Bomber jackets (formerly known as flight jackets) were worn by pilots in the open cockpits of fighter jets during WWI. Designed to resist harsh weather conditions, they were made from heavy weight leather and featured wrap-around collars and fitted cuffs and waistbands. Besides the warmth factor, and how ridiculously handsome Tom Cruise looked in Top Gun, the fashion industry was quick to take notice of just how much stylish potential the bomber jacket had.
This week’s Fashionista took a rugged leather jacket, the universal uniform of manly tough guys everywhere, and turned it into a feminine work of art. I instantly fell in love with the irony of pairing a leather bomber with a delicate sweater and pearl necklace. Joining the two contrasting looks might sound like a bad idea, but once married, they make for a gorgeous getup. This is a perfect example of just how versatile a fall bomber jacket can be. From military men and '80s grunge stars, to cool nights on the town and the runways of Derek Lam and Alessandro Dell’Acqua, the bomber jacket prevails as one of the most vital items in your wardrobe since 1914.
Go for a classic leather bomber this fall. They’ve easily become the dream jacket of campus life, as they can be worn over [literally] any combination of styles and are super easy to double up with leather boots. If you’re into something with a bit more edge, look for bombers that come in material other than leather. Printed, suede, wool and even fur bomber jackets have been spotted all over runway shows, magazines, and street stylers alike. It’s simple: Buy a bomber. Become da bomb diggity.