Bomber jackets took street style — the best fashion off the runway — by storm during fashion week in September and October earlier this year. Bombers were being paired with just about anything, from jeans, trousers and skinnines, to mini skirts, dresses, short shorts and leather leggings. 

The bomber jacket is a fringe trend at the moment. Some of the styles look like authentic Varsity jackets whereas others are less sporty in nature. The less sporty styles are usually “mixed media”, and made up of fabrications like leather, pleather, silk, sequins and lace. Some fits are oversized whereas others are cropped and more tailored. 

I like the trend and vote yay. I do jackets in a big way so I’m constantly on the lookout for new styles that tickle my fancy. The lace bomber pictured below grabbed my attention and I liked it when I tried it on in stores. It’s dressier than the sporty versions and I love lace. I enjoyed the roomy fit when worn open with scrunched sleeves. So fun! The only thing that is holding me back from purchasing it is its lack of collar. My long neck and super short hair prefer a jacket with a proper collar that can be popped for extra structure. So I’m still thinking about the lace bomber.  

Few of my clients have been bitten by the bomber jacket trend. Many of them find the styling unflattering and boxy, too sporty and masculine, juvenile, or overly trendy. What’s your verdict?