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18 stylish gilets to wear for chilly autumnal walks

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

Carla Challis

Park your puffer coat for a minute  because its lightweight sister, the gilet, is here for autumn! Ideal for layering up on those 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 autumn'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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SHOP TRINNY'S GILET: 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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Padded gilet, £45, New Look

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A classic navy gilet that will off-set classic blue jeans to a tee, this quilted version has a hood - perfect for autumnal showers.

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Fur hooded padded gilet, £159, The White Company

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Warm, lightweight and ultra-chic, this fabulous design by The White Company has a cosy furry hood too.

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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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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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Canada Goose padded gilet, £425, Harvey Nichols

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If you're going to invest in a padded gilet to keep you warm even in winter, head for Canada Goose. Meghan Markle is a big fan of the brand, and crafted from Arctic Tech shell, it's a frost-fighting fashion staple.

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Regatta padded gilet, £26.99, 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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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, £15, I Saw It First

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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 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, £33.60, 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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Shearling gilet, £55, White Stuff

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White Stuff's shearling gilet is giving us all the retro feels; layer over a 70s style maxi dress for Almost Famous vibes.

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Hobbs faux fur gilet, £75, 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, £149, Whistles

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Or for a black version, head to Whistles.

Best fleece gilets

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Fleece gilet, £19.99, H&M

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

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Polka dot fleece gilet, £13, 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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The North Face Cragmont fleece gilet, £50, The North Face

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

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