What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks out the best aviator jackets for effortless style this season
- Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice for embracing the aviator jacket trend
- She recommends finding faux fur that looks and feels like real shearling
- British style editor reveals a selection of retailers currently stocking the trend
DITCH YOUR PUFFER
Apologies if you’re a fan of the puffer jacket, but if I never see one again it might be too soon. Practical, affordable, functional . . . the excuses are endless, but they are not the only warm, easy-to-wear jacket available. Taking off this season is the aviator.
What started in 1917 as functional in-flight wear for World War I pilots — cockpits in those days being open and uninsulated — quickly became a fabulous fashion statement. The durable leather and plush shearling has often been replaced with faux leather polyurethane, but that’s more than enough protection even in the coldest UK winter.
Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice for embracing the aviator jacket trend at any occasion this season. Pictured: Jacket, £69, and boots, £75, marksandspencer. com; knit tank, £135, crush-cashmere.com; jeans, £49.95, gap.co.uk
There are, of course, real leather versions available, such as the Baukjen design below, but they don’t come cheap and there’s no need to spend this much unless you really want to. Even the imitations scream luxury.
PAIR WITH JEANS
Trust me, the aviator is as easy to wear as a puffer jacket, but looks considerably more stylish. Black can be harsh against a lot of skin tones. If that’s true for you, try a dark brown — like this design from M&S. I’m wearing it with jeans, but it looks great over a feminine floral print dress.
NOW SHOP THE TREND…