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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

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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.

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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.

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


Forest Tweed Trouser

2. Weekend Chill

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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.

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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.

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  • 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

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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.

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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.

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


Wool Flannel Trouser in Mid Gray

 

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

 

Photography by Alex Crawford