It is what it is:
Like most menswear, aviator jackets are derived from military uniforms. This particular style was originally designed for pilots during the first half-century. The aviator jacket (also known as the flight jacket) is typically a long, slim cut with buttons and elasticated cuffs. These features are designed to keep the wearer warm. An enlarged collar can be fastened around the neck with buckles to add warmth. Modern jackets have incorporated these features, either combining them with other styles or reviving them for the modern customer. The result is often unisex. This look was a big hit on the AW22 runways. It featured oversized fittings, brightly coloured fur linings, and reworked silhouettes.
It’s why you’ll love it:
The aviator jacket is no longer a pilot’s favourite piece. Many brands now make it a fashionable outerwear item for autumn/winter. The jacket’s appeal lies in its design, which is attractive and flattering for both men and women. It also keeps the wearer warm in the colder months. The jacket has been adopted by many brands that have used a variety of linings and outer materials to make it appealing to all customer groups. The jacket’s versatility can also be seen in its construction. Most brands choose materials and production methods that will allow for a long-lasting life span.
We’ve seen it everywhere:
The aviator was seen on the AW22 runways in various revamped designs that brought the aviator into the 21st century. Sacai, a Japanese brand, offered a wide, tent-like cut, also available in a sleeveless version of the design. Sacai used a coloured fur liner in some of the versions. Hermes also offered this option which kept to the classic silhouette. Loewe’s jackets were made from lighter-tanned fabrics. The design remained true to an aviator’s features, contrasting sharply with the brand’s surreal womenswear runway show. Kenzo’s new artistic director Nigo gave a subtle twist to this look by adding a contrasting colour hood to the heritage staple. This gives it a modern interpretation.
How to style it
The aviator jacket can be worn as an outerwear piece. There are many ways you can incorporate the design into your daily wear or evening outfits. For running errands, a simple top and jeans combination is ideal. But, if you want to give your outfit an edge, go for tailored pants with boots. This jacket can be worn with skirts or dresses. An easy way to style the jacket is with a short or long skirt and chunky knit boots. A floral dress with a flowing skater skirt and floral print can bring it into the evening. Men can wear an aviator with jeans and an oversized tee. You can also style it with layers such as a sweater or hoodie. The aviator jacket is a classic design originally made for military use. However, it has been reintroduced to fashion with modern iterations and technical improvements. It’s versatile and durable and can be worn by both men and women. This jacket is universally wearable, so brands can appeal to a broad customer base, whether they stick with the same look or change it up.