MEN’S BOMBER JACKET
Men's bomber jackets are a foundational garment in any wardrobe. Spanning more than 100 years of history, the bomber jacket has reinvented itself and adapted to social changes to become an essential fashion basic.
A bit of history
Bomber jackets have their roots in the military world. In the First World War, aircraft pilots had to withstand temperatures as low as -60°C, because aeroplane cockpits weren’t closed. To protect its airmen, the United States army designed a leather jacket lined with leather, featuring an adjustable high collar and waist with zips. This was the first predecessor of the current bomber jacket.
By the Second World War aircraft cockpits were closed, but they were smaller. Pilots needed clothing that was thinner and lighter, but at the same time that kept them warm. The B15, a development of the B3, met these requirements.
The most accurate reflection of what the bomber jacket is today, is in the MA-1, manufactured in 1949 based on nylon, a material that is waterproof, easy to clean and keeps you warm. These characteristics transformed it into an official garment of the US Air Force.
The contemporary men's bomber jacket
The MA-1 started to be mass produced with real success and became the benchmark designers use to make the bomber jackets we have today.
Originally it was black with orange lining so that injured pilots could turn it inside out and thus be seen from a greater distance. In the 50s and 60s, orange changed to khaki green and beige.
Not even the film industry could resist itself. The bomber jacket has been worn by actors like Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront; Steve McQueen in The Great Escape; and Sylvester Stallone in Rocky.
Over time it also became a symbol of urban tribes like the punks, the skinheads, the hip hop movement and even university students with the college bomber jacket.
The bomber jacket no longer has any wartime or social connotations, but it has become a symbol of style in men's fashion. There so many designs and fabrics allowing you to create simple, informal outfits, which are stylish and elegant at the same time. Our main fashion brands, like Jack & Jones, Diesel, Fred Perry, Green Coast, Esprit or G-Star Raw, offer a wide range of men’s jackets.
Men’s outfits with bomber jackets
There are plenty of options when it comes to creating men’s outfits with a bomber jacket. There are bombers with a hood, without a hood, in leather or synthetic fabrics, that are padded or metallic, with prints or without prints, etc. The most common colours are black and green, tones that are very easy to style.
A plain white T-shirt, dark or khaki jeans and trainers style well with a black bomber jacket. It’s a safe bet and nothing risky but it does ensure a perfect look. With a khaki bomber the most striking look is a white T-shirt to create more contrast, dark jeans and trainers. For situations that demand more formality, styling the bomber jacket with a shirt and casual trousers, and white, Oxford or nautical shoes will be a winner.
In short, the men’s bomber jacket offers you a wardrobe basic that, in addition to being very wearable, gives you a casual, modern look. No question, it’s a point of reference in fashion that’s been reinvented over the years and it’s always a winner for defining men’s casual style.