Firmly fixed on the sartorial stage, a style that evolves with each season, the humble bomber jacket has come a long way since its heavy-duty padded nylon, technical MA-1 flight deck roots. Adopted by the street style set, then appropriated onto the runways by some of the biggest fashion houses – Gucci, Valentino and Alexander McQueen to name a few, the surge of the bomber jacket can be attributed to its relaxed, practical, yet somewhat subversive, whatever-works nuance.
Coming on strong for the season in a variety of cuts, think hybrid with varsity, trophy, biker or blazer elements or more classic in straight-up colour-block satin or silk, featuring a raft of denim, embroidery, appliqué, print and embellishment detailing. Look to Gucci, Valentino, Maje and Pam & Gela for a more statement take, while Tommy Hilfiger, Theory and Rag & Bone opt for more muted options. And, transcending its downtime domain, the bomber now ventures into eveningwear with ruffles, lace and sheer layers courtesy of Elie Saab and Alexander McQueen, alongside über floral embroidery from Needle & Thread.
"Think hybrid with varsity, trophy, biker or blazer elements..."
For colder climes, the oversized, sometimes long, even parka-esque bomber abounds, and there’s no reason not to borrow from the boys to upgrade your style. Take a cue from brands who love the blown-out silhouette, including Public School, Acne Studios, Loewe, Rick Owens and add in more Gucci options to the mix.
Whether styled with double-hem jeans, cropped flares or midi skirts, atop tees, shirts, bralet tops or dresses, given added personalisation details such as patches or name embroidery, laud the versatile virtues of the bomber jacket as the ideal all-occasion outerwear star.