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Damn, man. When it comes to the bomber jacket where do we even begin? Sure, we could discuss the style's origins as a classic military silhouette issued to members of the U.S. Air Force in the '50s, or the way it was embraced by subcultures on the fringes of society a few decades later, or, hell, its associations with icons of the big screen in the broader popular psyche today. But you probably know all that by now. At the end of the day, the only thing you really need to know about the bomber jacket is that it just looks cool. Always has, always will. It's that simple, honestly.
When the bomber jacket came roaring back into style in the mid 2010s (helped along, to no one's surprise, by a certain influential hip-hop personality) all the real heads that'd been fucking with it for years rolled their eyes and went back to the old-school Corvettes they were tinkering with in the back of their garages or something. It sure as hell doesn't take a certified style visionary to appreciate the jacket's timeless appeal, but Kanye's cosign didn't hurt. Ye's preferred jacket, from the legendary Alpha Industries—the brand behind the nylon MA-1 silhouette damn near synonymous with the style today—is still widely available, but the bomber's been a big deal long enough that your favorite designer's favorite designer almost certainly offers a take on the silhouette, too.
And sure, recommending you rock a bomber jacket as soon as we hit lightweight outerwear weather is far from groundbreaking. I get it. But sometimes we overlook the obvious, forgetting that what we love best has been in front of us the whole time. And right now, the bomber looks a whole lot like a return to some semblance of normalcy. As for me, I got a vintage guy from a long-defunct outdoors gear company I'm looking forward to busting out as soon as the weather hits, like, below 75 degrees.
Keep those fingers crossed, people. I can feel it. Bomber season is almost here.