The bomber jacket is a versatile staple of a gentleman’s wardrobe. It can be casual, it can be formal and, depending on the weight of the material – can be be worn both in and outdoors. But one particular style of this sartorial standard is currently enjoying time in the limelight: the suede bomber.
A cornerstone of many Autumn/Winter 16 collections, these napped leather jackets have been cropping up everywhere, from Dries van Noten’s luxury embroidered garments to relative newcomer Martin Asbjorn’s striking ‘African disco’ range.
But with the bomber exploding all over the fashion world this Autumn, how can you get in on the action?
Reiss 1971 Navy Suede Bomber
In sumptuously soft suede, this navy bomber by Reiss is cut from their iconic Sussex design – so has a rich heritage and proven cool. A contrast metallic zip and waist pockets add interest, and the ribbed sleeve cuffs and hem give you the classic bomber look.
Ted Baker Gregg Suede Bomber
Ted Baker have eschewed the classic bomber style in favour of a taller collar, but the single zip fastening, front pockets and high hem remain the same. Crafted from Caprine leather, and available in either a rich chocolate or deep navy, this is both formal and durable.
AllSaints Kemble Suede Bomber
In unobtrusive grey, this Kemble bomber jacket from AllSaints has been luxuriously crafted from buttery-smooth goat suede, and boasts a slim fit design with four pockets and sleek ribbed trim. A chest pocket adds something a little different into the bomber mix – a welcome twist on a classic.
Oliver Spencer Bermondsey Suede Bomber
As with Reiss’ offering, Oliver Spencer’s suede bomber is cut from a pre-existing pattern. Updated in soft navy suede, however, this classic feels new – with the black ribbed-knit neckline, cuffs and hem and gold-tone zip elevating this jacket even higher above the designer’s standard bomber.
Scotch & Soda Wool & Suede Jacket
A twist on the bomber that goes beyond Ted Baker’s collar switch-up, Scotch & Soda bring wool to the party, and keep the suede exclusively for the sleeves. Retaining the hemline and short body of a bomber, but adding a snap button collar and looser trim, this lambskin jacket will help you join in the trend whilst standing out from the crowd.