The origin of the Bomber Jacket, or flight jacket, can be traced back to World War I, but the style of the bomber that most of us probably recognise was released by the US Army Air Corps – the A2, in 1932. These garments featured high wraparound collars, cinched cuffs and waists, and zipper closures protected by wind flaps.
By the mid-1950’s, bombers began to make their transition from military to civilian life. As more people began adopting the bomber changes were made to better suit the clientele, eliminating many functional needs.
In the late 60’s through the 80’s, the bomber began crossing into a more trendy “fashion” territory. The jacket was perfect for the mild winters in Europe and Australia, and it became a highly popular fashion item for those associated with various countercultures. Ironically, the bomber transitioned from a uniform to a symbol of rebellion in places like Europe, the U.S. and Japan. This jacket was a big part of the punk movement, often paired with T-shirts, skinny jeans, and Doc Martens. Jackets dyed in bright, acid colours were especially popular and created a style that was much more distinctive than its traditional military counterpart.
The bomber’s popularity exploded in the 80’s, as it was featured in several hit films of the decade. Two notable examples were Steve McQueen in The Hunter, and of course, Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun who helped to cement the bomber into popular fashion. The combination of celebrity promotion and the fact that the jacket fits so well into the quintessential 1980’s wardrobe made it a classic piece of the decade.
Today bomber jackets have made such a great comeback, and it’s made a comeback full force, in an array of styles!
The bomber is the jacket version of the little black dress: stylish, functional, and timeless.
Style with jeans or a striped dress to easily get a great look. But this jacket is also perfect with a T-shirt and silk midi skirt for a night out or a brunch with friends.
Whatever the occasion, a bomber jacket would make the perfect addition to any wardrobe.
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