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What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks out the best pilot jackets

What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks the best aviator jackets for effortless style this season

  • Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice to embrace the pilot jacket trend
  • She recommends looking for faux fur that looks and feels like real sheepskin
  • British style editor reveals a selection of retailers currently stocking the trend


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LEAVE YOUR PUFFER

Apologies if you’re a fan of the puffer jacket, but if I never see one again, it might be too soon. Practical, affordable, functional. . . the excuses are endless, but they’re not the only warm, easy-to-wear jacket available. Take off this season is the kite.

HERITAGE TREND

What started in 1917 as functional flying clothing for World War I pilots – cockpits were open and not insulated at that time – quickly became a fantastic fashion statement. The durable leather and plush shearling has often been replaced by faux leather polyurethane, but that’s more than adequate protection, even in the coldest UK winter.

Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice to embrace the pilot jacket trend at every opportunity this season.  Pictured: jacket, £69, and boots, £75, marksandspencer.  com;  knit tank, £135, crush-cashmere.com;  jeans, £49.95, gap.co.uk

Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice to embrace the pilot jacket trend at every opportunity this season. Pictured: jacket, £69, and boots, £75, marksandspencer. com; knit tank, £135, crush-cashmere.com; jeans, £49.95, gap.co.uk

GO FAUX

Genuine leather versions are available, of course, like the Baukjen design below, but they don’t come cheap and there’s no need to spend that much unless you really want to. Even the imitations scream luxury.

PAIR WITH JEANS

Trust me, the aviator is just as easy to wear as a puffer jacket, but looks significantly more stylish. Black can be harsh on many skin tones. If that’s the case for you, try a dark brown – like this design from M&S. I wear it with jeans, but it looks great with a feminine floral print dress.

SHOP THE TREND NOW…

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