Autumn / Winter Gilets and Bodywarmers

Written by Andy | 05/09/2013

Autumn and winter always brings out some of the same trends year after year. Winter coats in all shapes and sizes never go out of fashion however the gilet (or bodywarmer) does tend to come and go. At the moment it’s on its third autumn and winter season in a row after being replaced by coats and hoodies for a time. The staying power of the gilet this time round is simply down to the continued popularity of the quilted jacket with top names such as Belstaff, Barbour, G Star and more all producing quilted jackets and coats for the winter. For those who don’t quite want a winter coat the gilet is there and is ready to be worn with your winter hoodies, knitwear, jumpers or sweatshirts.

At the moment we have around 30 gilets and bodywarmers available on Mainline Menswear with a few more due in the coming weeks. At the moment the weather hasn’t quite turned cold enough to need them – but there is nothing wrong with getting yourself organised and ready for the autumn and winter weather that is sure to hit the UK in the next couple of months. Last year I wrote a post entitled How to Wear a Designer Gilet This Autumn Winter Season which is also a great starting point for your gilet shopping. While the prices, styles and brands may have changed the excellent list of Dos and Don’ts will keep you in check with your wardrobe and outfits.

Designer Gilets and Bodywarmers at Mainline Menswear

This season there are many of the usual suspects producing top quality gilets and body warmers. Expect to see Armani alongside Ralph Lauren, Belstaff and Paul Smith at the top end of the brand mix and price scale while you’ll find more mid-tier brands including Lyle and Scott, Humor and Anerkjendt have great designs for a little less money. At the moment you can pay between £45 and £425 for a gilet on Mainline Menswear with a wide range of colours and styles available including umber green, winetasting burgundy, dress blues, new navy, jet black, blue nights and more. Hoods, pockets, full zip and button front designs are part of the variety currently available on the site. My personal preference – the Anerkjendt Kasi gilet in blue nights priced at £60. This bodywarmer has a great quilted design, three front pockets, button and zip fastening and a ribbed cotton bomber jacket style collar that would suit wearing scarves, hooded jumpers and knitwear perfectly as it won’t get too thick or enclosed around your neck. When worn with a pair of indigo blue jeans, Timberland boots and either a hoodie or chunky knitted jumper this gilet will look great.

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