2016 looks set to be the year of the great return of the bomber jacket. And it’s all down to Gucci, who proposed it on the runway this year with a midi-skirt. Then Fausto Puglisi came along and coordinated it with a long dress. This was followed by Saint Laurent, Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs – who, unlike the others, proposed it with high waist, tartan trousers.
It really seems to be the hottest trend of the moment so how could I resist not getting a piece of the action too?
The bomber was a reinvention of the jacket that pilots wore during the First World War. In fact, at the time, some of the planes had an open cockpit, so they needed a design that would keep the pilots’ warm but also not blow about and get in the way during flight.
As ever, the fashion world picked up on this garment, thanks to the various subcultures that borrowed the bomber jacket from the military world and started using it as everyday wear.
In the 70s and 80s, for example, the baseball-style bomber jacket became a craze which nobody could be without. Then it was reclaimed and reinvented by hip hop culture in the Noughties, making it the must-have outwear garment.
Today it’s returned in a myriad of colours and motifs, with embroidered accents and appliques. And literally no one can resist its appeal, because it’s so easy to coordinate and wear, making it the perfect garment for almost any occasion.
JEANS: J BRAND
BOMBER JACKET: STRADIVARIUS
SHOES: JOSHUA SANDERS