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  • Words by Mr Peter Henderson,
  • Senior Fashion & Social Media Writer, MR PORTER

Originally invented for military pilots, as their name suggests, bomber jackets work well with almost all casual outfits, while hinting at adrenaline and adventure. Cotton and nylon variants are always a solid choice, but this week we've decided to focus on their sophisticated leather and suede relatives, which combine the warmth and breathability of natural skins with a certain louche elegance. You can wear a leather or suede bomber jacket in winter with knitwear underneath, then continue wearing it into spring and beyond over a T-shirt or chambray shirt. Later in the season, we'll certainly be making like Mr Paul Newman (below) by wearing ours over a striped T-shirt with chinos and loafers. Click through the gallery, above, to see six of our favourite impeccably crafted examples.

From left: Messrs Paul Newman, Cary Grant and
Ms Joanne Woodward on the set of Winning, 1969