Retro Remix: The Bomber Jacket Is Back!
We show you how to style this iconic silhouette five ways...

Sep 03, 2013 09:21
by Natasha Saroca


Although Mother Nature has finally decided to hit the ‘defrost’ button now spring is here, we’re not game enough to leave the house sans a snug cover-up just yet. Sure, the temp may be a pleasant 20-odd degrees in the middle of the day, but early mornings and evenings are a little too icy to bear when you’re not wearing cold-weather-appropriate clothing.

If your trusty winter coat is a tad too warm/heavy/clunky this time of year, there are loads of other chill-proof cover-ups that will protect you from the wind and rain until spring is well and truly in the swing of things. This season, designers and shoppers alike are loving luxe leather jackets, stop-and-stare blazers, casual anoraks, as well as our transitional topper of choice – the bomber jacket.

The humble bomber has been around in some form or another for almost 100 years. Developed by the US Army for fighter pilots in the early 1900s, early incarnations of the now-iconic design were made from leather or shearling, while lighter materials like nylon and wool were also later used.

Movie stars like James Dean and Humphrey Bogart helped popularise the classic silhouette in the 1950s, which enjoyed a revival in the 80s, once again thanks to Hollywood (who remembers the baby-faced, bomber-clad Tom Cruise in Top Gun?). Fast forward 30 years, and the bomber is back. In a big way.

This season, the bomber jacket has been treated to a modern makeover. But while its relaxed cut has been replaced with a more form-fitting (and flattering) silhouette, blend-into-the-background hues have made way for punchy prints and palettes, and utilitarian fabrics have been swapped for more luxurious textures, the revamped jacket has lost none of its edginess, attitude or timeless appeal.

No longer is the bomber relegated to the realm of fatigue-chic styling; instead, the new breed of bomber jackets are fresh, sophisticated and ultra versatile. Case in point? Ginger & Smart’s Hologram Jacket, which blends classic bomber characteristics with modern tailoring and a futuristic aesthetic, resulting in one cool cover-up that is perfect for work and play.

Want to see the new bomber in action? Well, you’re in luck because we’ve pulled together five (very) different looks, each featuring the said Ginger & Smart bomber-inspired design.

Which ensemble would you love to wear this spring?

Shop the looks:

The bomber jacket

Ginger & Smart Hologram Jacket, $699, shop.gingerandsmart.com.

Party mix

Manning Cartell Date & Text Racer, $349, manningcartell.portableshops.com; Viparo Harley Black Short Textured Lambskin Leather Skirt, $229.95, viparo.com.au; Tony Bianco Ahlo Peep Toe Ankle Bootie from Westfield, $189.95, westfield.com.au; Olga Berg Metallic Minaudiere Clutch in Bronze (OB1484), $89.95, olgaberg.com.au; Marc by Marc Jacobs Turnlock Charm Leather Bracelet from Shopbop, USD$88, shopbop.com.

Sports star

sass & bide Rush Hour Tank, $89, sassandbide.com; Manning Cartell Flash Fiction Short in Shiraz, $479, manningcartell.portableshops.com; Adidas Originals Court Star Slim Sneakers from The Iconic, $100, theiconic.com.au; Adidas Originals Santiago Nylon ADH2806 Watch, $129, theiconic.com.au; Country Road Metallic Tote, $59, countryroad.com.au.

Casual cool

Feathers Catalina Top in Yellow, $149, shopfeathers.com.au; Country Road Motorcycle Jean, $99.95, countryroad.com.au; Siren Shoes Anna Clogs, $139.95,  sirenshoes.com.au; Mimco Small Sash Cocoon Bag in Poppy, $349, mimco.com.au; ROC Eyewear Janis Aviators in Gold, $79.95, roceyewear.com.au.

Pretty sweet

Forever New Jaynie Layered Formal Dress, $159.99, forevernew.com.au; Verali Hester Heels from The Iconic, $79.95, theiconic.com.au; Rebecca Minkoff Kerry Pouch from Shopbop, USD$75, shopbop.com; Forever New Belinda Stone Cluster Stud Earrings, $12.99, forevernew.com.au.

Work it

Jane Lamerton Petite Dry Handle Cowl Sleeveless Top from Myer, $40, myer.com.au; SHEIKE Reality Skirt, $109.95, sheike.com.au; Tony Bianco Tilly Heel in Pine Kid Suede, $139.95, tonybianco.com.au; Mimco Poseidon Satchel, $450, mimco.com.au; Equip Threaded Chunky Bracelet, $14.99, equipyourself.com.au.



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