Bomber Jackets: The Wardrobe Piece You Won’t Be Able to Live Without
Women may be adorning the classic bomber jacket lately, but guys, it is time to make it a staple in your own wardrobe too.
If you thought bomber jackets were a thing of the past, then you are sorely mistaken. For no generation has been, nor will be, strong enough to withhold a trend so powerfully versatile and practical.
Known in the mid 20th century as a flight jacket, the bomber jacket was uniform for US army pilots during the Second World War. Designed for warmth during flight, the leather jacket was complete with a woollen lining and a shearling collar.
It is from these humble aviation roots that the bomber jacket really became a notable fashion item.
From punk to grunge styles to letterman jackets for prestigious colleges, it continues to be revived. It is also thanks to both James Dean and Tom Cruise, in the peak of their careers, that the bomber jacket continued to symbolise the effortlessly cool guy.
So how did one simple jacket become such a success? Well, the traditional aspects of a defined collar, ribbed cuff and waistband and zipper front have all been kept whilst the fabric continues to be adapted. From leather to wool, cashmere, satin, polyester, cotton and more; it is forever evolving.
And there is a price to suit everyone. If you delight in the finer things in life then Valentino’s Patchwork quilted bomber jacket is a sure crowd-pleaser with its denim chevron-quilted back, contrasting cotton-drill and technical shell panels, complete with orange satin lining.
Or if a practical jacket for just as practical price is what you are after, then Country Road’s Washed bomber jackets are great for everyday wear and are available in both khaki and navy shades.
But no matter what you choose, just make sure you get at least one. It’s the closest you’ll get to an easy throw-on piece but also a trans-seasonal staple. This trend is not going to expire anytime soon, so it’s best to get aboard.