Statement fleeces are giving autumn leaves a run for their money as this year's most colorful seasonal accessory. Indeed, the bonfire of reds, oranges, yellows, and lingering greens are breathtaking, but so is the resurgence of 80s-era fleece pullovers we keep seeing everywhere. Whether it's while waiting in line at our favorite cafe or behind someone on the hiking trail, these vibrant sweatshirts are having a moment.
Lucky for us, retailers have quickly jumped on board with the trend, launching thousands of statement fleeces ripe for the picking. Of course, there's Patagonia's iconic Synchilla® Pullover ($129), which ticks off all of our boxes in terms of comfort, sustainability, and, most obviously, eye-catching design. But it's certainly not the only fleece to add to your flock. No matter your budget, color preference, or aesthetic, there's a vibrant pullover with your name on it. That way, even when those beautiful leaves do inevitably fall and everything goes gray, you're bundled up in brightness.
10 statement fleece pullovers to that are colorful *and* cozy
Available sizes: XS-XL
This Free People fleece comes in a whopping 13 fun color ways, making picking just one a Herculean feat. It’s a smidge on the slouchy side, cut with a wide bottom of the jacket that’s ideal for layering over thicker tops. The loud colors and patterns are the star, but the contrasting edging used tastefully along the pocket zippers and snaps add a thoughtful pop of color, too. The only thing holding us back from stocking our carts is the price tag, which is a bit on the pricier side but worth the investment nonetheless.
Available Sizes: XS- XL
Wave “hello” to your new favorite fleece. Billabong’s wavy beauty has everything you want in a plush pullover, including a kangaroo pouch, high mock collar, and snuggly sherpa fabric. The elastic-bound hem and cuffs keep cold air out, while the high-pile sherpa keeps you cozy.
Available sizes: XS-XXL
Patagonia’s iconic fleece pullover is iconic for good reasons. For one, it’s warm and cuddly the moment you put it on. It’s also sustainable, as it’s made from plastic water bottles and other, recycled Synchilla® jackets. And finally, the colors— If you’re trying to look like the laid-back, cool ski instructor, this is probably a great choice. Even the neutral colors like classic gray and dusky brown are elevated with a pop of color on the pocket and snap neck, giving it them “80s in Aspen” kind of vibe. As far as statement fleeces go, this model is a great option for people looking for a reliable, tried-and-true brand.
Originally $90, now $63
Available sizes: XS-2XL
In Septemer, REI joined forces with Outdoor Afro to launch a collab that celebrates diversity on the trails. One of its swoon-worthy pieces happens to be this vibrant fleece that’s zigging and zagging with color. Pattern aside, we love the details, like the zippered side vents and mesh-lined pockets. Even more is the message behind the fleece, which is to make everyone feel welcome in the Great Outdoors.
Available sizes: S-XXL
Cotopaxi always delivers when it comes to colorful, eye-catching items. This fleece is no exception. There are four different color ways to choose from, each blocked with a bold hue that simultaneously stands out and flows with the rest of the palette. The Abrazo is a great choice for people who really don’t love the warmth of fleece but love the statement look, as it’s significantly thinner and lighter than some of the other options out there. Still, it’s soft, eco-friendly, and guaranteed to get you plenty of, “Where’d you get that?”‘s in the grocery line.
Available Sizes: XS-XXL
If fluffy is your thing, here’s your fleecey BFF. The Extreme Pile Full-Zip from The North Face is quite thick and warm for people looking to insulate themselves a little extra this season, perfect for wearing alone or adding atop other layers for superb comfort when the weather dips.
It’s also a great choice if you want something that’s a bit more subtle, adorned in neutral colors that make it less in your face. There are also a few pockets on the fleece, though you can’t see them super well. If you like a visually uninterrupted jacket, the hidden pockets might totally benefit you.
Available Sizes: XS-XXL
For people looking for that bulky, chunky fleece to throw over their T-shirt on a cold day, this piece will do that—and deliver an extra boost of serotonin. The butterflies’ bright yellows, greens, and oranges are lined in black, adding more contrast with the soft creamy white of the fleece. As for details, there’s a front pouch pocket to put your hands inside or store extra items in case while you’re on the move. Additionally, purchases support environmental initiatives at national parks across the country—a win/win for everyone.
Available sizes: XS-XL in regular, petite, plus, and tall sizes.
Affordable? Check. Wonderfully warm? Check. Bright enough to stand out in a sea of black jackets? Double check. L.L. Bean’s fun fleece ticks off all our boxes in terms of affordability, quality, and design, making it a no-brained addition to your shopping cart. Unlike the others on this list, it actually uses two types of fleece: The upper is made from that signature, lamb’s ear-soft fleece you know and love, while the bottom half (which dons a kangaroo pouch) is actually made from a thicker, sweater-like material. Two types of fleece for double the warmth. Bonus: It comes in regular, petite, plus, and tall sizes, so you can find your custom fit
Available sizes: S-XXL
Another collab we’re drooling over comes from The Great and Eddie Bauer, which combines, “the spirit of California with the soul of the Pacific Northwest.” This soft pullover over comes in two colorblocked palettes: Nickel (above), which sports warm pinks, browns, and grays, and Lake, which dons a bright burst of blues, greens, and yellows. Both are adorable so good luck choosing which one you bring home.
Originally $80, now $63
Available sizes: XS-3XL
If you’re worried about getting separated from your friends on the slopes or on the trails this season, don’t—Gap has got you covered. Its neon sweatshirts are so bright, you can’t possibly be missed. The 80s are calling and wants its fleece back, which is too bad because we’re not letting this one go!
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