The gilet is one of the most versatile pieces of outdoor clothing. At Ken Varey Outdoor World, we always have a wide selection of gilets in stock from all of your favourite high-end brands: enjoy this article in which we find out more about the gilet, its history and how to wear it for the best aesthetic and practical results.
The gilet's origin is in 15th century France and was first popular among the peasant class. As the 16th century progressed, the gilet became more padded and luxurious, finding favour amongst the aristocracy (Henry VIII was a notable fan). Today, gilets are available in a diverse array of styles, making them one of the most popular pieces of outdoor clothing.
The versatility of the gilet means that it can be worn as part of formal or casual outfits.
- Casual for Men: pair a gilet with a traditional crew neck jumper for a stylish look that stands up to the weather of winter and early spring. When rendered in a solid colour, the gilet also works well with boldly-patterned shirts
- Formal for Men: the classic Oxford shirt works well with a gilet, as do contemporary slim-fit styles
- Casual for Women: fur-trimmed gilets are always in fashion and the extra material provides both warmth and added textural excitement. These designs also work well with nautical striped garments. Add a pair of decent wellies and you're good to go!
- Formal for Women: the quilted gilet is perfect for a formal look, bringing a definite sense of sophistication. Coupled with a printed shirt,
a gilet is an ideal addition to your formal wardrobe
Whether you are male or female, the fit of a gilet should be similar to a waistcoat, with high armholes and a snug overall cut that allows for layering underneath. Discover our collection of gilets online now!