11 aviator jackets to love this season

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Aviator jackets have become a high street autumn staple. The silhouette is essentially a cross between a classic flight jacket and a leather biker, but updated for autumn chills with a cosy shearling or faux fur lining. This classic shape won’t date season to season, making it a great investment piece. Here are some of our favourites to shop now.

An aviator or flight jacket was originally, as you might have guessed by the name, created for pilots. Usually made of leather, although in terms of today’s fashion often faux leather, they were generally lined in some kind of shearling to keep pilots warm.

The style was eventually adopted by fashion and pop culture and is now one of autumn’s ever-enduring style staples.

Look out for lots of gorgeous shearling, both real and faux, that gives a nod to the look. 

Michael Kors autumn/winter 2020: Getty Images
Michael Kors showed shearling lined jackets as part of his autumn/winter 2020 collection

While early traditional aviators generally featured symmetrical fronts, over the years the classic style has been fused with what many would class as a biker jacket and for some brands these phrases are interchangeable when it comes to this particular jacket silhouette.

Perhaps the feature that separates an aviator from a classic leather biker will be the introduction of a shearling or faux fur lining, but the asymmetric zip frontage and hardware detailing makes the jacket fall into an either/or category.

The aviator of course has deep vintage roots and its classic silhouette is now a key and recurring style each autumn, meaning that your aviator purchase can be worn season after season, making it a great investment piece. 

Getty Images: Coach autumn/winter 2020
Coach sent aviator inspired jackets down the catwalk at their autumn/winter 2020 show

While you can find pops of colour in this easy to wear shape, more often than not you’ll find a combination of black, white or cognac colours.

Look out for great hardware detailing such as buckles on the cuffs and neckline and hardwearing and chunky zip fastenings.

This jacket is great for more casual occasions and will work particularly well with jeans or over autumnal floral dresses and chunky boots.

While you get lots of leather and faux leather options on the high street, if you’re going for a suede or faux suede aviator be careful with the British weather — if you can treat the suede with some kind of protector you’ll be able to get more wear out of the jacket.

  • Zara

    Aviator jackets: Zara
    This is a classic style for Zara

    When Zara brought out a sleek and snug faux fur lined aviator jacket a couple of seasons ago, we weren’t sure if even they realised the hit they had on their hands. Since then they have brought out a new version of the jacket every autumn and we predict this year’s will fly off the shelves. 

    Shop double faced jacket at Zara, £95.99

  • Marks and Spencer

    Aviator jackets: Marks and Spencer
    This cognac colour is gorgeous

    This cognac coloured aviator with the classic symmetrical front is absolutely gorgeous and the faux shearling detail will keep you nice and snug. The slightly shorter length means this will work well with trousers, skirts or dresses. 

    Shop faux shearling aviator jacket at Marks and Spencer, £69

  • Mango

    Aviator jackets: Mango
    Black and cream shearing make for a great contrast

    With faux fur lapels, this monochromatic jacket is such a classic silhouette. The asymmetric zip fastening and hem belt tick all the boxes — this jacket will only get better with age.

    Shop faux fur lapel jacket at Mango, £89.99

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