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The Vintage B-3 Shearling Bomber

January 21st, 2013

Shopping for new clothes is cool, but you know what’s even better? Shopping for old clothes.

This B-3 Shearling Beast is just an example of the amazing pieces you can only find at vintage or second-hand shops. That is, if you know how to look. After all, thrifting is an art.

Here’s three ways to wear one of the coolest jackets I’ve found recently.

    1. Business Casual Tough Guy


    I love the contrast of a masculine military bomber over a shirt-and-tie “business casual” look.

    This thing is unbelievably warm too. It was made for wartime pilots to operate aircraft from non-insulated cockpits. So you know this sh-t is hardbody.


    If the winter wind gets crazy, zipping up and fastening the collar buckles creates a built-in scarf and lower-face shield.


    I know, I’ve been featuring these tweed pants a lot, but they’re so versatile. It’s surprising how many outfits they work with.


    • Vintage shearling bomber jacket
    • Burgundy wool knit tie
    • Brown leather braided braces Vintage
    • Forest green donegal tweed trousers
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Leather wingtip boots by Allen Edmonds

    2. Weekend Chill


    This thing is so warm I can just throw it over a t-shirt and roll-out in a hurry.

    It’s also the perfect jacket for doing anything outside – like riding a motorcycle or attending a football game, for example.


    These Capulin boots by UGG are perfect for this look because they’re essentially the footwear equivalent of the jacket. Durable brown leather exterior lined with super-soft sheepskin.

    UGG gets a bad rap – mainly for those shapeless women’s boots. But why are these so popular with women? Because they’re so damn comfortable!

    At Articles of Style, we try not to judge products based on “brand reputation”. Rather, we scrutinize individual merchandise based on design, quality, durability and practicality. With all that said, these boots are dope.


    • Gold Plated hand-engraved shades by Matsuda
    • Vintage shearling bomber jacket
    • Olive green shirt/jacket by Orlebar Brown
    • Olive/Brown Henley by Guess x Marciano
    • Necklace from NYC flea market artist
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Suede watch strap by Alpha Bravo Straps (etsy)
    • Washed jeans by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply
    • “Capulin” leather alpine boots by UGG
    • Canvas & leather duffle bag by Filson

    3. Simple Smart


    As we’ve written several times in the past, the most flattering menswear looks are the simple, non-distracting ones.

    This outfit consists of four menswear staples: bomber, turtle, trouser, loafer.


    A smart outfit is appropriate for a variety of occasions – from a laidback office to a fancy dinner date, and just about anywhere in between.

    Lastly, if you’re wearing loafers in cold weather, make sure you winterize your sock game.


    • Vintage shearling bomber jacket
    • Burgundy waffle turtleneck by Club Monaco
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Suede watch strap by Alpha Bravo Straps (etsy)
    • Grey flannel suit trousers
    • Brown wool blend socks by JCrew
    • Burgundy tassel loafers by Johnston & Murphy


    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford

    • Cowboy Hank

      I want one of those, but I have no idea how to figure out what size I need. Most sellers just list the pit to pit measurement, but I’m not sure how that would work with a jacket filled with thick wool which is generally a completely different style than regular jackets. Do you have any insight you can share with us?

    • https://www.FrankWilder.com Frank Wilder

      Creating is the best type of thinking – Frank Wilder

    • Eskild

      What brand is the jacket?

    • tony

      Approx what size is that?

    • Nick

      The watch strap looks awesome. What size (mm) are you wearing on the Montblanc?

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier


        Make sure you know the width for your watch before purchasing a new strap.

    • DK

      Been on the lookout for a nice one of these since I saw the dark knight!

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Bane rocks that 3/4 length shearling piece…I’m on the lookout for something like that too – for over a suited look maybe… :)

    • http://www.thetreasuregentleman.wordpress.com TTG

      That’s a very classy jacket. Look 1 rocks.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Thx player

    • chris

      “At TSB, we try not to judge products based on “brand reputation”. Rather, we scrutinize individual merchandise based on design, quality, durability and practicality. With all that said, these boots are dope.”

      this is why i read and love your blog.

    • Matt

      Dan, can you comment on how this jacket would fare in a Canadian winter, e.g. -20C? I know it can’t match a Canada Goose etc, but would it outperform wool garments like peacoats? Needless to say, great looks as always!

      Speaking of cold weather, what about a post for people who live in places where it gets REALLY cold?

      • Pat

        Coming from Canada (Alberta), it outperforms everything (maybe not Canada Goose). It is ridiculously warm. I’ve worn this type of jacket with nothing more than a t-shirt or long sleeve shirt in < -30 C with a scarf with no problems. Only thing that may be a problem is the length of bomber jackets tend to be on the shorter side.

        And the best part is that it looks boss.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Just got back from a weekend snowboarding in Montreal. I can say that the shearling bomber is among the warmest jackets I’ve ever worn.

        Only downside in those -20 temperatures is the shorter length…

        • Matt

          Well, I think know my next winter jacket, then. Thanks guys!

    • Alan

      A lot of ‘neck’ on that third look, but definitely a very nice jacket. In Brighton, I just feel like I’m competing with too many trendy people to really invest time in the thrift stores – but there’s nothing like the feeling of finding that extra special piece at an extra special price. I do miss the charity shops of London; if you know what you’re doing, where/when to go – it can’t be beat.

      That said – right here, right now; the real action is online: 80% off day at Mr Porter, lots of other UK websites offering similar deals. Good hunting!

      You made a good point about the UGG boots – there are certain brands that I have mixed feelings about; primarily pseudo-heritage labels e.g. Hilfiger/Lauren in the US, Aubin & Wills in the UK. But if the piece and the price is right, I won’t hesitate – and that’s why my family all got beautiful scarfs for Xmas. I almost bought some Ugg boots last week. Hating the ‘looks’ doesn’t mean you won’t love the pieces, and I actually enjoy taking a look I don’t like and tweaking it to make it ‘right’.

      • Marlin

        Alan – I was wondering if you’d mind sharing the location of a few of the better thrift/charity shopping spots in London? I completely understand if you don’t want to (it’s a subject folks are rightfully touchy about), but I’m spending the Spring in Kensington and really enjoy both thrifting and classic British menswear. Feel free to email me at the listed address if you’re so inclined.


        • Alan

          Hi Marlin,

          No problem.

          To be honest, I’m not an expert when it comes to London vintage shops – I am aware that http://www.cenci.co.uk/ is well regarded, but a bit of a trek. A search for London vintage shops on Google will pull a lot of them up.

          Charity shops are generally better in more affluent areas – if you want the suits of City workers who have eaten too many business lunches, go to Clapham etc. I have done quite well in Ealing (and even Greenford) – but even that’s a bit of a mission. The charity shop system means that that there’s lots of them and there really isn’t that much you can do but go in as many as you can, as often as you can. But it can be worth it – I bought a DB Daks Navy Blazer for £1 once.

          Traid is probably the best of the chains – http://www.traid.org.uk/retail.html. They know their gear better than some, and the prices reflect that – but I have usually been able to find good stuff at the Westbourne Grove and Camden branches. A few times a year, they do fixed price clear-outs and you can pick some ridiculous bargains – but they don’t announce them ahead of time.

          Hope this helps,


          • Marlin

            Thanks so much Alan, I can’t tell you how helpful this is for a broke-as-hell student trying to look sharp. I’ll check out your suggestions, and I plan on perusing some of the markets every now and then; that seems like a popular option. Again, many thanks for your advice!

          • Alex


            Great tips and I definitely agree with some of your suggestions. I can also reccomend places such as Beyond Retro in and around Brick Lane in East London.

            Out of interest, which shops did you find in Ealing? As I’m only a few mins away.


    • John

      Look #2 is one of the best looks ever!

      I’m searching for a B3 jacket myself (from ebay) and I have some trouble with the measurements. Most of the jackets labeled as S/M have a 23-25″ chest because “the shearling is really thick”. I checked a Schott one on mrporter.com and I think the Medium is around 20″.
      Could you post the jacket’s and yours, so I could use them as a guideline?

    • Ashley

      Yeah it’s also pretty good for looking like a badass anti-hero. Win/Win.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        haha I like to think more post-hero than anti-hero

        Thx for reading Ashley!

    • http://slicstic.blogspot.com taylor

      true that…. unfortunately for my size, cldnt find any decent jacket like that here…. but then again, for everything else, that fits or can be altered, vintage or thrift shopping is fun!

    • Mark


      I recently acquired a similar bomber jacket. Did you have the jacket tailored? I need to take the body in a bit but I’m scared of permanently damaging such a great vintage find.


      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        No alts on this piece. As a fashion design graduate, I wouldn’t have the heart to bring this to my tailor. Certainly not an easy garment to alter.

    • John

      Hey Dan,
      Would love to hear more about how you found this jacket. Without giving to much away, was it thrift, consignment, vintage or ebay?

    • Shawn

      Loved this bomber from the day you featured it in the TSBDaily WIWT post!