I bought two of these fleece tops in the blue colours - both very pretty patterns and colours.For me, the shape is much better than previous years with a good length and a better fit over the hips - no exaggerated flare at the bottom. The zip also seems to be longer, which I prefer. Great to wear with jeans or leggings. Very cosy and lightweight, all round a good buy especially with 40% off in a flash sale! Haven't washed them yet but never had any problems with my previous Lands End fleeces.