August '22

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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 2 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M W hile we all love the ease of summertime and the activities that come along with the needed break in our daily lives, a vast majority of the population looks forward to the day the air begins to turn crisp, and they can break out their most comfort- ing fleece. But with the last few years of increased athleisure, it's likely that a few new additions need to be added to the closet. Fortunately, this staple is becoming increasingly acceptable in the workplace, so brands are continuing to expand and evolve this segment of the market. I spoke with a few of these companies to get a better idea of what we can expect to see in this category. STYLE SUGGESTIONS "It's a new world, we're seeing the huge trend of f u sing work-at- home and casual off ice," says Michael Johnson, HanesBrands Pr i nt we a r. Wit h t h at , he expands to add, two things are true: People don't want to look sloppy, yet people want to wear sweats. Knowing this, we are starting to see more elevated, yet restrained, f leece designs and an increase in sets. According to Milissa Clark, Lane Seven, this translates to joggers and fleece tops that can be worn to the office, on camera meetings, and to drinks after work. EVERYONE'S FAVORITE PSST … ANYTHING GOES B Y C A R L Y H O L L M A N A P P A R E L D E C O R A T I N G FLEECE In contrast to the neutral and earth-toned styles, bright jewel hues are also popular. (Image courtesy ComfortWash) (Image courtesy Lane Seven Apparel)

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