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Should I buy a gilet? YDo you wear them instead of coats or what?

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toptramp Mon 24-Oct-11 21:06:16

There is a georgeous purple on in Fat Face at the moment. It is duck down padded, teflon coated (!)sheepskin lined and with a fake fur hood. I love it but it is £69.
The trouble is I always wonder how to wear one. if I just wear it over a jumper won't my arms get cold if it is in the middle of winter? can I wear it over a coat? I am sure it is worth the money in as much as it's very well made out of top notch materials but how best to wear?
Anyone got one and is it worth it?

toptramp Mon 24-Oct-11 21:06:50

sorry about typo in title!

MegBusset Mon 24-Oct-11 21:11:20

I saw that one too and loved it but didn't buy it for the same reason! Sorry that's not much help is it...

Snowstorm Mon 24-Oct-11 21:12:56

I've got that gilet and it's lovely. You can wear it over t'shirts and jumpers - would look a bit odd over a coat though IMO. I mostly wear it around the house so that I'm kept as warm as possible (underactive thyroid), without having to put the heat up too much, but I can still move my arms, which you can't if you multi-layer other types of clothing to the extent that I need them. It is expensive but I'm going to be wearing it for years and it's not fuddy-duddy looking for a gilet. I also have last year's version (Christmas present) which didn't have the fleecey lining. Says dry clean only but I put it in the washing machine and then the dryer with a tennis ball.

If you feel the cold and you can afford it, it's definitely worth it.

DaisySteiner Mon 24-Oct-11 21:13:48

I have a couple that I tend to wear in autumnal weather when it's too cold to go out in a jumper but too warm for a coat. You're right, it's certainly not going to be enough on its own in the middle of winter, but if it's reallycold I might wear it under a coat!

MrsJasonBourne Mon 24-Oct-11 21:14:35

I love a nice gilet. I'm just not sure how to pronounce it.

I just chuck one on if I want a bit of body warmth but it's a bit too warm for a coat. That's it really!

lesstalkmoreaction Mon 24-Oct-11 21:15:34

I bought one last year and love it, mine was white stuff though.But I did wait until a 25% voucher came through the door and bought it through quidco to get some cash back bringing the price right down, so i could then tell dh what a bargain it was!!

toptramp Mon 24-Oct-11 21:17:30

aaaaggggrrr! i am going to have to get it! It's too nice not to. It will be perfect fro trans- seasonal wear methinks!

sprinkles77 Mon 24-Oct-11 21:39:38

I have two. Though I call them "bodywarmers". Love them. Great when not cold enough for a coat, but too cold to go without. Brilliant when quite active in the cold (walking, riding) and going in and out of shops. I wear mine with a hoodie or a fleece underneath. Also great over a denim jacket.

mycatsaysach Mon 24-Oct-11 21:42:08

i started a thread last week about my new gilet.(and didn't get many answers).

i like mine but i do feel i am going out horse riding when i wear it.

lesstalkmoreaction Mon 24-Oct-11 21:44:19

just looked its lovely but selling out fast!!!

Soups Tue 25-Oct-11 09:24:12

I love that one and trying not to buy it, if I were still a SAHM. It'd be hard to fit in wearing 2 gillets during the weekend ;)

I'm on holiday this week and have been wearing mine down to the beach with a thin sweater underneath.

Monstermuncher Tue 25-Oct-11 10:10:46

Hello, recent gilet convert here adding my twopennyworth. I was tempted by the Fat Face one as well. Its very padded so I thought it would be a bit too warm (also it is ££ but you can see its good quality). I ended up buying a black one from H&M and I blooming love it - its great for the school run, has a detachable hood and was a bargainous £30.

BikeRunSki Tue 25-Oct-11 10:19:17

I have 2 down ones from Alpkit. Blue and black. Wear them with jeans and jumpers all winter unless very cold indeed. Then I wear my down jacket.

stressheaderic Tue 25-Oct-11 10:22:18

Massive gilet fan here. I hate coats, hate feeling restricted across the shoulders and arms, plus I'm skinny as a rake and coats just seem to swamp me.
Gilets are fab for days like today - it's about 16 degrees, I'm doing jobs around the house and running a few errands.

Go on get it, you'll be surprised how much you wear it. I'm v jealous, there's no way I could afford that Fat Face one, I've got 2 Asda George ones and a SoulCal pink one off ebay smile

Soups Tue 25-Oct-11 11:07:35

BikeRunSki do you have the Alpkit down jacket? I was wondering how the sizes came up.

drowninginlaundry Tue 25-Oct-11 15:41:21

they are great for dry days when it's cold but not raining. If you get one that is not too bulky, you can wear it under a waterproof jacket in the winter, you get the protection from the elements and lots of added warmth as well.

Or over a well fitting fleece that keeps the wind chill off a bit.

Get it, you'll wear it a lot!

BikeRunSki Wed 26-Oct-11 10:45:31

Soups, I don't have the Alpkit down jacket, but if the gilets are anything to go by, the sizes come up big.

PerryCombover Wed 26-Oct-11 10:53:13

I'm unsure about what one does with bodywarmers if not riding out?

nogoodusernamesleft Wed 26-Oct-11 11:20:17

If anyone fancies a pink North Face one, they are reduced to £65 from £110 on the Cotswolds site atm!

www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.detail/code/2C210011

WailyWailyWaily Wed 26-Oct-11 11:26:10

I live in my Gilet, absolutely love having free arms. On very cold days I do wear a jumper and it is a bit crap in the rain smile
Mine is down filled and a bit like wearing a duvet grin

CointreauVersial Wed 26-Oct-11 13:28:15

Ohhhh, I'm desperate for that gilet, OP! In purple too! I've tried it on at least three times. My mate has one in blue and loves it. Too ££££ though.

A bit peturbed to hear they're selling out fast, though, I've been hinting to DH about buying it for me for Christmas but he'd better get a wiggle on......

Mrsrobertduvall Wed 26-Oct-11 13:46:11

I went to try on the Fatface one today after reading this and do like it....originally was going to get the grey, but it was a bit insipid. Am now sitting here deciding which colour...I suppose navy would be most practical.

overmydeadbody Wed 26-Oct-11 13:50:52

I love my Gillet, wear it throughout spring and autumn instead of a coat. Keeps your body warm without overheating you like a coat would. On days like today I would wear two long sleeved tops, a thin jumper and my gillet to go outside. I'd be lovely and warm that way.

In fact, I have two, a smart one and a casual one for climibng in, climbing in thsi weather can be a bit cold but you need your arms free of the extra bulk a coat would give.

Sometimes, in winter, I even wear my gillet under my coat! shock You can't wear it over a coat.

notasgreenasiamcabbagelooking Wed 26-Oct-11 20:00:39

I'm a 10-12. Anyone know whether I should size up or down? Are they true to size?

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