Come with us as we chart the rise of the bomber jacket, with five reasons why it’s your ultimate transitional style, whatever your age
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1 It’s instantly recognisable. The curved collar. The cuffed sleeves. The ribbed hem. The puffy back. The short body. These straightforward elements come together to create a jacket far greater than the sum of its parts. As with most classics, simplicity is what makes the bomber jacket so timeless, and appropriate for men of all ages.
2 It’s got enviable heritage. The bomber jacket has gone from strength to strength ever since its creation for the military in the First World War – it wasn’t long before spin-offs like the letterman jacket, complete with college insignias and contrast sleeves, were seen on university campuses, while stylish mod and skinhead subcultures’ adoption of the bomber only added to its legendary status.
3 It comes in a style to suit your mood. While the original was made from hardwearing nylon with a zip, today anything goes. Luxurious suede and seersucker rub shoulders with button-fronted styles and quilted fabrics. But the subtle sheen of the grandaddy’s material still endures today.
4 It’s incredibly versatile. Despite its military roots, the bomber’s surge in popularity has seen it crop up everywhere from festivals to the front row at fashion weeks. It’s so comfortable, travelling in it is a dream – David Beckham is a big fan – while the likes of Liam Hemsworth, Tom Daley and Tinie Tempah have all rocked it on the red carpet. Slip over a crisp, plain crew-neck T-shirt and you’re all set.
5 Our added tech takes it to the next level. While we don’t normally endorse messing with the classics, we think we’ve improved it a tad. We’ve added our Stormwear technology to most of our bomber jacket styles, giving you an extra bit of water-resistance, just in case the weather doesn’t play ball.
Photographs: Getty / Menswear editor: Ian Wright