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Men's Leather Bomber Jackets

Very few styles of men's coats and jackets are as timeless as the leather flight or bomber jacket. Originally a style designed for Air Force pilots, it gained popularity in the civilian world for its warmth, comfortable interior and resistance to water. Flight jackets have been considered both casual as well as professional outerwear, a rare quality in a single article of clothing. Anyone can appreciate the features and benefits of these stylish jackets.

History

The bomber jacket as we know it today is technically considered the MA-1 in military circles. Based on the earlier A2 and B15 jackets, the MA-1 was an improvement originally made for Air Force servicemen to handle the cold of cockpits during the Second World War. It featured a zipper, instead of buttons, a knit collar to replace a fur collar for safer parachute clearance, and nylon construction to prevent rain and dampness from soaking into the jacket and beneath. By the 1960s, men's leather bomber jackets found their way into the world of fashion.

Materials

Genuine leather is the standard exterior material although faux leather bomber jackets are also available and cruelty-free. Similarly, suede bomber jackets look and feel just as luxurious.

Features

Wool or cotton lining feel good against the skin and provide a soft touch as well as plenty of warmth in cold temperatures, while polyester construction ensures a comfortable fit that helps prevent water from soaking and seeping into the bomber jacket. A mix of open-hand and zipped pockets add aesthetic interest on the exterior and offer storage for essentials. For added warmth, look for pockets with lining.

Style

Leather bomber jackets come in various styles, from very casual to semi-formal. Pair one with jeans and a graphic tee or oversized shirt for urban chic. Otherwise, if you want to wear one to work, look for a fitted, thin and tailored bomber jacket to complement dress trousers and a button-up shirt. You'll still look professional without coming off as too stiff.

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