Words by JON CLARKE
1. The aviator jacket
You can be forgiven if the first thing you picture when someone says ‘aviator jacket’ is a dashing young Tom Cruise in Top Gun. I mean, how are you going to compete with that? The aviator jacket is an item of clothing that many men would like to wear, but aren’t quite sure how to pull it off.
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How to wear an Aviator jacket
Simple, loose fitting tshirts provide an excellent undergarment for the aviator jacket. For those extra cold nights, cable knit jumpers and thick scarves also go well. Depending on the colour of the jacket (they are usually brown, but do come in black too), you’ll want to keep the rest of your outfit natural in tones. Think whites, beiges, earthy reds and dark greens.
For the bottom half of the outfit, classic blue jeans always work well, though stay away from skinny fits. Due to the ‘bulk’ of an aviator jacket, wearing skinny jeans can make you appear very top heavy. Instead, opt for slim or straight leg. Keep the denim simple and avoid torn or faded jeans, as traditionally these don’t work with the ‘look’ very well. Black jeans also look good. Stay away from chinos and trousers though.
2. The denim jacket
As a material, denim is one of the most versatile and is worn across the world. And while jeans are by far the most common denim garment, other items of clothing, like shirts and jackets, are becoming more and more popular. The denim jacket is a bold choice, as many people are unsure on how to wear it.
The trick is to make the rest of your outfit simple. Let the denim speak for itself - wear plain rather than patterned. If you’re considering doubling up on denim, don’t do a 2001 Britney Spears. Wear understated shades, and ensure they are different enough to create contrast.
Footwear to go with denim can vary. We suggest either go classic or daring. If you’re a classic kind of guy, then the Hitchcock Tan is your man. If you want something a little more daring and different, then check out our tattoo collection - their rebellious nature looks great with denim.
3. The trench coat
Lastly we have the trench coat (or Mac) on our list of bold jackets to wear. The origins of the trench coat date back to World War I, as it was a firm favourite amongst British troops in trench warfare. Nowadays though, it’s become somewhat of an iconic look for the formal businessman on a muggy autumn day.
Ever since Humphrey Bogart epitomised cool in Casablanca, when he wore a camel-coloured double-breasted trench coat, Hollywood and fashion around the world went crazy for it.
To wear a trench coat well, you should ideally stay away from jeans. Traditionally chinos and trousers look best, complete with shirt and (if you’re feeling really smart) waistcoat and tie. Shoe-wise, the Gargrave Brown looks sensational with a trench coat, as do our Wilpshire Brown shoes.
If you do want to put a modern twist on the look though, we won't judge you for wearing some dark skinny jeans and a pair of our finest Chelsea boots.