For a “fresh from the cockpit” look, you’ll need something more than your everyday bedhead. To replicate Mellersh’s windswept coif, work a dime-sized dab of styling clay into your hair from the roots, and tousle it up with your hands for maximum altitude. Mr. Natty Clay Preparation has a matte, natural finish that won’t advertise its presence.
As with the hair, a pilot’s stubble is all about nonchalance. For a rugged style that won’t look unkempt, give your whiskers a trim three times each week with the guard on the “2” setting. Since hair this short won’t merit a beard oil, look for a hybrid product that serves both skin and hair, like Stubble & ‘Stache Face Moisturizer and Beard Conditioner.
While a truly devoted airman can pick up a pair of flying boots, there are far more versatile ways to rep the tradition of British footwear. These cap-toe oxfords from Church’s are as classic as they come, but brands like Grenson, Barker, and Loake all sport equally fine examples.
The Finishing Touches
Like any British gentleman, a fighter pilot’s style is all about the details. Mellersh was photographed reading John Buchan’s Greenmantle, but the title is less important than the volume itself—a good book should be slightly tattered, frequently read, and kept around long enough to pass to a loved one. Another instant heirloom is a briar-carved pipe: Mellersh is smoking a sandblasted straight-stem, but you can find refurbished pipes of every shape and size in an estate pipe marketplace. Like the book, keep it close, and it will only get better with age.