Women's waistcoats and gilets are sleeveless garments that are worn over the upper body and designed to provide warmth and/or style. Waistcoats typically have a V-neckline and are designed to be worn as part of a formal outfit, often paired with a suit or dress shirt. Gilets, on the other hand, are often made with padding or insulation and are designed to be worn as lightweight, sleeveless jackets. They can be worn as a standalone piece or layered over other clothing. Both waistcoats and gilets come in a range of materials, from wool and tweed to leather and synthetic fabrics, and can be embellished with buttons, zippers, or other decorative elements. They are versatile pieces that can add style and functionality to any wardrobe.