Living in the unpredictable climate of the UK, a fleece jacket is one of the most valuable pieces of clothing you can own. Not only a perfect mid-layer in the depths of winter, you're sure to wear it as the season's transition and maybe even on a summer evening around a campfire. Comfortable, convenient and stylish, you'll wonder how you ever did without a snug, fuzzy fleece.
From long jackets to keep you extra toasty to stylish teddys, classic hoodies, and even half-zip to full zip options, we've created this buying guide to help you decide exactly what you're looking for. We've also included the ten best ladies picks available in a range of sizes from petite to plus size from excellent companies like Columbia and Adidas and sites like Amazon, John Lewis, ASOS and Decathlon. Time to get cosy!
If you enjoy training throughout the winter or like to wear active clothing that takes you from working out to running errands, a sports fleece jacket may be the one for you. Relatively light, often slim-fitting and easy to move in, a sports fleece is ideal for both exercising and wearing daily.
Sporty fleece jackets aren't usually warm enough to wear in the colder months without a coat, though, and they're not really camping-level cosy. However, for freedom of movement with a good dose of insulation, they get the job done!
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For camping, hiking or other types of outdoor adventures, you'll want to make sure you are wearing the cosiest, warmest and most comfortable fleece jacket you can find. Your fleece also needs to be roomy enough to easily take on and off, especially on chilly mornings and evenings in a tent!
It might be a good idea to choose a fleece that's cosy enough to be worn as an outer layer but can also be worn under a waterproof coat if it rains. Look for useful features, such as an easy-to-use zip, elasticated cuffs or a drawstring to tighten or loosen the jacket.
We all know by now that the key to keeping warm is layers! Make sure you have a nice jumper under your cosy fleece!
When it comes to fleece jackets suitable for day-to-day wear, there are many options to choose from depending on your style. Whether you prefer a cropped jacket, teddy fleece or something more like a coat, there's something for everyone in our top ten below.
Decide which style is for you by considering if you plan to wear your jacket as casual everyday wear or as a slightly more dressed up piece. Soft-hued pastel shades and fluffy fleece jackets are very in this season, especially when paired together!
When shopping for a fleece, it's essential to check it has the right level of insulation for your needs. Below, we've listed the most common levels and what each one is best for.
Hoods are a feature that can be relatively difficult to find on a fleece jacket, so you might want to decide if a hood is necessary before you set your heart on one. A hood can be a blessing in extremely cold temperatures, but often a hat or waterproof hood on an outer layer will suffice.
Cosy collars are much more common to find on fleece jackets and will often have either a round or high neck. If your fleece jacket is purely a style choice, you could consider a stylish spread collar, however, if warmth is what you're looking for, you can't beat a high neck to keep you toasty.
To choose the fleece that is the comfiest and most convenient, think about the type of pockets you would like. It may seem like a minor consideration, but pockets can make or break how much you will enjoy wearing your fleece!
If your fleece will be primarily worn as activewear, you might want to choose a small, "secret" pocket for your phone or keys, which is secure without being too bulky. If you like to have your hands in your pockets (especially if you forget your gloves), large side pockets would be ideal.
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of fleece jackets for women available and understand how our ranking was determined.
The North Face
CARE OF by Puma
Baffled Sherpa Fleece Jacket
Women's Warm Fleece Hiking Jacket
Women's Thor Fleece Jacket
Buteo Zip Fleece
Cragmont 1/4 Zip Printed Fleece Jacket
Curve Oversized Jacket With Pocket in Teddy Fleece
Fleece Jacket With Contrast Panel
Originals Sherpa Zip Through Fleece
Popcorn Borg 1/4 Zip Cropped Fleece
Zip Through Fleece Track Jacket
A Warm and Eco-Friendly Choice Insulated With 85% Recycled Materials
Breathable, Heat Retaining and Stylish at a Very Affordable Price
A Well-Made Jacket That’s Affordable and Durable With Anti-pill Technology
A Must-Have High-Quality and Durable Fleece for Outdoor Adventures
A Soft and Cosy Flannel Fleece With a Winter Design, Relaxed Fit and Funnel Neck
A Pretty in Pink Teddy Fleece in Plus Sizes From a UK-Based Brand
A Fashionable Jacket Featuring On-Point Contrast Fleece Panels and a Boxy Shape
A Classic Yet Relaxed Boyfriend-Fit Streetwear Look With Lightweight Insulation
A Fluffy, Fashionable and Fun Cropped Fleece With a High Collar and Elasticated Sleeves
A Comfort-First Fitted Track Jacket That’s Super Soft and Anti-pill
|Purpose||Outdoor, lifestyle||Outdoor||Outdoor, lifestyle||Outdoor, lifestyle||Outdoor, lifestyle||Lifestyle||Lifestyle||Lifestyle||Lifestyle||Sports, activewear|
|Pockets||Side pockets||Zipped pockets||Side pockets||Zipped side pockets||2 Side zip pockets||Chest pocket||Side pockets||No||No||Small, secret pocket|
|Size(s)||XS, L||XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL||6, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22||M, L, XL||XS, M, L,||18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28||4. 6. 18||XS, S, M, L, XL||XS, S, M, L, XL||8, 12, 14|
mybest UK product recommendations are reviewed and curated by our writers in-house. We focus on in-depth research and analysis of product reviews to carefully select the best products available for the best prices.
|Size(s)||XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL|
|Size(s)||6, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22|
|Pockets||Zipped side pockets|
|Size(s)||M, L, XL|
|Pockets||2 Side zip pockets|
|Size(s)||XS, M, L,|
|Size(s)||18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28|
|Size(s)||4. 6. 18|
|Size(s)||XS, S, M, L, XL|
|Size(s)||XS, S, M, L, XL|
|Pockets||Small, secret pocket|
|Size(s)||8, 12, 14|
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