Because even though it’s technically Spring, the weather will still ask, “bish where?”
Hi friends! I’m back! I hope you enjoyed the foray into men’s fashion, courtesy of my guest contributor. It was fun for me to read about and then try out the athleisure trend–follow me on Instagram @bigeyedme to see how I did *shameless plug*. Athleisure is definitely a trend that guys and girls alike can get into–the queen Bey herself is debuting her women’s athleisure line, Ivy Park in a few days. Catch me everywhere in my Ivy Park when it drops: grocery store, stores, work–I kid, I kid.
Let’s get into today’s topic, the bomber jacket. This is easily Spring’s jacket du jour– the runways, celebrities, street style stars alike have embraced this trend, and for good reason. You can count on a bomber to elevate any outfit’s cool factor while keeping you warm. Whether it’s a classic MA-1 flight jacket with a little padding for colder days, or a light embroidered piece for when it’s a little crisp, stay on trend all spring long with the bomber.
While classic bomber fits like the flight/pilot jacket have been a staple for a while now, this season’s “it” bomber is definitely the satin/silk bomber, especially the embroidered iterations. The satin embroidered jacket gets its inspiration from the Japanese souvenir jacket, a.k.a. the Sukajan. The Sukajan originated in post-WWII Japan, as a way for occupying American soldiers to commemorate their time overseas. The combination of traditional Japanese ornate embroidery with the quintessential American 1940s bomber silhouette made for a piece that has remained relevant over decades, serving as inspiration for designers like Gucci, Isabel Marant, and Louis Vuitton, among others.
L-R: Saint Laurent Paris Menswear Spring 2016, Maison Martin Margiela Artisinal Couture Fall 2014
The cool thing about most souvenir and souvenir-inspired jackets is that they are reversible–so you get two jackets for the price of one. Yay for twofers!
Much like athleisure, bombers are bang on trend in menswear and womenswear (is this a real word? Poetic license if it isn’t), and has been seen on the shoulders of our favorite stylish celebrities and street style stars.
P.S.: If you’re feeling like a baller, but not quite like Pablo, you can get Kourtney’s exact jacket, sans the “Pablo” print at the back, here.
What I love most about bombers is how versatile they are–you can wear them with basically everything and up your cool ante. Brighten up an otherwise monochrome look with a colorful, embroidered iteration, edge up a feminine look with this classic piece, dress up a casual sweats-and-sneakers combo, or throw it over some high-waisted jeans, a cami/tee and boots or platforms for a chic, casual-yet-poppin’ look.
We ladies have the best of both worlds when it comes to bombers–we can choose to shop women’s, or, like Fisayo, verge into the men’s section for a more oversize fit. It’s a win either way, and I find that men’s has a broader selection of bombers than we do.
Trends may come and go, but bombers are forever–the fact that 1940s souvenir bombers are still heavily sought after can attest to that. It’s one of those classic pieces one should have in his/her closet. I say this because some of my picks are a bit above the price range I usually set per item, but I reconcile this with the fact that it’s outerwear, ergo more expensive, and the cost-per-wear over its life will make it worth it. But as always, I’ve got my budget ballers; a lot of my picks are quite wallet-friendly! Also, the embroidered bomber trend is one that you can hunt for on eBay, on Etsy, and at your local thrift store–who knows, an authentic veteran’s sukajan could be waiting for you for less to nothing.
What are your thoughts on bombers? The bomb or does it bomb? Let me know in the comments! And if you try any of the looks, tag me–I wanna see!
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*Note: H&M sells this embroidered satin jacket (sold out online) for about $80. However, any time I’ve gone into H&M for the past week or so, it’s been in-store. It’s very pretty, and the icing on the cake is that H&M is running a 30% off your entire purchase promo if you give them any of your old items of clothing. It can be anything–old camisoles, t-shirts, scarves, the works. This promo runs up till Apr. 28th in store, so be sure to take advantage!
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