Game-Changing Jackets and Free Agent Fleece

Before you become attached to your fleece jacket, consider the consequences of wading deeper into the athleisure mainstream.  Although a fleece jacket is warm and comfortable, it’s ubiquitous.  A fleece doesn’t ask much from you, only that it be surrounded by team players like running shoes and sweatpants.  Before you know it, a fleece jacket is calling the shots on your style.  It’s not too late to gain the competitive advantage with a stylish alternative like a “high pile” fleece bomber or a hooded blazer.

Wrap yourself in plush warmth with this high-pile fleece jacket that's minimally detailed and made from recycled fibers. Frame.

Find a new teammate who has higher expectations of you.  Ditch the dowdy fleece for a fashion-forward design that’s more ambitious, like the Rory jacket by Anine Bing.  This year, fleece is a free agent, so try on the fleecy bomber from Allsaints, or a fleece shirt-jacket by Reiss that will out-perform your flannel shirts.  You’ll immediately feel the difference between the lofty High Pile Fleece from Frame and an ordinary fleece jacket.  For a real game-changer, try the Hooded Drape Blazer from Theory featuring a stylish silhouette with sporty accents, or Pendleton's durable Canvas and Fleece jacket in forest green.

Casual Friday meets Monday-morning meeting like you've never seen in a style-mixed topper that will have you working for the weekend. Front zip closure Drawstring hood Shawl collar Ribbed cuffs Front welt pockets. Back vent. Alice + Olivia.

The brand's popular Rory style gets a cozy update in a wool-enhanced high-pile fleece and has all the utility features (yes, pockets) that keep this a fave. Anine Bing.

A speckled herringbone design brings warmth to this woolly silk-enriched blazer shaped with an asymmetric side closure. Anine Bing.

An elegant herringbone knit elevates this bomber jacket featuring front patch pockets and a uniquely tiered hem. Apiece Apart.

Treat your shoulders to this sumptuous jacket made from a fluffy faux fur fabric and finished with classy tortoiseshell buttons. Vince.

Change up your look in this sporty reversible bomber jacket designed in a duo of lively prints and finished with comfy ribbed trim. Scotch & Soda.

A study in stylish perspective, this wool-blend jacket makes a modern statement with an abbreviated length balanced by wide-set lapels. Allsaints.

Crafted from a soft woolly blend, this warm jacket features plenty of pockets and easy front snaps.Allsaints.

A dual satin and high-pile fleece finish add stylish appeal with an easy-to-layer fit that keeps you warm while looking oh-so-cool. Allsaints.

A wool-kissed fuzzy texture ups the cozy factor in this casual shirt jacket you'll wear all throughout the between season. Reiss.

Made with a good dose of virgin wool for warmth, this heritage-check coat is made with a curved hem that scoops lower in back for park-bench coverage.Woolrich.

Slip into this jacket for its soft faux shearling feel, trendy contrast trims and convenient side pockets for keeping hands warm. Polo.

Expertly constructed from Italian cotton with silk-lined sleeves, this classic bomber jacket features a stand collar and oversized front pockets. Front zip closure with snap storm placket Stand collar. Long sleeves with snap cuffs. Front snap-flap patch pockets. The Row.

Contrast trims and a logo bedecked zipper pull lend modern detail to this cloud-soft bomber jacket that is perfect for the layering seasons. Moose Knuckles.

Layer up in this color-block bomber jacket that features quilted panels and sleeves knit from extrafine merino wool for added warmth. Rag & Bone.

The perfect seasonal transition piece, this cotton jacket is accented with quilted yokes, a corduroy collar and flap pockets for a put-together rugged look. Nili Lotan.

Plush high-pile fleece contrasts with a diamond-quilted front panel on this chic and cozy coat featuring a slightly oversized fit and front patch pockets. Maje.

This layer-ready jacket is soft both inside and out with its cozy high-pile fleece construction and chic corduroy trim.Barbour.

Durable quilted canvas pairs with cozy fleece in a zip-front jacket just right for a country stroll. Front zip closure. Pendleton.

Stay warm throughout the cool-weather seasons in this fluffy faux fur fleece jacket finished with a silky lining and a contrast patch pocket on the chest. Barbour.

Crafted with plush high-pile fleece and down insulation, this puffer jacket has the style and warmth to see you through season after season of cold weather. Mackage.

A drawstring waist customizes the fit of this sporty blazer topped with a roomy hood. One-button closure Attached hood Drawstring waist Front flap pockets. Theory.