If you thought fleece was just for muddy weekend hikes, then you’re in for a big surprise. A growing trend over autumn and winter, fleece jackets and jumpers are having quite a moment – and it’s the fastest way to look like you know your stuff this spring. The utility fabric was seen on the Spring Summer 19 runways at Christopher Raeburn, Prada and Ami, and has played a large role in the ongoing retro activewear revival. Versatile, warm and great for layering, it’s a fabric that’s surprisingly easy to inject into your wardrobe this season, too. Here’s six of The Jackal’s favourite fleece pieces.
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 while evenings remain dark and gloomy. Wear under a khaki trench, for an of-the-moment take on this season’s trend for layering tactile materials.
Aimé Leon Dore fleece jacket
Go full retro with this streetwear-inspired fleece from Aimé Leon Dore. The brand’s founder, Teddy Santis, draws inspiration for his line from the music and street culture in Queens, where he grew up in the ’90s. This jacket is a toned-down example of Santis’ interpretation of the look in his colourful spring collection, and would look sharp under a bomber jacket this spring.
PS Paul Smith half zip fleece
Another designer taking inspiration from vintage sportswear (I sense a trend here) is Paul Smith. In an eye-catching retro colour block design, this half zip fleece jumper is an easy way to make your wardrobe look as fresh as possible this season. Pair it with cuffed drawstring waist trousers and white Common Project sneakers, for an slicker take on the athleisure look.
Chimala fleece bomber jacket
In terms of craftsmanship, it doesn’t get much better than Chimala. The cult brand is renowned for its skilled artisans, who artfully distress denim and stitch fabric in their workshop in Japan. This bomber jacket is a prime example of what it does best: vintage workwear, reimagined for the 21st century. It comes in textured grey fleece with contrasting trims, and also features a lightweight canvas lining, for an invisible layer of extra warmth on chilly spring days.
Patagonia ‘Retro Pile’ fleece jacket
One of the breakout stars of the fleece revival, a Patagonia jacket has become a must-own item for spring 2019. If you can’t dig out your old one (authentic vintage is always a win), then this deep pile jacket will put you on the street style map. Made from Fair Trade-certified fleece, the jacket will look great layered over a plain white t-shirt, cuffed selvedge denim and hiking boots.
Pilgrim Surf + Supply ‘Hayes’ reversible gilet
In times of unpredictable weather, light layers make your life a whole lot easier. This reversible gilet (fleece on one side, nylon on the other) is ideal for throwing on under anything that needs a little extra warmth – your trenchcoat, or denim jacket, perhaps. It’s from Brooklyn-based brand Pilgrim Surf + Supply, which specialises in practical-yet-stylish solutions to changeable weather conditions. Just as good for treading the streets of London as it would be on a chilly Cornish beach, surfboard in hand.