ‘Ori’ coat, adding simple button fastenings and a classic point collar. However, the biggest takeaway from this piece is its fabric: cut from cosy teddy fleece, it’ll look equally great over a chunky rollneck and navy tapered chinos as it will layered under one of this season’s sporty anoraks.

£295, shop now