If you're going to buy one thing this season make it a shearling or sheepskin aviator jacket. This military-inspired update of a timeless classic will make the perfect lux addition to your outerwear collection and, since it'll match many an outfit with effortless ease, investing in the trend will reap fashion rewards through autumn and winter and well into spring.
Take your lead from the catwalk where shearling played a starring role in winter layering. Luxury designer label Burberry sent streams of luxurious cropped shearling - complete with large floppy collars and white trims - down the runway, and ever since the sheepskin coat, from bomber to biker, suede to leather and everything in between, has grabbed the attention of the fashion-forward.
But don't let the ubiquity of the shearling aviator put you off. The high street has so many variations on the look and there are a multitude of runway styles to take inspiration from. Pay homage to American fashion designer Philip Lim's elegant brown and black leather and shearling cover-ups, go for a slightly more refined style a la Bottega Veneta's soft tailoring and 'broken-in' pieces, or enjoy a flight of fancy with Fendi-style romanticism by focusing on big fur woven through perforated shearling. Armani's to-die-for shearling coats were beautifully trimmed and cut and sumptuously teamed with velvet, while Lagerfeld went for a wilder, more creative use of fur.
And before you fly off to the high street, check out our top tips for soaring shearling and aviator success...
Team your covetable shearling cover-up with a tweed mini skirt, a crisp white shirt and a tan satchel for city chic cool.
Pair with skinny jeans and over-the-knee boots for a look that'll rock you into shape.
For a more preppy, uptown aviator feel opt for a pleated mini skirt and skinny polo neck.
Shearling makes a textural statement and to really max this up don't be frightened to go for an oversized fur-trimmed collar aviator. Match the luxe look with fur-trimmed sky-high boots.
Don't limit your shearling hunt to aviator jackets and bombers. Off the catwalks the trend extends to faux fur and shearling accessories such as boots, hats, earmuffs and more.
And here's our cherry picked selection of some of the best shearling, sheepskin and fake fur aviator jackets and gilets available on the high street:
Sheepskin Sleeveless Gilet, £195, at Topshop
Drape Gilet, £60, at Oasis
Leather Aviator Jacket with Shearling Detail Collar, £349, at Ted Baker
Petit Sheepskin Flying Jacket, £58, at Topshop
Brown Faux Sheepskin Aviator Jacket, £75, at Next
Olga Sheepskin Aviator Hat, Acne, £245, at Liberty