The bomber jacket was born out of necessity â€“ pilots flying planes with open cockpits depended on the thick leather jacket with snug cuffs to keep them protected from the elements. Fast forward to 2012 and the reinvented bomber has become the essential summer jacket.
In 1917 the US Army began issuing flight jackets to its pilots, these would have zip fastenings, high collars and be made out of heavy duty leather â€“ the original bomber jacket. Whilst still the preserve of the military, the bomber jacket went through several iterations, from being lined with sheepskin to being made purely out of cotton or nylon.
This summer, bomber jackets have been flying off our shelves and are proving to be a big trend right across the high street. Robert Johnston, associate editor of GQ, says of the bomberâ€™s charm: â€śItâ€™s express fashionâ€ťÂ adding â€śBomber jackets are really easy to wear because you can just shove them on with jeans and aÂ T-shirt. Plus they have pockets, which makes them practicalâ€ť.Â Â
At M&S weâ€™ve got a great range of bomber jackets, all on-trend and incredibly versatile, take a look at some of our favourites below – just click on an image to shop or find out more.
With a ribbed neck and cuffs, as well as a bright check lining, this Blue Harbour jacket offers a contemporary, sporty take on the classic bomber. The outer fabric also had a Stormwear finish, helping to keep you dry and repel stains.
The contrast mesh lining and chest pocket help to make this extremely lightweight jacket perfect for summer. The 100% cotton fabric has also been given a waxy coating.
Whatâ€™s your bomber jacket style? Do you have a favourite from the above jackets? Let us know by leaving a comment below…