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Classic leather bomber jackets, bomber jacket styles

Updated on October 25, 2010

History of the leather bomber jacket

One of the most common and always in style type of leather jacket is the mens leather bomber jacket. Comfortable and good looking, any guy who likes leather jackets should own one or two in their lifetime.

The leather bomber jacket got it's name from the airmen who flew and rode in the bomber planes during world war II. Many wore a leather jacket that was cut to allow easy movement, tough to take punishment and warm.

In time wearing one of these types of jackets was seen as heroic and romantic, with a touch of adventure and excitement. Soon they were called bomber jackets and many different styles were made for the men who wanted one.

Even though you can find many different styles and colors of leather bomber jackets, the basic shape and details remain the same. Below is some of the basic details of a leather bomber jacket and why they are that way.

Details of leather bomber jackets

The main feature of a classic leather bomber jacket is the fit. They are cut loose in the chest and body area to allow easy movement and bending. The front can have a zipper opening or a snap button front, some have both with a protective flap over the zipper.

A bomber jacket comes down to the waist and the bottom has some type of elastic band around it for a snug and trim fit. Some have snap buttons on the waist area for an even more trim fit. A leather bomber jacket never has tie sides, like some biker jackets do.

The cuffs can sometimes have snap buttons or just plain. Only a few have zipper cuffs, it's just not the style for a bomber jacket. As for pockets, most all have two big open side pockets. Some have front flap over pockets, and many have inside pockets. Some also have chest pockets.

The collar on a leather bomber jacket is always the classic style that you can stand up in bad weather. Some make the collar out of shearling wool or other material for more protection and a cool look.

The liner can be many different things. Some just have the bare leather, while others have a thin nylon liner. Still others have shearling sheep wool liners or man made insulating liners like thinsulate.

Zip out liners are popular and what I prefer myself. That way you can wear them on cool summer and fall nights yet also wear them on cold winter days by taking the liner out or in. Some liners are vest style while others go all the way through the sleeves.

Cowhide, buffalo hide and pigskin are the most common types of leather used on bomber jackets. Goat skin and sheep skin are also used but are not as long lasting. Leather bomber jackets are stylish enough to wear almost anywhere, tough and warm. So if you like leather jackets, make sure you get at least one leather bomber jacket!


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    • Anath profile image

      Anath 7 years ago

      I like a man in leather ;-)

    • Bill Manning profile image

      Bill Manning 7 years ago from Orlando, Fl.

      Thanks. Yeah here in Orlando it's a bit too warm for them. But in the winter I can still wear one and not get too hot in the evenings.

    • Don Simkovich profile image

      Don Simkovich 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      The jackets can also be worn in almost all parts of the U.S., too. Except, maybe, Ft. Lauderdale where they're fit especially for iguanas.

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      Don Simkovich 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Nicely written Hub. The jackets are fashionable enough to be worn by men of different ages and they remain in style.