By Lori Kersten
with commentary by Editor Marcie Everhart
A bomber jacket edged with a shearling shawl collar says rugged and adventurous while a dark winter floral top adds a feminine , elegant air. Lori completes her outfit with a neutral olive skinny pant to match the leaves in the rose print, a soft black suede flat, and a delicate, layered stone drop necklace.
The Real-Real Behind the Scenes
The bomber jacket was created during World War II for the pilots who flew the new heavy bombers, to address the freezing temperatures at high altitudes. The first women who wore the garment were the Women Airforce Service Pilots (the WASP), which was an “experimental” program during World War II — experimental because they didn’t think women could handle flying military aircraft. This group of 1000 young, single women logged over 60 million miles in service to their country that was not recognized until 1977, when their secret records were unsealed. In the famous photo above, from left, Frances, Margaret, Ann and Blanche carry their parachutes away from their B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed Pistol Packin’ Mama.
This is another famous photo of a WASP trainee yet to earn her wings. We want to give these original fly girls a quick salute as we feature the bomber jacket today, for their bravery, determination, and formidable female swagger.
A Little Background Music
Demi looking tough in a flight suit.
*Photos of Lori by Marcie Everhart