This weekend my good friend Joseph and I attended a trunk show and he showed up in a look that recalled Tom Cruise in the iconic 1986 Top Gun. See the comparison and the history of the look below!
Tom Cruise in Top Gun
Dark brown leather aviator bomber - Zara
Light washed denim shirt - H&M
Dark taupe slim chino - H&M
The flight jacket or bomber jacket as we know it, was originally created for pilots. In WWI most airplanes did not have an enclosed cockpit, which meant the pilots needed a jacket that could keep them sufficiently warm. While the French and Belgium armies had already adopted the style, the US Army established the Aviation Clothing Board in September 1917 and began distributing heavy-duty leather flight jackets with high wraparound collars, snug cuffs and waists, and lined with fur.
Gold and brown aviator sunglasses - Le Chateau
In the photo to the right Joe is wearing his aviator sunglasses. These glasses, sometimes called "pilot's glasses”, were originally developed in 1936 by Ray-Ban for pilots to protect their eyes while flying. Ray-Ban began selling the glasses to the public a year after they were developed.
Aviators became popular when General Douglas MacArthur (photo above) landed on the beach in the Philippines in WWII. Newspaper photographers snapped several pictures of him wearing the glasses and they slowly began trending among men.
Taupe hi-top combat boot - Zara
From head to toe this look epitomized that of a war time pilot and it was funny to see that he didn’t even realize that he put together the perfect 21st century aviator look!
Tip: When creating an outfit like Joe’s, it’s good to know the history of the piece. This way you can coordinate other items to compliment the look!
Since the event was more of a business trip than a party for me, I had to dress a bit more formally for the occasion, while Joe just got to enjoy the beautiful jewellery and free food!
More on the event coming soon!