Autumn wouldn’t be the same without crisp sunny days, hot chocolate, and, of course, a healthy helping of fleece. Extra snuggly and warm, fleece jackets are our favorite way to stay comfy and cozy when the summer temperatures start to take a dip toward winter. Unlike wool, women’s fleece jackets are never itchy and can be tumbled dry making them especially easy to care for. Whether you’re taking your first steps into the wide world of fall fleece or you’re a seasoned pro, here are our top picks for fleece pieces that every woman should have in her closet this autumn.
Fall can be a tricky season to navigate temperature-wise, especially if you and your family like to stay active all year long. You don’t want to lug a winter coat to a playdate knowing that you’re quickly going to overheat after chasing the kiddos around the playground after a half hour. But what if there’s a breeze or the kids don’t feel like running? You don’t want to get too cold either! A quarter-zip pullover fleece jacket is the perfect middle ground for days like this because they provide all of the warmth you need on the chillier days without being so heavy that you find yourself sweating buckets as soon as the sun comes out. Quarter-zip fleece pullovers are also easy to style with jeans for a casual day at the park, shorts or yoga pants for a morning workout, and leggings for a lazy weekend around the house, which will quickly make them one of your favorite pieces in your closet.
Every once in a while, you’re going to have to put your quarter-zip pullover aside for something a little more formal, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up fleece altogether! A fleece long coat is a chic and stylish way to bring your favorite lightweight yet cozy warm fabric with you on occasions when you need to dress up a little. Its cinch waist and flare bottom are designed to flatter your form and add a touch of elegance that a lot of outerwear pieces have missing. Like the quarter zip, the fleece long coat is incredibly versatile and can be dressed up for special occasions while also being a great companion to casual jeans, joggers, leggings, jeggings, and more. This kind of fleece jacket is especially great for bottoms that are thin or aren’t as warm because it provides a bit of coverage to the legs as well as your upper body. It’s like a winter parka, but you can save the insulation until the snow starts to fall for real.
While not technically a fleece jacket, we’d be doing you a disservice if we forgot to mention fleece vests! These are great for the tail end of summer when the weather hasn’t quite settled on a temperature yet or is still flipping between super hot Sundays and cold, dreary Mondays in the same week. Fleece jackets are also a must-have all year round if you work somewhere with an overenthusiastic air conditioner because they serve as a middle ground between throwing on a thick sweater and letting the cool air keep blowing on your neck as you work. In addition to being great for climate control, fleece vests are also chic, stylish, and easy to dress up into a ton of different looks. Match your favorite with a pair of tall boots, a women’s fashion scarf, and a mug of hot cocoa, and you’re ready for whatever fall throws your way.
If you’ve ever lived somewhere that occasionally dips below sixty degrees, no doubt you’re familiar with the trusty full zip fleece jacket. It’s a must-have in any cold-weather wardrobe because you can take it literally anywhere. Full-zip fleece jackets are easy to pack whenever you’re traveling or aren’t sure what the weather might have in store for you, can be layered over and under other pieces to create a whole range of outfits, and are also both easy to care for and super durable. My current right-hand jacket kept me warm all through college and the winters since, and only now is it starting to show signs of wear! At Lands’ End, choose from a wide variety of styles, fabrics, and colors to find the perfect women’s fleece jacket for you, or grab a few in a couple of different patterns and shades to make sure you have something warm and cozy to wear for every occasion. No matter the situation, you can’t go wrong with Lands’ End fleece.