Fleece jackets are it. First of all, dressing for colder weather will always outdo dressing for warm weather. This is fact. Second of all, it means you get to wear things all day long that feel like straight-up blankets. Jackets included.
Fleece jackets are great because they are comfy—great for doubling as a pillow in a long car ride—and never constricting. They let you layer under (tees and hoodies, welcome) but are also an easy layer to slip off if you go inside. The durability of fleece means you don’t have to be delicate with it, the way you might want to be with a pricey parka or peacoat.
The comfy fabric does lean toward a more casual wear, but there are some easy ways to make it feel a little more dressed up (hint: maybe not paired with sweatpants). Some of the best fleeces are absolute classics. Many were made for the outdoors but do their job in any cold environment. Think: Patagonia, The North Face, Columbia, and L.L.Bean.
The real benefit of a fleece is the flexibility you have in choosing one that fits just the right temperature. It also is one of our favorites for building out a coat wardrobe that extends through light, medium, and heavyweights—one fleece of each is about as good as it gets. Here, we picked out 15 best fleece jackets men can’t go wrong with this winter.
Carhartt WIP Prentis Camo Fleece Jacket
Carhartt WIP’s fleece jacket is a mid-to-heavyweight that works pretty much all winter long. Wear it with jeans, boots, and layered over a hoodie.
Lululemon Fleece Back Soft Shell
Sometimes we need an all-out, heavyweight fleece jacket—and sometimes we just want one that’ll stay out of the way. Lululemon’s soft shell fleece is expertly lightweight and has a highly functional hood. Wear it for outdoor runs. Or not.
Uniqlo Fluffy Yarn Fleece Jacket
If you’re in the market for a good and cheap fleece jacket, head to Uniqlo. This fits and feels like an upgraded sweatshirt, allowing you to wade slowly into the pool of all that is fleece. Or, just grab one in a fun color for the hell of it.
Topman Shetland Coach Borg Fleece Jacket
You gotta love a fleece jacket that comes in at less than $100, and Topman is especially adept at that kind of price point. This one fits more like a trucker jacket, which is a good transition piece if you’re not into the less fitted fleeces quite yet.
Patagonia Retro-X Fleece Jacket
There are many a Patagonia fleece to choose from—and you can’t go wrong with any—but if you’re set on the basics, this is the best place to level up. The Retro-X fleece jacket is a heavier weight with a bit of an old-school feel, without looking bulky.
The North Face Dunraven Fleece Jacket
The North Face is another no-fail option, but we like this lightweight fleece jacket for in-between weather and for layering on extras. It’s a light-to-mid-weight, ideal for a mid or top layer.
L.L.Bean Sweater Fleece Full Zip Jacket
L.L. Bean has been a trusted source for all things active and adventurous for a hot minute, and any fleece piece from the brand will never let you down. A full-zip fleece jacket ensures that the fleece material will insulate heat, but also easily allows your body to cool off when the temperature rises.
Columbia Rugged Ridge Sherpa Fleece
Columbia’s sherpa fleece is the ideal piece for bringing on a ski trip. It can be your mid layer or top layer, and it’s got all the insulation you need to stay warm all day. Plus, that little mock collar does big work in keeping your neck covered.
The North Face Denali 2 Jacket
When it comes to an absolute classic, there is truly no single jacket more loved than The North Face Denali. Do us a favor and get a refresh. You won’t regret it.
Gap Reversible Fleece Jacket
Gap’s open secret is its knack for perfectly cozy lounge wear. This is basically a sweatshirt that you can wear over stuff.
Arc’teryx Covert Cardigan
Arc’teryx is the master of technical fabrics and fits that don’t feel too robotic. This jacket is aptly named a “cardigan” because its very slim fit sure feels like one. But the Alpenex fleece will keep you warmer than a sweater ever could.
Pendleton Deschutes Fleece Hooded Jacket
For the absolute perfect midweight fleece jacket with a hood, Pendleton to the rescue. Their sweaters, blankets, and jackets all belong cozied up near a fire. This one will most certainly do.
FourLaps Lead Reversible Sherpa Jacket
FourLaps is a performance-meets-everyday lifestyle kind of brand, making all their pieces highly practical. The inside is super soft and the outside is windproof and water-resistant.
Burton Hearth Fleece Pullover
Burton’s Hearth fleece is your best bet for a warm warmest Polartec fleece that still feels lightweight. This was made for the slopes, so it’s designed to strike the ideal balance between warm and breathable.
Aimé Leon Dore Fleece Jacket
Remember how we said you can wear a fleece to work? This is how. Get something cool, simple, and just a touch higher end. That’s the missing link between for the outdoors and something outdoor-esque.
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