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Catching Rae

Japanese Bomber

Occasion: Client Appointment
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Outdoor Temps: 72°F
Activity Level: Low
Wearing: Japanese bomber jacket, Helmut Lang top, Theory ponte knit pencil skirt, Tsubo sandals, Vulcan's Forge silver Bast necklace, Egyptian inspired earrings (gift from mom & dad)

All this has happened before, and all this will happen again. This year's bomber jacket trend has been hanging on every single year since at least 2010, and I purchased mine on a trip to Japan in 2006. Since it has been around so long, it's now easier than ever to sneak a little aviator style into almost any dress code. If you're shopping for a new one, you can look for luxury fabrics like silk/satin, fewer details, and a softer hand/drape so that the jacket is easier to dress up. 

I have a hard time fitting a bomber jacket, because the voluminous style does not normally play well with my hourglass shape. Many bombers completely disguise my waist, and the elastic bands at the bottom cause the jacket to ride up to my natural waist in an unsightly way. I loved this jacket because it solved those problems with the slimmer cut, much wider waistband, and color blocking at the bottom center to draw the eye in. 

Since my jacket is denim and I wanted to dress it up, I avoided pants in favor of this stretchy pencil skirt. A dressier fabric like wool crepe would have felt odd to me, but the ponte knit went well. The abstract print top served to highlight the more artsy feel of the jacket rather than the rugged denim and orange stitching. I finished with perforated slingbacks to balance both the volume and the sporty nature of the jacket. No bag involved today - just my big tote with my styling "kit." 

To dress this down on the weekends, it's fun to wear with a-line skirts, skinny jeans, and even boyfriend chinos. Love it when pieces can transcend the dress codes!

Have a happy Friday and a great weekend!