The flight jacket has taken on many forms over the years, but more often than not, it’s a leather or wool that doesn’t fare too well in wet conditions.

Which is why we were pleased to see this water-repellent waxed cotton version from Private White V.C. pop up just in time to ward off any wintry mixes. Here’s what else you need to know.

The Story: Following his decorated service in WWI, Private Jack White founded a clothing factory in Manchester, where this outerwear is still made to this day. (Needless to say, the line has got a strong heritage/military vibe.)

Who to Channel: Chuck Yeager if he were a character in Doctor Zhivago.

When to Wear It: It’s got a light quilted liner, so you’ll have to layer this with a chunky sweater and some flannel if you’re heading into the deep winter, but that also means you can get away with this in fall or spring without all the layers.

Degree of Difficulty: Low. It’s like flying a helicopter—just don’t press too many buttons.

Some inspiration from Chuck Yeager and his perfectly employed bomber…

—N.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Najib Benouar