The Aviator jacket is this summer seasons anomaly in men’s designer clothes, in that it is actually suitable for the reality of British summer weather. The Aviator jacket, which is featured in the summer collections of high street shops like House of Fraser, experienced something of a comeback last autumn, and the appeal of this classic leather flying jacket seems simply to have grown since then. In contrast, one of the big new hits in men’s fashion this summer is the espadrille, the lightweight summer shoe with canvas upper from the Pyrenees that will come into its own on hot summer days, but may leave you a little soggy when normal (British) summer weather returns. Happily, the espadrille is a natural pairing with the chino, which can allow you to achieve a classic look when combined with the thoroughly practical aviator jacket.
Seminal style movies like Top Gun and The Aviator have shown just what can be achieved with the aviator look. Tapping into the heroic garb of 20th century flying heroes is a canny shortcut to a look that is both masculine and stylish. Chinos can make a lightweight and comfortable change to the ubiquitous denim jean, and dare I say it, hint at a touch of class. For those that like to keep a more sturdy protective covering over their feet, an aviator jacket and chino ensemble can easily be pulled off with brogues.
The evergreen polo shirt retains popularity this summer, this time the slim fit incarnation, as popularised recently at Wimbledon. In general terms, you’ll want to achieve an active look this summer. The nautical look is set to make a big impact, and provide a nice contrast to the aviator look. Boat shoes and stripy t-shirts, and the anchor motif are going to be popular, and also fit in nicely with chinos and espadrilles.
Denim shirts are also on the rise again, all in all making a coordinated wardrobe an affordable ambition this summer, as denim shirts supply yet another natural match for chinos and boat shoes. There are quite a variety of denim shirts ready to hit the shops, from cowl neck, to hooded, to funnel neck – providing plenty of versatility whatever your body shape. The aviator jacket will also have the benefit of lasting right through autumn and winter, and like fine wine, will simply get better (looking) with age.