Beloved of football managers, synonymous with toffs, intensely practical for changeable British weather, yet widely maligned – is a gilet ever OK? We tackle both sides of the argument…

Gilet from Polo Ralph Lauren
The wider public are innately suspicious of a gilet. Like the waistcoat and the tank top, sleeveless garments are all-too-often the subject of derision. This effect is just as unfairly visited upon the gilet.

Yet, the arguments against this controversial piece of menswear are all about association and prejudice, spar