I must admit, I have been nervously obsessing over how to stay warm as temperatures begin to seriously dip in the evenings and most social gatherings remain outside. Luckily cozy sherpas are one way to make peace with the upcoming chilly weather.
Retailers are offering warm sherpa jackets and vests this fall in updated styles, including cropped, oversized and full-length varieties, all of which will be great to layer over your favorite looks. While sherpas are traditionally thought of as being very sporty, some of the latest offerings, especially those in sophisticated colors like camel and cream or in animal print, can be dressed up a bit. Many are machine washable.
To save you all some time and effort, I masked up and went to several stores to see and feel sherpa jackets in person. Let’s be honest, I’m also looking for any excuse to leave the house these days! Sherpa jackets seem to be a popular Covid item and some retailers had limited inventory available. I was very impressed with Old Navy’s budget-friendly selections. I came home with both an oversized tunic-length hoodie (great for multiple layers!) and a shorter, full zip style in camel for “dressier” occasions. They both look way more expensive than they are, and will be in heavy rotation this fall.
I also learned that I favor my sherpas unlined, resulting in less bulk and a more slimming silhouette. If your budget allows, the more expensive brands featured for this article offer plush fabrics and extra styling details like leather contrasting trim and zippered pockets which are ideal when you want to be hands-free..
Abercrombie & Fitch used to be for teenagers only, but not any more. Check them out if you haven’t recently. This comfy half-zip sherpa sweatshirt has leather trim detail for added style. 15% off right now.
From Patagonia, the always-hip brand that helped put sherpa on the map.Try layering a flannel shirt under this vest for a stylish fall look. Made with 100% recycled polyester sherpa fleece and Fair Trade Certified.
Patagonia Dusty Mesa Vest $139
Old Navy has several fabulous sherpa styles this fall, including this full zip jacket. Lightweight and versatile, I purchased this one in camel. Slightly cropped and available in 6 colors including a camo print.
With zip pockets to store your essentials, this stripe-trimmed cropped jacket from Athleta is fashion forward and also fuzzy both inside and out. Bali green looks great paired with black. Over 100 five star reviews.
Looking for the warmth of sherpa but the style of a denim jacket? Try this Levi’s sherpa-trimmed trucker jacket. Size up for best fit due to the lining.
This Free People sherpa long coat is so comfy and cozy with contrasting trim, large patched pockets (fits phone and wallet) and a thin lapel.
I love the beautiful shade of blue on this sherpa jacket from Gap. Cropped with an oversized collar and cuffs, it is lined for added warmth. Also available in copper brown.
I tried this Old Navy half-zip tunic hoodie on in store and immediately bought it. Not only is it very affordable, but the longer length will keep your backside warm when sitting outside on chilly evenings. Will also look great with leggings.
Windproof, warm, and with a feminine cut, Patagonia’s Retro-X Vest comes in solids as well as this fun print.
Universal Thread by Target’s green utility jacket makes a great layering piece in your wardrobe. With soft sherpa accents on front and back and taffeta lining for additional comfort and style, this budget-friendly option is a winner.
Relaxed with room to move and cover your assets, this Athleta Jacket is made of unbelievably cozy sherpa fabric that feels soft on the skin. Sophisticated in ivory, but also available in black.