The athleisure trend shows no signs of slowing down. After a year of social distancing and walks in the park replacing trips to the club, we are seeing brands like The North Face rising through the ranks again. After all, the outdoor lifestyle brand has just released a capsule collaboration with Gucci that includes everything from camping gear to oversized coats, and of course, the girl gilet. It comes as no surprise that this outerwear piece is quickly popping up all over our Instagram feeds, with supermodels leading the way in making it a must-have piece.
2021’s trends are all pointing to comfort over aesthetic. After a year of living in our loungewear, it’s no surprise that we’re not in a hurry to return to the bodycon dresses and tight skinny jeans of the past. Supermodels like Hailey Bieber and Kaia Gerber have been showing off wearing the so-called ‘girl gilet’ as part of their off-duty uniform.
We often think of the gilet as something your parents wear on a hiking trip or that sports fans would wear to show their team loyalty. It’s been a menswear staple for years, reappearing a streetwear essential several years ago. Now the accessory has been made chic by the band of supermodels that dictate every trend. This sleeveless outer layer is easy to style and you can throw it over anything from your gym gear to an oversized college sweater.
However the gilet isn’t entirely new on the womenswear scene.
One area where the gilet has always been a staple is in classic British fashion, where it is beloved for its equestrian heritage. If you want to wear an outfit worthy of a HRH, you can style the gilet with a pair of classic denim jeans, a simple turtleneck and riding boots to channel your inner polo player.
Whether you count Hailey Bieber or Princess Diana are your style muse, there’s a gilet out there for you. It’s a functional outer-layer piece that you can throw on before heading out the door. The gilet is the perfect transitional piece between seasons when you want a little extra warmth without committing to wearing a coat or jacket. Throw one into your gym bag or backpack to wear on your commute home to keep you cosy and comfortable.
The girl gilet is now the ultimate must-have in loungewear and casual street-style. You can easily incorporate one into your closet to create your own off-duty supermodel look. If you prefer to keep things classic, stick to neutral tones that versatile and can be styled with any outfit. If you’re not afraid to make a statement, take a leaf out of Hailey Bieber’s book and choose a bold colour like florescent green. There’s no shortage of styling options for you to choose from and this outerwear piece is a definite ‘add to cart’.
Are you going to add the girl gilet to your closet? Do you think it’s the next big trend or is a pandemic phase?