Self-Styled with Elliot: Bomb-Ass Bombers

By Elliot Aronow

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We educate you in the art of choosing and wearing bomber jackets. From old-fashioned cotton to stylish nylon, we have you covered.


Like the parka, the fall-weight bomber jacket has its roots in military fashion. It was initially designed to keep pilots warm and comfortable on long flights during WWII. In fact, during the 1940s New Jersey-based manufacturers Schott (the inventors of the style) ceased making them for civilians in order to meet the demands of the war effort. 

Nowadays, it's much easier to get your paws on one, and thankfully, the cuts brands are producing for this season are way slimmer and much sharper than their sage green potato sack ancestors. 

To get some insider knowledge on how a proper bomber should fit, I hollered at Jason Schott, whose great-grandfather founded the business back in 1913. He told me, "The jacket is designed to keep you warm and keep the wind out, so you don't want it to be too big or full. It should fit snugly and cleanly across your waist. Fitted but not constricting is the magic ratio." 

His fine company has been doing a sturdy "October/November" version in green waxed cotton (instead of the traditional brown leather) with a swaggy sheepskin collar. If Joe Namath flew a plane, this is the jacket he would wear. It goes great with cuffed blue jeans, work boots or a cable-knit sweater.  If you want a more mid-to-lightweight option, this smart number from venerable street wear vets Stussy will do you right. It's made of nylon, which will take the chill out of the wind but won't have you schvitzing if you need to wear it to a concert or any other subcultural events that may be on your social calendar this fall or early winter. 

About the Author

Elliot Aronow is a tv personality, editor and music and style hustler living in New York City. He is the host/producer/editor/publisher of OUR SHOW with Elliot Aronow and the Co-Founder of music site RCRD LBL. All of his hair and opinions are his own. Follow Elliot on Twitter @youngelz. Check out the rest of his Playboy.com Self-Styled columns HERE.


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