Get yourself a Ladies Leather, Shearling or Shepskin Aviator Jacket!
The fashionistas tell us also that military fashion is still a good bet with a salute to the past. World War Two is a big influence or anything from the last century. That means military coats and jackets.
Aviation is also fashionable so why not take a flight of fantasy, find a suitable jacket in leather, shearling or sheepskin and see what you can come up with?
Don’t be put off by the fancy stuff on the catwalks that the big fashion houses are showing. The trick is to assemble the basic look with what you already have lying around.
The aviator jacket is also a great 'transition piece', a garment suitable for wearing between the seasons. When spring or autumn gets chilly slip on that cosy jacket and when the sun comes out, take it off again!
For me the look works better with tough basic fabrics and a work wear feel. The big labels are producing stuff that is far too ephemeral and flimsy; particularly if, like me. you live closer to the North Pole than the tropics!
Leather or Sheepskin Jacket
The primary ingredient of
the Aviator look is a good solid leather, sheepskin or shearling jacket. I personally think the jacket looks better
if its old and slightly worn. If you
have an old leather jacket lying around or can ‘borrow’ one from a friend (is
your boy friend a biker?) then you are over the first hurdle. A bomber jacket will work too. But ideally choose something with the style of a flying jacket; in particular with a high collar.
Otherwise you could checkout the availability of something second hand in a charity shop or on eBay. Failing this you should be able to pick a reasonable, new jacket (but not necessarily made from the real fabric) for less that £100 / US $160 if you are on a tight budget.
The next stage is to decide what time period you are aiming for. A good date to choose would be the pre-1950′s; Think of the famous woman aviator Amelia Earhart with her all leather and gender neutral look.
Next choose your accessories. Start at the top. For headgear you could choose a flying helmet. It might be a black leather cap or a fur hat of some kind.
What about some earmuffs? You could add aviator sunglasses or, for a more authentic look, a pair of goggles.
Now choose a scarf. The traditional aviator look is a thin white silk scarf but you can always deviate a bit and sport a coloured scarf or even a thin scarf made of wool.
You can wear the look with trousers or a skirt. Combat trousers would work well. Don’t forget some leather gloves.
For foot wear you could go for suitable boots of whatever you fancy. Over the knee boots would certainly give you a distinctive look. You could even try something more masculine such as a pair of Doc Martens.
The look is highly flexible from plain and simple to very dressy and sexy. The choice is yours. Another suggestion is to wear a shirt and tie and possibly wear a jumpsuit over it.
Here are some ideas to get you started. Check out some lady aviator pictures on the web to get some ideas of your own. Then if you don't have a suitable woman's jacket yet, check out some aviator jacket styles on line.
You'll probably find that you have aviator accessories such as leather gloves and a suitable scarf and boots already.
The aviator look isn't girly or cute. But it is about being stylish and sexy. Its more masculine, tough and exterior. Its about adventure and being true to yourself as a woman.
Once you have the look assembled, then its chocks away as you fly by the seat of those lovely aviator pants into a clear blue sky. Remember, with your new look, that 'they can't take the sky away from you'!
Amelia Mary Earhart was born July 24, 1897 and went missing in her plane on July 2, 1937.
Amelia was a distinguished American aviation pioneer and pilot.
She was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross awarded for flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
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This classic theme song for the shortlived series 'Firefly', written by Joss Whedon, sums up nicely the 2011 Aviator Fashion Look:
Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me
FireFly? A brilliant TV Series by Joss Whedon (of Buffy fame) cancelled after less than one season. The fabulous Christina Hendricks also features in 2 episodes.The film Serenity was also based on Firefly. OK so Gina is a bit of a Geek on the quiet!
ben langworthy on March 08, 2018:
thats Amy Johnson not Amelia Earhart.