Are Bomber Jackets the new Leather Jacket?

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As we know, bomber jackets have been seen everywhere. From everyday street fashion to the stylish icon Kanye West (who was a little more bold when he wore a pearlized bomber jacket during Paris Fashion Week), these jackets could be considered the new leather jacket. Bombers and leather jackets both are simplistic, yet is the perfect completion to almost any outfit. I think most can agree that they’re comfortable, while being fashion forward.

Between 2015 and now, in 2016, I’ve seen more bomber jackets than ever. The most common jackets are the classic black or olive green ones, but more recently there have been a few edgy bomber jackets with prints and bold colors.

Make sure you get you one before the weather breaks! Check out these designs for ideas of which bomber to get.


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  1. Olive – Olive is a neutral color, so it looks good paired with a ton of colors and patterns. You can wear the jacket casually with leggings, a white tee and gym shoes. Another way to wear is it on a date night with your little black dress and some heels.
  2. Floral – With the Spring right before us, flowers will bloom from the ground and from your jacket! A floral bomber adds a touch of femininity to the look. Pair it with a skater or circle skirt, along with some nude flats.
  3. Vintage 90’s – For a feel of nostalgia, one can put on a bomber jacket that is printed with aztec or tribal print, drawn on chains and vibrant colors. When wearing this, you’ll be sure to turn heads. Bomber jackets such as the ones mentioned above can be found in various stores such as Forever21, SheInside, and BooHoo.


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My name is Anaja Smith, a Sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus majoring in Broadcast Journalism. At my university, I am apart of NABJ as the Membership Chair position, SeeYouWeekly (a broadcasting organization), and Women of Color which promotes unity and sisterhood for women on campus. I love everything fashion related whether it is clothes, makeup, bags, or simply looking to celebrities for style inspo. With that being said, my dream job is to become a fashion correspondent for E! News headquarters in California where I can interview and talk to people about it for a living! Other goals of mine is to attend Northwestern University in Evanston,IL for my masters degree and also to give back to the less fortunate and underserved communities in Chicago, my home town.

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