Take inspiration from Sixties skinheads and post-modern punks, and don
the only jacket you'll need all spring
Thursday 10 January 2013
Put your parker in a dust bag, hang up your puffer and retire your
biker to the back of your wardrobe because the only jacket you will want
to wear for the next six months is a bomber.
Not to be confused with the sportier-looking baseball jacket or patch-heavy varsity jacket, whose American styles were creeping into British stores last summer, the bomber jacket has its roots firmly planted here.
Originally they were worn by the skinheads in the Sixties – nylon versions usually in green or navy blue went seamlessly with the uniform of Sta-Prest trousers, Ben Sherman shirts and braces, finished off with Dr Marten boots. Things have moved on a bit since then, with the jacket in question being re-invented into a surprisingly feminine and versatile item of clothing of spring.
A flurry of bombers were seen on the catwalks for the new season from the likes of Viktor and Rolf, Emilio Pucci and Zoe Jordan, with designers pairing them with printed separates, voluminous silk trousers and tight-fitting pencil skirts, with not a lace-up boot or brace in sight.
Elsewhere, Sandro, Zara, YMC, Warehouse and House of Hackney at Urban Outfitters have the trend covered with brilliant versions of the zip-up. Prints are evident in a subtle way with lace and floral, but equally as loud in zig-zag and stripes. Contrast sleeves too, which are popular with the biker jacket, work equally well with the bomber.
Try experimenting will fabrics such as light-weight silk in a vivid colour or go for opulence in the evening with an embroidered or embellished one.
Whistles has the most comprehensive collection available so far with a denim jacquard, textured leather and quilted versions.
Life & Style blogs
Scientists develop blood test to detect Alzheimer's disease
Max power: Nine ways to make your everyday meals more flavourful
Amputee drummer gains 'superhuman' skills with robotic arm
Stevia wonder: The plant that's a super sugar alternative – and free from calories and carbs
International Women's Day 2014: Google makes 80 second video of inspirational women from across the world for animated Doodle
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 Teacher shows sex tape featuring herself to pupils during class by mistake
- 4 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
- 5 Swarm of killer bees sting woman 1,000 times
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: A small but growing chain of boutique hot...
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: The company works with Tier 1 FTSE 100 Ba...
£45 - 60k Per Annum: Charter Selection: Highly profitable leisure brand, marke...
£30000 - £50000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Residenti...