Our pick of the best men’s gilets Autumn/Winter 2015
A bloke without a gilet is comparable to a dog without a bone. This essential piece of clothing has become a staple of the modern man’s wardrobe thanks to its accessibility and effortless style.
Apart from sounding suspiciously French, what makes a good gilet? When buying one of these sleeveless wonders, you should expect it to provide warmth and compliment your day to day outfit.
Whether you’re a football manager, bin man or a bloke with big guns, you can’t go wrong with a gilet.
Staunton Gilet, Jack Wills -£71.60
Jack Wills are known for doing great outerwear and this item certainly doesn’t disappoint. If you’re looking for a piece of clothing which will take you from day to night in the colder months then this will do its job. It has a quilted flannel lining which insulates your core, and gives you the option to have a hood or not.
The maroon colour is bang on trend this season, and will go brilliantly with other warm neutral colours, depending on what you wear it with. What’s great is that the sizes go up to XXL so you can add as many layers as you want.
Staunton Gilet Jack Wills
Bluestone Gilet, Superdry, £84.99
This Superdry gilet is quite pricy but would make an awesome investment. You’ll always get brilliant quality and longevity from this brand. This gilet has a soft fleece lining which will keep you snug as a bug in the colder months, and a sheepskin hood which can be removed.
This comes in navy blue or black, which are both very versatile colourswhen it comes to layering. If you love showing off your designer labels, then the white Superdry logo on the darker coloured background really shows up. Top design marks go to this highstreet powerhouse.
Bluestone Gilet by Superdry
Crew Clothing, Holcombe Gilet – £76.00
This olive toned number, from the guys at Crew Clothing, carries a real heir about it. Don’t let the thin style of this gilet fool you; thanks to its almost tailored finish, the quilted material will add extra warmth when out enjoying the fresh country air.
You won’t find yourself overheating, regardless of how thick your check shirt or jumper underneath may be, thanks to the lightweight design. The gilet does a fantastic job of blending the austerity of the colour with the quilted diamond pattern and grey shoulders, to evoke a country club reputation. Tally ho.
holcombe gilet by Crew Clothing
Topman, Washed Black Denim Gilet – £28.00
Are you someone who’s into their fashion and loves experimenting with quirky items of clothing? Then be a trend setter this autumn in this washed out black Topman gilet. The frayed detailing on the shoulders definitely makes it different, giving it that rock n roll finish.
As its denim it certainly won’t insulate you like the other gilets do, as it’s more for style purposes. However, as it’s quite thin there’s plenty of room to layer up underneath. Just don’t double denim, that’s a big no no! This is an item which can be worn all year round and has double chest pockets.
Washed Black Gilet by Topman
Joules, Rutland Men’s Padded Gilet – £69.95
This Rutland padded gilet is one way to bulk up without having to take protein shakes and hitting the gym. Not to mention the design looks like you’ve got the Incredible Hulk’s ripped abs.
Joules’ padded jackets have proven very popular with their customers, and so they created a classic style gilet which will provide you with plenty of warmth.
The ruby green colour is eye-catching and will add colour to your overall outfit. If you prefer hoodless gilets then this one doesn’t come with one, but still ensures that your neck is covered with the big fleecy collar.
Rutland Gilet by Joules
Debenhams, Maine New England Big and Tall Dark Blue Knit Gilet – £35.00
This gilet from the Maine New England range is designed for taller and bigger men. If you’re struggling to find one which is the perfect fit then this one is for you. The sizes start from XXL to 5XL to ensure that you have the comfort you need.
This navy blue fleece effect material is a lot lighter and thinner than the ones above, meaning it’s perfect for those days when it’s a bit too warm to wear a thicker coat. It’s simple but practical, allowing plenty of movement with both of your hands free. For £35, it’s an autumn must-have. This is also available in smaller sizes, and would look great with boots and chinos for that casual look.
maine gilet by Debenhams
Ralph Lauren – Denim and Supply Gilet £170.00
If you are feeling a bit flush then this is the daddy of the Gilet world. At £170.00 you will expect this to last for life but with it coming from Ralph Lauren, you know it will. The perfect accompaniment to any bonfire night or trick or treating escapades, this is the gilet for you. We especially love the sheepskin collar and the quality of the overall feel. The Down filling also makes this a really warm item of clothing and a must have for every discerning gentleman’s wardrobe.
Denim and supply mens gilet by Ralph Lauren
With so many great gilets on offer, how can you not include one in your autumn/winter wardrobe? They can be worn all year round and they’re a classic fashion staple item for any man. The ones we handpicked are just a few we saw, however as you can see, they come in all different styles, colours and materials to suit your tastes.