The most important entry-point into this trend is to consider how you’re approaching it; both in terms of style and functionality. As the weather begins to take a significant plunge, a padded puffer can be a familiar cosy comfort, but a slim-fit quilted gilet is the ideal layering piece for the coming winter months. Take your cue from the ever-stylish Johannes Hubel (pictured top) or Zac Efron and use a gilet as a base for your outfit.
It’s definitely worth investing in a good-quality, well-insulated garment. Pairing a gilet with a blazer can make for an eye-catching contrast between athleisure and formalwear and it is an innovative way to embrace smart-casual dressing. For a more relaxed approach, throw a classic padded bomber jacket over your gilet for maximum winter comforts.
Master the balance between smart-casual by breaking up formal suiting by placing slim-fitted padded jackets inside the blazer and pairing with minimalist white trainers. The result is clean and fresh with a playful irreverence towards fashion’s hard and fast rules.
If the quilted gilet is not something you’re into exploring, then a padded overshirt may be your perfect fit. Utilitarian dressing has been hugely prevalent over for the last number of seasons and the overshirt is one of its most versatile emblems. Prada led the charge this season with their padded version. These can be worn in a number of ways and on slightly milder days, it’s a perfect alternative to a bulky jacket. Again, don’t be afraid to layer: pair the overshirt with a white tee and a light-blend wool jumper and some slim-fit dark grey denims for a smart-but-stylish off-duty look.