Hello Autumn: The Embroidered Bomber Jacket

While I love anything with embroidery, combining it with luxurious fabrics like silk and velvet and making it into a cool bomber jacket might just be one of the best, and most fun things to happen to closets this fall. The embroidered bomber jacket isn't a new concept, (I saw it walk the runways last year as well) but its sporty chic appeal has made it a standout fall piece. I have seen a version from almost every designer, and every concept, from the fast to high fashion.

I have several favorites, although when this Zara bomber jacket caught my eye last week as I zipped through the store. What did I love about it? The combination of blue and brilliant red really caught my eye, and even better....it is reversible. The opposite side of the silky embroidered red and blue side is a beautiful cream and aqua that is free of any embroidery work, should you want to change up your look.

Bombers are more often than not worn a bit oversized, like you have borrowed it from the boys. But I  wanted it to be a little more fitted and bought the extra small, which I don't normally wear. I loved how it fit just right, and found it was more flattering on me to size down since many bombers can typically have a generous cut. You can go either direction with the fit, like this very oversized piece from Stella McCartney, or a more cropped silhouette, like this Glamorous one from Nordstrom.

Zara leather bow tie flats
The other great thing I love about these jackets? They aren't just for denim and sneakers. I pulled out my Joie maxi skirt and blouse and a pair of red Zara bow tie flats to make it dressy and fun. I threw on a pair of sparkly statement earrings to make it even more interesting. I actually think it better to wear a bomber with something unexpected, so I'll be pairing mine with dresses for a night out, holiday looks, oh, and my favorite denim too. They are definitely a cool alternative to the little black jacket that is a go-to for throwing over dresses and blouses to jazz up your look.

Zara seems to have a constant stream of bombers that come and go, like this one, and this pretty floral one.  But be warned, it is fast fashion so once it it is sold out you may not see it again. Jump on it if you are smitten. I have to admit I might have freaked out just a bit when I saw this Free People Floral Embroidered Bomber last week at Bellevue Square. The velvet and gorgeous details and the fact that it was an actual heavier jacket won me over, and well, it will be a great addition to my fall closet. The Maje Basla Duchesse Satin Bomber is a bit of a splurge, but its cropped silhouette makes it a standout piece. No matter which one you choose, the result might just make you almost as cool at The Beatles.

The Look: Zara Reversible Silk Bomber Jacket, sold out, (similar here),  Miu Miu Matelassé Little Bag, Joie Traluna Printed Silk Maxi Skirt and Silk Top, Zara Flat Leather Bow Shoes, J. Crew earrings (another great pair here)