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2 2 G R A P H I C S P R O A U G U S T 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M and more T-shirts, caps, and, of course, sweatshirts. Even as we start to go back to "normal," there has been a mass shift in what we con- sider professional dress, says Katie Zim- merman, Fruit of the Loom, JERZEES, and Russel Athletic. "We've become ac- customed to comfort and versatility. While some people are required to return to pro- fessional settings, that doesn't mean that they will go back to dress pants, heels, and even jeans easily." Instead, she says, what we can expect to see is a hybrid of the two worlds, where the sweats become cleaner and work pants and denim become more like sweats. MODERN COMFORT So, what does this modern world of elevated fleece look like? Well, first, it needs to be soft, obviously. But one new update is that end-users are looking for heavier-weight styles, says Brown, noting that 80/20 and 70/30 ring-spun cotton with a 100% cotton face fleece is frequently requested. Above: Stripes and raglan styles help take fleece to the next level. (Image courte- sy JERZEES) Left: Shorter cropped styles offer more of a streetwear look. (Image courtesy Citadel Brands) Unique details help make basic fleece more office appropriate. (Image courtesy Next Level Apparel)

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