A Guide to Men’s Gilets

A gilet, pronounced ‘jee-lay’ is a sleeveless jacket also known as a vest or a body warmer, worn in the same way as a coat for extra warmth on colder days. First donned as a decorative vest during the 19th century in France, the focus was then less on warmth and more on style. However, now we’ve struck the perfect balance of form and function, and although it’s been a favourite of the rural set for decades – the gilet has finally made it as a true men’s must-have.

So no matter whether you’re in the town or country, a gilet is something that needs adding to your wardrobe today. From men’s padded gilets to men’s quilted gilets, this versatile little number will become a real life saver when the Great British weather isn’t feeling so kind.

Man wearing Joules Halesworth Gilet over a jumper

This luxurious men’s quilted gilet has been designed to give you the freedom to move whilst keeping your body chill-free. For a men’s country style gilet, this non-bulky, extra insulating wardrobe staple is a simple way to countrify your look in an instant, all you need is a pair of men’s wellies to truly master that rural look. Our most popular style of men’s body warmer is perfect to be worn over t-shirts and shirts but also underneath jackets and coats, too.

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Gilets are the perfect transitional garment that can be worn as outerwear or (if the bad weather sets in) a layering piece to beat the cold. We work hard to develop our styles to make sure that they are practical, yet perform. Fabric, fit and functionality make them versatile and timeless classics.

Tim Ellis, Senior Menswear Designer at Joules

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Man wearing Joules padded gilet over a jumper

Our classic snug packable padded gilet is a rugged and handsome piece that you’ll find yourself turning to again and again. So lightweight, you have to feel it to believe it. Made from recycled materials and available in matching styles for woman and kids, this gilet may just be our greatest outwear creation to date. Just like our padded jackets, this men’s body warmer will provide incredible amounts of warmth, yet free up your arms for unrestricted movement. Want to know more about gilet styling? Pair this one with denim jeans for a casual look or throw over a check shirt for effortless style, striking enough to turn a few heads.

man wearing Joules wide barrel gilet over a jumper

This gilet is no ordinary body warmer for men, it is a gateway for you to indulge your rugged side and ooze country bumpkin charm. This men’s padded gilet has a timeless appeal and will work with anything you decide to wear it with. Padded for warmth, with a zip and popper fastening and finished with two easy-access front pockets that are spacious enough to stash everything from your hands to your phone. The funnel neck offers extra protection and warmth, ensuring the cold weather doesn’t disrupt your plans and you can seize the chilly day comfortably. Perfect when styled with one of our signature men’s rugby shirts to add a pop of colour from your shoulders down!

man wearing a Joules padded gilet over a shirt

For a style which is quintessentially British, rely on our go to padded gilet. This men’s gilet is a winterwear essential, with barrel quilting insulating enough to keep you toasty in the great outdoors. Crafted using breathable material so light, it’ll make all your other jackets redundant! This flattering men’s padded gilet comes in matching styles for all the family so you and your clan can look picture perfect this winter! To dress with the utmost decorum, couple with a pair of slim fit chinos and a pair of suede boots!

Whether you’re after men’s country gilets, a gilet perfect for pairing with work attire or something for casual wear, Joules host a whole range of gilets that are ready and waiting for you. Explore the men’s gilet collection today to find the right style for you and make sure you check out our how to wear a gilet guide for more detail on gilet styling as well as women’s and children’s gilets too.

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