It is always nice to see an item of clothing that is known to be comfy is having a fashion moment, and this is precisely what is happening with women’s fleece jackets. They have always been popular as a light jacket or as a layer under a coat, but they are now becoming super stylish. Generally, these types of jackets are lightweight but are fantastic at keeping you warm and comfortable, whether you’re going for a walk or are pursuing more adventurous activities. From the fashionable plush designs to traditional outdoor options, we have found the comfiest and warmest styles that you can wear for almost anything.
Columbia Benton Springs Fleece Jacket
This Columbia Women’s Benton Springs Full Zip fleece is a wildly popular bestseller on Amazon. Women love this style for the very low price, the warm comfy material, and the flattering fit. The Benton is known for its warmth and comfort despite being quite a lightweight style, probably due to its 100% polyester MTR filament fleece. Some of the outdoor recreation styles can get very pricey, so this is a very affordable alternative that has all of the features that you need in a highly functional jacket, including zippered pockets that are very durable as well as a sturdy front zipper that doesn’t catch.
Available from Amazon
Wubby Pullover from Thread & Supply
The Wubby Pullover from Thread & Supply is a favorite with a lot of folks on Instagram. It is often described as feeling like you are wearing a cloud due to the soft and cozy fleece that makes it perfect when the weather turns cold. It comes in a few different color options, including charcoal, indigo, smoke rose, and ivory (some colors are only available directly from Thread & Supply site). It has a quarter-zip closure, which seems to be slightly more stylish than the full zip options. The pockets are a kangaroo style that works well if you love to warm up your hands in your pockets. The material is 100% polyester with a 100% rayon lining, making it incredibly cozy and soft on both the inside and the outside. The design is slightly on the boxy side, which makes it a good option for layering. The other great thing about the Wubby is that it is extremely warm. Overall this is a stylish, warm, and fuzzy pullover that will help you get through the colder months.
Available from Nordstrom.com
Everlane The ReNew Fleece Full-Zip
Everlane’s ReNew Fleece Full-Zip is not only a stylish coat, but it has been sustainably produced since it is made from 100% recycled polyester that has been created from 40 renewed plastic bottles. This coat has a full two-way front zipper as well as zippered pockets. The relaxed fit is perfect for comfort as it allows for good room of movement, yet still looks modern and stylish. Like most Everlane products, this is a well made and well-designed garment that is excellent quality for a moderate price. The fabric is thick and soft and has all the advantages of fleece, but it doesn’t look like you are about to be taking a long hike in it. It only comes in two colors at the moment, black and oat, but they will work with most casual outfits.
Available from Everlane
The North Face Osito
The North Face Osito is a very warm and soft to the touch jacket that is a dream to put on and difficult to take off due to its supreme comfort. Since it is North Face, it is a performance fleece, so it is not surprisingly super warm yet quite thin. It is a bit pricey compared to other fleece options, but women who own this style find that it is worth the investment. This is a design that can function well as a layer or on its own as a plush coat. The pockets with zippers are perfect for keeping all of your valuables secure. The Osito is a super-soft option that is cozy, cute, and practical, although be aware that it does have a fairly prominent embroidered logo on the left chest as well as one on the back-right shoulder. The color selection is a little limited, but the colors are all beautiful.
Available from NorthFace.com
Uniqlo Women Fluffy Yarn Fleece Full-zip Jacket
The Uniqlo Women Fluffy Yarn Fleece Full-zip Jacket is a popular, inexpensive style that comes in lots of fashionable colors. If you are on the hunt for a fluffy jacket with a relaxed feel that won’t break the bank, this may be the jacket for you. The material is warm, and it has a classic stand collar that is great for keeping your neck warm if you close the full front zipper to the top. It is a plush jacket that is much less expensive than other brands and is a bit more stylish and fashionable. If you are looking for a slightly different color, these Uniqlo styles are one of the best places to start (currently, they are available in twelve colors.) This style also isn’t too bulky and is easy to layer.
Available from Uniqlo
L.L.Bean Sweater Fleece Full-Zip Jacket
L.L Bean has a couple of good options in the fleece jacket category. The L.L.Bean Sweater Fleece Full-Zip Jacket is their standard sweater style that is very similar to the Patagonia “Better Sweater” (see below) at a somewhat lower price. They also have the L.L. Bean Luxe Fleece Jacket that has a softer, more velvety feel to it that is similar to the much loved North Face Osito(listed above).
The regular Sweater design is a reliable option that will last forever that will keep you nice and warm over the winter months. It is slightly fitted and not boxy, so it makes a good under layer but not so great if you want to wear a thick layer under the sweater. It will fall at the hip on most women, so it isn’t a longer style and won’t cover your behind. It is pretty versatile since it can be worn both indoors and out and can be dressed up a little bit or dressed down as needed. The Sweater comes in ten colors, some very bold and unique. Some women find the label on the chest a bit too large, but it is easy to remove if it bothers you,
Both L.L. Bean options are known for having a flattering fit, being made of high-quality materials, and being warm. They also both have deep and roomy pockets, and the standup collars are excellent at resisting the wind.
Amazon Essentials Women’s Full-Zip Polar Fleece Jacket
The Amazon Essentials Women’s Full-Zip Polar Fleece Jacket is another great budget option that is perfect as a layer or a lightweight jacket. Some of the Amazon Essential products can be a bit hit or miss, but this jacket seems to be pretty popular for women who want a warm layer that and don’t want to have to pay for any expensive branding. This jacket is pretty similar to the Columbia Benton with features like a midweight material, a high collar, a full-zip front, and sturdy zippered pockets that are nice and deep. The only thing to note about this garment is that the sleeves are a little long, but they are easy to roll up.
Available from Amazon
Women’s Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket
Patagonia’s Better Sweater is one of the most well known high-quality fleece jackets going. It has been around for a long time and is one of the most expensive options. Some of the cost of the sweater is due to Patagonia’s sustainability and corporate responsibility policies concerning fair labor practices and safe working conditions in particular, so if you like to support companies that try to operate ethically, you may want to have a look at this brand. As far as sustainability, the Better Sweater is made of a midweight 100% recycled polyester fleece that has been dyed and processed in a way that is much less damaging than other options. The Better Sweater is a full front zipper design that is made to be somewhat fitted. The pockets are deep and warm, and this a popular style that is loved for hiking or wearing as a layer. It is known for being durable, soft, and warm.
Available from BackCountry.com
MegaFleece Half-Zip Hoodie
This MegaFleece Half-Zip Hoodie had a 20,000 person waiting list after it sold out last year. Women seem to love it for its warmth, durability, and great design. Despite looking like a fashion jacket, this hoodie is designed for outdoor physical activity, so it is sweat-wicking and breathable during rigorous outdoor pursuits. This is another piece that is sustainably made with its use of 100 percent recycled wool. It comes in five colors, including sunflower yellow, vine green, Himalayan sea salt pink, oatmeal, and black.
The MegaFleece’s fit is generally considered true to size, but it does have an oversized look, so you have to be a bit careful when choosing sizes. The many pockets on this sweater are deep and very functional for keeping all of your goodies, including the additional one on the sleeve. This is a jacket that is perfect for outdoor activities or indoor lounging.
Available from OutdoorVoices.com
J Crew Polartec® Fleece Half-zip Pullover Jacket
The J Crew Polartec® Fleece Half-zip Pullover Jacket is a super soft, thick, and very warm design that is made from fleece from Polartec (the company that invented the warm, cozy fabric). Polartec is a durable fabric that will hold up for a long time, even with frequent washing and wear. This J Crew style has a high neck for extra warmth and for keeping the wind out. The fit is relaxed but not oversized, so if you prefer oversized, you may want to consider going up a size, or if you wish to have a slightly tighter fit or to wear under coats, go down a size because the sleeves might be a bit bulky to fit under a jacket if you get your usual size. The zip pockets are roomy enough to hold phones or small wallets. The fabric feels like you are wrapped in a fuzzy blanket, but the cut of the jacket makes it surprisingly flattering for most body types. If you aren’t a fan of zippers, you can get it in a snap collar of this style.
Available from J. Crew
What to look for:
It is pretty easy to find a fantastic fleece that will hit all of the features that you need in this type of coat or layering piece. A couple of things to keep in mind when shopping are:
Pockets – Most designs will have a zipper on the pocket, which means you will be able to keep things like a cell phone or keys in them without falling out. If you put your hands in your pockets a lot, a non-zippered option maybe a little bit comfier as your hands won’t catch or scrape on the zipper.
Price – You can find a few fleece options for under $30 that work well for most activities, although fabric and zipper quality may be an issue. If you want good quality, several options in the $50 to $80 range will last for years and have sturdy, durable zippers. If you are looking for a performance style, you will probably want to check out North Face or the Patagonia Better Sweater® that can fall in the range of $150-$200 depending on the style you go for.
Colors– These days, you can get fleece jackets in almost any color imaginable. Some of the brands with the best range of colors include Uniqlo or L.L Bean.
Type of Material– Whether you want fuzzy, velvety soft, or more of a sweater like fabric, there is quite a variety of the kinds of fleece that you can get these days, especially with the fluffy options that are fashionable and available in lots of big brand stores like Gap or Old Navy.
Branding– If you don’t like branding on your clothes, you may need to be a little bit careful if you are shopping online as some of the outdoor recreation brands feature their logos fairly prominently on the designs. The L.L Bean is particularly noticeable, and some customers aren’t huge fans of that.
Hood– If you like a hood on your jackets, they aren’t too hard to find; you could try the Patagonia Women’s Performance Better Sweater® Fleece Hoody, the MegaFleece Half-Zip Hoodie, or the Uniqlo Women Pile-lined Fleece Long-sleeve Full-zip Hoodie.