The quarter-zip fleece may not be anyone’s idea of runway-ready fashion—and that’s precisely why we love it. This softer fleece jacket is functional, comfortable, and able to slide into nearly any outfit to offer that extra touch of warmth. Below are just a few of our favorite ways to wear this ultra-versatile piece.
After months of warm weather, it can be hard to shake off that jeans-and-a-tee uniform you’ve gotten used to. Fortunately, the quarter-zip fleece offers an easy way to keep rocking it into fall. Best of all, a quarter-zip can even dress up a casual graphic t-shirt by giving your entire outfit a more streamlined appearance.
Or you could dive straight into fall with the classic combination of a cozy flannel shirt and your easy chinos. You can wear the shirt and chinos for a sunny day of leaf-peeping or apple picking, and then toss on the cozy fleece once the temperature drops at night. The peek of a patterned flannel shirt below your fleece pullover can add some more visual flair to this simple outfit.
Not every outfit has to be so casual. You can add extra insulation to work looks by layering fleece over a dress shirt and a pair of dress trousers. The nature of the half-zip fleece can also keep the top of a tie visible, ensuring that things don’t get too dressed-down at your work setting.
Consider it a major layering hack when prepping for a morning of shoveling or an afternoon on the ski slopes (we hope it’s the latter). Before topping off your turtleneck with a winter parka or down coat, pull a fleece quarter-zip over your turtleneck. The zipper closure will allow you to layer over the turtleneck comfortably, and the turtleneck will keep the cold out and the warmth inside.
We fully endorse the lazy day. And there are few better ways to make a lazy day successful than staying in your pajamas past noon. We understand that even flannel pajamas are susceptible to a mid-winter chill, but you can offset that by throwing your fleece pullover over the matching nightwear ensemble.