The Best Pilot Shirts

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The Best Pilot Shirts
Pilots wear specially designed shirts that enable them to perform the job's requirements as well as be identified by passengers. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Pilot shirts feature two shoulder epaulettes, mock flap and flap pockets, longer tuck tails and white buttons. Many pilot shirts are made of Pinpoint Oxford, which is a tightly spun yarn; poplin cotton blends, which are plain crosswise rib weaving patterns; and polyester material. In general, pilot shirts are machine washable, easily pressed and stain resistant.

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Landerwood designs pilot shirts that are tailored to the exact measurements of the wearer. The shirts are split mitred, meaning that the pieces of fabric are spread across the shoulders in the shape of an upside down V. The split mitred gives wearers extra arm room, which enables easier manoeuvring of the aeroplane's controls. Landerwood pilot shirts are made of 60 per cent cotton and 40 per cent polyester; the shirts are available in long-sleeved and short-sleeved styles and are made entirely of Pinpoint Oxford fabric.


CrewGear specialises in aviation uniforms. The company designs pilot shirts that have Pinpoint Oxford fabric made from 60 per cent combed cotton and 40 per cent polyester. The shirts feature long shirt tails, two pen slots, straight collars and long-sleeved and short-sleeved options. CrewGear has single-needled tailoring, which enables the shirt to hold its form.

Van Heusen

Van Heusen's Career Apparel clothing line specialises in pilot shirts. The line has three styles: the Aviator, the Commander and the Pilot Shirt. The Aviator fabric is 65 per cent polyester and 35 per cent poplin cotton blend; it is available in blue or white with either long and short sleeves. The Commander is 60 per cent cotton and 40 per cent polyester Pinpoint Oxford and available in white. The Pilot Shirt is made of 65 per cent polyester and 35 per cent cotton ring spun poplin and is available in white long and short sleeves. Every Van Heusen pilot shirt is stain resistant and wrinkle free.

Custom Pilot Shirts

Custom Pilot Shirts can be customised for no additional costs and are 65 per cent polyester and 35 per cent cotton; the customisation options include open or flap pockets, a pen slot location and wing-display preferences.

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