Zayn Malik’s sartorial successes are many, so it's no surprise that, as the temperature dips, we look to his collection of coats for inspiration. Have a browse through some of his best bomber jacket moments to date, plus some ideas on how to style them up.
ZAYN'S GUIDE TO BOMBERS
By Luke Keleher, 29 October 2016
The MA-1 bomber has managed to stay in style ever since its 40s military heritage heyday due to the versatility and classic waist-length silhouette, regardless of the patterns and prints it's switched up with. If you have a slim frame like Zayn’s, the bomber provides the perfect outer layer, as it sits at the hip and isn’t especially tapered. That said, if you’re a bit broader, you can still get on board with a bomber – just opt for one that sits closer to the body in a darker shade, so as not to add additional bulk to a bigger frame.
While the original edition will always be a wardrobe staple, there are a few riffs on the basic silhouette, like the longline bomber, you should consider. Retaining the key components of the classic MA-1 with a shawled collar and rounded proportions, the super-long version drops to around knee length, which will not only keep you warmer but also give your ‘fit a fat shot of street-inspired steez. Make like Zayn and finesse a fully black look, keeping to the longer theme with a round-hem tee, matched with some super-skinny jeans and a powerful pair of boots.
While we’ll never give up our membership of the monochrome set, 2016 has seen tonal dressing take off in a huge way in menswear, with neutral tones like dusty pink, stone and sand reigning supreme over the summer and into the autumn. Khaki is a good gateway hue when it comes to the tonal trend, as ZM proves with this layered getup. On a day when you want a big sartorial payoff with minimal effort, stick on an army green tracksuit and chuck a classic MA-1 bomber in co-ordinating khaki over the top to boost your steez to 100.
Unless you’ve been under a rock this year, you’ll be well aware of the storming success of the sukajan. Naturally, Zayn was way ahead of the trend, rocking this silky, vintage-inspired piece for his front-row perch at the Louis Vuitton show back in June 2015. With his souvenir-style jacket emblazoned with delicate flora and fauna, the ex-Directioner wisely kept the rest of the look low-key with navy trews and minimal white sneaks. For a winterised take on the trend, you could opt for a version in a more subtle print, or really batten down the hatches with a borg-lined edition.