Bomber jackets can be a tricky trend to master! But we break down all the critical aspects for you here to help you get the look right every time, for any occasion.
Here is the video replay and text recap below!
How to get the right fit
Bomber jackets are designed to be worn loose. They have a "sloppy" fit across the shoulders, volume through the shoulder and sleeve and do not fit close to the body through the torso. This makes them very flexible in size! You almost can't get it wrong. As long as the manufacture hasn't got it grossly wrong (and most retailers will let you know if they have), purchasing your usual size will normally work perfectly. HOWEVER, if you personally have a specific fit preference, that is a different story. In fashion retail we do have the benefit of A LOT of sales data and it has come to our attention that a lot of customers prefer a closer fit in order to feel comfortable in this style. While not necessary and we encourage wearing these jackets the way they are designed to be worn, if you would prefer a closer and more specific fit you can potentially size down in most styles. Always best to check with your retailer before purchasing though just in case. But generally sizing down will not present fit issues if you are looking for a non-traditional, closer bomber fit.
OK, I have the perfect fit, now how do I style this thing?
The sky is the limit with bomber jackets! They are one of the most versatile garments you will ever wear! They can be worn:
super sporty with activewear and sneakers
casual with jeans and sneakers
casual chic with jeans or leather pants and heels, or
dressy with all your fave dresses and skirts.
The only occasion its probably not suitable for is weddings and formal events! Now that's not bad! Almost any occasion other than weddings and formal events? That makes them one of your best purchases ever!
So if the sky is the limit, do you have any tips to guide us so we don't get it wrong?
Yes! Always! You know us.
Do experiment - with different shapes, styles etc
Do layer - bombers are a layering piece and look perfect layered over all sorts of things.
Do clash prints - as mentioned bombers are a statement layering piece so they are perfect for layering over a clashing print
Do match prints - a matching bomber/outfit ensemble is literally the BOMB. Easily one of the best outfits you will ever own. Always makes a serious statement.
Do wear them with confidence! They are a different/tricky style but that doesn't mean they don't look great! Get out of your self-judgemental head and ROCK this style with confidence! You'll be glad you did. Not only are they are HUGE fashion statement, they comfortable and perfect for those cooler spring days/evenings. They are the perfect transeasonal jacket.
Do take care of your bombers - these are a timeless style. They have been around for DECADES and will continue to be a wardrobe statement so if you take care of them, they will take care of you for years to come. They're an incredible investment and always there to create a winning outfit.
Don't wear anything structural underneath - bombers are a structure statement of their own with the slight puffed shoulder/sleeve so try to limit bulk underneath otherwise you start to lose it's unique design/shape on the outside.
Don't buy poor quality bombers - no matter how well you style them, they will still look cheap and nasty and they'll cheapen your other clothes as well. Cheap is fine for basics. Statement pieces need to be good quality otherwise the only statement you're making is "I bought a cheap bomber".
Don't be afraid to mix dressy and casual! We love a sporty bomber over a dressy dress! It's a total vibe!