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GET THE LOOK AVIATOR

Get the Look: Aviator

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 January, 2013, 5:28pm
 

Men's fashion is seldom about trends. Unlike womenswear, which changes its style beats every season, menswear is more about updating the classics or reconfiguring them to make them look fresh and modern. We see this done all the time: the staple navy jacket goes from three-button to two, from single-breasted to double. Trouser pants go from straight to tapered. Camouflage gets treated in different colours.

One of the items that menswear designers like to reinvent is the aviator jacket, which is an essential item in a man's wardrobe. It's inherently masculine - a no-nonsense outerwear, which, if made from quality leather, will only get more handsome with time.

Several seasons ago, designers toyed with the idea of making aviator jackets in coloured leather - aubergine, moss, burgundy. Then came denim versions, followed by those with exaggerated colours and cuffs. These were then succeeded by aviator jackets littered with zippers and studs.

This time around, designers have shed the embellishments and gone back to the jacket's roots: a simple shape made from leather that will get better with age. The only tweak they've made is to add shearling details either on the collar or the lining, such as Paul Smith's (HK$34,900), which comes fully lined. Bally's version (HK$24,990) in calf leather has a more classic, albeit slouchy, shape with rib knitting on the waist and cuffs. The shearling component is limited to the collar.

The aviator jacket is a versatile item and can be layered on almost everything - be it a sharp suit or a chunky cable knit sweater with skinny jeans and boots. The most obvious is to pair it with jeans, replete with aviator sunglasses such as Tumi's gold lenses (HK$2,440), motorcycle boots and short leather gloves with tone-on-tone stitching, like those at Dunhill (HK$1,950), for a casual and street aesthetic.

The aviator jacket is a versatile item and can be layered on almost everything - be it a sharp suit or a chunky cable knit sweater with skinny jeans and boots. The most obvious is to pair it with jeans, replete with aviator sunglasses such as Tumi's gold lenses (HK$2,440), motorcycle boots and short leather gloves with tone-on-tone stitching, like those at Dunhill (HK$1,950), for a casual and street aesthetic.

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