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I appear to be the only Mum at school without a padded gilet . . .

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ellenrosethenotsosecretpirate · 09/11/2006 17:01

am I missing out?

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MaloryTowersBigHeadBigNorks · 09/11/2006 18:03

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Twiglett · 09/11/2006 18:12

oh no I'm not

iota · 09/11/2006 18:20

the mums with padded gilets at our school usually are about to go off and exercise the horses

I have a sleeveless fleece (Berghaus not fashion) which I wear under my Berghaus anorak - in fact I can zip them together.

Sometimes I wear it on its own

Gobbledispook · 09/11/2006 21:56

er twig - I don't look anything like that!

expatinscotland · 09/11/2006 21:59

eewww, horses are stinky.

where are you?

i've not seen any padded gillets here.

but this is urban.

my dad gave DH a down one that he rarely used, b/c he lives in warmer climates and tends to rotate to the UK in summer.

it looks a bit padded.

but for moi? no.

it's just too 'millet's' a look for me.

Gobbledispook · 09/11/2006 22:00

No, no, no - you all just have the wrong look in mind!! YOu need a trendy one and the trendy clothes to go with it!!

Agree that horses honk though. Yukko

puffling · 09/11/2006 22:24

Do you live in Surrey?

I live in Salford and and mums round here are not even aware of gilets and 'hunters.'

You only live once, so don't be a slave to Boden mumness.

expatinscotland · 09/11/2006 22:26

it all reminds me of pongy livestock.

how unsavoury.

no, i don't see myself in such a garment.

MrsDoolittle · 09/11/2006 22:36

I have two gilets; a brown one and a blue one. I love them.
They are like wearing a cosy duvet without the interference of puffy arms. They keep my torso toasty warm.
I really don't give a flying f* what anyone thinks.

Sheraz · 09/11/2006 22:43

We call them 'body warmers'round our way. i love mine. I don't have a horse and i don't smell. Mine was from Dorothy Perkins. i guess I'm common.

LadyOfTheFlowersIs1Baby1Bump · 09/11/2006 22:45

i wear one riding with my hunters, but nowhere else.

sansouci · 09/11/2006 22:55

I've got one with sleeves. It's about a zillion years old & the threads are coming loose. it's navy & has a cordoroy (sp?) collar. One of my friends told me I dress the exactly the same way as we did when we were at school, which was only about a zillion years ago. I hate fashion, except haute couture & America's next top idiot, which is hilarious, btw.

ellenrosethenotsosecretpirate · 10/11/2006 07:59

I'm in North Somerset so we have a mixture of genuinely horsey people (ride them, rather than smell or look like them) and people who wish they could spend their time riding horses but can't so dress like they could if they wanted to and those who are too busy/disorganised for any of that and end up being the one without the gilet

Torn now, with you on the lack of arms though - is there really a long period of time when it is cold enough to warrant a gilet but not to demand something with sleeves - by the time I have finished this thread I have probably missed it anyway

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Kittypickle · 10/11/2006 08:21

WEll I am probably moving to North Somerset next year but I'm not going to have a padded gilet and that is final ! So if we end up up a bit further down the road into Somerset with the North, do they all wear them there as well ?

Twiglett · 10/11/2006 08:29

Gobble ol' gal ol' pal .. you just don't think it looks like that, you just think it looks trendy .. but it doesn't .. it looks like man from millets gone mad with material selection

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boboggglimpopo · 10/11/2006 08:51

I bought a pink one with a red lining in a rash moment during the last winter sales. I look like a walking spat out sweet, the dds scoffed and did that eyebrow thing when I tried to palm it off on them, dh says that if I wear it skiing I will be visible from the next mountain, should they need to find me, so it lies, unworn, with the price tag (a fiver, reduced from sixty, which says something!) and looks at me whenever I do a shoe hunt in the deepest reaches of my cupboard.

I am going to ebay the bloody thing - unless anyone wants it for postage

I used to have a lovely plain black Gap one that I loved and wore all the time, but never with hunters.

expatinscotland · 10/11/2006 09:08

What are 'hunters', in the garment sense, that is?

I would think a gillet such as this would be good for, as ggg's DH pointed out, skiing. Or whilst fraternising w/livestock.

As neither activity holds appeal to me, I'm happily gillet-less.

vitomum · 10/11/2006 09:11

i haven't worn one since a pony club event in 1983. Are the actually back in fashion or are they a lifestyle statement?

NomDePlume · 10/11/2006 09:12

Hunters are wellies, expat

vitomum · 10/11/2006 09:12

btw ex-pat i beleive 'hunters' are wellie boots, generally green

expatinscotland · 10/11/2006 09:14

Ah, the brand!

Yes. I have Hunter wellies. And they are green.

But I wear them on very rainy days w/a normal jumper and coat.

southeastastra · 10/11/2006 09:16

at fraternising with livestock

pointydog · 10/11/2006 09:19

SOme gilets are back in fashion.

Some gilets are lifestyle statements, roughly like that bizarre lifestyle statement of turning up your blouse collar.

RanToTheHills · 10/11/2006 09:29

i'm with the twiglett on the cold arms front. Why oh why wear sth which only keeps yr body warm?? don't get it, esp as it's my arms rather than my back/tummy which get the coldest.

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