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20 stylish spring gilets to wear for chilly al fresco pub garden visits

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

Carla Challis

Pack your puffer coat away because its lightweight sister, the gilet, is here for summer! Ideal for layering up on those al fresco dining dates, rose in the park with the girls or pub garden parties, these versatile little numbers - known as vests, too - are set to be one of spring and summer's most hard-working pieces.

Kate Middleton loves a luxury quilted gilet for outdoor play dates, 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 and with Bermuda denim shorts, too.

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Ultra-light down vest, £39.90, Uniqlo

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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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Hobbs quilted gilet, £129, John Lewis

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A classic navy gilet that will off-set classic blue jeans to a tee, Hobbs' quilted gilet is a classic version.

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Perfect Moment belted padded ski gilet, £435, Farfetch

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Warm, lightweight and ultra-chic, this fabulous design by Perfect Moment is an extra-special treat; plus - the Duchess of Cambridge is a fan of this luxe brand.

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Khaki Padded Tie Detail Gilet, £90, I Saw It First

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Get the army look with this bold khaki design. We are loving the high collar, zip front fastening and tie strap details - perfect paired with joggers and an oversize T-shirt.

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Feather & down puffa gilet, £35, Marks & Spencer

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For something in a springier shade, M&S' feather and down puffa gilet is sumptuous coffee colour and snuggly as heck.

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Quilted vest, £89, Arket

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We adore the round neckline on Arket's padded vest, a fashionable twist on the traditional gilet.

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Gingham gilet, £60, isawitfirst.com

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

Best lightweight gilets

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Denim gilet, £19.99, H&M

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Layer H&M's denim gilet over a white tee and matching jeans for a deliciously tonal look.

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Floral quilted vest, £59.99, Mango

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Floral quilted gilets are definitely having a moment – style Mango's quilted vest over double denim to break it up.

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Ramble On vest, £89.95, Free People

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And Free People's vest is a combo of fleece, quilted and floral for the ultimate gilet hybrid. It's got it all going on!

Best long gilets

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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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JDY long gilet, £30, ASOS

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JDY's longer-length gilet is just the thing for layering over denim shorts come summer.

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Longline Hooded Gilet, £41.50, 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 down gilet, £60, Lands' End

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 Lands' End's millennial pink gilet with a water-resistant outer is the best way to add some colour to your alfresco outfits.

Best faux fur gilets 

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Faux shearling gilet, £30, Urban Outfitters

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Urban Outfitter's sheepskin style gilet is giving us all the retro feels; layer over a 70s style maxi dress for Almost Famous vibes. Plus, it's in the sale for £30.

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Only teddy gilet, £21, ASOS

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The teddy texture is going nowhere, even for summer – wrap up in this teddy gilet. 

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Hobbs faux fur gilet, £110, John Lewis

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Available in sizes XS to large, add a touch of luxury to your pub garden look with Hobbs’ faux fur gilet, in the most delicious toffee shade. 

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Faur fur gilet, £119.20, Whistles

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Or for a black version, head to Whistles.

Best fleece gilets

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Zip-through fleece gilet, £15, Boohoo

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A fleece gilet doesn’t have to mean sporty – Boohoo's relaxed version will work a treat over your summer garb. 

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The North Face Cragmont fleece gilet, £100, Matches Fashion

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This North Fleece gilet is all over Instagram and proves fleeces can be stylish too.

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