You can trace a large portion of outerwear back to military roots, but of all the standard-issue heirs, the bomber jacket is a resounding favorite. Military efficiency distilled into one nifty package that has a massive subcultural history? That’s pretty much all we look for in our jackets, and the bomber has it in abundance.
Since its repurposed popularity in the ’50s, the bomber has been adopted by countless subcultures, from punk to hip hop, and yet still holds strong as one of the most popular casual items available. Almost every label has tried its hand at the bomber jacket and that’s another reason why it remains an essentials wardrobe addition. The breadth of bomber styles on offer means there’s something for everyone, but we’ve picked out some of the best around right now.
From iconic pieces by Alpha Industries to unorthodox takes on the style from the likes of A.A. Spectrum, we’re serving up one clear argument for why the bomber jacket might be the most versatile piece in your wardrobe this season and beyond.
Alpha Industries is famed for its classic bomber jacket styles and this L-2B model is the perfect example. Featuring the brand’s signature red tag to the arm, the clean ecru colorway is ideal for fall and winter layering.
Virgil’s washed-out take on the bomber jacket has a pre-loved vintage feel and the addition of a hood ensures that this piece is super casual. The label’s arrows motif graces the reverse as a signature.
Uniqlo keeps things completely classic with this black MA-1 jacket. Elasticated cuffs, hem, and collar retain heat while a pocket to the left arm offers an authentic bomber-jacket touch.
ADER error teams up with Alpha Industries to add a twist to the classic bomber. This remix of the piece features a detachable, layered hood along with multiple toggles for a customizable, techwear-leaning fit.
On the heels of Daily Paper opening a New York flagship store, it was only right that we featured this classic dark-green number from the label. Subtle embellishment comes in the form of an embroidered text logo t0 the back of the neck and a grey hang tag to the arm.
Burberry translates its iconic Nova Check into its own meta checkerboard. This breathable cotton jacket features light padding for a quick trip out but you’ll need some insulating backup for anything more significant.
UNDERCOVER opts for a classic black and orange palette for this streetwear-heavy bomber. A striking ‘Fallen Man’ graphic punctuates the piece visually on one side, but you can reverse the jacket to the orange side for a graphic-free look, too.
Random Identities provides a staple rendition of the bomber jacket. This all-black piece features a technical satin body with classic rib-knit cuffs.
A.A. Spectrum’s padded bomber features heavily dropped shoulders for an effortlessly relaxed aesthetic. A technical satin construction pairs with Thinsulate padding for warmth while a small Japanese graphic to the reverse offers a personal touch.
Primaloft quilting ensures that The Very Warm’s bomber is, well, very warm. Without being too bulky, the quilted insulation makes this the perfect liner jacket for your layered ensembles this season.
This zipped bomber jacket from YMC gives us a new look at the style. Retaining some of the bomber’s traditional features like an orange lining, satin body, and arm pocket, a kimono-like neckline adds a twist to the tale.
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