Stars embrace the season’s hottest cover-up trend
Forget the parka, pea-coat and pashmina, this season’s big cover-up trend is the stylish and practical fur gilet.
‘Winter is coming’, as they say on Game of Thrones, and as the temperature drops, it’s time to start thinking about our winter wardrobes. But forget about cosy parkas, sophisticated pea-coats and elegant pashminas, this season’s big cover-up trend is the elegant and practical fur gilet.
Originating in the nineteenth century as a decorative waistcoat-style bodice, the gilet has come a long way since then. For many years, this versatile item of clothing has been particularly popular amongst sporty and outdoorsy types, but in recent years it has experienced something of a fashion resurgence, jumping from the rugby ground to the runway.
Celebrities have been keen to jump on the gilet trend, with fur gilets emerging as a particular fashion favourite. Strictly Come Dancing professional, Nadiya Bychkova, recently stepped out in an eye-catching outfit which paired a red gingham dress and thigh-high boots with a fashionable long, black fur gilet. Dancing on Ice contestant, and The Only Way is Essex star, Gemma Collins, has also embraced the trend, turning up to her first day of ice-skating training in a custom fur-trimmed gilet.
When celebrities jump on a trend, it soon filters down to the general population and, as a result, fur gilets are set to be one of the hottest fashion trends this autumn-winter season.
Elegant and practical
It’s not difficult to understand why fur gilets are so popular. Fur clothing is synonymous with luxury, and wearing a fur gilet can transform any outfit, lending it an elegant, timeless appeal that combines the best of traditional and more contemporary fashion influences. Fur is also surprisingly practical, offering comfort and warmth without being too bulky – perfect for staying toasty on those chilly winter days.
And the practical benefits don’t end there. The UK weather is known for being unpredictable; all too often you leave the house to a frosty winter’s morning, only to enjoy some Indian summer sunshine later that afternoon. The design of a gilet means that it works well in any weather, making it the perfect solution to winter weather conundrums. What’s more, with your arms free to drive, push buggies, carry bags, or whatever it is you need to do, a gilet offers a more comfortable, less bulky alternative to a traditional winter coat.
Styling your gilet
One of the truly great things about fur gilets is that they can be dressed to suit any occasion and personal style. Like Nadiya, you can dress up your gilet with a mini dress, sexy accessories and killer heels. Alternatively, if you’re after a more casual look, take some inspiration from Gemma and team your gilet with skinny jeans or leggings and a cute pair of trainers. It’s worth pointing out that gilets also come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, shapes and colours – from statement maxi-length sleeveless jackets to more casual shorter bodywarmers – so you’re sure to find something that matches your taste.
A gilet really is the answer to your cover-up dilemmas so, this season, ditch the winter coat and inject some celebrity style into your wardrobe with a stylish and sophisticated fur gilet.