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OK, it’s true. We’ve fallen for sherpa jackets, and we’ve fallen hard.
Sherpa jackets, pullovers, and hoodies, you name it, we’ve probably already scoped it out and it’s true, we have some recommendations for you.
(Side note: teddy coats also fall into the sherpa category.)
We do believe that sherpa is solid alternative to fur coats, especially if you know how to take care of the material and plan on wearing it for seasons to come.
But first, in true StyleOtter fashion, we’ll do a quick overview of what sherpa is, why it’s become so popular, and we’ll whether or not sherpa is better for fleece – or if the material is even the same.
If you’re just here for our top five picks for the season, click #5 in the table of contents below.
Sherpa, unlike shearling, is typically made of cotton, polyester, acrylic, or a blend of each. The name sherpa originally came from Nepal, as it closely resembled wool clothing. You may also hear of sherpa as being called “faux shearling”.
2. Why is sherpa so popular?
You might have noticed that sherpa has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that this style is here to stay.
Sherpa is popular for a few reasons:
Sherpa is cozy and warm. Even though sherpa isn’t the warmest material you can find, it’s ideal to have on hand during transitional weather, especially when a coat is too heavy and a t-shirt is too light
While we wish that sherpa was more environmentally friendly, its material is still a solid alternative to fur and shearling
Sherpa is easy to clean
3. What is the difference between sherpa and fleece?
From a material standpoint, fleece and sherpa aren’t all that different.
If we’re talking about sherpa or teddy vs. fleece, that’s where the differences come into play, as aesthetically they look a bit different (especially if you’re looking at the current trends.)
For example, when you’re shopping for a fleece jacket, you might grab a jacket like this one. Whereas if you’re looking for the sherpa or teddy coat aesthetic, you may be more inclined to pick something like this up.
Notice how the material is just a little bit more pronounced than fleece, which appears to be more of a low pile look. With that said, your. mileage may vary with both sherpa or fleece.
If we had to choose one, we’re partial to picking up sherpa. It’s cozy, looks great with a pair of leggings or jeans, and is the perfect transitional weather piece.
4. How do I care for sherpa?
Luckily, washing sherpa is fairly straight forward.
Just follow the instructions on the garment, which will typically be to machine wash in cold or warm water.
While the label may say to pop in the dryer on a tumble dry low setting, we’d recommend air drying just in case your jacket shrinks. How easy is that?
Why we love it: talk about the most iconic sherpa jacket of all time, and at a great price point. We love how versatile this jacket can be. Toss over leggings and a t-shirt for a laid back look, or pop it over a suede skirt and turtleneck for extra sass.
Why we love it: all of the yes. Athleta is the ultimate practical brand when it comes to grab and go. The length on this jacket is great for a post-workout walk home in the fall or winter, and we love the white color to brighten an otherwise cloudy day.
Why we love it: best of both worlds with a denim jacket lined with sherpa. We also like the length of this jacket. Instead of being cropped, it’s a little bit longer and structured like more of a boyfriend jean jacket.