There are seemingly endless amounts of achievable bomber jacket outfits you can pull off. It’s a timeless classic that is undoubtedly at its height of popularity at the moment. To make sure you know all the available styles and best pieces to pair with them, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide covering all colourways, fabrics and silhouettes.
WHAT IS A BOMBER JACKET?
For some, this may be an obvious question but what actually makes a bomber jacket, a bomber jacket? First you need to look at its history. Born during the Second World War, bomber jackets (or flight jackets) were made for pilots. Since then they’ve gone through a huge evolution and many today don’t have certain original features but, in general, these are some features that make up the bomber jacket.
-Short in body
-Ribbed cuffs, collar and hem
-Reflective or contrasting coloured lining
-2 hand pockets
-1 pencil pocket on a sleeve
Photo Credit: [Lookbook] Luca A, Rodolf C, Luca A
WHAT TO WEAR WITH A BOMBER JACKET
When it comes to styling your bomber jacket, you’ll be pleased to know they offer a huge amount of versatility, especially in today’s climate of blurred lines between smart and casual. So the main thing you need to be thinking about is context, colour matching and comfort. But to make sure you know exactly what to wear with any kind of bomber jacket, here’s a break down on most colours and a suggested outfit for each, showing they are a truly indispensable wardrobe addition.
WHAT TO WEAR WITH A GREEN BOMBER JACKET
Green and black are the most common and authentic of bomber jacket colours. For the green bomber jacket, then, let’s go for a classic look inspired by one of the earliest youth cultures to adopt this iconic piece as uniform, The Skinhead. Opt for a plain tee, light blue jeans and some plain black derbies, an easy look for anyone to pull off.
Photo Credit: [Lookbook] Mali K, Hammeskane K, Silesianfashionista
HOW TO WEAR A BLACK BOMBER JACKET
Black bombers offer up the most versatility as it’s a colour that’s almost impossible to mismatch. For this style we’re gonna go for a monochrome outfit with a street edge. Take a longline white tee, throw on a black sweat on top and finish with some distressed black jeans of your chosen fitting. Complete the look with either a cap or beanie and some plain white trainers. A great look for a contemporary style.
HOW TO WEAR A NAVY BOMBER JACKET
Navy bomber jackets are actually surprisingly easy to smarten up a little. Take a plain white shirt, some plain black skinny or slim fit jeans and some Chelsea boots for an effortless smart-casual aesthetic, perfect for all occasions.
Photo Credit: [Lookbook] Edgar V, PJ C, Cedric
WHAT TO WEAR WITH A WHITE BOMBER JACKET
White outerwear is always more of a statement but shouldn’t be a colourway to avoid, unless you're prone to spilling food or drinks down yourself! For this look we’re going to go for a more street-catered style with some tailored joggers, a grey over-the-head hoodie and some hi-top trainers. Finish with a cap or beanie if the weathers a little chillier.
WHAT TO WEAR WITH A SILK BOMBER JACKET
Silk bombers are a little more trend-led but this season we’re seeing some great pieces with embroidery to give a little more of a statement. This is another style you can easily dress up a little more and one we’re seeing the more high end fashion brands championing but we’re going for a more casual finish on this outfit. Match your silk bomber with a plain black hoody layered under a plain grey sweat and some plain indigo slim fit jeans with cuffed hems. For your footwear, go for some hi or low top trainers.
Photo Credit: [Lookbook] Luca A, Hammeskane K, Alvaro D
HOW TO WEAR A LEATHER BOMBER JACKET
Leather bomber jackets are a great option for anyone that isn’t keen on the classic biker jacket shapes. This is an ideal basis for going for an all-black outfit. Take a plain black tee with a worn effect, black distressed skinny jeans and some black Chelsea bots. Finish with a simple accessory like a plain silver necklace or, for more of an individual finish, try a statement hat.
HOW TO WEAR A SUMMER BOMBER JACKET
With the rise in popularity of bombers, many designers now offer more lightweight options, perfect for the warmer months in spring and summer. Incredibly easy to style, you can go for a plain tee, some light wash jeans and some penny loafers to nail a smart-casual vibe.
Photo Credit: [Lookbook] Daniel D, Nakita S, Michael M
HOW TO WEAR A LONGLINE BOMBER JACKET
Longline bombers are a great example of the evolution the bomber has gone through in recent years. These are also an option to consider in the colder months, offering more protection from colder breezes. Go for a khaki longline bomber, some slim chinos with turned cuffs, a plain shirt buttoned up to the top and some classic trainers to complete the look. Feel free to layer up a little more with a sweat over the shirt, should the temperatures really drop.