Vintage aviation clothing was often made with materials that are more durable than today’s textiles, like wool and tweed, which means they can be worn in the office or outside of it without feeling too out of place. Here are some tips on how to make vintage aviation clothing work in the office and what to avoid when wearing vintage aviation clothing outside the office.

The right top

What kind of work environment do you have? Do people dress up or down? Is this a casual workplace where jeans might be OK? If so, then a more rugged top like denim or corduroy can work well for you. Do you want something dressier like silk or wool? Remember, these fabrics won’t be as comfortable as cotton and linen tops but they will help you stand out from other people at the office with more casual looks.

The right bottoms

Wear a skirt or dress that’s knee-length. Knee-length skirts and dresses for women are the best because they’re more comfortable than shorter skirts. So many people wear short skirts and dresses, but it’s not worth it when you’re sitting all day! Plus, if you do want a shorter skirt or dress, make sure it’s A-line so you can sit down without showing off your underwear to everyone. Shorts are also a good choice for comfort, but make sure they’re either dark colors so they don’t show dirt or patterns so they don’t get caught on things when you walk around your desk. And no matter what kind of shorts you wear, make sure they have an elastic waistband.

The right accessories

Accessorizing is a great way to take your look from drab to fab. A tasteful scarf can add a pop of color and warmth, while a trendy watch can tell you the time and impress your boss. If your clothes are already on point, try adding some jewelry for an extra dose of flair. Designer earrings or a dainty necklace will show that you’re paying attention to detail, but don’t go overboard- it’s important not to distract from what really matters: your work!

Putting it all together

Many of us are dressing a little more casually at work these days, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your style. 

Try combining a tailored blazer with a dressy top and tights for an office appropriate look that is still on trend. If you’re wearing pants, consider styling them with heels or pumps for a polished look. And if you’re sporting sneakers, try adding some height with over-the-knee boots or chunky heels. Finish it off with some statement earrings or bright lipstick for an extra pop of color.

main photo: Rozetsky

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