From sherpa jackets to joggers and gym duffels, get your cozy on with these stylish, ultra-warm sherpa picks.

By Susan Brickell
January 03, 2020
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If you've been doing any post-holiday shopping, you've undoubtedly started to see cozy fabrics like sherpa cropping up everywhere now that the temperature is starting to plummet. You might even notice coworkers sporting stylish teddy coats and fellow gym-goers pulling on fleecy sweatshirts after their workouts.

But what is sherpa? According to the Orvis website, it's a fabric made from polyester, acrylic, or cotton, and can be called "faux shearling" since it mimics the bumpy texture of sheep's wool. Shearling, on the other hand, is made from actual lambskin or wool. While shearling can be quite pricey, sherpa is an affordable dupe that wicks moisture, is warm without the bulk, and doesn't use animal products.

Call it whatever you want—fleece or faux fur—but 2020 is officially the year of sherpa. Not only is it seriously trending in both the athleisure and fashion worlds, but the sporty-yet-luxurious fabric is also highly functional since it keeps you toasty whether you're hiking, enjoying après-ski, or simply making your way into the office or gym. (Related: Winter Workout Clothes That Stand Up to Any Weather)

So bust out your old school Patagonia fleece or invest in that totally *extra* colorblocked sherpa coat you've been eyeing, and lean into the trend. Here, the best sherpa jackets, jogger pants, shoes, and bags from Athleta, Lululemon, Alo, The North Face, Superga, Herschel, and more.

Athleta Asana Sherpa Sweatshirt


Throw on this cozy sherpa pullover on the way to the yoga studio or slip it on over your favorite faux leather leggings for an on-trend weekend look. The sherpa sweatshirt comes in natural ivory and black, meaning it'll coordinate with anything in your closet.

Buy It: Athleta Asana Sherpa Sweatshirt, $98,

Patagonia Women's Retro Pile Fleece Vest


Crafted of 100% recycled polyester, this sustainable, retro Patagonia sherpa vest has double-sided fleece to keep you cozy, whether you're layering it beneath a coat or over a turtleneck or thermal top for an outdoor adventure.

Buy It: Patagonia Women's Retro Pile Fleece Vest, $119,

Lululemon City Adventurer Backpack Mini


This water-resistant backpack features a quick-access phone pouch, as well as interior pockets and sleeves for storing your water bottle and essentials on your commute to the gym or office. (It also comes in wipeable nylon and is an editor favorite. Evidence: I've Worn This Lululemon Backpack Nearly Every Day for More Than a Year)

Buy It: Lululemon City Adventurer Backpack Mini, $79, $128,

Tory Sport Quilted Contrast Fleece Jacket


What do you get when you combine sherpa and color-blocking? The trendiest sherpa jacket of the season. But this stylish topper is also very functional, thanks to a lightly insulated quilted performance satin and large patch pockets to keep hands toasty.

Buy It: Tory Sport Quilted Contrast Fleece Jacket, $278,

Superga Women's 2750 Suefurw Sneaker


These 100 percent leather sneakers are lined with soft sherpa, and come in six versatile colorways, including black, grey, tan—but opt for pink or mustard if you're wanting a pop of color. (Related: Winter Sneaker Boots to Keep You Warm Until Spring)

Buy It: Superga Women's 2750 Suefurw Sneaker, from $45,

J.Crew Snap Collar Sherpa Sweatshirt In Polartec Fleece


Made with Polartec to keep you extra warm on chilly days, this snap-front sherpa jacket is cozy without feeling too bulky (Read: You can layer it beneath a coat) and is available in nature-inspired shades like adobe and alpine meadow.

Buy It: J.Crew Snap Collar Sherpa Sweatshirt In Polartec Fleece, $138,

JoyLab Women's High-Rise Sherpa Pants


Perfect for running errands or lounging around the house, these fashionable sherpa joggers have a high waistband for all-day comfort and look great paired with your favorite sneakers. (Related: The Best Fleece-Lined Leggings to Keep You Warm Through All Your Winter Activities)

Buy It: JoyLab Women's High-Rise Sherpa Pants, $37,

Alo Shanti 1/2 Zip Sherpa


This half-zip sherpa pullover has a flattering mock neck and cropped, boxy silhouette for a modern feel. Pull it on over your athletic wear or pair it with your favorite denim and leather sneakers for a casual day a the office.

Buy It: Alo Shanti 1/2 Zip Sherpa, $138,

Gap Sherpa Fleece Belt Bag


Available in five colorways—including black, beige, neon yellow, coral, and pink—this cool hip pack is perfect for those camping, hiking, running errands in the city, or simply wanting to be hands-free on the reg. Also great? It has an adjustable strap so you can wear it around your waist or slung across your chest.

Buy It: Gap Sherpa Fleece Belt Bag, $30, $40,

Bernardo Wiley Waterproof Rain Boot


You won't regret investing in this hiker-inspired rain boot, which features bold, red laces, a no-slip, lugged sole, and trendy sherpa lining, making it the ultimate shoe for transitioning from winter to spring. (Related: 10 Cute Rain Boots to Sport This Spring)

Buy It: Bernardo Wiley Waterproof Rain Boot, $99, $155,

The North Face Cragmont Fleece Jacket


It might be a classic, but this sherpa fleece jacket still makes a statement, thanks to the contrasting piping details, snap closures, and relaxed boxy fit. And it comes in four super wearable colors, including vintage white, black, blue, and green.

Buy It: The North Face Cragmont Fleece Jacket, $149,

American Eagle Fuzzy Sherpa Pullover Hoodie


This slouchy sherpa hoodie has a longer fit for extra warmth. Plus, the buttery soft fabric makes it a comfy choice for long flights or hanging at home.

Buy It: American Eagle Fuzzy Sherpa Pullover Hoodie, $30, $50,

Herschel Supply Co Sutton Mid Volume Fleece Duffle Bag


Say hello to your new gym bag for 2020. This sherpa duffle boasts a spacious interior that'll fit all your essentials whether you're headed to the gym or traveling for the weekend. (Related: 15 Stylish Gym Bags That Might Make You Want to Work Out More)

Buy It: Herschel Supply Co Sutton Mid Volume Fleece Duffle Bag, $75,

Zella Cassie Faux Fur Hoodie


Designed with high-pile fleece that resembles the texture of sherpa, this plush hoodie has a large front pocket to store your phone, keys, and credit card on your way to the spin studio.

Buy It: Zella Cassie Faux Fur Hoodie, $40, $69,

Beyond Yoga All Time Gray Leopard Bomber Jacket


Who can say no to this adorable leopard print sherpa hoodie? The cropped silhouette and bold pattern is edgy and on-trend, and adds a hit of style when thrown over your favorite workout set or a simple t-shirt and denim.

Buy It: Beyond Yoga All Time Gray Leopard Bomber Jacket, $180,

Hunter Original Roll Top Sherpa Boot


Ideal for cold, wet days, these sherpa-lined neoprene boots will protect your feet from the elements and allow you to trek through just about anything—slushy puddles included.

Buy It: Hunter Original Roll Top Sherpa Boot, from $92,

Sherpa Adventure Gear Arya Sherpa Fleece Bomber Jacket


With a sherpa chest and thermal fleece sleeves, this bomber will keep you comfortable on a challenging winter hike or for après-ski at the mountain at the end of the day. (Related: The Best Ski Clothes to Take You from the Slopes to Après-Ski Cocktails)

Buy It: Sherpa Adventure Gear Arya Sherpa Fleece Bomber Jacket, from $100,

Quiz Clothing Stone Borg Teddy Bear Long Coat


ICYMI, long sherpa layers—like this teddy bear coat by Quiz —are seriously trending, and make for easy layering on top of your activewear to and from the gym.

Buy It: Quiz Clothing Stone Borg Teddy Bear Long Coat, from $90, $126,



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