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20 stylish gilets to wear for chilly winter walks

Forget florals for spring, you need a gilet for winter - because yes, they are groundbreaking....

Park your puffer coat and leave your quilted jacket for a minute because their lightweight sister, the gilet, is your BFF for 2022! Ideal for layering up on al fresco dining dates, walks in the park or pub garden beers, these versatile little numbers - known as vests, too - are set to be one of winter's most hard-working pieces.

We love them layered over a denim jacket, shearling coat or, on those warmer winter days, a snuggly sweatshirt.

Kate Middleton loves a luxury quilted gilet for outdoor playdates, while Trinny Woodall is such a fan of Uniqlo's gilet that she has it in almost every colour. Layering over jeans and trousers is a given, but we're into the aesthetic of gilets over dresses too.

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If you've never considered adding a gilet to your wardrobe, let us convince you with our edit of the best – and most stylish - gilets, from quilted vests to shearling gilets and maxi-length too…

Best padded gilets

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Cameo Rose padded gilet, £25.49, New Look

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New Look's camel quilted gilet has plenty of pockets - perfect for those face masks and hand sanitiser.

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Leopard padded gilet, £33.99, Gap

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Warm, lightweight and ultra-chic, this fabulous design by Gap comes in dark grey too, but we're all about the green animal print.

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Leopard quilted gilet, £15, New Look

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Or try New Look's classic leopard print version, currently on sale for £15.

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Reversible padded gilet, £98, Boden

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We are loving the bright, cheery rainbow print on Boden's reversible gilet. Turn it inside out and there's a cute sage green shade.

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Puffa gilet, £29.99, H&M

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For something in a springier shade, H&M's puffa gilet is a light, fawn colour and snuggly as heck. Also available in patent black.

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Belted quilted gilet, £97, Ted Baker

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A belted gilet is just as chic as a wool coat or tailored jacket. Looks great over leather, jeans or skirts too.

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Belted gilet, £54, & Other Stories

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Equally, this & Other Stories belted gilet is stylish too in lilac.

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Regatta padded gilet, £29.99, eBay Brand Outlet

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Available in mustard yellow, beige and navy, Regatta's padded gilet is created from water-repellant fabric and a cosy insulated inner lining.

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Daisy Street gilet, £24.50, ASOS

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Victoria Beckham declared gingham as 2021's biggest trend, and we reckon she'd approve of this chic checked design. 

Best long gilets

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Long padded gilet, £85, River Island

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River Island's padded gilet is long enough to keep your whole body warm, while the oversized collar adds a touch of chic.

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Selected Femme Gilet, £100, ASOS

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Effortlessly elegant, this gilet will add a touch of luxury to your favourite knitted dresses.

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Recycled Thermowarmth long gilet, £45, Marks & Spencer

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M&S' longer-length gilet is just the thing for layering over denim shorts come summer.

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Longline Hooded Gilet, £44, Boohoo

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Available in navy, pink, black, grey or khaki, Boohoo's gilet is long, cosy and cool.

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Long hooded gilet, £50, River Island

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River Island's dusty pink gilet is the best way to add some colour to your alfresco outfits.

Best faux fur gilets 

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Faux shearling mixed gilet, £49.99, Mango

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Mango's gilet is the perfect combination of faux shearling and suede. 

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Borg gilet, £32, White Stuff

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White Stuff's Borg gilet is giving us all the cosy feels; layer over a winter maxi dress.

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Reversible faux fur gilet, £139, Phase Eight

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Available in sizes 8-18, add a touch of luxury to your pub garden look with Phase Eight's reversible faux fur gilet. One side is glam faux fur and the other soft suede.

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Faur fur gilet, £149, Whistles

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For a classic black version, head to Whistles.

Best fleece gilets

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Fleece gilet, £98, Napapijri

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Nothing brightens our day like a springy coloured coat, and we're all over this deliciously pink fleecy gilet for adding some warmth to our chilly winter mornings.

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Fleece gilet, £19.99, H&M

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H&M's fleece gilet features a zip pocket and fleecy teddy material.

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Polka dot fleece gilet, £9, JD Williams

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A fleece gilet doesn't have to mean sporty – JD Williams' cute polka dot version is fun and feminine.

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