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The fleece jacket is a utilitarian style that’s synonymous with the great outdoors, and for good reason: this high-tech fabric is made for getting out there. It’s lightweight, warm and comfortable, and eliminates the need for bulky, clunky layers on a cold day. It’s also been begging for a stylish update for some time and—praise be—the fashion gods have delivered.
On the runway, fleece has been paired with everything from suede thigh-high boots to silk slip dresses, a sartorial demonstration that this fabric’s versatility goes well beyond the ski slopes. Street-style stars like Hailey Baldwin and Caroline de Maigret have put their own personal spin on the buzzed-about outerwear, showing that it’s just as much at home in the front row at Fashion Week as it is on the hiking trail. It’s this boundary-free nature of fleece that gives it major appeal in 2018, as it’s the kind of go-to staple that will be with you every which way your busy life takes you.
UNIQLO is a long-time purveyor of fashionable fleece, and offers several styles ideal for a Canadian wardrobe. Take their monochrome fluffy fleece jackets, which incorporate a long pile and wide sleeves for a relaxed feel that’s more teddy bear than trekker. For an elegant take on the trend, the new range also extends to fleece sweaters that merge seamlessly into your go-to outfits. For those extra-cold days, UNIQLO has also combined fleece with their signature HEATTECH technology, a legendary bio-warming and insulating textile designed to actually generate heat. And like all of their legendary elevated basics, UNIQLO’s fleece pieces are available in a variety of colours and silhouettes, giving you endless options to style in your own distinct way.
As with any new trend, the key to updating fleece is infusing it with your individuality. Consider it the perfect building block for your wardrobe, as relevant and fashionable as it is practical. Fleece can be dressed down with your favourite statement sneaker, jeans, and graphic tee, or elevated over a spaghetti-strap dress and heels for a night out. Comfort is key when it comes to surviving the winter, and that no longer means sacrificing your sense of style. A new fleece ticks all the boxes and is sure to keep you feeling warm and fuzzy all year long.