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As top designers send them down the catwalk at LFW, how the fleece got fashionable


That fleeces are cosy and functional won’t surprise the dog walkers among us. But fashionable? Not a word that springs to mind when I think of the one my dad’s worn for the past 20-odd years.

Yet, somehow, this humble jacket has made the move from the dog walk to the catwalk. Yes, fleeces are having a fashion moment.

At London Fashion Week these past few days, Burberry and Chloe were among those to send a fleece-clad model down the catwalk. 

Actress Florence Pugh even wore one with open-toed boots, mini-skirt and oversized sunglasses to the recent Paris Couture Week, a move that, admittedly, raised a few perfectly plucked eyebrows — even if the oversized white fleece in question was an £890 number from French brand Patou, owned by fashion powerhouse LVMH.

She’s not the only A-list fan; Sienna Miller, Taylor Swift and model Kaia Gerber have all been seen out in fleeces in recent weeks. And now the trend is trickling down to the High Street, with John Lewis reporting that searches for oversized fleeces have jumped 15-fold year on year.

Actress Florence Pugh even wore a fleece by French brand Patou with open-toed boots, mini-skirt and oversized sunglasses to the recent Paris Couture Week

Actress Florence Pugh even wore a fleece by French brand Patou with open-toed boots, mini-skirt and oversized sunglasses to the recent Paris Couture Week

Chloe's autumn/winter 2023 show at Paris Fashion Week featured a model wearing a cream fleece paired with a brown leather midi and knee-high boots

Chloe’s autumn/winter 2023 show at Paris Fashion Week featured a model wearing a cream fleece paired with a brown leather midi and knee-high boots

Meanwhile, M&S’s colourful cropped Borg Printed Fleece jacket (£45) has been flying off shelves since its launch last month.

The fashion crowd prefer to call it ‘borg’, perhaps realising that it’s quite a leap for many of us to separate the word ‘fleece’ from the image of a pair of dad trainers and a bracing hike.

But while the growing popularity of the so-called ‘quiet outdoors’ trend (think stealth wealth’s love of tasteful neutrals meets the great outdoors) means more of us are willing to supplement our athleisure-wear with a fleece, Florence and co show that a fleece doesn’t have to be dressed down.

Chloe’s voluminous cream fleece — an eye-watering £3,680 — was gathered at the waist and worn with a caramel leather skirt, proving that you don’t have to don a camel coat to be chic and warm.

Sweaty Betty has a host of softly toned neutral options starting from £45, while Baukjen’s white fleece with black pocket costs £139.

Meanwhile, North Face’s Cragmont style, £62, which comes in multiple colours, offers a more elegant jacketed style with quilting and buttons.

Burberry's autumn/winter 2024 show at London Fashion Week featured an olive green fleece with three leather and silver buckles

Burberry’s autumn/winter 2024 show at London Fashion Week featured an olive green fleece with three leather and silver buckles 

The Burberry show also included a coat with a fleece lining in the British brand's signature check

The Burberry show also included a coat with a fleece lining in the British brand’s signature check 

Admittedly, polyester fleece is not the most eco-friendly choice.

However, there are recycled options, such as an £89.99 Adidas animal print number worn by Taylor Swift in New York last month, so you can be cosy with a clear conscience.

NOW SHOP THE TREND… 

Goodmove, £45, marksandspencer.com

Passenger half zip, £69.95, johnlewis.com

L-R: Goodmove, £45, marksandspencer.com; Passenger half zip, £69.95, johnlewis.com

Borg fleece,£104, boden.co.uk

Colourblock pullover, £118, freepeople.com

L-R: Borg fleece,£104, boden.co.uk; Colourblock pullover, £118, freepeople.com



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