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Military-Inspired Bomber Jackets Are Now Standard Issue

Bomber jackets ready for civilian life.


Back in the day, the bomber jacket was standard issue for the bold and the cold. Designed to make pilots as comfortable as possible while airborne in non-insulated airplanes, the jackets were available in only two sturdy materials, leather or nylon. Today, things are a bit…lighter than those uniforms of war. Modern-day bomber jackets retain the distinguishing features of their military service — the slightly shortened torso and ribbed collar, cuffs and hem — yet use lighter-weight fabrics for increased versatility. The bomber jackets below are optimal brisk-weather attire, capable of being layered under an overcoat, on top of a simple t-shirt, or paired with a hoodie.

J.Crew Wallace & Barnes A2 Twill Bomber Jacket

Offering the whole look at half the price, the J.Crew bomber leans hard on its military origins, adopting an olive drab color and a zip-fastening closure over the bottom end of its zipper.

Buy Now: $200

Paul Smith Bomber Jacket

In the lineage of bomber jackets, the initial Type A-1 design featured a button-up front. The zippered design that’s popular in many of today’s bomber jackets came later with Type A-2. Paul Smith throws back to the A-1 in his bomber jacket with press-stud closures down the front.

Buy Now: $269

A.P.C. MA-1 Bomber Jacket

Eschewing excessive zippers and shiny pocket snaps, this A.P.C. jacket offers a sleek and minimal approach to the bomber. The front pockets are welted, offering clean lines instead of bulky pocket flaps, snaps or zippers. It’s also made from a wool blend, rather than twill or leather, so it offers a little extra warmth.

Buy Now: $269

AMI Zip Bomber Jacket

The key to the AMI Zip Bomber is the small details, like a two-way zipper and a drill pattern in the twill weave. The more diagonally angled drill pattern has roots in workwear, and it boasts greater durability than a standard plain weave.

Buy Now: $389

Stone Island Shadow Project Garment Dyed Nylon Twill Bomber

For the bold — the Stone Island Shadow Project bomber is marked not only by its smoldering red color, but also by its striking asymmetry. The offset front zipper, the mixed geometrics on the velcro-concealed arm pocket, and the sparse black rivets dotting the chest make for a quality statement piece.

Buy Now: $745

Wooyoungmi Reversible Wool-Blend Bomber Jacket

Aside from its smart and sleek cut, the clear draw to Wooyoungmi’s bomber is that it is reversible. While the entire jacket is a midnight blue color, the reverse offers a subtle note of embroidery with a chain-linking pattern.

Buy Now: $910

Rick Owens Blistered-Suede Bomber Jacket

This Rick Owens bomber foils the jacket’s masculine, military silhouette with a soft, suede exterior. The leather has a blistered finish, adding a rugged, distressed quality, and also features two interior pockets for added utility.

Buy Now: $2,305

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