Kaia Gerber can't stop wearing this $192 Free People fleece jacket, and neither can I

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I bought the Free People Hit The Slopes Fleece Jacket seen on model Kaia Gerber. Images via Youtube/Vogue, Getty.
I bought the Free People Hit The Slopes Fleece Jacket seen on model Kaia Gerber. Images via Youtube/Vogue, Getty.

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Kaia Gerber is known for her enviable fashion sense both on and off the runway, and her latest casual look is no exception.

While out and about in Los Angeles this week, the 21-year-old was seen rocking some of her go-to athleisure styles including Free People's popular Hit The Slopes Fleece Jacket.

A favourite among models like Gerber and Hailey Bieber, it even made its way into Gerber’s 7 Days, 7 Looks video for Vogue.

Kaia Gerber is seen on June 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by MEGA/GC Images)
Kaia Gerber was spotted in a Free People fleece jacket. (Photo by MEGA/GC Images)

$192 CAD/$148 USD at Free People

Gerber paired her fleece jacket with an equally sporty white sports bra, a pair of Gymshark Vital Seamless 2.0 Leggings, and a pair of Nike Free Metcon 4 sneakers.

Although Gerber's exact navy shade of the fleece jacket is nearly sold out, you can still shop it in a range of other colours, including olive green, black, cream and yellow.

Free People Hit The Slopes Fleece Jacket

Hit The Slopes Fleece Jacket. Image via Free People.
Hit The Slopes Fleece Jacket. Image via Free People.

$192 CAD/$148 USD at Free People

Made from a plush fleece fabric, this cozy jacket has an oversized silhouette that gives off an effortless feel no matter what you pair it with. It has three zippered pockets to keep your essentials closet at hand, and snap button closure.

As someone who loves a cozy fleece as a way to stay warm, I decided to buy the model-approved jacket for myself to see if it truly lives up to the hype.

First impressions

Unlike my collection of clothes in mostly streamlined silhouettes and neutral colour palettes, I found myself drawn to the oversized fleece jacket in a neon shade of Tropical Pink when I found it in my size secondhand. I decided to pull the trigger, and chalked it up to being a fun fashion experiment.

First off, this fleece jacket is extremely cozy and super soft, making it a perfect choice to bring along while I went on a recent camping and road trip through Prince Edward County. Light enough to keep in my backpack but warm enough to fend off the chilly morning weather, I found myself reaching for it pretty much every day of my trip.

Wearing the Free People Hit The Slopes Fleece Jacket in Tropical Pink on vacation.
Wearing the Free People Hit The Slopes Fleece Jacket in Tropical Pink on vacation.

I was initially worried about the colour being too loud, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the hot pink shade added a fun pop to my mostly blue, black and white wardrobe. I may have gotten a few funny looks from people on the street, but I also received my fair share of compliments from others who were a fan of the jacket’s vibrant pink shade.

It was also a functional choice to have with me while out and about, since the jacket has so many convenient pockets. The zippered front pockets were big enough to hold my cell phone, wallet, keys and sunglasses without worrying that they would fall out, while the smaller chest pocket is perfectly sized to store a face mask.

What others are saying

In addition to being a hit among celebrities, the Hit The Slopes Fleece Jacket is also a favourite among Free People shoppers. So far, it’s earned a 4.5-star rating from more than 130 customer reviews and counting.

“This is the most comfortable thing I’ve ever owned! Big plus that it’s so easy to style and the colour is just so beautiful! Particularly in love with all those pockets,” raved one reviewer.

“I love this jacket, but was secretly hoping I wouldn’t so I could return it. Once I tried it, I couldn’t give it up. It’s light with lots of pockets, and just the right length for higher waisted pants,” shared another.

Hit The Slopes Fleece Jacket. Image via Free People.
Hit The Slopes Fleece Jacket. Image via Free People.

$192 CAD/$148 USD at Free People

Many shoppers have noted that this jacket does run slightly large, so if you prefer a more fitted look, you’ll want to size down before you buy.

“Obsessed with this jacket. I wasn't sure what size to get (S or M), I am 5'7 135 pounds, and decided to go with the small. The medium looked great as well, but a little too oversized as the jacket's style is already oversized,” revealed one reviewer.

I’d agree with the reviews that you can definitely get away with a size down, as I purchased my jacket in an XS rather than my usual size small and was still able to layer it over a sweatshirt if needed.

Having brought this jacket along on vacations, to the gym, and just wearing around the house, it definitely gets my seal of approval for a cozy and versatile pick.

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