Ladies fleece jackets, fleece pants, fleece pajamas and robes, and our comfy fleece throws are in high demand once the weather turns cold. No wonder, with all the benefits of this engineered textile.
I'm no fan of polyester, but I love my fleece pants.
My white fleece bathrobe is like wearing a cotton ball. What a delicious, luxurious feeling.
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On especially cold nights, I slept in these and then went to breakfast in them!
Casual womens fashion jackets often feature polar fleece. It also is a good alternative to wool and acrylic sweaters for women.
I don't get to wear my chocolate brown fleece pants enough during South Florida winters -- not that I'd trade living here for anywhere else. I love their soft, luxurious feel against my skin.
So let's take a look at fleece fabric, also known as polar fleece, what it is and why it’s special.
First, let’s understand that there at least three kinds of fleece – wool, cotton, and polyester.
Wool fleece that is spun into yarn and knitted or woven into woolen textiles.
Cotton fleece fabric comes from the cotton plant. The textile usually does not have that puffy-fluffy look that most of us have come to associate with fleece fabrics.
Organic cotton fleece fabric is available, too.
Then, there is polyester fleece.
Polyester comes from the same place as the gasoline that fuels your car – petroleum or oil.
Chemical processes refine the goo into synthetic thread. Science buffs may enjoy Woodward’s concise history and description.
SNV Plastics reports that the source of fleece fabric is recycled plastic bottles. It takes more than two dozen plastic bottles to make enough fabric for a garment.
Fleece fabric has overcome my resistance to polyester cloth by its array of benefits.
It does everything (okay, almost everything) natural wool fiber does, only better.
For example, fleece is as warm as wool but more lightweight.
I can eat all over myself while writing, and I can throw the garment in the washing machine. Dry cleaning is required for most wool and wool-blend sweaters for women.
Here are some good things attributed to fleece textiles:
- Highly breathable.
- Lightweight (also sold in mid-weight).
- Reists pilling.
- Hardy and can withstand industrial washing/drying.
- Virtually stain-proof.
- Easy to care for and clean.
- Resists color fading.
- Soft and comfortable.
One more benefit is that ladies fleece jackets may be a lot cheaper than buying a woolen sweater or jacket, if you don't insist on a name brand.
Who doesn't love saving money, especially for what my mother calls our "everyday, knocking-around-in clothes."
DiaperPin also discusses the wicking properties of the fabric – of interest not only to mothers diapering babies but anyone who is out shoveling snow, skiing, building a snowman, or any other various and sundry winter outdoor activities.
Fashion After 50 readers are old enough to remember soggy woolen mittens.
After I walked my dog during freezing Baltimore winter and sleet storms, it seemed as if every radiator in the apartment had a wool garment on it drying out for the next walk.
Ladies fleece jackets, fleece pants, fleece pajamas and robes, and fleece blankets avoid all that because of the wicking properties that make the fabric dry out more quickly, thus wicking sweat and moisture away from the body.
Ladies fleece jackets have joined the pantheon of choices for womens fashion jackets and are great casual-wear alternatives to sweaters for women.
There is one downside to polyester fleece fabric.
Breathability means that air may penetrate more easily.
This is overcome by garments with a nylon or knit fabric outer shell. Nylon is usually water-repellant so it's a good combination for outdoor active wear.
In summary, polar fleece fabric is one polyester engineered textile we can love.
Alternatively, you may want to consider a long sweater coat that spans the seasons with style. Or, you can investigate figure-flattering tips if you are buying a spring or fall jacket.
If you need something warmer, such as a winter coat, here's where to get started.