Nothing captures my imagination more than aviation does, and one of the most appealing images of fashion also stems from the breathtaking pursuit of flight. In the 1930s and 1940s- my favourite historical period- aviation was truly beginning to move forward; and at the same time, women were starting to make names for themselves in traditionally male-dominated fields. As aviation progressed, women like Amelia Earhart, Amy Johnson, Marina Raskova, and Nadezhda Popova contributed to advancements in the field- while also wearing the distinctive and stylish fashions of the day!
Darling cream top / Burberry coat / Jonathan saunders skirt / Restricted heels & pumps / The Cambridge Satchel Company black leather purse / Chain link jewelry / Moschino clip-on earrings / Hermès scarve / Ray Ban gradient aviator / Dolce Gabbana gel nail polish
The defining piece of this aviation pioneer’s look is the on-trend (and historically appropriate!) Burberry shearling coat, which can keep aviators and earthbound civilians alike warm and fashionable. A prim collared blouse paired with a military-style pencil skirt also conjures up images of the ’40s. Practicality is a necessary feature of any aviator’s outfit; and cute vintage-style heels, a leather satchel, and Ray-Ban Aviators fit the bill in this ensemble. But although female aviation pioneers were efficient and capable, they were also always chic- so I added a vibrant Art Deco-esque scarf from Hermes and vintage gold jewellery, plus burgundy nail polish as a finishing touch. Everything about this ensemble alludes to the early days of aviation, and to the capability and style of the women who advanced this amazing field.