Much has been made of the current "make do and mend" mentality, so much so that it's even extended to people expecting more from the clothes on their back. It's no longer enough for a piece of clothing to function as either a jacket or a gillet, now they have to do both (but don't think for a second that this extends to shorts and trousers).
The gillet is something that's never really worked on British men. The problem being that most just couldn't get into the notion of their body being warm and their arms being cold —oh, and looking like a shorn-headed Penelope Keith.
It's taken some time, but designers have found a way around the issue, producing jackets that function as part-time gillets with the help of removable arms. Father/Son duo Casely Hayford have come up with this donkey jacket, complete with a gillet body on top and a quilted lining below (which sounds far more confusing than it actually is) that technically performs triple-duty. Although at £1,190, triple duty is a minimum requirement.
Further east, brands like Factotum and Quesorvel have been turning their hands to similar items that function as part-time gillets. As far as clothing trends go this one is unlikely to make its way to the high street — mainly because there isn't a cheap way to creating a jacket with removable arms - but it's still one to keep an eye out for.
Words by Jason Dike