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Have to return
The best is way long snd the shoulders are funny to me. Flare out a bit. Maybe I needed a smaller size. Im large breasted so order xl.
Hey Maxine, thank you for the review. If you'd like to exchange you can begin the process [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html). The chest will be 21.5" laying flat for the large.
Very nice but too big overall
Susan is High waisted so the vest is too long and arm pit too roomy. We will likely return it, but it is of a high quality material and a well tailored covering for the appropriate physique.
Thank you, David, for taking the time to write a review. We're sorry to hear that the Women's Retro Pile Fleece Vest did not work for your Susan. To start your return, click [here](https://returns.narvar.com/patagonia/returns) or reach out to our customer service and one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
Cozy and comfortable
I love this vest..why didn't I get this sooner?. I'm 58 yrs old, 5'2 130 lbs Asian woman. This fits like a charm and I have broad shoulders. I swim walk/hike and do yoga. I may need to take a nap in this. Glad I got the rosehip because I tend to go for darker colors..yay me for going outside my comfort zone! I like it. You will too.
Love the color! I guess Im in between Fits. I can zip Slim fits, but they are then body-skimming. Regular fit was Huge. I was swimming in it. Im petite with small bones but of retired age. I would only recommend this to a friend with a larger frame.
Thank you for this review, Susan. We're sorry to hear this regular fit didn't work for you, and you needed to return it! Please let us know if we can help at all with finding something that might fit you better, or if you have any questions about your return.
Cute but Pilling :(
This vest is super comfy and cute however, all of the fleece falls out and gets all over my other clothes anytime I wear it. I love the fit just kind of sad that every time I wear it with a hoodie or shirt under it, it gets all over it and has to be washed.
Hi Katie, thank you for sharing this review. We're sorry that vest is shedding so much! Some of that shedding can be prevented by hand washing, and line drying or drying flat rather than using the dryer. But if that vest isn't going to work for you, you are still welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it. Please let us know how we can help!
You mean "Retro Pile Fleece"? Very meh, but not a problem.
This is a classy piece. Bought it for my wife since she has trouble staying warm without bundling up. It looks nice on her, too. She loves it! Yea!, me. Her only complaint. A bit snug around the hips. I am enjoying learning about Patagonia through your communications. I prefer less frequent communications though.
SO WARM! Just got my 3rd one
I was on the fence about this vest when I ordered my first one as it seemed a little large and unflattering... and then I proceeded to fall in love! It's so warm for our cold wet weather in Pacific Northwest - I love the length, I love the sizing that gives me room to move, and it's so warm I want to live in it all day. So I own 3 now, an... Read Mored I love them all. I love all our Patagonia, but this is a personal favorite for both myself and my husband.
Too long fits ok otherwise
Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We really appreciate the feedback regarding the length of the vest. We'll share this with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) if you decide the fit isn't quite right.
Love the look
I love the look of this vest and all the pockets it has. The only down side I have found is that on the inside of all the pockets (so basically what you are touching with your hands/knuckles when you put them inside pockets) the material is not the same as the vest itself and is this sort of mesh material that has holes and catches my wedding ring ... Read Moreevery time I put my hands inside to keep warm. I have to end up turning my ring around on my finger so it doesnt catch the fabric and potentially rip it. I would have preferred a softer and warmer material to line the pockets.
Love this vest. Husband bought it for me, the coral color is pretty, I dont normally wear pink but I love it. I have two other Patagonia vests that fit more slim that I wear for snowshoeing, winter running, skiing I like that this one is basically a jacket without arms, not as tight fitting. Good for casual wear.
Even though it is a bit big it is wonderfully comfortable, especially when I am out walking in the cold. I intentionally purchased a large size so I would have extra room. I love the inside pockets. They are a necessity. I carry my phone, a small wallet, hand sanitizer etc. and they all fit and do not balloon out. I will not purchase a vest, jacket... Read More, or other type of outerwear that does not have inside pockets.
Not very nice
Sad to say that this vest is kind of shapeless and not very warm. I already returned the XS and bought the XXS. Very disappointed though. Feels like soft cardboard. And it doesnt look very nice. Because it just hangs with no shape. I will give it away since I am tired of returning clothing during COVID.
Wanted to love it:(
Wish it was easier to wash and it is not worth the price. Wanted to love it!!
Hi Sally, we're sorry to hear that it was difficult to care for the Patagonia Retro Pile Fleece Vest. Please feel free to reach out to us if you ever have questions or concerns about how properly care for your items. We also have an awesome Product Care & Repair page that you can reference as well, https://www.patagonia.com/repairs/.
I went deep on your vests and men's, too before I ordered the women's large. I am size 8, 5'9" tall and weigh 147lbs. I noticed in the photo it looked long. Once you have on over jeans, a flannel, maybe another layering piece, too, it lays nice and flat when zipped...no pulling and tightness through the hips. I also like the big... Read Moreger circumference around the neck and armholes, so you can wear a hoodie underneath, too. I bought the pelican color with navy trim. Perfect color for fall through spring! Thank you for the thoughtful design.
I really liked the blue color and softness of this vest, but it is much longer than a typical vest. On its own, it seems a strange length, and even more so if used for layering. I will return but would love to purchase if designed for a lower waist fit.
Hi Laura, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the length of the vest. We appreciate feedback like this as its crucial to improving things for future seasons. We'll pass this along to our design team!
What is up with the Zipper?
I just received this vest and was very excited to wear. I agree with other reviewers that the product is long, but I was okay with the fit otherwise and love the color and comfort. However, the zipper may force me to take this back. I frequently like to zip my jackets and vests all the way up, and this zipper will scratch your neck, as it is comple... Read Moretely exposed at the top without any protective hood around it. Very rough, very sharp. Disappointed as Patagonia is typically very thoughtful with such details. Not sure what happened here.
Sorry to hear about the lack of zipper protecting fabric! We will be happy to help you return your vest under our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee). You may prefer our Los Gatos, Classic Synchilla, or Better Sweater vest. Thanks so much for your valuable feedback, Lydia!
Cozy but too big
I like the material it was just way larger than I expected and I dont wear it now
Hi Clara, we're so sorry to hear about the sizing issues. Please note, we always want ensure you're happy and wearing your product. If you want to [return this or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) for a different size, we welcome you to do so.
Right product, wrong size
This vest is too big; shouldve purchased a small.
We are incredibly sorry to hear this size did not work out for you. Please know you are always welcome to [exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) your items at any time. If you need any help, please feel free to reach out to our Customer Service at 1-800-638-6464 and they will be more than happy to help!
Cute but too long
This review is as much for customer service as it is for customers. This vest is warm, cozy, cute and well made which is why Patagonia is one of my favorites. However, the vest is too long for shorter people. Not everyone is 5'9 like the model shown, I am 5'4". I wish you would PLEASE make things for shorter people not just models. I... Read Moref you could make your pants like another favorite of mine, Kuhl brand who makes their pants 28" inseam for shorter women, 30 " for Regular and 32 for taller women. You would sell a lot more and not waste material, as I always have to have my patagonia pants hemmed to fit me, a common complaint I hear. So, when I find a great product that offers 28" inseam I stick with them. Most of us shorter girls don't need petite pants as they are shorter in the crotch, we just need a shorter inseam. Same for this cute vest. I did keep it because its cute and warm but when zipped up it covers and cradles my butt. Needs to be about 3-4" shorter for shorter women. If you are 5'9" like the model it will look like your picture. I don't mind paying a little more to have shorter versions of pants/vests/shirts (arm length) etc so I don't have to bother finding an alterations person after my purchase. Oh how I wanted to buy two more vests and some pants but will only buy the one vest because of the length. Thus only the 4 stars
Cozy & Warm
I originally ordered a medium like my other Patagonia tops (which fit perfectly) and the vest was too bulky for my liking. Exchanged for a small and Im very happy. Have only worn a couple of times but it generates warmth the moment I put it on and is super comfortable. Pockets and zipper work great, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. So far, so goo... Read Mored!
Exactly what I needed...
I just moved from sunny San Diego to not-so-sunny and way colder coastal Humboldt and really needed a new vest to complete my colder-weather gear. This vest is super-cozy, warm and comfortable and makes a huge difference when the winds kick up (this is one of those "feels colder than it is" places, very humid). I'd read another revie... Read Morew here mentioning that this particular vest is a great fit for women with larger chests, and I concur. I often have a problem with clothes that are too fitted because of this and tend to like clothes on the baggy side. The retro fleece is a relaxed fit that's great for me. Just "boxy" enough to not be tight across the chest but still flattering. I say that it runs "true to size" because my idea of large is that it should be, well, LARGE, and this is, but saying that it runs "kinda large" is probably not inaccurate either. I got the salt gray and think it's super-cute as well as really practical. I really could not be happier with my purchase.
Not Patagonias Best
The vest is warm, cozy, great pockets, nice color contrasting detail. I recommend you wash before wearing. Mine shed heavily. The reason I sent it back was the way the fabric hung when anything was in the pockets. It looked sloppy. Not for me. Id like to tru the retro x when new colors come out.
I an not a regular vest wearer. However, this vest could easily convert me! Very, very nice vest. Warm but not bulky. Stylish but functional. Well made. I love it. Absolutely no complaints. The medium was a snug too tight. The large fits me perfectly. I fluctuate between a medium and large. I am better fit with the large for this vest.
Here's a problem I've had for a decade. I've been buying your clothes since I was a river cook, ski bunny and bon vivant back in the day. I'm now 71 and not used up but your clothes haven't fit me in a long time. I understand changing fashion ( I was a clothing designer in New York City in the early 70's) but this curr... Read Moreent thing with the skinny sleeves and "slim fit" sure doesn't work for me. I weigh 120 pounds but have to buy a medium so I can zip things up. I am far from voluptuous and not particularly overweight, just old. This vest really doesn't fit. It looks like I have on my dad's clothes but it goes halfway to my knees. I needed something like it though so here I am.
Vampire Collar from Zipper Tabs
We love Patagonia as casual wear and thought this vest would be awesome. And it mostly is except for the top of the zipper under the collar. There are hard plastic edges where the zipper ends inside the collar. If you zip it all the way closed its like two tiny vampires trying to pierce your neck. Very disappointing quality issue for Patagonia and ... Read Moreotherwise good vest.
Cozy & Flattering
This Retro Pile Fleece Vest is exactly what I was looking for! After trying on many styles of vests that don't flatter a larger chest, I came across this one. Decided to pull the trigger and I am so thankful I did. Not only is it flattering, but it is also incredibly warm and easy to wear and style. Washing it is a breeze and it goes with ever... Read Moreything. Would highly recommend!
Great so far!
I read the other reviews on this vest and just received it. So far, it a cozy, comfortable, good looking product. I haven't washed it yet to see what how it holds up, which I expect to be good. It's a little long on me but I have a short torso so that's not saying much. I would buy again!
Love it, but sheds!
I love this vest, but it does shed fleece fibers. Ive had it for about a month now. It sheds badly against any friction: seatbelt and crossbody purse. Ive washed it once per instructions and hanged dried it thinking that might cut down on the shedding, but it unfortunately hasnt. You can do better Patagonia.
Thank you for your feedback Adrian! Please know that your purchase is covered by our Ironclad Guarantee and we'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) you return it. We also recommend trying a lower-pile fleece like our Better Sweater, Synchilla or Micro D.
runs large - long torso
bummed out by this vest. I'm a huge vest person. the torso runs really long - I have a long torso and thought this was frumpy looking. it also has no shape, i looked like a square brown brick. I do like Patagonia vests and will probably just reorder a different style. although i generally find the sizing to vary. this was definitely too big.
I have been looking for a vest to wear with my medical scrubs. This vest is perfect I am able to zip it up without it feeling too stuffy. According to the measurements online I shouldve purchased a size large however after reading the reviews I purchased a size medium since everyone mentioned it runs large. Im glad I did as the medium fits me perfe... Read Morect. The vest is self is it tru navy blue color and super warm. For reference I am 4 11 and weigh 155 pounds.
Cozy vest but collar/zipper needs a re-design
This is a very cozy vest - heavy fleece. Runs a bit large so I sized down. The collar and zipper, however, is a deal breaker for me. I hate when my neck is cold so often like to zip my vests to the top. The collar on this vest though is not very tall, which might be ok if the zipper had a zip cover flap over it. When it is completely zipped, it is ... Read Morevery uncomfortable -- zipper stabs your neck. Such a bummer. If not for the exposed zipper at the neck, this could be a great vest. For now though, the my re-tool vest is still my favorite... too bad Patagonia stopped making those. Hoping for a design change on this Retro Pile vest next year.
My first vest I have not liked. The collar is too soft to stand on its own. It runs big and after 2 washes it is still shedding on everything. It just sits in my pile of vests and when I’m comes to the top of the pile I always skip over it.
Hi Catherine, thanks for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that your fleece is shedding. We will pass along your feedback to our product team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed, so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) the item to us for a full refund.
Best Vest Ever!!
I am a vest wearer. I prefer a fleece vest because it's more cozy and easy to move in. This vest is so warm, cozy and cute it tops any other vest I've owned. I got the blue and it is adorable with the contrasting light blue zipper pulls. I think the best part of the vest are the DEEP pockets. My entire hand fits in them up over my wrist k... Read Moreeeping my hands warm and snug. Lastly, I'll mention the length of the vest because I am tall and like my tops to fit over my waist which this vest does. It doesn't ride up on me and it isn't too puffy. It's just right. I am 5'7" tall, 126 lbs and usually wear a size 4 or small. I am happy to say a small fits perfectly - like it should. Please keep making this vest Patagonia and don't change a thing!!!!!
Loved it at first, but after first wash the zipper is puckered.
I loved this vest, and the idea of it. After I washed it on a wash and hung to dry, the piping next to the zipper shrunk and is now puckering the zipper so that the zipper is scrunched and wavy. The wash properties of the piping are not consistent with the rest of the garments and for that I have to knock off stars. The shearling is great though an... Read Mored is good for lightweight warmth. The garment wont hang on my body like it did when I bought it however. Runs large, size down. Please let me know if you have any fixes.
Hi AJ! Thanks for leaving your feedback, and we're very sorry to hear about the shrinkage you experienced on the Retro Pile Vest! This issue is covered under our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee#searchterm=ironclad), and you are definitely welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) that item under warranty.
Love the look and design, perfect light vest that is still warm, but after a week of wearing it it started to pill very badly.. disappointing in that regard.
Hi Kaya. We're glad to see you're satisfied with the design and weight of your vest, but it's a shame about the pilling. To prevent pilling, we recommend washing it either by hand in cool to cold water, or separately in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. It's best to lay it flat to dry rather than place it in the dryer where the fabric can easily get unbraided. To remove pilling that has already occurred, a sweater shaver or sweater stone is an excellent tool and can help the garment look brand new again. Of course, if you are not pleased with the performance of your vest, you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) the item to us for a full refund.
color was great
it took 2 tries to get a size that fit but the fit is still not great. The problem is the arm holes are way too large when wearing this vest with just a shirt.,.If I were tower it with a sweatshirt they would be find. Also the room for ease in the chest if too much. I ordered a large and based on my chest size of 38 and the garment chest measured 4... Read More4. This is way too much ease. I called company and was told that the med garment size was 40, it was not it was 41.75. but I just gave up and kept the item. I will alter the vest later if I decide it just bags too mcuh.
Hi Connie, we're sorry to hear you're disappointed with the fit. Please note that you are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it back to us. We're also always happy to email you any item's measurements chart beforehand so you can feel more confident about your next purchase.
Pretty decent vest
This vest is mostly what I wanted. It does run big - I'm usually a medium jacket, small top in Patagonia, but I had to exchange this for an XS. My only real complaint about it is the collar isn't very stiff so unless it's zipped the collar flops down. Otherwise it looks great and is warm.
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