Style Manual

The modern man’s guide to dressing well every day

Looking for that extra layer? Look no further than the gilet. AKA, one of the most hard-working pieces in your autumn/winter wardrobe. Read on for a few ways to wear a gilet (or bodywarmer as it’s also been called). The good news? It works over, or under, almost everything in your wardrobe.

How to wear a gilet


Where did the gilet originate?

The idea of a sleeveless jacket is by no means new – the style has roots spanning centuries, in fact. Since Medieval times it’s been the perfect layer to add warmth for those who work outdoors, without restricting movement. And it’s been through various forms since – spotted everywhere from country manors to music videos.

What gilet should I buy now?

Right now, we’re opting for something lightweight and simple, with a streamlined look. Neutral tones work well and mean maximum versatility. You want something you can wear again and again, after all. We’ve also worked hard to craft a selection of styles in recycled polyester, helping to conserve resources and give waste fabrics a new life.


Gilet with a hoody


How to wear a gilet with hoodies

In case you were wondering, yes you definitely can wear a gilet with a hoodie or sweatshirt. Team with blue denim and simple white trainers for weekends out and about.


green padded gilet with recyled polyester

How to wear a gilet with t-shirts

Pair a gilet with black jeans and a long-sleeve tee or lightweight sweat for everyday style made easy. Sometimes, simple really is the way to go.


Padded gilet worn with zip neck jumper


How to wear a gilet with knitwear

Try yours with a zip-neck jumper in autumnal colours to be ready for cooler weather. Or choose different shades of the same colour, mixing smart and more casual pieces, to master the art of tonal dressing.

How should a gilet fit?

Comfortably, but close to the body. The idea of a gilet is that it’s as practical as it is stylish so you definitely wouldn’t want it to be any tighter than you’d wear a waistcoat. Make sure you can zip or fasten the gilet, but when you’re wearing it keep it undone. It should feel quite relaxed. Consider what you’ll be wearing your gilet with too. If you tend to wear heavier knitwear then a looser fit might work for you, but avoid bulkier styles or anything too baggy if you want to be able to wear it under a coat.



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