, автор: Быстрова А.

Bomber - the jacket without which street style is unthinkable

The bomber jacket has been an iconic closet piece and street style attribute for decades. Developed for aviation, this type of clothing has survived multiple style changes.

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The history of the bomber began in the 1920s, when the Douglas brothers, who owned an aeroclub, invented a special flight jacket. It was supposed to protect the pilot, who was in an open airplane, from bad weather.

The shortened jacket had elastic bands along the bottom edge and on the sleeves, and had convenient pockets. The bomber cut was loose, not restricting the pilot's movements. A little later the idea of this piece of clothing was applied in aviators' outfit. At that time they were thick leather jackets trimmed with fur on the inside. The outfit was designed specifically for bomber pilots, which was the reason for the modern name of the jacket (bomber = "bomber"). Already in the late forties bomber jackets began to be made of lightweight nylon and cotton.

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In the postwar years, modified flight jackets began to be used as sportswear, becoming a recognizable part of the equipment of American soccer players. In the following decades the bomber became an indispensable attribute of street fashion, which was worn by representatives of various, often distant from each other subcultural trends. In the nineties this closet item drew the attention of fashion designers. Inspired by countercultural motifs, they developed their own versions of the iconic jacket. This is how military style clothing conquered the fashion catwalks.

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Features cut and materials

The classic bomber style is so well thought out in every detail that it remains unchanged to this day. The most characteristic components are:

- knit cuffs on the sleeves;
- tight elastic band around the bottom edge of the jacket;
- convenient side pockets to hide your hands from the wind;
- shorter fit;
- zipper or row of buttons around the edge of the jacket.

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Modern bomber jackets are as light clothing for the warm season, and insulated demi-season jackets. The materials may be cotton and nylon, suede, leather, a combination of different materials is possible.

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What to wear a bomber with

As an everyday clothing bomber can be worn instead of a windbreaker or jacket. Of footwear with this jacket look good sneakers or athletic shoes, loafers. Bomber goes well with chinos and jeans.

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The further the casual suit is from the formal style, the freer can be the choice of closet items to complement the image. It is worth remembering the principles of good taste and observing proportion. A jacket colored with bright prints is compensated by a monochrome "bottom" and a bomber with original details requires support by corresponding style things.

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If we talk about colors, the classic options for this clothing are black, brown, blue, khaki, red. The combination of black with white or gray is welcome. stylistics of university sports teams retains relevance , different "branded" coloring with bright patches and emblems. These jackets are especially well combined with sports shoes and jeans. Today bomber jackets in various shades of red are at the peak of popularity, besides quilted jackets are in fashion.

Источник фото: Saint Laurent

Bomber, once part of the outfit pilots and attribute of sports style, in our time has become a subject of everyday closet. Now it is a universal jacket for modern people who appreciate practicality and convenience. This clothing goes well with almost any style that suits the color and style.