Park your puffer coat for a minute because its lightweight sister, the gilet, is your BFF! Ideal for layering up on those al fresco dining dates, walks in the park or pub garden beers, these versatile little numbers – known as vests, too – are set to be one of winter’s most hard-working pieces. We love them layered over a denim jacket, shearling coat or, on those warmer winter days, a snuggly sweatshirt.
Kate Middleton loves a luxury quilted gilet for outdoor playdates, while Trinny Woodall is such a fan of Uniqlo’s gilet that she has it in almost every colour. Layering over jeans and trousers is a given, but we’re into the aesthetic of gilets over dresses too.
SHOP TRINNY’S GILET: Ultra-light down vest, £39.90, Uniqlo
If you’ve never considered adding a gilet to your wardrobe, let us convince you with our edit of the best – and most stylish – gilets, from quilted vests to shearling gilets and maxi-length too…
Best padded gilets
Cameo Rose padded gilet, £33.99, New Look
New Look’s camel quilted gilet has plenty of pockets – perfect for those face masks and hand sanitiser.
Fur hooded padded gilet, £64.95, Joules
Warm, lightweight and ultra-chic, this fabulous design by Joules has a cosy furry hood too.
Reversible padded gilet, £98, Boden
We are loving the bright, cheery rainbow print on Boden’s reversible gilet. Turn it inside out and there’s a cute sage green shade.
Feather & down quilted hooded puffa gilet, £59, Marks & Spencer
For something in a springier shade, M&S’ feather and down puffa gilet is a cornflower blue colour and snuggly as heck.
Insulated quilted gilet, £159, Ralph Lauren
If you’re going to invest in a padded gilet to keep you warm even in winter, head for Ralph Lauren. Insulated and form-fitting, it’s a frost-fighting fashion staple.
Regatta padded gilet, £29.99, eBay Brand Outlet
Available in mustard yellow, beige and navy, Regatta’s padded gilet is created from water-repellant fabric and a cosy insulated inner lining.
Quilted vest, £44, Arket
We adore the round neckline on Arket’s padded vest, a fashionable twist on the traditional gilet.
Daisy Street gilet, £35, ASOS
Victoria Beckham declared gingham as this year’s biggest trend, and we reckon she’d approve of this chic checked design.
Grey hooded gilet, £65, Fat Face
This Fat Face gilet comes in three colours – grey, sage and navy – and features a furry hood for extra cosiness. What’s more, it’s made with 100% recycled materials. How cool is that?
Aurora-M Short-Length Puffer Vest, £131.25, Noize
We love the shiny, metallic finish of this puffer vest, which is as comfortable as it is fashionable. Get yours in rose gold, copper or olive.
Best long gilets
Selected Femme Gilet, £100, ASOS
Effortlessly elegant, this gilet will add a touch of luxury to your favourite knitted dresses.
JDY long gilet, £30, ASOS
JDY’s longer-length gilet is just the thing for layering over denim shorts come summer.
Longline Hooded Gilet, £44, Boohoo
Available in navy, pink, black, grey or khaki, Boohoo’s gilet is long, cosy and cool.
Long hooded gilet, £78, River Island
River Island’s dusty pink gilet is the best way to add some colour to your alfresco outfits.
Best faux fur gilets
Borg gilet, £55, White Stuff
White Stuff’s Borg gilet is giving us all the cosy feels; layer over a winter maxi dress.
Mint Velvet faux fur gilet, £139, John Lewis
Available in sizes XS to XL, add a touch of luxury to your pub garden look with Mint Velvet’s faux fur gilet, in the most stylish grey shade.
Faur fur gilet, £149, Whistles
Or for a black version, head to Whistles.
Best fleece gilets
Fleece gilet, £19.99, H&M
H&M’s fleece gilet features a zip pocket and fleecy teddy material.
Polka dot fleece gilet, £9, JD Williams
A fleece gilet doesn’t have to mean sporty – JD Williams’ cute polka dot version is fun and feminine.
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