The Right Way to Wear a Bomber Jacket

There is something about a bomber jacket that gives off a cool, edgy vibe and a bit of bad boy appeal. They can give any outfit some serious style. There are several ways to wear this fashionable piece; the biggest reward is how diverse this jacket is. Bombers are available in many different price points, allowing for wiggle room when it comes to making this a splurge item or a conservative purchase. Consider the following to successfully pull off this look.

Vintage or modern

Ralph Lauren quilted bomber jacket

Ralph Lauren bomber | Ralph Lauren

There are so many variations to a vintage bomber jacket. A popular design is the men’s flight bomber jacket. This style is usually made in leather with patches on the arms and the front of the jacket. Another nostalgic look is the loud, decorative design circa the ’90s. Modern styles have a more simplistic feel with minimal details. You can decide which look is right for you.

Type of bomber

Whether it’s leather, denim, or nylon, each bomber offers a different stylish appeal. Leather bombers are great for colder weather and tend to have extra lining. If genuine leather is out of your price range, moto leather is an excellent alternative — although it tends to be less durable and warm. A denim bomber jacket is definitely a fall piece that can be transitioned into winter for additional layering. For variety you can opt for a denim look with a faux shearling collar. Nylon bombers come in several different colors. Stick to dark neutrals, such as olive green, navy blue, and black, to get more longevity out of your purchase

Extra detailing

Source: Macy's

Look for special touches | Macy’s

A bomber jacket with a hood is helpful during the colder months. And you will get more wear out of a jacket with a removable hood and lining to transition through the seasons. As temperatures begin to drop, you will see more bombers with a fur trim on the hood or shearling on the cuffs, hood, and collar. If you don’t like to take fashion risks, a jacket with a brightly colored lining is the perfect option. It can be showcased by leaving the jacket unzipped or cuffing the sleeves.


Bombers have a laid-back feel so layering it with a hooded sweatshirt, crewneck sweatshirt, or patterned button-down will help complete the look. A traditional gray hoody sweatshirt offers a casual feel that can be worn with a T-shirt. If you want to dress up your outfit but still keep it casual, go with a darker gray crewneck sweatshirt with a button-down in a modern print. You can even add a light denim jacket underneath as an extra layering piece.