Nov 17, 2023
How to style a women’s gilet
Autumn is here – and that means it’s time to embrace some seasonal styles. This includes the gilet: a firm favourite for those in between seasons when you might want to add or take off a layer at a moment’s notice.
Gilets have been around for centuries and were originally called ‘jerkins’. They’re brilliant clothing options for those who spend a lot of time outdoors as they keep you warm while allowing for easy movement.
From why they’re such must-have pieces to how to style a women’s gilet for the new season, TOG24 has you covered.
What is a gilet?
If you’ve not already got one in your wardrobe, a gilet is a sleeveless jacket that’s designed to keep your core warm. That’s why you might also hear people call them body warmers. Padded gilets (or ‘jerkins’) were worn in Tudor times and some variations even later evolved to become the modern waistcoat.
Typically, gilets are unfitted and hang straight down the body, although you might find some which are more tailored around the waist. Not just practical, they’ve also become major wardrobe staples and are extremely versatile when it comes to styling.
Styles of gilet
Gilets come in a whole range of styles, fabrics and colours – from soft fleecy designs to waterproof puffer options and even those filled with down feathers for a little extra warmth. Popular picks include:
- Puffer gilets – padded or quilted puffer gilets have become particularly trendy in recent years as they’re easy to style and supremely warm. While some come stuffed with down feathers, it’s also possible to get high-quality padded gilets featuring synthetic inners.
- Fleece gilets – the fleece gilet is a truly classic look and offers premium warmth when you’re discovering new terrain outdoors. These soft versions of the gilet tend to come in a range of colours, from classic black to vibrant pink.
- Hooded gilets – a hooded gilet is ideal if you’re heading outside into chilly or wet weather. Many feature padded hoods, while others come with stylish faux fur trims.
- Longline gilets – while most gilets tend to be cropped just below the waist, a more modern option is the longline gilet. These usually stop mid-way down the thigh and offer you a little more coverage and warmth.
How to wear a gilet for women
With so many different varieties of gilet to choose from, you can bet that there are also dozens of ways to wear them. Here we’ll take you through a few key options for how to style a women’s gilet:
Pair one with a sweatshirt and leggings
For a cosy look that’s suitable for a day outdoors, you can’t beat a gilet-jumper-leggings combo. Gilets pair well over both fleecy jumpers, as well as cotton sweatshirts or hoodies.
A down gilet will offer maximum warmth, while you’ll also find insulated gilets featuring luxe fur trim hoods for added comfort. On your bottom half, pull on a pair of activewear or walking leggings for easy movement. And on your feet? Wellington boots always look great with a gilet as they both channel a countryside, outdoorsy aesthetic.
Pop one over a shirt
For a smart casual look on a warmer autumn day, try wearing a gilet over the top of a classic check or striped shirt. This look embraces timeless country styling, while also being smart enough for lunch or coffee out with friends.
A flannel shirt is the best option for a more laidback edge but you could also opt for a crisp cotton shirt in a plain colour or pastel stripe. Tuck your shirt into some high-waisted jeans for a more fashion-forward look or keep it untucked for an effortlessly casual finish.
Wear a longline gilet with a cosy knit and jeans
Gilets aren’t just for outdoor adventures or casual meet-ups. They can also be given a stylish makeover with the right outfit, turning them into an essential day-to-night jacket option.
Try wearing a longline gilet, such as our Ranskill Women’s Long Insulated Gilet, over a fitted knit jumper and slim-cut jeans. You could even go for a skirt and tight combo. Finish the look with some smart Chelsea boots and you’ve got a warm yet chic outfit for your next date night.
You’ll spot longline gilets in a variety of colours at TOG24, from timeless black and snow white to heritage tones like khaki green. Top tip: choosing a neutral shade will provide you with more outfit pairing options.
Choosing a gilet
Sold on the idea of adding a gilet to your wardrobe? You’re in luck as we’ve got plenty of women’s gilet options to browse. When it comes to getting the perfect fit, you’ll want to make sure it’s quite snug around the body and armpits yet still roomy enough to fit a jumper comfortably underneath.
Gilets are designed to not restrict your movement, so you’ll want to make sure the one you choose isn’t too tight. Usually, you’ll be able to purchase one in your standard size. And, thanks to our generous returns policy, you can always swap your gilet for another size if it’s not quite the right fit.