Gilet, bodywarmer or waistcoat?
Whatever you prefer to call it, the French word meaning "jacket or coat" was originally applied to men who wore a longer overcoat. Today, the term has come to mean a stylish sleeveless jacket for both men and women.
As well as becoming a wardrobe essential, the gilet is extremely versatile and can be worn all year round. It can either be worn on its own over a shirt or as a base layer for the colder months, under a insulated coat.
In this blog we have selected five gilets that are perfect for every occasion. Whether you're looking for something casual or dressy, these gilets will fit the bill.
A classic country gilet that not only has a soft fleece feel but looks as premium as one twice the price. Hoggs of Fife have most certainly designed the perfect companion to any woman's wardrobe.
The gilet has two outer zipped pockets which are large enough to keep your hands toasty, as well as a stand-up collar which helps provide extra cosiness in the winter months. Though the gilet has many features to keep you warm, it's also versatile enough to be worn throughout spring. It's super lightweight and features breathable fabric to help you keep cool.
This particular piece could be dressed up with tweed trousers or down with jeans and wellies. It comes in two attractive colours that are ideal for all seasons.
Size wise, our customers have felt it's been true to size unless you wish for a looser fit. The body warmer has a feminine shape which naturally shapes around your body. It does, however, have enough room to layer a light layer underneath.
It's also worth mentioning that the Stenton comes with a matching fleece jacket. Together, the Hoggs two-piece will have you looking sleek and stylish on your next country walk.
A popular product with our customers throughout the year, the Deerhunter Inner Heat Gilet is a worthwhile investment piece. The Deerhunter branding looks sleek along with the overall design of the gilet. Apart from the product's premium appearance, it also features an integrated electrical heat system which can be controlled with a gentle press of a button.
The lightweight battery pack powers 2 heating panels in the back of the bodywarmer, allowing you to stay warm. This gilet is also breathable, windproof, and water-repellent, but we would suggest wearing a layer on top throughout the winter.
Though the jacket features impressive heat technology, you can also use it without it for the warmer months. Simply pack your battery away and wear it as a lighter layer.
Our customers have found it particularly useful for walking or hunting due to its breathable material and lightweight fabric. We have also received feedback that the garment is a little more fitted than other Deerhunter products, so we would recommend referring back to our size guide before ordering.
A classic Musto piece, perfect for hiking, farming, or just simply walking your dog around the Peak District.
The Fenland Polartec vest is part of their most recent range, which has a matching jacket that completes the look. Though it's not waterproof like the previous gilets, it's soft, high-quality fabric which can also be machine washed. It would be great as a base layer or perfect for dryer days.
The gilet comes in three attractive colours and has a feminine shape. Though it is at the higher end of the price scale, it has all the premium finishes you would expect, including a two-way zip.
The Hoggs of Fife Roslin is the ultimate luxury tweed waistcoat. Though it may be a different style to the other gilets in this article, it's a product we just couldn't miss.
The Roslin waistcoat is one of the many beautiful shooting pieces Hoggs has designed this year and is complimented by a matching jacket and breeks set. The premium piece is made from 100% lambswool and has a gorgeous satin paisley lining.
Though designed for shooting, the Roslin could be used for any occasion. The soft pink and lavender check really give the product a sophisticated look for any country lady.
The waist coat is a little more generous with sizing compared to the other gilets, so we would always recommend measuring your chest size to ensure you choose the right size. There's most definitely room to layer a light jumper or tattersall shirt underneath.
Overall, one of our favourite pieces this year and tried and tested by our lovely brand ambassador, Tania Cox (Founder of The Country Girls UK),
The gilet we just can't get enough of-quite literally. The Deerhunter Lady Ann waistcoat is one of our best-selling products on the site and doesn't stay in stock very long.
A stylish, lightweight, and practical piece, it's no surprise why our customers love it. It has feminine shaping, with an adjustable waist to ensure a personalised fit, along with a range of pockets which are perfect for your dog lead or mobile phone.
It can be used for a multitude of activities, including dog training, walking, shooting, or bird watching. Though it is not waterproof, it does have a water-resistant Teflon treatment that makes it easy for stains or water to be removed.
Our customers have noted that its quote is true to size, but some have suggested sizing up if you wish to layer underneath or have a slightly looser fit. It's also worth mentioning that the Lady Anne is unlined, so it would be best suited for warmer conditions or with a base layer to keep you toasty warm.
Overall, a great versatile piece that also comes with a Deerhunters' warranty.
So whether you're looking for a gilet to walk the dog in or something a little smarter to socialise with friends, we hope we've given you guidance on where to start. We also recommend checking out our blog on the most comfortable ladies' wellingtons of 2022 to accompany your new gilet!
Don't forget, our team are always on hand to speak through products or help with sizing. Simply call us on 01663 766060.
Until next time,