Join me on a quick trip to fall 2007. The orange enV is the hot phone everyone wants. Regular paparazzi muses are still wearing cleavage-y dresses on top of jeans. The decision to wear one’s Uggs rolled or unrolled causes the occasional existential crises. And one fashion item reigns supreme: North Face’s zip-up fleece.
Not unlike myself, or so I’d like to think, fleeces have finally had their long overdue glow up in recent seasons. At the forefront of the fleece renaissance has, of course, been industry favorite Sandy Liang, who was the first to readopt the fuzzy staple back in 2015. (Though it wasn’t until SS19 that the designer’s creations skyrocketed in popularity.)
Considering the long, strange, sad, surreal loop that is 2020, it comes as no surprise that the fashion world’s collective love for fleece is running stronger than ever. Everyone could use something cuddly and warm-feeling right now.
In case you too are still saving up for your dream Sandy Liang jacket, I have good news: Amazon Essentials quietly unveiled a sherpa-lined fleece zip-up at the end of last year that’s now growing a small cult-following. It’s finally back in stock in nearly every size of its six color variations now.
The aforementioned $30 Polar Fleece-Lined Sherpa Zip-Up currently has 900 ratings and counting, with an average rating of 4.5 stars. Reviewers praise the fleece for its comfiness and feel, with many mentioning that it looks more expensive than its price tag. One purchaser’s review is even headlined as “BETTER than Patagonia!!”
“It is so warm and so soft,