It's that funny time of year again. It's not warm, it's not cold.
I discovered yesterday that wearing full on summery clothes (ok so I was hardly in a strappy dress and flipflops but still) just feels wrong diddly. Admittedly yesterday was a case of dodging the rain showers. When I say rain showers, that is obviously code for full on monsoon conditions.
But it appears that in the next week, the rain takes a hiatus and we have a stretch of sunny, dry and warmish weather.
Yet I want to crack out the woolies. I want clothes that snuggle. And one option that works really well for this time of year, is the fur gilet. These are rather popular this year but I've chosen to look at the longer line ones. The reason for this - even if you're on the more petite side, I think the shorter ones can add a tad too much bulk. Plus, I'm very much on a longer line mission this year. I like the lengthening of a silhouette - hence my current addiction to the longer line waistcoat and cardigan. Let's throw another item onto the pile in the form of a fur gilet.
Now the majority of the styling that I've seen for these does very much border on the edge of boho. Which is nice, but not for me. I would definitely go down the more simple route - plain knits, pared back look, keeping the colour palette very neutral, adding the interest with texture rather than colour, print or flounce. Think buttery light tones or elegant dark shades with soft wool or cashmere and perhaps some leather or pleather bottoms for an up to date edge.
Top of the list without a shadow of a doubt is this one from The White Company. A very welcome discount code in the form of AG574 for 20% off.
Knitted Sheepskin Gilet in biscuit £399
But to be honest, it would be a toss up between that and the rather delicious black faux fur one that I saw the other day in French Connection. Mentioned it briefly yesterday - surely it would be rude not to take advantage of the discount code? Valid till Sunday night.
Chicago Faux Fur Gilet £120 pre discount - 20% off with the code AW20ST
This is also available from John Lewis (who are honouring the 20% off) in "Phantom" (navy to you and me). It seems to be sold out online at FCUK.
Chicago Faux Fur Gilet in Phantom was £120 now £96
The similar mongolian style fur at ASOS from Glamourous. This they have in both tall and petite (and I would assume normal size as well?)
Glamourous tall Yeti gilet in cream faux fur from ASOS £54
Similar again at River Island - cream shaggy faux fur gilet £80. This to me looks more like the biscuit shade of The White Company one. Ok so it's not real sheepskin but it is a fraction of the cost.
Looks to be the same shape but in a faded grey also at River Island.
Grey faded longline faux-fur gilet £80
Other colours and a different sort of fur. Now I'm not going to go down the "which animal is this most like" as, well I'm just not going to but this is definitely more furry and less mongolian furry. Clear as mud?
Longline Faux Fur Vest from Forever 21 £37 Who doesn't love a pocket.
Grey at DKNYPure - you'd have to love this one a lot at this price but there are certainly fewer grey ones out there.
Grey Faux fur Gilet from Harvey Nichols £285
And a black version at Boohoo.
Freya Longline Faur Fur Gilet £30
Upping the ante budget wise but this is in a more unusual navy and really is a super smart jacket. This would be perfect if you could justify lots of use out of it - for me, I would have worn this to work, ideal for the tube when a coat in the Winter is simply too warm - this would have been perfect (ok so I wouldn't ever have worn it to work and would have foolishly kept it for "best" but I would have LOVED wearing it anyway and in my head I could easily have justified the purchase as I *could* have worn it to work if needs be)
Alberta Night Navy Faux Fur Gilet in night navy £325 from Reiss
And finishing with a rather unusual one from Oasis. Now to be honest, this is cheating as it's only the front edge that's fur as opposed to the whole shooting match but less is more might be better for some people.
Shearling Drape Gilet in black £42
So are you in the market for a fur gilet? If so, how do you plan on wearing yours and have you seen any that I have missed? Or do you prefer your gilet with sleeves... ie a coat..?!
Pic from today - The Husband was due to take the day off but was called into work for some emergency and so I ended taking the pooch to the vet for a check up and then went on an hour long walk with my two boys straight after school in the park.
Out for supper with the kids and then back to watch the GBBO final WHICH DIDN'T RECORD. Swerving all social media till we can watch it on catch up. You couldn't write it. I don't know who was more upset - me or the kids!