Fashion History: The Top Bomber Jackets for Spring
As every Brit knows just because it’s spring going on summer doesn’t mean it’s going to be warm, and even if it is warm sure as hell doesn’t mean it’s going to stay that way. Which is why the bomber jacket is so much more than just a fashion trend, it’s an out right must for these tricky between months. But have you ever thought of how the humble aircraft jacket became a fashion icon? First designed by the US Army in 1917 back when aircraft cockpits were unheated and open to the elements pilots needed jackets that would keep them warm without stopping movement. Early versions were constructed from leather or shearling but as aerospace technology took off (literally!) and cockpits became warmer, jackets became lighter and less bulky. However bomber jackets have remained largely unchanged over the years, with cropped lengths (so pilots could sit down) roomy sleeves and shoulders, and easy to reach pockets remaining a fashion favourite. It was commonplace for pilots to customize their jackets with patches, regimental emblems as well as elaborate designs being painted on the back, a trait very much in style this Summer. Bomber jackets can be seen filtering down into fashion in a number of ways. Marlon Brando, James Dean and Steve McQueen all wore them in iconic movies, turning the bomber into a symbol of rebellious cool. As early as 1954 Marilyn Monroe modelled a fur-collared bomber during a visit to U.S. troops in Korea. The original British skinheads made the MA-1 their own in the early ‘60s, pairing it with skinny jeans and combat-like boots. And as if it needed even more exposure, the ‘80s would see the bomber jacket go high fashion for the first time–but certainly not the last–courtesy of bad-boy designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. Here we give you our top 6 must buys!