You’re the Bomb – Bomber Jackets
At some point in the late 80s, teenage girls (and boys) were walking
around like they were straight out of the Air Force Academy.
The bomber jacket was all the rage my senior year of high school – it came
in many different styles, leather or vinyl, usually in some shade of
Some had big ‘ole collars and buckles and some had white, nubby lamb’s
wool on the inside. Some were that army green color with the bright
orange lining. Mine was imported stiff, fake leather with that
extra-attractive ribbing across the bottom of it.
I’m guessing the release/popularity of Top Gun may have had something to
do with this trend. My girlfriends and I got thrown out of that movie
because we were screaming too much during the volleyball
But I do think that all the boys thought Maverick and Iceman had some
pretty sweet style, and us girls all wanted our breath taken away by Tom
Cruise (or Val Kilmer.)
Wearing your boyfriend’s bomber jacket was pretty cool too. I dated a guy
who had a silvery-gray jacket with patches all over it. I don’t think
he’d ever been to England or France, but from his jacket you’d think
he’d been all around the world.
I gotta say, I loved my bomber jacket; it’s one of the few fashion pieces
that I got in the 80s that carried on well into the 90s before I retired
It was my go-to jacket because it looked great with everything – jeans,
denim miniskirts, and obviously with a really bulky sweater, gloves,
long shorts, and nylons.
Thrown over anything -- even a prom dress -- the bomber jacket was an 80s