SPEND: Now Is the Perfect Time to Buy a Bomber Jacket

The classic pilot coat gets an update this spring—here are the five best ones to buy.

James Dean and co-star Corey Allen in Rebel Without A Cause.

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The bomber jacket, that iconic style popularized by James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Top Gun-era Tom Cruise, has been around since the early 20th century, when it was worn as a protective layer for fighter pilots who had to endure frigid open cockpits. In the 50's, leather gave way to nylon, and the jacket got thinner, lighter, and included a a bright lining, visible from the sky, in case a pilot needed to be rescued on the ground.

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