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Badass Bombers

December 24th, 2012

A bomber jacket – beefy, warm, shearling collar, hits around the waist – is one of the coolest jackets a man can wear.

It’s masculine, edgy, and can be worn for a variety of occasions as temperatures continue to drop.

Here’s three examples from my wardrobe.

    1. Luxury Biker

    Despite all of the “dandy” affectations trending during these early years of menswear’s new popularity, the most effective outfits in men’s style will always be the simple ones.

    This casual look, for example, is sharp and evokes a little edge, but it’s only a few simple pieces.

    It’s all about the details: body-conscious fit, subtle color coordination, contrasting textures, precision grooming, etc.

    Of coure, it doesn’t hurt to have quality pieces as well, like this cashmere/angora sweater by Swedish brand Nudie Jeans and beautiful wool/leather biker jacket by Parisian brand Sandro.

    Although it isn’t obvious in these particular photos, there was a subtle proportion play I wanted to highlight in this look.

    A long t-shirt under a short sweater can create an interesting silhouette that is very slightly out of the ordinary in menswear.

    More on playing with proportions and silhouettes soon…

    • Grey tortoise shades by Matsuda
    • Wool & Leather Bomber by Sandro
    • Grey cashmere crewneck sweater by Nudie Jeans
    • Grey scoop neck t-shirt by Alexander Wang
    • Black faded “thin finn” jeans by Nudie Jeans
    • Olive and Black leather captoe “corset” boots by Alexander McQueen

    2. Fighter Pilot Approved

    This vintage military bomber is a descendant of the original flight jacket. Early war-time pilots operated in non-insulated cockpits, making a heavy duty insulted jacket a necessity for survival. Hence the name Badass Bombers.

    Here again, a very simple “business casual” look using only classic menswear staples.

    In other exciting news, in January 2013 we will be (finally) opening the official Articles of Style SHOP, where we will offer exclusive one-of-a-kind menswear pieces straight from the Articles of Style styling closet.

    This shearling-lined leather bomber is an example of the type of product that will be available for sale.

    More on this soon.

    3. Ice Road Trucker

    A beefed up trucker jacket, like this corduroy number with “sheepskin” lining, is an awesome casual jacket, especially in a navy/white color combo which looks great on everybody.

    You can throw it over just about anything, from a simple weekend look to a shirt & tie for your commute to the office.

    Again, the key is to keep the outfit simple and the details subtle – like these leather braided braces and houndstooth flannel trousers complete with rear-adjuster and leather buttons.

    And of course, keep your boot game proper.

    • Navy corduroy bomber jacket by Levis (Vintage)
    • Oatmeal hand-knit scarf by Yokoo Scarves
    • Denim dress shirt
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus
    • Brown leather braided braces Vintage
    • Brown micro-houndstooth trousers
    • Oxblood captoe dress boots by Scarpe di Bianco


    Thanks, as always, for reading – and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford

    • http://www.lamhonkit.com KL

      should the G1 jacket sits right above waist when zipped? I recently bought a vintage one and the armpit sits fairly snugged, also jacket length ends right above waist line. Aside from that it fits like a skinny fit jacket I got nothing to complain about.

      Is that how the jacket should fit?

    • Orlando Lee

      All time favorite bomber jacket but those are so rare to find. You know of any sites that may be selling?

      • Orlando Lee

        Look 3

    • Rocco

      Love Love Sandro! A brand definitely to watch out for. Nice to see them featured on TSB.

    • Victor

      Hello, I recently invested in a Ralph Lauren black lable a2 bomber jacket, it looks exactly like the one you are wearing in the second page, but mine does not have the fury collar. Is there anyway of adding a detachable fur collar? Thanks, here is a pic of the a 2 bomber jacket I bought


    • Tanner

      Where can one find these great grey tortoise Matsuda sunglasses?

    • Anonymous

      I’m wondering what the style is called when you like a worn (stone washed) look, textured casual, kind of retro looking banana republicanish look?

    • Joe

      Question for the SB team and readers – I found a killer dark brown leather jacket at my local thrift shop. Should this jacket only be donned on brown leathers day (shoes, belt, watchstrap, etc.), or could it go with black leathers? I think I know the answer, just wanted to see what others thought.

    • Ant

      Those boots are bad. The jacket is extremely dope as well, but the boots…damn.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Thanks player.

        McQueens in look 1, or Scarpes in look 3?

        • Ant

          The McQueens in look 1. Truly great.

    • Chris

      The whole set is just something else. I am simply amazed. And these boots, gosh, I can’t take my eyes off of them! But why is it that I can’t find anything about them online? Discontinued model perhaps?

      In any case, keep inspiring us during 2013 too please.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Thanks for your support Chris!

        I had the Scarpe boots custom made a couple years ago, but they should have a similar pair in their F/W collection.

        Not to worry, we have MAJOR plans for 2013. This is just the beginning for TSBmen – we’ve only spent two weeks in our first official office space…

        • Chris

          Many thanks Dan!

    • Adyna

      Merry Christmas to you, Karyn and all the team.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Thanks Adyna!

    • Gulab Elam Niazi

      I loved your braces. But how to buy braces and suspenders? Any tips ?

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Most of them are adjustable (one size fits all). Is that what you’re asking?

        • Alan

          This may or not help but in the UK, button-held suspenders are not the easiest items to acquire on the high street – Austin Reed sell them online for £30-40, though black leather only. M&S have sold them but not right now. A good men’s vintage shop may have more interesting ones – I know Rob The Dog in Brighton does (£12 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluebeart/7202644692/).

    • Mrjbeee

      Great looks. I actually saw the Sandro jacket at Bloomys on 59th for 50% off and was like holy cow. Keep it up man. Happy holidays!

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Sandro piece is amazing. The shearling collar is removable too. I hope you scooped it for 50% off.

    • Kool Chiefrocka Dave

      My grandfather was a Lancaster bomber is the British Royal Air Force in WWII. Not only is the bomber jacket (obviously, heavily influenced by the classic American design) a fantastic piece of casual, working/practical clothing….it is also timeless style.

      The second bomber jacket is classic. I think it would mix up very nicely with a grey or cream coloured roll neck sweater.

      The trousers from the 3rd outfit are extremely dapper. I like the hem (or is it a heavily creased and starched turn-up?) at the bottom of the trouser leg.

      All 3 looks are totally on point.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        That’s awesome. I’m wearing the vintage leather bomber with a chunky off-white cable knit turtleneck today!

        No starch on my clothes though.

        Cheers mate.

    • Marcus Forlan

      Dan – Curious. How many shoes do you have ? And how many jackets ?

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        By most peoples standards, way too many. I’ve been collecting for years.

        Thanks for reading Marcus.

    • TO

      I never actually noticed the McQueen boots were a black captoe shoe melded with a brown boot! No wonder you like them so much- so cool.

      I like the look of the rear trouser adjusters, and I really love (typically) vintage pants with details like that (I’m wearing a pair right now though they don’t have that exact detail)- but why on a custom garment? Does it allow for a better fit through the seat?

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        This particular pair is made with a plain waistband (no belt loops) so I designed them with the rear adjuster just in case. Although they’re custom made for me, sometimes my waistline can vary a half inch or so depending on my level of indulgence.

        Not a big deal since I tend to wear these with braces most of the time anyway…because of the old-school houndstooth fabric I think.

        Merry Christmas TO!

    • cam

      happy holidays and safe travels dan. the micro-houndstooth trousers are epic!

    • Don Pierre

      Excellent post. Trousers in shot three are truly incredible. Recommendation to all stylish gentlemen is to add heel protectors to the front and back of their shoes in order to better protect their investments. Shoe threes are also imperative to retain the sharp shape of the shoes.