Normcore was the fashion buzzword a few seasons back, but it has since been replaced by other trending words. Like athleisure and grandpa fashion. But normcore is far from done. Those who thought it peaked with the socks-and-sandals frenzy will notice it has made a comeback. Just look at all the boilersuits, turtlenecks, mom jeans and — wait for it — fleece out there.
Yes, the fuzzy fabric of blankets and the faded pullover you reach for when you’re cold has gotten a fashion upgrade. Out of all of the things normcore and utilitarian to make a splash, no one expected the ultimate comfort fabric to become a coveted fashion pick. But in retrospect, there were signs. It started with fashion sweatshirts followed by hoodies. Next came teddy coats with their irresistibly nubby and cozy fabric. Now, we’re peak normcore with fleece half-zips and pullovers in a range of faux shearling and sherpa fleece fabrics.
Need further proof that fleece is still a thing? Well, both Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber were caught flaunting the same fleece piece from the MM6 Maison Margiela x The North Face collab.
Choose whatever fleece you fancy, but remember that ancient one you wear around the house won’t cut it. Here are 16 new (and unstained) fleeces that are just as cozy, but have more fashion appeal.