The classic heritage brand Alpha Industries have been making high-quality men’s outerwear fashion since the 1950s. Most famous for their MA1 bomber jacket, this Alpha Industries jacket remains extremely popular to this day. Read our style guide for all the best tips on how to wear this timeless jacket.
As summer comes to an end, the days become shorter and the weather becomes colder. However, it doesn’t have to all be doom and gloom. With winter approaching, it’s time to start thinking about all the stylish jackets you can begin to wear. Fortunately, if you’re not sure about what jacket to get for this winter season, then look no further than the Alpha MA1 flight jacket.
This classic piece of men’s clothing has remained at the forefront of fashion for decades and isn’t about to go anywhere. Whether you need an extra layer to wear into the office, or just need a lightweight jacket for everyday, the MA1 has got your back. However, working out what goes well with a bomber jacket can be deceptively tricky. So, here’s our guide on all the best ways to wear Alpha jackets.
Alpha Industries MA1 Bomber Jacket
Although Alpha are famous for producing a whole range of military-style jackets for men, the MA1 flight jacket is unique in many specific ways. The features of the Alpha bomber jacket include:
- Knit collar and waistband.
- Nylon water resistant coating.
- Iconic arm pocket with ‘Remove Before Flight’ keychain tag.
- Two button closure hand pockets.
- Zipper up middle front.
Since it was born in the 60s, Alpha Industries have kept the design of the MA1 bomber jacket more or less the same. The expression ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ comes to mind when you think about the classic design of this jacket.
How to Wear the Alpha Industries MA-1 Bomber Jacket
The good thing about an MA1 is its versatility. As with a lot of men’s outerwear fashion, you want to be able to wear it with lots of different outfits. Saying that, it’s a statement piece for the wardrobe. To what makes MA-1 jacket so unique, is the inner lining feature which was originally designed to help search parties spot lost pilots or servicemen. The bright luminous orange colour of the jacket lining would make the pilots easy to spot in dark conditions. Helpful then, but for now, a major statement for your wardrobe.
Alpha Industries MA-1 Green
When it comes to the different colours that an MA1 flight jacket can come in, green or khaki is undoubtedly the most classic and traditional style out there. When Alpha first introduced the MA1 bomber jacket for use by aircraft pilots, they produced it in a dark khaki green colour.
Over the years, the designers didn’t see much reason in changing this classic colour style, and why would you when it looks so good? Although they have added many more colours since the first jacket, green remains the traditional colour of the MA1 bomber jacket. When wearing the green Alpha Bomber jacket, you’re effectively wearing a piece of men’s fashion history.
Creating a defined look with green bomber is an exceptional challenge. However, there is a way around it. Recommend from our buyers for the autumn season, pair your bomber with a black roll neck. To smarten your look further, opt for a skinny black smart trouser. This look is completely versatile between a trip to the pub, or a first date, so whether you go for smarter shoes or trainers, it’s completely down to you!
While green works well for smart-casual, it’s the go-to colour for keeping it casual. For creating more of a countryside look to your outfit, pair your jacket with a pair of Selvedge denim jeans. Make sure to keep your footwear tonal, either with smart brown, burgundy or black shoes. Ideally, if smart shoes aren’t for you then opt for a minimal trainer with the same colour guidelines.
Alpha Industries MA-1 Black
Out of all the colours that you can get an MA1 in, black is by far the easiest and most versatile colour you can find. The best thing about wearing a black jacket is that it’s so versatile. You can wear black with pretty much anything and it will look good.
The MA1 jacket flight jacket is perfect for adding extra layers to your outfit when you’re going for a smart casual look. Although a bomber jacket may not look all that great over the top of a blazer or suit, combining it with a shirt can look extremely stylish, as well as keeping you warm.
For a smart-casual look ready for anything, we recommend keeping it simple yet again. This also means, dress head to toe in one colour and step into your smartest shoes. Simply opt for your best black tee, smart trousers and a pair of polished Dr Martens. Once thrown together with a jacket, you are ready for any bar.
When wearing a black Alpha jacket with more casual clothing, it can still be a good idea to stick with the art of colour blocking. Although black can be worn with a lot of different colours, we think it’s really stylish to keep things simple and minimal.
For the season, dressing down your bomber jacket has never been easier. Our editor’s suggestion is not to quickly dip in for the monochrome, but to add some muted colour to your look. This means opting for the tonal and the minimal key pieces.
For a full street look, opt for a classic pair of Dickies 874 pants. Then, before the bomber, layer with a black hoodie of choice. Ideal for winter, this look is sure to keep you warm with your favourite sneakers.
Alpha Industries MA-1 Blue
Despite green having traditional fame, MA1 jackets originally came in blue and navy colourways. However, after the Korean war began, Alpha Industries began producing the jackets in green. Although green is a classic alpha MA-1 bomber jacket colour, dark blue or navy is actually the traditional colour of the MA1.
While the bomber is an effortless go-to for when the weather is a bit chilly, it’s completely versatile between seasons. The nylon fabric is a light cover up for the summer season, especially if you can’t leave the house without a jacket. With the relaxed shape of the bomber, it’s easy to build a look with pair shorts and a tee. Just remember, when opting for the navy bomber, don’t reach for the light blue shorts or T-shirt – make sure to keep the look muted.
Alpha Industries MA-1 White
If you’re feeling particularly daring, then you could wear a white MA-1 bomber jacket. Possibly the least traditional of all the colours you can purchase an MA1 jacket in, white is a perfect combination of classic heritage style with a modern twist. Much like wearing a black jacket, wearing white can act as a blank canvas, allowing you to wear it will many different outfits.
Like anything out of the comfort zone black, there are always rules on how to wear. White bomber jackets are a loud item of clothing, making it hard to wear in a subtle way. However, if you’re careful with the outfits you wear it with then you can pull it off. Keeping your look simple with the basics (by colour and style) is the key to pulling off a heavy amount of white. Especially for winter, we suggest opting for a simple knitted beanie for some detail and a grey jumper.
How to Wear the Alpha Industries MA1
- Pick the style best suited for your body type.
- Choose a colour you know you’ll get the most wear out of.
- If you’re going for the classic bomber look, opt for green or black.
- Experiment – outerwear jackets like the MA1 are extremely versatile.
On That Note
The Alpha Industries MA1 bomber jacket has been a staple item of men’s outerwear fashion for over 50 years and isn’t going away anytime soon. No man’s wardrobe would be complete without a bomber jacket, and the MA1 is inarguably the ultimate one. Weather it’s spring or the middle of winter, you can wear a bomber jacket all year round and still look great. Follow the tips and tricks given in this style guide and you’ll be wearing the best bomber jackets around in no time.