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Bombs Away

The traditional bomber jacket makes a statement this season with new, modern twists.

By Emily L. Foley

Like many classic styles, the bomber jacket’s origins are military based, and its ubiquitous nature through the ages of fashion offers an almost comforting sense of consistency in a world where change is the norm. The typically slim-fitting, waist-length jacket is known for having a knitted waistband and cuffs, but in 2014, breaking from tradition is a trend in and of itself. This spring, look to fashion favorites like Marc Jacobs and Prabal Gurung for inspiration as patterned, brightly colored variations of the classic bomber sweep the nation. And, lest you think this is a gentlemen-only trend, supremely feminine variations also made their way down the runway this season, making it a gender-bending style for a new generation. B

Cropped cracked leather zip-up jacket with seamed lightning panel in labradorite, $1,750, by 3.1 Phillip Lim (212-354-6540; 31philliplim.com)

Cropped cracked leather zip-up jacket with seamed lightning panel in labradorite, $1,750, by 3.1 Phillip Lim (212-354-6540; 31philliplim.com)

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Blue-striped bomber jacket, $1,085, by Viktor & Rolf (viktor-rolf.com)

Gray plaid zipped jacket, price available upon request, by Louis Vuitton (866-884-8866;  louisvuitton.com)

Gray plaid zipped jacket, price available upon request, by Louis Vuitton (866-884-8866;
louisvuitton.com)

Purpura nubuck calf blouson, $5,450, by Bottega Veneta (800-845-6790; bottegaveneta.com)

Purpura nubuck calf blouson, $5,450, by Bottega Veneta (800-845-6790; bottegaveneta.com)

Leather zipped bomber, price available upon  request, by Dsquared2 (877-513-2762;  dsquared2.com)

Leather zipped bomber, price available upon
request, by Dsquared2 (877-513-2762;
dsquared2.com)

Two-tone Cecily zipped bomber in embroidered silk satin, $2,555, by Jonathan Saunders (jonathan-saunders.com)

Two-tone Cecily zipped bomber in embroidered silk satin, $2,555, by Jonathan Saunders (jonathan-saunders.com)