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 an 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.
Scottish brand Hoggs of Fife are known for their high-quality country clothing that is both stylish and functional, and the Stenton combines both of those to a tee.
This 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.
It comes in classic country colours, which makes this bodywarmer easy to dress down with jeans and wellies, and perfect for pairing with a smart shirt and your favourite boots. It can be used for the everyday, as well as if heading out for a hike or doing odd jobs around the farm.
A popular product throughout the year, the Deerhunter Inner Heat Gilet is a worthwhile investment piece.
This Deerhunter gilet 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.
The beauty of the Heat system technology is that it provides the extra warmth needed for those chilly winter walks or mornings spent watching kids' sport. It is also versatile for the changeable conditions, as you can wear this gilet without the battery and it becomes a lightweight layer.
This fleece classic gilet from Jack Pyke is a country clothing staple that works as both a mid layer and as an outer layer.
It has an adjustable drawcord and two-way zip, with nubuck piping for that finishing touch. It is available in attractive colours and is soft to the touch. It is an essential of your casual clothing wardrobe - pop this fleece on when out walking the dog or nipping to the shops, or have it handy for those long summer evenings spent in the garden.
Ideal as offering a layer of warmth in colder conditions, this thermal gilet can be styled easily with your country boots and button-down check shirt for a timeless look. The Countryman fleeces from Jack Pyke remain a top seller, and once you try one for yourself, you'll see why!
This padded vest from Pinewood is a great outer layer that comes in a range of gorgeous colours.
One of our favourite lightweight gilets, we love the adjustable fit at the bottom and the multi-purpose pockets. The internal pockets are perfect for your essentials, and the zips on the chest pocket and front pockets help keep your items nice and secure as you go about your day to day.
The puffer vest adds a layer of wind protection in cold conditions, and the padding is made from 100 % recycled PET bottles - giving that touch of eco-friendly to your wardrobe. Overall, it's a comfy, stylish bodywarmer that suits both a town and country look.
A stylish, lightweight, and practical piece, it's no surprise why our customers love the Deerhunter Lady Ann waistcoat.
This gilet 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. 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's worth mentioning that the Lady Ann is unlined, so it would be best suited for warmer conditions or with a base layer to keep you toasty warm. It pairs well with the rest of the stunning Deerhunter range, so not only can you find your new gilet, you can kit yourself out in a whole new outfit!
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 Best Comfortable Wellingtons for Women 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 0161 524 2111.
Until next time,
CLICK HERE to sign up to our mailing list and discover exclusive giveaways and special offers!