The famous Bomber jacket, originally worn by American cockpit pilots in the First World War, and later sported by style icons such as Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen and Tom Cruise, has been a style staple since the mid-20th century. Although evolving over the years, the bomber jacket’s core characteristics have remained untouched: its functionality, style and design.
However, it’s only been in the last few years that the bomber has made an impactful resurgence; and we’re pretty sure that the trend is here to stay.
Hailed as an investment piece for the discerning man, it’s this virtue that lends its hand to the popularity of the bomber jacket in recent times.
Lo and behold, we’ve put together a little guide as to how to wear your bomber jacket this season, and the little hacks you can adopt to stand out from the rest.
VERSATILITY IS KEY
The classic bomber, in essence, was made for cooler conditions, so you would originally find that the design was quite boxy and large-fitting. However, in recent times, we have seen the bomber jacket designed with contemporary style in mind, allowing for versatility in its wear.
To The Office
For those who work in an environment where smart-casual attire is encouraged, the bomber jacket will act as a welcomed friend during the cooler months.
Take Aquila’s Lexham bomber in navy, for example. Pair the Lexham bomber with a tailored pair of chinos (the hem of the chinos should kiss your shoelace), a casual, buttoned-down shirt, and finish with a pair of brown leather brogues.
For The Weekend
Whether it be for a brunch date with a friend; a casual movie with your partner; or simply running around town, the bomber jacket is practical, comfortable and perfect for weekend layering.
Opt for a pair of tailored, selvedge denim jeans, a white tee and the Lexham bomber in navy, finished with a pair of Chelsea boots, for the perfect combination of casual and cool this weekend.
For an Evening Out
One of the most popular go-to’s to nip those chilly nights in the bud, a slim-fit, casual bomber jacket is a great option for those looking to impress without over-dressing.
Aquila’s new Lexham bomber in dusty pink is the colourway of the season. Perfect for that date night with tailored pants, or even a great match with suit trousers, the Lexham in dusty pink is a modern masculine staple, perfect for any evening out.
EXPERIMENT WITH COLOUR
A navy bomber jacket, classic in its aesthetic, will never lead its owner astray; the styling possibilities are endless. Take the Lexham in navy, for example. Simple, stylish and refined, this navy bomber will go with most items in your wardrobe. Pair yours with rolled chinos, a tee and white sneakers, for a fresh, casual yet smart look.
A flattering tone to wear, especially for men, pink is this season’s biggest drawcard. Not only is it easy to style, but it looks fantastic on as well. Gone are the days when pink was considered emasculating; wear your pink bomber with confidence this season.
Take the Lexham bomber in dusty pink, for example. Not quite outright ‘pink’, but instead, a darker tone which looks a million bucks on its wearer.
Rich in Military history, the green bomber jacket can be traced back to the original MA-1 Flight jacket; the first colour that was used for bomber jackets during the First World War.
Soft on the eyes, Aquila’s bottle green Lexham bomber incorporates traces of militaristic style, but is designed in a contemporary way. Pair with dark denim, and a neutral, light colour shirt, such as a white Oxford or black t-shirt. Finish with a fresh pair of white sneakers for a soft sartorial touch.
MAKE A STATEMENT
Pack a punch with your bomber jacket this season by wearing it confidently and proudly over any given outfit. A staple piece through the times, bomber jackets are considered a wardrobe staple by some of the top fashion authorities; you have the ability to stand out from the pack (in a good way) by styling your looks effectively and efficiently. Don’t go overboard; keep it simple on bottom and in the mid-section. Let your bomber jacket do the talking.
All in all, the bomber jacket has withstood the test of time, and remains, evidently so, important in today’s fashion trends. It’s a testament to the bomber’s understated versatility. So, wear yours dressed up or down, and don’t be afraid to mix and match with other core pieces in your wardrobe, as you will more often than not find that the bomber just blends in effortlessly with most items in your wardrobe.