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The best women’s gilet – our editors picks

Is it just us or is it getting a little nippy outside? Once that autumn breeze rolls through, it can only mean one thing… Gilet season. These genius jackets give you the essential warmth you’ve been craving, minus the hefty weight of a heavy winter coat.

We’ve put together a collection of the very hottest gilets on the highstreet. Follow our guide, be inspired and layer until your hearts content. Leave your arms free to take a breather and collectively admit; we all love a good gilet!

House of Fraser, Abacus Hisingen Quilted Vest – £99.00 

This gilet is ideal for those days when it’s a little breezy but not cold enough for a winter coat. If you’re wanting something which is light and thin, but is still quilted to give you that little bit of warmth then get yourself one of these. Black is so versatile, and can be worn with anything for a casual look, however it’s also available in four other colours.

If you’re an outdoorsy person then this House of Fraser number would be suitable for you. Its windproof and water resistant, meaning it would be perf for any Dora the Explorers out there. It has zip pockets for your valuables and the big neck collar will keep you lovely and warm.


House of Fraser Gilet 2015


Marks and Spencer, Faux Fur Gilet with Stormwear – £69.00 

Oooh la la, look at that gorgeous deep purple! This little number is ideal for your autumn outerwear collection. This is a real luxurious, transeasonal piece which will work wonders with any style you wear. You could wear this for lunch in the day and then wear it with heels and leggings in the evening for a more glamourous look.

It will bring a pop of colour to your outfits, and will take you on a time machine through the eras of faux fur collars. Who needs scarves when you can keep your neck warm with faux fur?! It’s a straight regular fit, so brilliant for layering underneath. Stay classy, ladies!

Marks and spencer Gilet 2015

Topshop, Suedette Fringe Gilet – £48.00
When it comes to Topshop, they’re more about fashion than practicality. As you can see from this quirky number, it’s not going to keep you warm but it’s something you can layer over your other wardrobe items. The fringe style is everywhere at the moment, and it’s brilliant for creating the illusion of a longer, slimmer body. This soft seudette gilet is really bringing back the 70’s vibes.

Topshop Suedette Gilet 2015

Superdry, Super Academy Gilet – £84.99
If you’re wanting something which offers a premium quality, with great longevity, then get this Academy Gilet from Superdry. They take into consideration looking good while still giving you a gilet that’s packing practical features that you need and love.
It’s padded and Sherpa lined making it THE autumn/winter essential, it also comes with inside and outer zips for your convenience. Don’t fancy wearing the hood? Not a problem, as this can also be made into a hoodless gilet to suit all weathers. This comes in 4 different colours which suits all, with the Superdry logo showing loud and proud.

Superdry Gilet 2015
John Lewis, Nicole Farhi Melton Gilet, Fawn – £395.00  
I know what you’re thinking… “How much!?” but this would be your investment piece out of the 10 listed here. The fawn colour is 100% bang on trend, and has been for years now. It’s made from the finest wool and has a statement pocket made from calf skin, giving it that layered textured look. The stylish collar and tailored fit gives it an instant city chic look. This is great if you’re taller as it falls just below the knee. Wear it with slim trousers to give you the shape you want.

Nicole Fahri Camel Gilet
House of Fraser, Mint Velvet Camel Faux Fur Gilet – £109.00
If you’ve always wanted to look like a yeti then this faux fur gilet from House of Fraser will make your dreams come true. Faux fur is all over the highstreets and catwalks this season, so make sure you have at least one item ready to be a true fashionista.

Mint Velvet Gilet 2015
You’ll be lovely and toasty in this, as it falls just above the hips, so it won’t over-do the look. Layer it up with 70’s style dresses and knee high boots for that real 70’s finish, or wear it to bring a simple outfit to life.
Jack Wills, Heminton Classic Gilet – £71.60

If you’re young, down with the kids and have a student loan to spend, then treat yourself to one of these classic Jack Wills gilets. Brighten up your outfit in their branded pink outerwear, in this inspired artic and parka jacket.

This would be ideal to wear to and from university lectures, as it’s padded and feather filled, to give you the maximum insulation you need in these colder months. The hood is detachable and has a fur trim detailing with the zip and poppers going right up to the neck. You really will feel snug as a bug in this.

Jack Wills Gilet 2015

There you have it ladies, gilet galore! Whether you want a quirky look, one which oozes femininity, or something which is plain and practical, there’s a multitude of them out there. They’re all saying “pick me, pick me” and why wouldn’t you? They have awesome versatility and style for any shape or size.