The Aviator Jacket - Fashion Review
The Aviator Jacket has spawned many
synonyms; this in itself is a sign of an important fashion
trend. Look out for designer or high street garments with
names such as Bomber Jacket, Biker Jacket, Amelia Earhart Jacket, or Flying
The aviator jacket was at gale force
on the Fall 2010 catwalk. These runway examples show how diverse
a look this can be. The aviator jacket of the 2010s decade is chunkier, more rugged and perhaps more
functional for winter than the cropped biker jacket of the
noughties. This is about as far away as 'Mad Men' ladies fashion
that you can get this season unless of course you think 'Happy
Days' and the Fonz!
Above - Aviator Fashion Jackets - All by Burberry Prorsum (IFTF)
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Burberry Designer Jackets
Burberry was at the forefront of giving the seal of
approval to this jacket that has cropped up in many guises this
past decade. In butter soft lambskin, this piece offers a luxury item that
looks good over many fashion garments from trousers to flimsy
Above - Catwalk Show Flying Jackets
Far Left & Centre Left - Lim,
Right - Grey /Red Jacket - Just Cavalli,
Far Right - by Wunderkind (IFTF).
Take standard pieces such
as jeans; tuck them into boots for a
contemporary feel, then take-off with a flying jacket. Or make a ditsy dress more edgy by teaming it
with a luxury aviator jacket. Even Luxe gets a look in with such
a practical garment, and on the catwalk there were embroidered versions or
jackets using top end materials and shimmering surfaces.
Above - Designer Flying Jacket
Left - Gaultier,
Centre - Burberry,
Christopher Kane (IFTF).
These leather designer jackets have the
air of Luxe about them. The Burberry black
quilted crop Shearling leather jacket (see below top images) is also
available from Cruise as well as directly from Burberry Prorsum and
costs £2320. Cruise Reference 168843 Quilted Jacket - Cruise Autumn
The flower detail embroidered designer jacket below left from
Christopher Kane is available online to buy for £2590 from cruisefashion.co.uk.
Details - Christopher Kane Jacket Ref168967 - Cruise
Autumn Winter 2010. Both items - Cruise Stockist Number: 0844 800 4622 /
The through-and-through, totally Shearling Jacket from Pringle
above right can be seen at
www.matchesfashion.com and costs £2295. For luxury Aviator
jackets browse the shopping websites at Brownsfashion, Burberry, Cruise and
Since it was first made for World War I pilots in open cockpits,
the Aviator Jacket has spawned many synonyms. Look out for
names such as Bomber Jacket, Amelia Earhart Jacket, Amy Johnson Jacket, Flying
Jacket, Biggles Jacket, Flight Jacket, Military Jacket, Patrol
Jacket, RAF Jacket, Irvin Jacket. The names Aviatrix
and of course Aviator jacket all spring to mind when visualising
this fashion trend.
For the 2010s, this outdoor windcheater jacket, which
everyone loves, has been given the RAF update with fur
lining/trim and extra closures. You can see in the
Burberry Ad Campaign image
below how the quality really shines through.
Designers teamed lace, watercolour silk, or chiffon
dresses with these chunkier sturdier winter Shearling jackets. The
effect is edgy, pretty, tough, yet girly and totally practical. What woman waiting for a taxi or limo doesn't want to keep the chill
off without losing her street credibility.
Above - Designer Shearling Jackets from
Above Left - Boohoo.com - The Great Outdoors A/W 2010. Boohoo
Stockist Tel: 0161 237 7700.
Centre - NEXT Faux Sheepskin Aviator Jacket £75/€101, Military
Kilt £25/€34. Stockist Tel: 0116 284 9220.
Right - House of Fraser - Grey Marl T-Shirt £5/€6 Therapy, Black
Leather Jacket/ Sheepskin Collar £250/€325 Linea Weekend, Black
Harem Trousers £35/€42 Therapy. HOF Stockist Tel: 020 7003 4000.
Left - Black Aviator Jacket by Esprit Autumn Winter 2010 - Stockist Number: 020 7025 7700.
Centre - Limited Aviator Jacket £89 - Marks & Spencer Clothing.
Right - Reiss Jacket.
and creamy oyster can also take in the Shearling
aviator jacket and gilet.
Far Right - High street fashion from Primark - Belted aviator
£25, Harem pants £11, chunky knit snood £4 ALL due in store end
September, knee high sock £2 and Military peep toe ankle boot
£15, both in store now. Primark Womenswear Winter 2010. Primark
Stockist Number: 0118 9606 300.
Pastel creamy tones with hints of camel and oyster colourways
are the alternatives to real flying jacket colours of brown and
Below Left - Boohoo AW 2010 Coats and Jackets - Amy £45 -
and Jackets - Stockist Tel: 0161 237 7700.
Centre - Dorothy Perkins AW10 - Metallic Faux Fur Golden Biker
Jacket £49/€80 -
Right - A|wear Fur Trim Flying Jacket €65 £60 - A|wear
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In faux materials, the Aviator jacket is more of a one season
'flog it until it wears out' fashion, but in quality Shearling, or
good fur lined leather, this can be a true an investment
purchase. The Aviator jacket can be a fashion trend that will be
hot this year, but still be an investment piece next year.
Fashion is turning toward investment pieces, but that does not
mean the pieces can't be fun or practical. This year the
must-have winter jacket the aviator flying jacket has a close
friend in the Shearling and fur gilet. Faux fur pieces are as
abundant as real fur and Shearling versions. It also brings the
cost down substantially.
Right - Catwalk Fashion by Roland - Fur Gilet - IFTF.
Far Left - Gilet Creamy Shearling Gilet/Fur - Esprit Autumn
Winter 2010 Womens Stockist Number:020 7025 7700.
Centre Left - Faux Fur Gilet £39.50/€59.50 - Evans Sizes 14 - 32
- Evans Stockist Number: www.evans.co.uk or 0845 121 4516.
Centre Right - Jane Norman A/W 2010- A Patchwork Bonded Faux Fur
Gilet £10 - Jane Norman Jane Norman - Coats & Jackets at
Right - Elégance Grey Fur Waistcoat - Elégance
Autumn/Winter 10 - Coloured Grey Rabbit Gilet. Elégance
Stockist Number: 0844 557 5507.
A gilet is ideal for an extra layer when pottering outside the
house, or for that quick visit to the corner shop.
These gilets are from left to right from NEXT, CC (Formerly
Country Casuals), Dash and Wallis AW10 Womenwear Collections.
These four companies all also specialise in petite sizes.
Furry gilet versions have high or low necklines, straight or curved
waistlines. Silhouette choice is up to the wearer so there is a
style to fit every body shape.
Left - Monsoon Anita Fur Gilet - 772039 - £75/€115 - Monsoon
A/W10 Sleeveless Fur Gilet. Stockist 08448110068.
Centre Left - Dorothy Perkins AW10 - Fur Belted Gilet
Centre Right - Republic Miso Fur Gilet £44.99
Bottom Right - Marks & Spencer Clothing - Indigo Faux Fur/Faux Suede
Gilet - £45.
This fur gilet far right is from Forever Unique by Alex Gerrard
- Luxury Mongolian Sheep Wool Gilet £270.
Shearling and faux materials have been used in AW10 (Autumn Winter
2010) for every
accessory imaginable. Handbags, boots, shoes, clogs,
trapper hats, and gloves all make Shearling a lovely accessory
to your aviator jacket - whatever your size.
The Shearling Aviator Jacket is a core fashion piece this Autumn 2010
the designer boutiques, high street stores and online malls
are full of their versions. These investment materials or skins
feature leather and suede, but the best are the ULTRA soft Toscana
and Shearling coats, however these skins come with a hefty price tag.
The high street has responded with affordable versions for those who
cannot pay Burberry prices. One-step on from
the aviator jacket is the briefer gilet waistcoat with the stylish snow tip Toscana fur.
Again faux is always at hand for the fashion conscious woman who wants a
must-have, but has a can't-afford budget.
Alternatively, you may choose a hip length draped waistcoat or
sleeveless cardigan coat like these shown right.
Near - Lauren £25 - boohoo.com AW 2010 Coats and Jackets.
Right - Faux Shearling Gilet, £38/€51 from NEXT.
Or you can opt for the full
length, but much more expensive, all natural rustic lambskin
coat. Whatever your choice this autumn whether it's a Shearling
bag, boot or biker jacket you'll be right on trend and if you
move quickly you can get this flight jacket for your daughter
Left - Girl's flying jacket Waistcoat and floral dress,
from £20 Jacket - Marks & Spencer AW10 Childrenswear
- Convertible Aviator Jacket - Hobbs AW10. This jacket unzips
the hip yoke section to give a short crop version. This is high
street value at its best. Limited Edition Corby Shearling
Jacket, £999/€1150 Hobbs Autumn Winter 2010 Clothing - Hobbs
Stockist Number: 0845 313 3130.
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