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.