As the weather starts to turn chilly down under, us Australians live in a brief state of denial because\u00a0we\u2019re not going to be beaching it every day, at least for a few months. Miserable commuters shuffle through puddles in the street still wearing Havaianas in some sort of vain attempt to remember warmer times. \u2018If I dress like it\u2019s still sunny it might make it real\u2019. It\u2019s a demure affair.\r\n\r\nNo Winter accessory says \u2018What snow? I\u2019m not even that cold\u2019 through chattering teeth quite like a puffer vest. Also known as a gilet, though giving it a name can\u2019t be healthy, the puffer vest is quintessentially symbolic of the antipodean spirit of disbelief in the weather's ability to get properly cold, and in this writer\u2019s opinion, what\u2019s wrong with current society.\r\n\r\nFrom Paddington pub-goers to people who push prams through Balmain, and, for some reason, motivational speakers, there\u2019s not a single cool person who\u2019s ever donned one of these garments, and no matter how much big-name labels and department stores push them, they\u2019ll never live up to the style and warmth of their long-sleeved brethren.\r\n\r\nIf you need any further proof of their dag-factor, watch this.\r\n\r\nNow don\u2019t get us wrong, we get that these things are toasty AF, and that as one of the few countries to experience the hybrid season of Sumtumn, when leaves go brown and the wind is icy, but the sun still delivers a UV factor akin to sub-Saharan Africa, there\u2019s a need to be warm, but not too warm. They tick a box, sure.\r\n\r\nBut horses for courses; it\u2019s never okay to fang one of these over a suit, (neon) orange is not the new black and turning up to dinner looking like you\u2019ve just been fishing is never going to be in vogue. Even if you literally have\u00a0just been fishing.\r\n\r\nIf you, like so many others, have little self-respect or harbour a desire to look like a total Derek this winter, we\u2019ve compiled a list of our favourite gilets and puffer vests below to make hating yourself that little bit easier.\r\n\r\n\r\nSuperdry Polar Sports Puffer Gilet\r\nThis is a classic Superdry number; neutral colours paired with a splash of neon to draw attention to the fact that your girlfriend probably bought it for you and today was one of those awful days when she suggested you wear it.\r\nBuy it now\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nHackett AMR Lightweight Down Gilet\r\nEver find yourself thinking \u2018I know I\u2019m out of touch with society, but how can I let the rest of the world know?' Why, a puffer vest with an Aston Martin Racing logo of course. Rest assured, not a single person who wears one of these actually owns an Aston Martin.\r\nBuy it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nViparo VE1 Vest\r\nProbably the least offensive on this list, being that it\u2019s made from an actual dead animal and not a slew of synthetic materials, and the fact that it\u2019s black, this is the one to go for if you\u2019re just dipping your toe into the waters of self-loathing.\r\nBuy it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nMacy\u2019s Weatherproof Vintage Men\u2019s Pieced Plaid Vest\r\nIf you are a lumberjack, but you\u2019re not okay, then here\u2019s a hip garment for you. Great for those long Canadian days chopping down trees when you need toasty nipples but don't much care if your arms get frostbite.\r\nBuy it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nHugo Boss Green Men\u2019s Veon Quilted Vest\r\nLikely to be worn by somebody who\u2019s name is actually Hugo, and is a boss in the same way David Brent was technically a boss, this one will keep you warm between the shoulders while your staff quietly cringe when you leave the room.\r\nBuy it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nBlue Harbor Cruise Gilet with Stormwear\r\nOkay fair cop on this one; anybody who\u2019s ever spent time on a boat trying to rig a headsail in freezing temperatures whilst copping green monsters over the bow can totally understand why you\u2019d want one of these. It comes off when you get to shore though.\r\nBuy\u00a0it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nPolo Ralph Lauren Quilted Jersey Gilet\r\nThis one looks a bit like fencing attire, appropriate given that it is most likely to be worn by the sort of person who went to a school where fencing was an option on sports day.\r\nBuy it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nMoncler Maglia Knit-Back Quilted Down Gilet\r\nIt\u2019s a pretty standard gilet affair, with the addition of a hood \u2013 large enough to cover your scone on a chilly day, but not quite big enough to hide your shame over the fact you spent $639 on a puffer vest.\r\nBuy it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nMoncler Gamme Bleu\r\nThis time around they\u2019ve had the decency to make it khaki, presumably so you can demonstrate your lack of style-prowess with military precision.\r\nBuy\u00a0it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nTommy Jeans 90s Down Puffer Singlet in Navy\r\nBrrrrring! Brrrrrrring! Hello? Hi there\u2019s it\u2019s 1994, we want our puffer vest back. Okay this one is pretty sick \u2013 excellent use of nostalgia and we\u2019d totally wear it. But you know, like, ironically though.\r\nBuy it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nBershka Puffer Vest in Black \/ Camo Hood\r\nHere the manufacturer has had the decency to include a trendy element of camouflage into the design, so you can try to hide your shame by blending into your surrounds and simply disappearing.\r\nBuy it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nRRL Shawl-Collar Linen, Silk, Wool, Cotton and Mohair-Blend Gilet\r\nCool.\r\nBuy it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nKapital Shell-Trimmed Faux Shearling Gilet\r\nThe description of this sassy little number says that it \u2018puts a futuristic spin on a workwear classic\u2019. If this is the future then toss me overboard now. And how is this even remotely a workwear classic? What work is being done in this? Live target practice? I can only assume the price tag is in braille.\r\nBuy it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nBrunello Cucinelli Quilted Suede Down Gilet\r\nThis one is not overly notable, except for its $4620 price tag. Actually.\r\nBuy it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nPrivate White V.C. Cotton & Cashmere-Blend Moleskin Gilet\r\nOnly five possible candidates can pull this off. You\u2019re probably not one of them.\r\nBuy it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nMoncler Febe Quilted Shell Down Gilet\r\nThey say that no word rhymes with \u2018orange\u2019, but \u2018style\u2019 especially doesn\u2019t.\r\nBuy it here\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nThe North Face Nuptse Vest\r\nOh, you have a North Face vest? You must go on so many adventures.\r\nBuy it here\r\n \r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.