When I was pregnant with my first child, my third trimester was during the summer. This time around, a due date in late November and a two-year old who loves to be outside means that I need something warmer to wear.
This was when I found the Wildelore Fleece, designed to fit women through pregnancy, nursing and beyond. It is now my go-to warm layer whenever I’m outside! It has fit well from the moment I got it at five months pregnant and still does now, when I have only a handful of weeks to go. It’s very cozy and incredibly high quality.
I’m currently near the end of my pregnancy, so I haven’t had a chance to test the fleece for nursing. Check back in early 2024 to see an update on that feature of the fleece!
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Product Specifics of the Wildelore Fleece
The Wildelore fleece is made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester. It also has lining around the zippers that features a beautiful floral print. It has a quarter zip at the neck. The fleece comes in two colors, birch beige and forest green.
There are three pockets that all zip shut, one chest pocket and two larger pockets on the front. All zippers are tucked underneath a layer of fleece so that nothing will catch and you can comfortably carry your baby in a front-carry. There are two side zippers that help expand the belly for the maternity phase, and a zipper across the whole chest to allow flexible nursing access.
Sizes run from XS to XXL, and the size guide has an impressive level of detail to help you choose the size that will work for you throughout all the pregnancy and postpartum body changes we go through.
Wildelore is Best For…
This fleece has been perfect for leisurely cozy fall strolls with my toddler. He loves to stop and look at every stick and rock and leaf we find, so the pace is generally pretty slow! I wear this fleece to go to the playground, the corn maze and pumpkin patch, and generally any time I’m going to be outside longer than five or ten minutes.
This fleece keeps me warm down to 40F without wind. I should note that my pregnant self runs much warmer than my normal self, so I’ll be curious to see if/how this changes when I reach the postpartum phase.
I also enjoy the fact that the Wildelore fleece is really pretty! I love the two color options and the floral print, and it feels so good to have something that actually feels like it fits me and I can move well in.
What We Love About Wildelore
There are a lot of things I love about my fleece, but my top three things are how well it fits, the quality of materials and workmanship, and the design of the maternity and nursing features.
Getting to Wear Something That Actually Fits!
As I mentioned, one of my favorite things about this fleece is how well it fits! The size guide on Wildelore’s website is one of the most detailed and thoughtful I’ve ever seen, even from other brands that deal specifically with maternity clothing. I’m one of those people who always seems to ride the line between a small and a medium, so having lots of sizing information is really helpful.
It includes the standard size chart for bust, waist, and hip, but when I ordered my fleece I was already pregnant enough that I didn’t have a waist any more. I also tend to find that one of my measurements is a size larger than the other two when using these charts, which makes it confusing.
This was not an issue though; Wildelore also provides the measurements of the actual fleece so I could compare it to sweaters and jackets I already had. My favorite part was the photo gallery that showed real women in various stages of pregnancy; this gave me real examples and allowed me to see how relaxed or tight the fit was on each person.
When my fleece arrived, I immediately put it on (for about two minutes because it was July and over 100F) and I was so happy with the fit. I was a little nervous about how the fleece would grow with me for the next four months of pregnancy, but I’ve continued to be impressed with how it has continued to fit well. Now that I’m in the last month, I still feel like I can move well in my fleece without it being too tight.
The Quality of Materials and Workmanship
Because I live in a pretty dry climate, I tend to opt for down over fleece when I want an insulating layer. I find that a lot of heavy-duty fleeces that promise to be super warm are also super stiff and make it feel hard to move, regardless of what layers I put over them.
This is definitely not a problem with the Wildelore fleece. It is thick, but it’s soft and flexible in a way I don’t often see with other fleeces. I can tell this fleece is going to hold up over time, and the workmanship in the stitching is also definitely made to last. This is not a maternity fleece you use for a couple of months and toss; this is a long-term addition to your gear closet.
The zippers follow the quality trend; they zip really smoothly and are not going to catch or lose teeth or otherwise cause problems. And I love that every pocket has a zipper! The things moms put in pockets need to stay in pockets, whether that’s a snack or a trail treasure or our chapstick. These are real pockets that will really hold things; I can still use the front pockets even with my giant belly (thanks again to the side zips).
Maternity and Nursing Design Features
The side zips that allow extra belly room are quite simple but quite effective. At five months pregnant when I received my fleece, I barely needed to unzip the side zips for more belly room, and the rest of the fleece fit comfortably without being too roomy.
As I’ve grown, I’ve been able to continue to unzip the side zips and I still feel like I can move well in the fleece. Nothing is too tight, but at the same time this still feels like it was made for me, not someone three times my size.
As I’ve mentioned, I haven’t gotten to properly try out the nursing feature of this fleece yet. I have played with it a little bit, and I can say I appreciate the length of the zipper from side to side and that each end has its own zipper. I like how this gives me the flexibility to nurse on either side and decide how open I need the nursing access to be, especially when I’m wearing various different nursing layers underneath it.
This design is similar to a lightweight hoody I wore almost constantly with my first son that I loved, so I’m pretty confident in saying that I think this is going to work really well for me. But check back in early 2024 for an update on my nursing experience!
Looking for other nursing layers that could go under this fleece? We have a post about Best Sports Bras for Nursing and also review the Iksplore nursing baselayer in our post about Best Baselayers for Women. Combining these things with the Wildelore fleece means one sweet setup for nursing in the winter!
And if you’re not a nursing mom? The nursing access zipper is hidden beneath a layer of fleece, meaning it’s not super obvious. The fact that this fleece is meant to fit over a variety of belly sizes means that no matter where I am in my postpartum process, I’ll have something that fits me well and keeps me warm for however long I feel like walking. (Check out our post about giving yourself grace in the postpartum period too!)
What the Wildelore Fleece is Not For
Every piece of gear has things it’s designed for and things it’s not designed for; I wouldn’t take my backpacking pack on a day hike or vice versa! Similarly, there are things the Wildelore fleece was not designed for.
One of the first things I noticed was that this fleece is not packable! It doesn’t fold up, roll, or compress well, so if I need to take it off I tend to strap it to the outside of my daypack or just carry it. This is typical of fleece, particularly one as thick as this one.
As promised, this fleece is super warm, perfect for chilly fall days between 45-55F. The flip side of this is that my overheated pregnant self cannot wear it inside or in any weather over around 60F. I’ve found that if I’m outside for long enough for it to warm up significantly, I need to bring another lighter layer.
That being said, this fleece is not windproof! (It’s not waterproof either, but it does shed water fairly well and will keep you warm even if it does get wet.) Wind cuts straight through it, especially if you have the side zippers open like I do right now. This is an easily fixable problem; check out the Make My Belly Fit review for one idea of how to get a shell over this fleece.
Bottom Line on the Wildelore Fleece
I am so glad I have this fleece in my closet right now! Getting outside is incredibly important for me and my two-year-old son; it allows him to burn off energy and explore and play, and it allows me to find some calm and mental rest among the chaos. I didn’t even have to miss leaf season, which always fills me up in a special way.
Having a warm layer that I feel good in allows me to continue to be outside even though it looks like I’m shoplifting a turkey! The fit and the quality ensure I’ll continue to use this fleece long past this maternity phase and into the future.
Where to Buy
Check out Wildelore’s website; the fleece is currently their only product but their story is very cool and I’m looking forward to any new products they have in the works!
- All our resources of outdoors moms
- Give Yourself Grace: Nine Tips Encouraging Postpartum Mamas Getting Outside After Baby
- Top Gear Picks for Active Winter Pregnancy
- Make My Belly Fit Review
- Best Sports Bras for Nursing
- Best Base Layers for Women
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