Why You Should Invest In A Good Bomber Jacket, And Where You Can Buy One

The bomber jacket has come a long way. Consider it a safe investment in your street cred.

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Made popular by badass pilots in WWII, the bomber jacket is one of the most stylish jackets you can own. Our favourite colours are black, blue or green, and it can work as both a jacket and a middle layer beneath a peacoat. The black option is useful, as it works with most casual outfits. The cropped shape is flattering, as it helps accentuate your shoulders and lengthen your legs. They’re also comfortable and versatile – you can wear them as easily with denim as with suit pants.

The Bombing Run

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The bomber is an iconic style that has existed since the turn of the century in uniforms and fashion. In the ‘50s, youth culture adopted military and labour pieces like the the MA-1 bomber, subverting their symbolism by bringing them into the streets and clubs. Even Steve McQueen brought the bomber to life with his white polo and blue jeans combo.

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Today’s bomber jackets are sought after for their style. Brands are loosening up the silhouette and using performance fabrics, resulting in an abundance of options. Just make sure you get the fit right: The shoulder of the jacket should hit right at your natural shoulder line, and the length should end around the top of your hips.

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This classic silhouette is not going anywhere. It’s a well-worn item in menswear circles, and while it never really disappeared, it’s a look that has come back with a bang season after season. And we predict it’s here to stay. With judicious styling you’ll find use for it in any scenario. For a novel take, invest in a solid colour, with minimal detailing. This way you can keep the jacket for years, or even pass it on to your kids.

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