Mar' 1904


Wardrobe Staples, It’s Officially Time To Reach For The Gilet

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That lightweight jacket you desperately want to wear is perilously thin and flimsy, so you’ll almost certainly get soaked through if it rains and quite likely freeze to death too. The problem is, that cosy winter overcoat you probably should wear, feels way too hot and bulky as we gradually transition into the Spring.

Enter the sartorial lifesaver aptly known as a ‘body warmer’ or gilet.  Whether it’s a woolly, fleecy, quilted or padded gilet, they are the essential turn-to outerwear piece to weather all manner of storms and keep you nice and toasty.

It’s the fabulously functional extra layer you can add on or peel away at whim; perfect for awkward in-between-season times when the weather doesn’t know whether it’s coming or going.  Conveniently compact enough to roll up and pack into a bag, a gilet makes an ideal travelling companion too.

Because it’s sleeveless, a gilet layers perfectly without restricting movement.  Add a gilet to the mix and you’ll get the warmth where it counts, without feeling hemmed in. So free your arms (and your spirit) and add a gilet to your wardrobe today.  It’s a season-less essential you won’t know how you lived without.

Here’s a couple of my favourite ways to incorporate the iconic gilet into your workwear:

Office Casual:

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Throw a pair of Chelsea boots or leather brogues into the mix and you’ve got an outfit that’s sure to not only keep you nice and snug on the commute in, but will be the envy of everyone in the office.

*When to wear – For casual days in the office or an afternoon down the pub with friends.

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Meeting Smart:

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The only thing harder than getting out of bed at the moment is leaving the house when it’s still dark and ultra chilly!  Thankfully, the gilet can be coupled with your workwear quite easily to help keep you company on the commute in.

Whether you’re a fan of the classic Oxford shirt or prefer the more contemporary slim-fit shirts, a gilet will keep you warm on the way to work without reducing the formality of your outfit and looks equally as slick when paired with a tie.

*When to wear – For meetings with clients or that all important presentation.

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How will you guys be styling the gilet this Spring?