The bomber jacket has flown far and wide since its aviator origins. As a military uniform for pilots and soldiers during the war, the bomber jacket was picked up by style icons soon after and fast became a men’s fashion essential – which stands true still in the new century.
Recognised for its transeasonal versatility – making it wearable in summer and winter – the bomber jacket’s cropped, square silhouette cuts a masculine figure and its ribbed cuffs and elastic waistband refine the torso of the modern man.
It’s a sure-fire way to add some bad boy to your wardrobe too, with metallic hardware and patch details. And the bomber now even packs some pared-back aesthetics – less zips and pockets on more luxurious jackets, catering for minimalist tastes.
Whatever your taste and price limit, there’s a bomber jacket for you. Click through the slideshow for the best bomber jacket styles in 2019.
Classic Cotton & Nylon Bomber Jackets
Tailored bomber jackets have seen the casual coat enter the smart casual arena. Mimicking the fit of a relaxed blazer or suit jacket, the smart bomber is streamline in design and sharp on the shoulder.
The cuffed collar, wrists and waistband will create a tapering in the areas that matter most and zips are replaced with press studs, reenacting traditional buttons. The colourway should be neutral – navy, charcoal or black – and in a more blazer-esque fabric such as linen, wool, silk or jersey (or a blended version) for a quality jacket finish that is matte instead of sheeny.
Team the smart bomber over a crisp white shirt and trousers for a fresh workplace look buttoning the middle two of the jacket so not to obscure the well-planned tie and belt. Or wear it open with a waistcoat layered underneath for a modernisation of the three-piece suit.
Print Bomber Jackets
Prints are back. And there’s no bigger way to celebrate maximalism’s ascension than with a patterned bomber jacket. Very much the statement piece, the printed bomber comes in bold florals, geo-prints, graphic writing, as well as the classic camouflage – sometimes reworked in brighter and lighter shades and in varying sheen and matte fabrics.
Orientalism is a huge trend this season with ancient Chinese motifs featuring as embroidery on the satiny bomber jacket – just like the souvenir jackets.
It’s certainly a trend-lead, anti-classic aesthetic so team the audacious jacket with minimal pieces such as basic t-shirt and jogger pants – the active bottoms creating a cool edge to the flourishing florals or zoopedup zig-zags or checks that criss-cross the jacket fabric.
While bold patterns are a fun way to make a sartorial splash in your wardrobe, look to more affordable retailers and brands to get your print-fix.
Suede & Leather Bomber Jackets
When the temperature drops it’s time to invest in a suede or leather bomber jacket. A direct descendant of the original flight jacket, these bombers are designed to protect you from the elements.
Brands like Tom Ford, AllSaints and Reiss all regularly release top notch suede and leather bomber jackets.