Autumn Essentials 2012 – The Gilet

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You’ll no doubt have seen these dotting about town recently as the days draw in and temperatures begin descending. But these sleeveless sanctuaries of warmth are not exclusively for high street fashion.

Please allow us to introduce you to one of this seasons key trends in golf, the gilet. Often worn as an outer layer for additional warmth, the gilet’s sleeveless design lends itself perfectly to the golfing arena – keeping the body’s core warm while your arms go to work on shooting a low score.

Normally it’s a case of the more padded a gilet is, the more difficult it is to play golf in, but with lightweight insulation materials now at high end brands’ disposal this is no longer an issue. Meanwhile, this season, the likes of Lyle & Scott and Aquascutum have made their version of the gilet suitable for both on and off course wear.

The gilet is a practical layering option this autumn, but as a rare statement of fashion that carries over from the high street to the golf course it is essential you coordinate it by pulling colours from your existing outfit this season.

If you typically opt for a more toned-down style consisting of grey, white, black and navy then we suggest you also stay true to this with the choice of colour for your gilet. However, if you are a bold and adventurous type, then by all means, go all out with relevant colours to help brighten up your style.

To commemorate the arrival of this season’s must have layer, here we have put together three outfit options to help set your fashion agenda for autumn/winter 2012…

Outfit 1 – Off Course

This outfit was put together with a clean off course look in mind. We chose the Peak Performance corduroy trouser as – along with the gilet – it is one of the stand-out trends on the high street right now.  Comfortable, warm and versatile, with the opportunity to dress them up or down depending on the social occasion, it is evident that corduroy trousers are back in a big way for 2012.

Elsewhere, the white button down shirt by Original Penguin is smart, yet playful and sits nicely underneath a jumper here, but is adaptable enough to sit under a blazer on occasion too. Again, the versatility of this piece is endless; roll the sleeves up, button up the collar or add a tie. Wear it how you feel most comfortable, of course, but also take note of different ways in which you an maximise the usage of your purchase.

The crew neck jumper is another item that has returned into numerous collections on the site this season. This one happens to be by Gabicci, a British brand renowned for its high quality and indie edge. Fit is essential with any jumper, so ensure you try a couple of different styles to identify the best option for your body shape.

Finally, we have the piece de resistance in the shape of Lacoste’s Down gilet, which is lightweight and full zip with side pockets.

Lacoste Down Gilet |   Original Penguin BD Shirt |   Gabicci Crew Neck Jumper |   Peak Performance Cords

Outfit 2 – On Course

We put this outfit together to illustrate a pure on-course look, focusing on layering to keep you warm for the early morning rounds and also to help keep you comfortable while playing. The baselayer is an essential item this winter as it traps the warmth and acts as a second skin.

For the second layer, we opted for a quarter zip jumper from Hugo Boss. The quarter zip is fast becoming one of the most popular items of knitwear on TrendyGolf and this particular item is made of a water repellant material which will keep the wearer dry during that ever unpredictable downpour. Simply brush the water away with the innovative repellent fabric here.

A five pocket chino pant from Colmar is chosen to add a classic bottom half to this sophisticated look. This trouser has slight stretch and is ideal for the fashion conscious golfer.

Finally, the outfit is topped off by the quilted gilet from RLX, a full zip item that feels light as a feather, but is specially designed to keep your core rosy in the elements this winter.

RLX Quilted Gilet |   J.Lindeberg Nevan Baselayer |   Hugo Boss Zay 1/4 Zip |   Colmar Strom Dyed Pant

Outfit 3 – Versatile

For this outfit, we placed emphasis on highlighting a clear cross over between on-course and off-course options. The Lacoste Hoody, albeit knitted, works well as an additional layer for on course escapades, but can easily crossover for a relaxed day off course with a pair of jeans and perhaps worn underneath a denim or leather jacket for the American varsity look.

The warm Hugo Boss Chino is a great addition to this outfit focusing on a very autumnal colour and trend. The detailing on these pants is subtle and the fit is slim enough to wear out for the day. Wearing a t-shirt is probably more suitable underneath the hoody, but we understand that some golf clubs still have particular rules in place, so a polo shirt of your choice will suffice. We chose the Aquascutum Button Down in white, which will look great with the pants if the hoody is removed. Finally, the Armani EA7 gilet completes the look. A luxury down vest which can be worn just as effectively either open or closed, while its neutral colour scheme will work with a variety of under-garment options.

Armani EA7 Down Gilet |   Aquascutum BD Polo |   Lacoste Knitted Hoody |   Hugo Boss Lakan-D Pant

To recap, the gilet is without doubt one of this season’s must-have top-half trends, providing the wearer additional body warmth, on and off course style and freedom of movement in action. Check out the latest arrivals right now at TrendyGolf.

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Other stories you might like on the TrendyGolf Magazine…

Autumn Essentials – Knitwear Must-Haves

Autumn Essentials – The Corduroy

3 Ways to Wear The Chino

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