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_shift picks: fleece jackets

_shift picks seven fleece jackets that deserve a spot in your winter wardrobe

It should come as a no surprise that the gorpcore trend has a chokehold on us and the fashion industry. Different aspects of the trend are popping up everywhere from high-fashion runways to streetwear and naturally the great outdoors. This time around were focussing on fuzzy, furry fleece jackets.

We can officially say that it is no longer only socially acceptable for bird watching dads and bosses of tech businesses to wear fleece jackets. The item has successfully infiltrated fashion establishing its ethos with wearers including Tyler, The Creator, plus Kendall Jenner and Pete Davidson at a New York Knicks game.

The fabric for fleece is pile, which refers to a fabric with loops, strands or tufts of yarn standing up. It originates from Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard, wanting to create a garment that was more practical and durable than wool, which was heavy, slow to dry, and difficult to clean.

After experimentation with fabric – including rumour has it stiff-backed polyester, which is intended for toilet seat covers – the pile sweater was born in the 1970s and became the new staple for mid-layer insulation.

The increased popularity, luckily for us, means there are many more options to chose from at varying prices. Do not be fooled by the many options from high-fashion and streetwear brands – the original outdoor brands, Patagonia and The North Face, are still great options for your first or next fleece purchase.

Here are _shift’s seven top picks for fleece jackets this winter.

Retro pile fleece marsupial pullover on PatagoniaPriced at £130 and available in three colours.

pack shot of a navy blue Patagonia fleece

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Fleece jacket on Uniqlo. Priced at £24.90 and available in nine colours.

pack shot of dark grey Uniqlo fleece jacket

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W’ Plains liner on CarharttPriced at £170

pack shot of camouflage printed carhartt tip fleece jacket

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Denali jacket on TNFPriced at £145 and available in four colours.

pack shot of the north face white fleece jacket

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Teddy sports jacket on HMPriced at £29.99 and available in two colours.

pack shot of hm black fleece jacket

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Falkville fleece on DickiesPriced at £95 and available in two colours.

pack shot of dickies fleece with orange and green print

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Fleece hoodie on ArketPriced at £69 and available in three colours.

pack shot of market blue fleece jacket

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