How To Wear: The gilet
The gilet was a huge trend back in 2002 when Sienna Miller was seen sporting one and as the nature of fashion typically comes full circle, the faux fur gilet is now back for 2010. It’s the perfect piece to see you through that transitional period when you’re determined not to ‘give in’ to a coat. There’s a reason that the gilet has come back around; it’s stylish, cosy and versatile: tick, tick and tick!
Numerous celebrities have been spotted wearing the gilet and it was all over the autumn/winter catwalks. Kenzo opted for a fun boho-chic inspired take on the trend; teaming a long fur gilet with a bold yellow printed dress, hat and suede boots with a fur trim. Michael Kors featured a long-line fur gilet cinched in at the waist with a double belt whilst Hakaan styled a two-tone fur gilet over an edgy black ensemble.
The question is, as much as the gilet looks great on the runway, can it work in your everyday style? There are many different ways to wear the gilet but the overall key to style success is balancing it with lighter pieces to flatter the silhouette. The gilet is typically bulky and you want it to enhance your outfit rather than swamp it.
In your 20’s:
Go for a haute-hippy look a la Kenzo and team an oversized faux fur gilet with a floaty floral printed dress. If you want to create shape, add in a skinny or ribbon belt and tie around the centre of the gilet. The look should be light, airy and pretty and keep the main outfit vibrant and colourful. The neutral tone of the gilet will then balance the bold colours.
In your 30’s:
Rachel Zoe is the queen of boho-chic and always looks fab so why not use her inspiration. Keep the gilet simple and choose one that falls just below the hip. Wear with a neutral toned scoop neck jumper and skinny or flared jeans with heels to elongate the legs. Add in a long necklace to dress-up the look and why not throw on a pair of oversized sunnies for the full Rachel Zoe effect!
In your 40’s:
Think of the gilet more as a waistcoat and avoid anything that is too bulky or heavily adorned –steer clear of ruffles at all costs. Choose a lightweight knitted gilet that is versatile enough to wear with skirts, trousers or your favourite pair of jeans.