How Fleeces Went From Campsite To Cool

With the winter weather fast approaching, now seems like the perfect time to invest in outerwear. Thankfully, there is one garment that works perfectly for rambling in the great outdoors (and it just so happens to be the perfect companion for snuggling on the sofa too). So, what is this mystical concoction of warmth and comfort, you ask? The humble fleece, of course.
You might associate a zip-up fleece with that wet weekend you went camping with Guides but the material has had a massive overhaul in recent years. Hype kids and Insta baes in all corners of the internet have fallen for the fleece, which combines '90s nostalgia with our love for practical, long-lasting pieces.
Designers have also been instrumental in the revival over the last 18 months. The MM6 by Maison Margiela x The North Face collection experiments with shape and texture to deconstruct the renowned Denali jacket. Bringing together recycled Sherpa fleece with a circle silhouette, the result is an oversized modern interpretation of a much-loved classic. Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber are even fans of the design, giving fleeces the It girl seal of approval this season.
Whether you prefer a vintage iteration or a new wave take on the campsite classic, there's a fleece to suit every type of shopper this winter. Click through the slideshow ahead to discover the best zip-up and pull-on fleeces on the market...
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