Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently you’ll probably know that the bomber jacket is having a bit of a moment in fashion right now. In fact it’s been a really long moment, like a few seasons moment, and we all know that in fashion terms that means it should be old news by now. But it’s not. And SS16 is proving to be the bomber jacket’s best season yet with every designer from Stella McCartney to Tommy Hilfiger and Jonathan Saunders championing the shape for their collections, and everyone from Cara Delevingne to Megan McKenna wearing them (one in a slightly more fashion forward way than the other – no prizes for guessing which)
Normally when a trend gets so popular that I’m in danger of looking like I’ve taken style tips from the TOWIE gang, I’m out. In fact I was probably never in. (I don’t tend to follow trends religiously, if I like something I usually like it regardless of whether it’s ‘in style’ and I’ve never yet found myself flocking to the same trends as those on the Essex reality show but that’s just me) For the most part, in its year long style reign, I’ve avoided the bomber jacket trend, even when Acne did one.
But what happens when a trend sticks around for this long is that it goes through various amalgamations and while I wasn’t a huge fan of the Cara Delevingne varsity style, or the the TOWIE fave – the khaki MA1 aviator – I am a fan of the recent re-invention, the embroidered bomber.
Bomber jacket – Zara | Top – Vero Moda (old but similar) | Jeans – Warehouse (old but similar) | Bag – Zara | Shoes – Topshop
Yup that’s right, the reason the bomber is back gracing every street style blog on the planet despite still being favoured by reality stars and fast fashion boutiques, is because there’s a new style afoot and it’s nothing like its predecessors. It has an oversized silhouette, it mixes sporty with ornate and it’s all about the intricate detailing and colour contrast.
For me it started with the Tommy Hilfiger pink lion style – that embroidery on the back had me sitting up and taking note – then Stella McCartney showcased a gorgeous one in her Pre-Fall 16 collection and of course when Kate Moss is wearing it, I’m sold. I narrowly missed out on the Asos version and got all frustrated with myself so when I saw this embroidered style in Zara I wanted in. Luckily my birthday rolled around just before they all but disappeared and this floral silk number was mine as a little birthday treat. I originally fancied the pink (of course) but that was already sold out and I’m actually quite glad as the black is much more versatile.
So what’s so different with this bomber style? Well for starters the shape – it’s longer and looser – none of that annoying elastic waistband that wriggles up past your belly and just looks ridiculous. This bomber can be worn oversized and hangs just below the hips giving it a sporty edge. Secondly the fabric – there’s no cheap looking shiny material here – it’s all about the silks and the satins in gorgeous dusky shades. And thirdly, the embroidery. Forget aviator badges, embroidery screams luxury.
In the Zara version, that floral Japanese esque ornate design keeps the whole thing looking slightly edgy rather than trendy and there’s something about having a statement back right? It dresses up a pair of jeans and a tee instantly and I reckon it would even work for evening over a floor length maxi (I’ll need to put that to the test soon!)
Altogether I kind of think the latest amalgamation of the bomber has something none of the rest did… It’s luxe.
Shop my bomber jacket edit below
Do you agree? Are you a fan of the bomber jacket trend?