Everything About Bomber Jacketby John Micheal Designer
The bomber jacket is a casual herringbone twill or gabardine style jacket with flap pockets. It was originally designed as an undergarment for military pilots and now has become the go-to top layer both on and off of the bike.
Anyone who rides a motorcycle in any weather knows these jackets are some of the best investments you can make. They're warm, waterproof, windproof, durable and have more pockets than most people know what to do with. There's really nothing like it when riding in cool weather or even miserable conditions. The design of the garment makes it perfect for both comfortable commuting around town and protection from rain, snow, sleet, hail, etc while still being stylish enough that you don't look like a hobo.
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Where did the Bomber jacket come from?
Originally designed as an undergarment for military pilots, it was first introduced to the public after WWII by Army Air Corps veteran John Sperry who began manufacturing them for pilots of commercial airlines. The demand quickly spread and eventually the garment became popular enough that various manufacturers adopted it for everyday wearers.
The modern day style that most think of when they imagine a bomber jacket has its roots in Ivy league school uniforms around 1952 where it was worn by baseball players and football players who wanted something stylish yet functional to wear while playing in cold weather. It didn't take long before non-athletes caught wind of them and started wearing them as well.
What's the difference between a bomber jacket and a leather jacket?
The modern day style that most think of when they imagine a bomber jacket has its roots in Ivy league school uniforms around 1952 where it was worn by baseball players and football players who wanted something stylish yet functional to wear while playing in cold weather.
It didn't take long before non-athletes caught wind of them and started wearing them as well. There are several different companies that claim to have invented the modern day version we all know today, but BOMBER BARONS is not one of those companies. I'm sure there will be more info popping up on this topic soon so regardless of who you read about we are confident in laying claim to where the modern day style comes from.
Here's what Wikipedia says about it: The bomber jacket has been popularized by many cultures, including those of France and Japan, as well as the mod subculture of Great Britain. During the 1970s and early 1980s, some flight jackets were produced with zippers for breast pockets, allowing them to be closed securely while worn inside an airplane cockpit.
The main difference between a leather jacket and a bomber is price point. Leather is usually considered much more expensive than a bomber even though many of them are made out of full or partial leather. The reason for this is that most bomber makers use high quality nylon or polyester which gives them greater durability without being heavy and bulky.
Another difference is that a leather jacket, usually speaking, is made to last for several decades whereas most bombers are not. That doesn't mean they don't have exceptional craftsmanship, but the bomber maker isn't likely building their jackets to last forever like it's done with a fine pair of leather motorcycle pants. Lastly there's the look . Leather jackets tend to be more formal or casual while bombers employ all sorts of different styles. Both garments are considered staples in every man's wardrobe so choosing one over another will depend on your personal taste at the end of the day.
What colors should I get?
I really dig this post from Wild Stitches when he talks about what color you should get depending on your complexion. I'll also add that my favorite color personally is olive green because it can go with pretty much anything from grey, blue and black jeans to a cool pair on the weekend.
Bomber jackets are not very limiting when it comes to color choices as you can see from the above pic. Some colors may be more popular than others, but just check out any clothing website's bomber jacket section and you'll see how many variations there are for each Actually take a look at ours , we have something like 27 different colors (and growing)!
What's the difference between cord and leather?
This is a question we get asked all of the time. To me personally they are different since I don't particularly care for corduroy so much, but to be honest it really depends on personal preference. A bomber jacket made out of corduroy will be less formal than one that is made out of leather even though they have all kinds of variants which can make them completely casual or formal depending on what you choose.
Coated nylon is very popular nowadays as well. It's not quite as warm when unzipped, but it does add an aesthetic appeal similar to corduroy while being more versatile. In case you haven't noticed bomber jackets come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are more slim, others have wider lapels or are cropped at the waist. The important thing to remember is that there's not really a "right" way of wearing a bomber jacket so just be yourself and pick one that matches your personality.
How do I wear Bomber Jacket?
As with many things, this answer is always going to vary from person to person but I think the main takeaway here should be that there isn't just one correct way of doing it besides keeping the bottom unzipped. That being said I would still suggest taking some cues from how people wear them below since they look damn good!
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