The endless debate around a gilet is up there with one of the most British conversations you could ever have.
Every Single Dad: “You Forgot Your Sleeves, Son”
*scans around room looking for laughter*
…and ending with:
“But aren’t you cold?”
— Phill Owen (@Phillowen) November 23, 2013
But before you throw that gilet-themed party, there are a few steps to nailing that underrated look.
Wear In All Weathers
That’s the beauty of a gilet, it’s perfect for those summer evenings or those cold winter walks; don’t be afraid to wear in the spring, summer, autumn or winter – sometimes the colder months don’t require a jacket that wouldn’t look out of place in the Swiss Alps.
Add A Splash Of Colour
Navy, grey or black, those gilets are a dime a dozen as you wander a busy high street on a Saturday. But we aren’t here to blend; we are here to ‘peacock’.
Go find that green, red or rainbow-coloured gilet, because you’re proud to be a gilet-wearer.
Make That Lightweight Alternative Warmer
It’s too cold for just a lightweight jacket but it certainly doesn’t require the parka jacket; the gilet is all about the layering.
You don’t always have to look like you’ve come from a Michelin man convention; a gilet doesn’t have to born into the nylon family.
Be brave, be bold and opt for a suede or woollen one.
Shop The Look
For all the positives to a gilet, it has to be said, it’s hard to get the outfit it ‘works’ with. Therefore, opting for a gilet means you’re also opting into the whole wardrobe.
Do not, under any circumstances, think that a gilet is something to just throw on as you head out the door.
Dear man at bus stop. I'd look very silly with sunglasses and a gilet on eating a cornetto at this time of night. But you're rocking it.
— Tubbs McGuire (@tubbsmcguire) July 16, 2012
Don’t Be The Cliché
The social stigma of a Made In Chelsea wannabe, born with a silver spoon in their mouth, who enjoys hunting on the weekend, is a hard cliché to escape.