A Brief History of the Bomber Jacket
Fashion has incorporated elements from military uniforms for centuries. One of the most popular basics that is borrowed from the military is the bomber jacket. The bomber jacket, also known as a “Flight Jacket”, was originally designed for pilots during World War I. Traditional bomber jackets always had tight fitting cuffs and waists, a functional design element to prevent wind from entering the jacket and keep the pilots warm at high altitudes. Planes during that time weren’t fully enclosed, so these details were functional, rather than fashionable. During both World War I and World War II, they were made with leather and fur or sheepskin for maximum warmth. The next generation of bomber jackets was the MA-1 Flight Jacket, one of the most well-known military flight jacket designs in the 1950’s. It was produced with a lightweight nylon and functional pockets. These jackets were also typically lined in orange to increase visibility during emergency situations.
Pilots in the 50’s would wear their military bomber jackets in their everyday lives back home as a badge of honor. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the bomber jacket silhouette as a mainstream fashion piece. Later on in the 1970’s, the bomber jacket evolved into a baseball style with a mix of wool and leather in contrasting patterns. Now, the bomber jacket can be found in many different fabrics and silhouettes for both women and men.
The Spectre & Co bomber jacket features many design elements that keeps it both classic and modern. With a focus on the classic silhouette, our bomber jacket is made with a soft mixed color knit, and quilted on the inside for warmth and comfort. It’s the perfect layering piece to add to your casual wardrobe.
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