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How to wear a gilet: Buyers Guide

What is a Gilet?

You may be wondering ‘What is a gilet?’ or you might have heard of them and wondered what they are and why you should consider one.

If you have ever worn your winter jacket in spring and got into a sweat or dashed out with just a jumper on and realised it’s way too cold – then the answer to your problems is a gilet.

There are many options to choose from: fleece, quilted or padded – welcome to the wonderfully functional and versatile extra layer that you never knew you needed. You can add it on or take it off as you go – perfect for those unpredictable weather days. Another great feature is they’re super lightweight and compact enough to roll up and pack away, ideal for your next trip. Like softshell jackets, its versatility means you can wear it year-round. 

Body Warmer or Gilet? Is there a difference?

It’s often thought that body warmers and gilets are different. The truth is they’re the same. The word gilet and body warmer relates to a sleeveless garment that provides extra warmth around the torso. Now, if you’re wondering how to pull off this stylish and practical garment keep reading.

How to wear the Gilet: Styling Tips

1. Gilet-ing on the daily commute

Whether you’re dashing out on the school run or heading to work pair your gilet with a sweatshirt or hoodie for a stylish, casual look with minimal effort. Choose a gilet like the Franklyn that’s padded, insulating, and can be worn comfortably underneath a jacket or hoodie.

2. Exploring the outdoors gilet-style

First on your packing list for any outdoor adventure should be suitable layers. As you’re heart race and pace changes throughout the day so will your body temperature. You can regulate this by adding and removing layers. And that’s where a gilet comes in handy and is ideal for adding as a mid-layer. The Lyla Padded women’s gilet will take up virtually no space in your backpack and will be a welcoming comfort when you stop for a lunch break or at the end of the day when your body naturally cools down. With cold heat technology and an inner storm flap, our customers love wearing it for hiking, cycling, and running.

3. Après-ski in my Gilet

There’s no better feeling than relaxing in the chalet bar with your nearest and dearest after an exhilarating day on the slopes. Even if you’re not a big skier, the après ski experience makes a trip in the mountains worthwhile and lots of fun. Leave your salopettes and damp waterproofs to dry out. Instead, wear your gilet with a casual polo t shirt or fleece. The air trap fabric of the Leafminer gilet will lock in heat and regulate body warmth. Ideal for crisp, chilly evenings in the mountains.

Explore our collection of stylish and comfortable ski wear for men, women, and children, with awesome-value après ski clothing options that everyone can enjoy.

What are the features of a gilet?

Gilets come with a wide range of features – each one with its unique technical abilities. In the diagram below, we’ve chosen one of our most popular – the Giana Women’s Down Gilet.

Padding – Insulation is strategically placed to ensure warmth without adding extra weight.
Stuff Sack in Pocket – This gives you the option to wear your gilet or carry it on the go.
Down Filled Insulation – Down filling is lightweight and super insulating.
Pockets – Ideal for carrying your necessities.
Hoods – Some of our gilets feature a hood, which is ideal for extra protection from the wind and rain.
Fleece – Great for adding insulation.
Softshell – Softshell is more breathable and stretchy than fleece, ideal for high-impact activities.

These are just a small selection of the gilets we offer, you can find the full range online.