There’s a lot of power in a sleeve. Leather jacket? Cool. Leather vest? Put down the Sons of Anarchy box set. The same applies to padded jackets. Slice the arms off an otherwise on-point garment and you may as well accessorise with a combine harvester and the smell of pigs.
But leave that thought firmly behind you as the Gilet shakes off it’s bumpkin airs and emerges as one of the most must have items in your wardrobe male or female. Available in a variety of finishes, there is one for every shape, style and preference. We look at how some of the best worn gilets are shaping up.
- Layer Takes The Cake
A gilet is a statement. So don’t double up with mouthy shirts. In fact, feel free to ditch collars entirely (which also ensures you’re not tempted to pop yours) by opting for a long-sleeve tee or unfussy knitwear instead. Then just add an overcoat when your thermometer begins to frost up.
Puffiness does no favours for your now streamlined silhouette; down is your friend here, keeping your torso toasty without lumps.
2. Put On Mute
Rugby songs go hand-in-muddy-hand with coruscating colours. Unless you know the words to Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, neutrals are a better bet. Brights are as ill-advised
Subdued tones like black, grey, navy and stone are visually less punchy and have the added advantage of mixing well with the rest of your wardrobe,
- Keep It Casual
As those Pitti peacocks prove, you can wear a gilet with a suit. But it’s a power move. Approach it like a relaxed take on the waistcoat, one that sits well under equally chilled-out tailoring. Your jacket should be unstructured – don’t double-down on padding – and the gilet’s fabric and colour should complement, but not match. It’s not about pretending you’re in a three-piece.
Leave ruddy cheeks to rural pubs. Deployed right, the gilet is a layering godsend that helps you hit that sweet spot between numb fingers and a sprinkling forehead. In winter, opt for densely padded versions that keep heat in, but won’t have Bill Murray coming at you with his proton pack.
When it’s bright outside you can be a touch lighter yourself.