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While some are slightly questionable, there are items from your dad’s wardrobe (chunky sneakers, practical fanny packs) that deserve to be seen, and fleece is one of them. You might associate it with outdoorsy adventures — mountaineering outfitter Patagonia helped develop the first-ever fleece prototype, FYI — but right now it’s the cozy fabric for chillier days. To steer you away from full-on geography school trip, follow in the footsteps of these guys for some get-up inspiration…
Street-styler in fleece hat

Picture: Rex Features

Clash act

There’s so much going on here, we’re not sure which element we love the most. Let’s start with the textures: that super-soft fleece jacket is the stuff of chill-proof dreams, while the fuzzy hat works just as hard to add warmth. Next, we see a check clash and we’re enjoying it — go for different sizes and colors to really make an impact. Light up the look with a neon belt and you’re ready for the season ahead.
White fleece tracksuit

Picture: Rex Features

Double down

Taking a head-to-toe approach, this dude is clearly a fleece aficionado. And let’s face it, is there anything more comfortable or easier to wear than a tracksuit? Just in case there was ever any danger of this ‘fit looking a bit like your cozy pajamas, note the taping and matching trainers for a hint of athleisure. We spy an emergency-orange tote bag slung over the shoulders too, and we’re into it.
Black fleece jacket with shirt and tie

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Smart/casj dress code

High-low dressing has been around since, well, forever, and it’s just the trick for making your fleece piece relevant again. Get yourself a pair of baggy, smart pants and do the whole suit-and-tie thing up top, with an oversized, zipped fleece jacket as your outer layer of choice, then maximize on warmth with a funnel neck. The '90s-style white sneakers and the sleek bag balance each other out nicely too.
Bright fleece with bum bag

Picture: Rex Features

Block party

This fella knows he’s onto a winner with this bright color clash. His eye-catching yellow fleece looks great on a drab winter day, with its toggle hem offering a sporty take on things. The best part? His purple pants are served up in FW18’s equally-as-important fabric: corduroy. The printed layer peeking out underneath breaks up the blocks of color, while the cross-body bag keeps the sportswear thing going. Very nice.
Leopard-print fleece bum bag

Pictures: Rex Features

Necessary accessories

Sitting on the fence with fleece? A subtle way to dip your toe into the trend is via your accessories. Case in point: this fuzzy, leopard-print cross-body number. Props to this guy for making it clash with his tailored check coat and smart charcoal pants too. We’re all for the plus-ones for this look too — the cap and sneakers are most welcome.