In the world of men’s fashion, we’re in the middle of a new age of self-expression where men are eager to take risks and rebel against centuries old notions of how they should dress. And there’s nothing that offers a greater inspiration to them than our fashion forward film industry.
Hollywood is undoubtedly the most supreme ground for creativity. Because here the ideas are not just derived from fashion runways but from pure imagination. Like our own, but richer in all the right ways.
Our movies are proof that the clothes a character wears often say more about him than some piece of dialogue he repeats now and then. And if the way a character dresses helps the audience rapidly grasp and connect with their personality, then the bomber jackets must be one of the simplest ways to say that this guy is a gangster and a true rebel at heart. Loud and clear.
Below we’ve compiled a list of the most memorable and, of course, stylish bomber jackets in the history of cinema and some similar pieces you can buy. Because, deep down, we’ve all wanted to channel a bit of Bond into our everyday look.
1 | Alain Delon’s Bomber Jacket from Once a Thief (1965)
Often nicknamed as ‘Brigitte Bardot’s male version’, Alain Delon was one of the finest actors in the French film industry. In the 1965 movie, Once a Thief, his character Eddie Pedak is a convicted felon trying to have a normal life in San Francisco. So how does the audience identify him as a dude with a troubled history? You got it right, his Harrington-style bomber jacket.
Sharp, minimal, and perfect for a bank heist, Delon’s iconic bomber jackets went a long way in defining his character and did a good job in doing so.
2 | Ewan McGregor’s Bomber Jacket from Trainspotting (1996)
Trainspotting’s opening scene was a pulsating, frantic mess featuring narration, multiple scenes, and a car chase. As Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust for Life’ blasts in the background, Ewan McGregor’s character Mark Renton appears on screen, staring deep into the eyes of a driver chasing him. But in just a few seconds of his appearance, Mark Renton proved a golden rule of fashion. That every guy, including drug addicts like him, can look exquisite in a bomber jacket. Worn with pants and a flannel draped around his waist, McGregor’s brown bomber jacket was an epitome of the 1990s punk style. A style that, two decades later, is serving as an inspiration to high-end fashion.
3 | Ryan Gosling’s Satin Bomber Jacket from Drive (2011)
If we had to pick just one movie from 2011 that really hit it off, it would have to be Ryan Gosling’s iconic movie, Drive. Besides receiving excellent reviews, public support, and cult classic status, Drive also topped the charts in terms of fashion. And since it was an extraordinary visual film, the costumes also played a significant role in the movie’s construction. An example? Ryan Gosling’s iconic satin bomber jacket.
Gosling’s satin bomber jacket was a genuine reflection of his character and what he stood for. The jacket not only made a style statement, but it also acted as armor. And the scorpion stitched to the back represented exactly that. A symbol of protection and healing.
4 | Daniel Craig’s Knitted Sleeve Bomber Jacket from Spectre (2015)
With the most magnificent wardrobe of all time, James Bond holds the throne for being the ultimate stylish gentleman. It doesn’t matter if he’s in the Sahara, the Himalayas, a casino, or shooting in deep waters, this man’s outfit is nothing less than impeccable. And his outfit in the 2015 James Bond movie, Spectre, is a perfect example of how one can nail the bomber jacket with utter sophistication.
Throughout the movie’s Austrian scenes, Daniel Craig’s character dons a sporty knitted sleeve bomber jacket, as he gets involved in a thrilling car chase. You know, typical Bond stuff.
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