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Posted: Aug 12 2016
The bomber jacket has recently arrived back into the closets of many fashion-minded individuals, and it’s proving to be a major staple for Fall 2016. An unexpected MVP of the street-style scene, the bomber jacket is actually the perfect complement to any outfit as it’s got a touch of tomboy and streetwear edge, while still ridiculously cool. Whether it’s worn oversized with the arms rolled up, paired with a slinky dress or even shredded jeans – the bomber jacket is our go-to piece for the coming season.Get This Look:Regina Suede Bomber Jacket | Dark Grey Skinny Distressed Jeans | Mock Neck Top | Savannah Cutout Ankle Boots
A Brief History
Fashion is cyclical, and we’re always curious to know where styles originate and what served as the source of inspiration.
Once worn exclusively by military pilots, the bomber jacket (also known as the flight jacket) has over the last century (give or take a few years) made the transition from the runway to, well, the runway.Image Courtesy of Wikipedia
United States military pilots wore an early incarnation, similar to the jacket above, from the early 1930s through World War II. This model was usually fashioned out of horsehide (for its durable material and warmth) and established the jacket’s iconic shape.
Since the above jacket was rather bulky, it was revamped at the tail end of the 1940s into the MA-1 flight jacket. The MA-1 flight jacket was sleeker in waterproof nylon, with an orange lining to increase the visibility of downed aviators; it is this model that has inspired 21st-century designers.Image Courtesy of Wikipedia
Bomber jackets transitioned to fashion pieces, circling through the British punk scene in the mid 1970s, before becoming the uniform of many West Coast hip-hop artists circa early 1990s.Image Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
Today, thanks to designers such as Dries van Noten and Saint Laurent, satin variations of the bomber jacket are now ever popular – especially those that are embroidered (with florals, dragons, you name it). But if those are a bit too embellished, the plain, thinly padded MA1 bomber-style jacket pairs well with anything and still exudes the effortlessly cool vibe, with its nod to utilitarian minimalism.
How to Style a Bomber Jacket
For an easy “off-duty model” look that will keep you styling all season long, pair a bomber jacket with skinny jeans, a loose tee, and a killer pair of boots.Image Courtesy of Sincerely JulesGet This Look:Image Courtesy of June Sixty Five
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Simultaneously sporty and sultry, bomber jackets are a great way to dress down an outfit and give it a bit of an edge.Image Courtesy of Who What WearGet This Look:
Throw your bomber jacket over a silky slip dress for a night out, or even with leggings and sneakers to nail the go-to celebrity look of the moment (à la Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid).Image Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
For a bit of a throwback, style an oversize bomber jacket with a skirt or black skinny jeans, tie a bandana or handkerchief scarf around your neck and add a dash of red lipstick – totally chic and retro.Image Courtesy of Happily GreyImage Courtesy of The Hotel Californiasm
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Posted: Jul 21 2016
Known as denim’s softer, laid-back cousin, chambray is basically the official fabric of an easy-breezy summer.
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Chambray is a lighter alternative to denim jackets and shirts, especially in in the warmer months, and it makes for one foolproof outfit when paired with white jeans. Now, we aren’t the only ones that took notice of chambray’s airy quality… not even close.Image Courtesy of Sincerely JulesNRFB Version:
The roots of chambray stem from the mid-1500s in Early Modern France, from the area of Cambrai. The region produced a lightweight plain-weave fabric, then made of linen, called “cambric”. Sometime in the mid-1800s, cambric or chambray lost its association with linen and came to represent all shirts made of a plain-weave cloth.
Taking note from France, it quickly became an Americana staple – due to its rise in popularity for those working outdoors. A U.S Newspaper printed in 1831, states that chambray was best "for outdoor work in mild weather ... durable, firm enough to prevent sunburn, yet lightweight enough admit air and be fairly cool.” At the same time, it helped mask grease and dirt – which was highly valued at a time when doing laundry regularly was not as common (due to cost and labor involved).
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In 1901, chambray became the official shirting material of the US Navy and remained so through World War II. Their uniforms consisted of dark-wash jeans and a chambray shirt (with sleeves typically worn rolled up) over a white tee. When the chambray shirts were freshly dyed, they had a darker hue, but as they were regularly exposed to spritzes of salty seawater, they lightened over time. The resulting medium-to-light indigo wash became the color for chambray and has inspired many of today’s fashions.
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The chambray shirt is a staple in the collective American conscious, and thanks to global street-style photographers, it seems like the rest of the world is following in suite. The chambray shirt is smart, casual and comfortable, yet sophisticated at the same time.Image Courtesy of They All Hate UsImage Courtesy of The August DiariesNRFB Version:Image Courtesy of Crystalin MarieNRFB Version:Cold-Shoulder Chambray Top | Black Skinny Distressed Jeans | Faux Leather Tote | Navy Bandana | Block HeelsShop the rest of our chambray picks HERE
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Silhouettes and trends fade out by the season and become distant memories; once in awhile a reminder of them will pop up in old pictures only to make you cringe. But sometimes, there are trends that you can’t get enough of… and once they’ve come and gone, you cross your fingers and wish that they would re-appear.
Well, as the saying goes “history always repeats itself,” the same can be said for fashion.
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And the nineties are having yet another moment. This year’s most popular trend – the slip dress – is reprising its well-deserved moment in the spotlight. Quite frankly, we’re not really sure why this slinky silhouette went away in the first place as it is one of the most versatile pieces to rock. A slip dress with strappy heels is perfect for a night out, or it can take on a casual vibe by pairing it with a t-shirt and sneakers.Image Courtesy of The Influence Apparel
Looking back, 1996 was a pivotal year in fashion, one where celebrities were starting to clean out their closets, ditch the last of the ‘80s attire and propel themselves forward into the latest of designs. 1996 also happened to be the year that the slip dress was introduced to the fashion world, by none other than Princess Diana wearing John Galliano’s first design for Dior to the MET gala (yes, Kate Moss did sport her infamous sheer frock prior to this in 1993, but that style didn’t really bode well with the general public). As if overnight, the slip dress became the thing to wear and designs started popping up everywhere.
Fast-forward to twenty years later and the slip dress is now the sell-out piece. To make the piece more day-time appropriate, layer it with a tee underneath or pair it with a denim jacket.Image Courtesy of AllureModel Camille Rowe says, "I feel the sexiest when I'm not self-conscious, so I put a T-shirt under the dress to be more comfortable."Image Courtesy of The Fashion TagImage Courtesy of People Style WatchImage Courtesy of Stylecaster
Still in need of some convincing? Key supporters of the slinky, spaghetti-strap dress include: Selena Gomez, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Cher Horowitz and countless style bloggers.
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