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How To Style a Bomber Jacket

It's the first question I usually ask myself when I'm looking at a new clothing purchase, "what am I going to wear with that?" This is followed by a dramatic search on Pinterest for outfit ideas on how to style an item and how I can make it work with my current state of life. If you're like me, welcome to our new series where I'll give you some tips on how to make our locally made products fit into your closet with pieces you probably already have!

Now don't go and let that little voice in your head stop you from being your fabulous self! You CAN wear a Bomber Jacket, you CAN wear green plaid, and you CAN make this piece a staple in your wardrobe.

Tip #1 - Start With the Basics.

A full body picture of a green plaid and olive coloured bomber jacket styled with a white tank top and dark blue skinny jeans and white sneakers.
Switzer Tank in Ivory, dark wash skinny jeans, white sneakers

You can't go wrong with jeans and a tee. The beauty of our Bomber Jacket is that it goes with ANY shade of denim, so no matter what wash of jeans you prefer, its going to compliment it.

The basics are going to include your neutral colours: white, black, tan, and grey. Any one of these for your top or bottom will allow the Bomber to do all the talking. You can add subtle details of lace or ruffles to give a more feminine vibe and distressing to lean more edgy.

Tip #2 - When in Doubt, Go For Black.

A full body picture of a green and olive coloured bomber jacket styled with a black t-shirt, black culotte pants, black ankle boots, and a black sequin clutch purse.
Black graphic tee, LJA Little Black Wrap Pants, black ankle boots, black sequin clutch

Black could be considered a basic, but an outfit of head-to-toe black can be perfect for running out of the house or going out at night. Here I styled the Bomber for a night out, which in my case is usually dinner and a movie with my husband. Switch out our Wrap Pants for a pair of leggings and the ankle boots for some black sneakers and you have a perfect school drop off/athleisure look. Just don't forget your lint roller!

The black blends with the background of the plaid sleeves and cuffs on the Bomber which makes that beautiful Juniper green pop and stand out!

Tip #3 - Mix Those Prints!

A full body picture of a green and olive coloured bomber jacket over top of a white striped shirt, red/sienna overalls, a canvas tote bag, and white sneakers.
LJA Harvest Overalls, white/grey striped long sleeved shirt, tote bag, and white sneakers

WAIT!!! COME BACK!!! I know, this part I'm going to loose you to skepticism. You don't want to look like some Frankenstein version of tacky wallpaper, I get it! There are two tricks to mixing your prints. Trick one is to have the second print smaller than the main one. Here I'm wearing a neutral striped shirt under the Bomber. The stripes in my shirt are smaller than the plaid so it doesn't feel like they are competing. A small floral print skirt would also work with this! The second trick is to either pull a colour from the main print (in this case green) or keep it neutral. This will help the patterns compliment each other and remain cohesive. You can go as bold or as minimal with this!


Tip #4 - Colour Theory.

A full body picture of a girl in a lilac purple dress with an olive and green coloured bomber jacket wearing tan coloured sandals.
Lilac midi dress (Old Navy, old) and tan sandals

Have you ever heard of a colour wheel? A colour wheel or color circle is an abstract illustrative organization of colour hues around a circle, which shows the relationships between primary, secondary, tertiary colours. You may have even learned about it in art class.

It's used for everything from interior design to makeup and can be useful for putting together outfits too! I am LOVING all things purple right now; give me all the grape and lilac. Green and purple are secondary colours on the colour wheel, so they compliment each other. Doesn't this outfit just make you want to sniff some flowers and drink an iced coffee?

Tip #5 - Invest in Quality Staple Pieces.

Changing your style or adding a statement piece can be nerve racking. But you are worthy of feeling amazing in what you're wearing. You deserve that boost of confidence and having everyone looking at you. Adding a staple item like our Bomber Jacket is guaranteed to get wear in every season. It is a piece that can take you from Spring to Fall and even early Winter, and you're going to want it to last. That is where slow, ethical fashion comes into play. You are investing in a piece that is going to be in your closet and get plenty of wear. If I learned ANYTHING from 'What Not to Wear' it was that Cost/Wear is always something that should factor into purchasing clothing. A quality jacket that is made here in Edmonton, located at our home base in St. Albert, is more likely to remain in your closet over a fast-fashion version.

There you have it!

You're going to LOVE our new Sherpa Bomber Jacket! It launches Friday March 24th @ 9:00AM MST and we have LIMITED QUANTITIES so if you love it, don't set it free! We can't wait to see everyone rocking it into Spring and Summer. Don't forget to tag us @lumberjillapparel on Facebook and Instagram so we can see your beautiful faces!

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