‘Like a hug from a teddy bear’: Amazon’s $26 fleece vest is the cozy, versatile layer everyone needs

Kristine Solomon
·4 min read

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The Amazon Essentials Polar Fleece Lined Sherpa Vest is so cozy you'll never take it off. (Photo: Amazon)
The Amazon Essentials Polar Fleece Lined Sherpa Vest is so cozy you'll never take it off. (Photo: Amazon)

When the temperatures really start to drop, it’s hard to find a coat that can stop the chill from creeping in. Bundling up properly for winter weather requires more layers than a birthday cake.

Amazon has made our wish come true with the ultimate piece that’s so versatile, you can wear it under a jacket, over or any way you like. The Amazon Essentials Polar Fleece Lined Sherpa Vest can be easily packed in a bag too, as a just-in-case layer.

This beloved vest has been one of Amazon’s best-sellers for weeks now, and we’ve had our eye on it the entire time. It keeps racking up positive reviews for its flattering fit, ultra-soft sherpa fleece construction, and deep pockets (show us someone who doesn’t love built-in storage).

The Amazon Essentials Polar Fleece Lined Sherpa Vest is right on trend too. The teddy bear fleece movement started on the runways a few years ago, and it’s finally made its way into our closets at prices we can afford. If you haven’t gotten your hands on teddy bear fleece yet, a.) you’re missing out big time, and b.) you have nothing to lose by sinking $26 or less into this fluffy vest as a trial run.

Amazon Essentials Polar Fleece Lined Sherpa Vest

Amazon's sherpa vest comes in fun colors, patterns, and neutrals. (Photo: Amazon)
Amazon's sherpa vest comes in fun colors, patterns, and neutrals. (Photo: Amazon)

The vest takes sherpa — or faux shearling — to the next level but manages to be lightweight, warm, and breathable. Wear it over a long-sleeve blouse when you’re running out to get the car washed, slip it on under your puffer jacket to block the wind when you’re walking the dog at night, keep it on while you’re doing yard work and don’t want your arms constricted. There are too many ways to wear this genius vest.

Some customers report it’s even been mistaken for a high-end vest. “Love this cozy vest — I have received so many compliments followed by shock when I say it's Amazon Essentials,” wrote one. “It's great quality — stitching is strong and there are no threads hanging or pulling apart; thick and warm, and very soft fabric!”

“This vest exceeded my expectations! It is sooo soft and comfortable,” wrote another fan. “I got the white one after seeing a much more expensive white sherpa vest I liked at a different store. This vest is excellent quality and maybe even better than the more expensive one I originally saw.”

Teddy bear fleece is a cozy trend we love. (Photo: Amazon)
Teddy bear fleece is a cozy trend we love. (Photo: Amazon)

Now let’s talk about those pockets. First off all, “even the inside of the pockets have fleece and it's really soft,” as one shopper reported. But we’re also suckers for something that eliminates the need to grab our purse when we’re on the run. And the Amazon Essentials Polar Fleece Lined Sherpa Vest has the kind of pockets that please.

“In addition to the two zippered exterior pockets, it has two generously sized pockets inside,” one shopper expressed. “I feel like I can store enough stuff to run away from home.”

Amazon Essentials Polar Fleece Lined Sherpa Vest (Photo: Amazon)
Amazon Essentials Polar Fleece Lined Sherpa Vest (Photo: Amazon)

The Amazon Essentials Polar Fleece Lined Sherpa Vest comes in a handful of great colors, and most sizes are in stock — but shoppers say scoring the right size is a matter of how you want your vest to fit. Do you want it to be roomy for extra layers underneath? Might want to size up. Would you rather it cling to you close? Consider sizing down. If in doubt, just order your true size — Amazon’s always great about exchanges and returns.

One enthusiastic shopper, who called the vest “like a hug from a teddy bear,” adds: “I ordered a large based on the size chart but it turned out to be big,” they wrote, “but i kept it because i didn't want to take it off, so soft. Then ordered a medium and it fit perfectly.”

We’re not sure whether that customer has taken off the Amazon Essentials Polar Fleece Lined Sherpa Vest yet and, to be frank, we wouldn’t blame anyone for living in it. This sherpa gem was designed to be a reliable staple in your cold-weather wardrobe, and we predict you’ll be as attached to it as, well, a kid to a favorite teddy bear.

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