The bomber jacket originated back to the days of World War 1; purely for its functional purpose, whereby it was utilised to protect the pilots from the elements. It went through many adaptations throughout the years to support the needs of the pilots, e.g. added fur lining, collars, leather straps, etc. But it wasn’t until the 80’s where it became more of a fashionable piece rather than a functional piece. You may remember two notable movies in which the jacket became popular – Steve McQueen in the The Hunter and Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones. Nowadays, just about every celebrity has been seen in one. The classic silhouette and added ‘cool factor’ makes it the perfect addition to any wardrobe.
I have most definitely built up a good collection. But right now, I am in love with this green bomber jacket from Scanlan Theodore. I initially tried on the jacket in black, and as much as I loved it, I felt it needed that little bit extra. After some serious hunting, I finally find it in Paddington, Sydney. The good thing about this colour green is that it goes with most colours, suits a wide range of skin tones, and can be worn casually or dressed up.
I had a little fun putting this outfit together, as it is a bunch of classic pieces meshed up in one. The high rise jean and cross earrings adds a little more edge to a somewhat simple outfit.
Of course, this jacket is in leather! But in all seriousness, the texture actually works really well with the silhouette as it adds a bit of rigidity to the shape. And as a result, it looks more tailored and refined. Historically the bomber jacket has been been manufactured in other materials such as nylon, cotton and polyester. These materials are great for adding that extra shine and casualness to the design.
Because of the beautifully simple and tailored shape of the bomber jacket, it’s incredibly easy to style with other pieces – such as this floral dress from Seed. I’ve taken another classic piece, the wrap dress, and thrown over a leather bomber. Interestingly enough, it hasn’t made the look too edgy, but has allowed it to maintain its fresh, feminine vibe.
Every time I write about a classic wardrobe item, it forces me to really stay on track when making smart purchases in regards to my capsule wardrobe. Classic pieces don’t always have to be expensive, and in actual fact if you know your materials and brands, I’m certain you’ll find a good deal.
Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to hear your experience with purchasing/owning a bomber jacket.
K- Leather & Soie
What I wore:
Green leather bomber – www.scanlantheodore.com.au
Jeans – www.sassandbide.com.au
Leopard print belt – J.Crew from www.netaporter.com
Black ankle boots – www.tonybianco.com.au
Cross earrings – www.sportsgirl.com.au
Floral wrap dress – www.seedheritage.com.au
Tan suede heels – www.tonybianco.com.au
Sunglasses – www.tomford.com