Even when the bomber jacket isn’t in, it’s in. In other words, the classic style might not always be the piece to been seen sporting, but it will never feel old-season or dated like some of the other outerwear options that come and go.
Gathered at the waits and cuffs, the zip-through jacket was originally developed for military pilots, but during the ‘60s the topper started to trickle into the mainstream to become the perennial fashion favourite that it is today.
And while these practical origins make the bomber a compelling addition to sporty or streetwise looks, there are myriad ways to style the jacket. From oversized to cropped, printed, or layered over a pretty dress, keep scrolling for the best bomber jacket outfit inspiration.
Play it cool
You can’t go wrong with army green, but Alexa Chung’s jewel tone jacket just as easily evokes off-duty cool paired with classic blue denim.
Shrug it on over an pretty dress
This is by far one of our favourite ways to wear the topper. A bomber is perfect for toning down the girliness of a midi or floor-sweeping dress, and the juxtaposition delivers instant fashion credit.
Go big on texture
From studded leather to sequins, don’t be afraid of extra texture. The casual shape means you can get away with flashy fabrications during the day without your look skewing OTT.
Pep up an all-black ensemble
If all-black everything defines your style MO, a statement bomber is just what you need to amplify a muted outfit.
Take on the tonal dressing trend with a sporty jacket unexpectedly cast in cream.
Wear a hoodie underneath
Play to a bomber’s streetwise sensibility by layering it over a hoodie—comfort guaranteed.
Try the statement sleeve trend
If a Victorian blouse isn’t your style speed, a voluminous bomber offers an alternative way to pull off puffy sleeves.
A silhouette that nips in at the waist delivers a more polished take on the bomber—just add a flippy skirt and heels.
Unlike a long coat, a bomber’s hip-grazing fit means it won’t overpower your whole outfit if it’s cast in a statement shade. For a subtler effect, simply flash the jacket's neon lining.
Layer, layer, layer
Pick a roomy fit and style your bomber over lighter jackets when it's cold out.