Following through from Fall/ Winter 2016, bomber jackets are still relevant, and are probably here to stay. Originally known as the MA-1, a nylon jacket made for the US army in the ’50s, the outerwear has evolved from a military staple to a high fashion must-have in the 21st century. So, if you don’t already have one, now’s your chance. Already own one? Well, looks like it’s time for an update.

1

Gucci
Undeniably a statement piece, trust this metallic leather Gucci number to add instant oomph to a basic ensemble (say, a white T-shirt and jeans).

Gucci crackle leather bomber jacket, US$3,500 (S$4,788).

2

Tim Coppens
Ace the minimalist utilitarian trend with this army-green wool bomber jacket. Featuring two front pockets, it marries fashion with functionality.

Tim Coppens twill-trimmed wool bomber jacket, US$1,204 (S$1,646).

3

Self-Portrait
Layered with patchwork guipure lace, this cropped bomber jacket is the perfect balance of femininity and masculinity — ideal for ladies who want in on the trend, but with a soft touch.

Self-Portrait cropped bomber jacket, £350 (S$615).

4

Moschino
Whoever said “all that glitters is not gold”, is right (in this case, that is). This Moschino Couture number may appear as a striking shade of gold, but upon a closer look, it is actually a yellow base with pixelated prints, thus deceiving the naked eye. The printed shades of black, grey and white make the jacket seem puffier than it actually is. Can we consider this a smart jacket?

Moschino twill bomber jacket, US$1,972 (S$2,699).

5

Givenchy
Not ready to go all out with colours yet, or simply a lover of the dark? This Givenchy bomber’s for you. Made of plush velvet and adorned with gold zips, the French fashion house definitely gives the utilitarian basic a luxe touch.

Givenchy velvet bomber jacket, S$4,090.