The ’80s are here! With aviator sunnies, fighter planes, Tom Cruise *takes my breath away* and some serious ‘need for speed’, Top Gun literally sky rockets to the top of the charts! In spite of the movie having a cult following that could create it’s own nation (imagine that!), we, however are more interested in the wingman this movie introduced- the bomber jacket. Rugged and macho, the bomber jacket, entailed with its military heritage and pop culture influx, became the jacket that every man NEEDED to get in the sartorial zone (and in the girl zone). Who can resist the lure of a leather bomber jacket. Right?
Fast forward two decades, and the iconic jacket finds it place as a wardrobe staple. No longer reserved to the classic-military-I-earned-it style, the jacket has reinvented itself over the years; from floral to khaki, you name it, and we’re sure it exists (sequins haven’t been sparred). Keeping the original silhouette as its main frame, the bomber jacket is identified with its ribbed hem and cuffs, and a front zip closure. Far from its heavy-duty-leather predecessor, you can now find the jacket in lighter fabrics that make it the perfect transitional cover up to have- just like Ryan Gosling does in Drive (we just needed an excuse to mention him).
With many (so many) hybrids on offer, we’ll tell you three ways we think the bomber jacket looks totally rad in. If you’re planning to be spotted at the fashion hangar, then the all-leather tough guy bomber jacket is what you’ll want to be seen in. The easy and fail safe way to do it, is to layer it over a T-shirt and pair it up with slim fit jeans, and low-top sneakers, BUT you could notch it up by layering it over a printed shirt paired with chinos for a macho-meets-suave look. And don’t forget the sunnies, aviators or wayfarers to be more exact. Duh!
On the other side of the spectrum, you’ll find a myriad collection of printed bomber jackets. With not-so-subtle-prints, these jackets have one and only one aim- to make a statement. Whether it’s scarf-inspired prints, blooming florals, abstract or animal prints (Kanye style), you’ll be surprised to know that these printed renditions are actually quite versatile. From pairing it with a pair of dapper trousers and loafers, to styling it with a street vibe- sky’s the limit.
Fighter-pilot-meets-high-school-jock, that’s the next look we’re sure will never go out of style. Neither will cheerleaders! This style of bomber jackets come with a distinct varsity look to them, from contrast tipping details, embroidered numerals, to brighter hues. The versatility of this jacket allows you to style it smart and preppy, or sporty and street. Layering it over your everyday tee and jeans, is the right and approved way to do it, but you could give it a slightly rugged look and pair it with distressed denims and your limited-edition sneakers.
So there you have it, three different ways to wear the bomber jacket. And, so what if you didn’t make it to the Air Force? The bomber jacket is your entry to the sartorial man force. Even if you do choose the animal print one.