It's official: fleece season has arrived and it's shaping up to be bitter! So get ahead of winter with a selection of ten cross-brand fleeces for 2019.
Just because it's time to layer up and brave the cold, it doesn't mean dress should suddenly become less pleasurable, and Pleasures apparel is exactly what it says on the tin. Their take on classic fleecing goes print heavy so you can let your inner jaguar out no matter what season it is. The North Face's Rage 94 collection celebrates an era of attitude and undeniable flair, so the fleece component of the collection is a masterclass in statement-making. Decked out in red and black, this one is one part luxe and two parts Sith.
Utility is in, but to be honest, it's unlikely it'll ever leave. Many classic fleeces come with three pockets, but EASTLOGUE x New Balance went for more and there is no denying that this softshell take on fleece is executed utility effortlessly. Much like The North Face, Patagonia are experts in the outdoors, and if there is one thing outdoor experts know how to execute, it's a killer fleece with a classic aesthetic. Autumn/Winter 2019 sees Patagonia welcome new colourways of the ever-popular Retro-X Fleece to bolster your armoury. Uniqlo and JW Anderson have adopted a similarly classic look with a focus on windproofing to maximise warmth without sacrificing style.
If you're the type of person that finds their fleeces sifting through vintage stores and surfing eBay, it's highly likely that you've got a strong rotation if half-zipped iterations of the neck-protecting build. Unfortunately, these next picks won't quite save your change like thrifted pieces will, but Napapijri, Polo Sport, and Nanamica each offer half zips for every occasion, in a choice of palettes applicable to everyday wear. The streetwear-savvy lot over at Stüssy offer up a selection that brings the beach home; so when you're kicking about in the cold, you can dream of worlds away. Rounding things off is a friendly reminder from Billionaire Boys Club EU that your buffalo check pieces don't need to be put away for Fall, with a reimagining of the classic fleece build as a heavy sherpa zip up shirt in a timeless black and red colouring.