It’s fair to say that menswear’s relationship with shearling is, well, woolly. The fabric’s air force origins and association with heroic aviators mean that shearling jackets will always have an air of flyboy cool. But then you remember John Motson. And Del-Boy. And the suspicion that somebody wearing one has a dozen knock-off watches hidden inside.
Cast aside the checkered history, though. Evaluate the shearling jacket today, and what you have is an unmistakably stylish and practical coat that pairs with more outfits than you might give it credit for.