A bomber jacket is a classic piece of clothing that has roots that reach all the way back to WWI, when pilots needed to wear something to keep them warm when flying planes without an enclosed cockpit (how badass is that?). Bombers got even more popular in the WWII era, but it wasn’t until the 1970s and 1980s that civilians started wearing them (your dad and all of your uncles wore them back then, trust).
So, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a real pilot or if your only experience flying is that JetBlue flight you took a few months ago—a bomber jacket is a classic piece of history and a good bet for a light Fall jacket. The bomber’s shape is athletic, and paired with the military aesthetic that’s part of the bomber jacket’s DNA, you’ll look cool whether you’re on your way to drinks with your buddies or running errands with your wife on a Saturday afternoon. Pair it with some aviators and you’ll look just as awesome as the dudes in Top Gun did. Take our breath away—and check out our picks for the 15 best bomber jackets for men.
Everlane Lightweight Bomber
Bomber jackets can veer into the “hey-look-at-me” territory very quickly, and this low-profile navy one from Everlane is the antithesis of that. Cutting the classic bomber jacket shape with the ribbed collar, cuffs, and hem, the jacket is made from polyester, which—in this case—is a good thing. It’s lightweight, water-resistant, and will quickly become your favorite weekend jacket.
Scotch & Soda Bomber Jacket
If you want to go full-on pilot with your bomber jacket, this offering from Amsterdam-based Scotch & Soda is a good bet. In classic sage green, the jacket has a number of bells and whistles like the three military-style patches on the chest, angled button-flap pockets, and zipper pockets and an extra patch on the arm.
Alpha Industries MA-1 Flight Jacket
Many modern bomber jackets sport a slim profile, but this one harkens back to the jackets the real military guys used to wear back in the day—specifically modeled after the 1950s-era MA-1 Navy Fighter Pilot jacket. Made of water-resistant nylon, the jacket features sturdy hardware, zippered and button-flap pockets, a classic “remove before flight” keychain, and a bright orange interior that will help save your ass if you’re ever in trouble on a flight mission (you won’t be, but let’s appreciate the attention to the detail). The classic sage green is our favorite, but it’s also available in other colors like black, gray, cranberry, and brown.
Fat Moose Bomber Jacket
Danish designer Fat Moose was started by three friends who wanted to utilize their backgrounds in extreme sports to create durable clothing without sacrificing style. The brand’s bomber jacket does exactly that—the slimmed down bomber is made of breathable canvas that’s double-waxed for a water-resistant finish. It’s subdued enough to wear anywhere—including the office.
Band of Outsiders Shell Bomber Jacket
Los Angles-based Band of Outsiders is known for modern twists on classic clothing, and they achieve that with this Shell Bomber Jacket. In classic dark navy, the jacket features low-profile angled pockets, and yellow stripes on the ribbed hem and wrists.
J. Crew A2 Lightweight Bomber Jacket
Out of Wallace & Barnes—J. Crew’s vintage-inspired division—comes this A2 bomber jacket. The A2 jacket was standard issue for US Army Air Force pilots in the WWII era, so if you want to pay tribute to your grandfather (and his old A2 jacket is nowhere to be found in your family’s attic), this is a good way to start. Made with a nylon and cotton blend in a matte dark blue, the jacket has all of the classic features, while looking modern enough to wear today.
Saturdays NYC Goose Bomber Jacket
Saturdays NYC’s Goose Bomber Jacket—presumably named for Top Gun’s Goose, RIP—is no frills. Made of a cotton/polyester blend, it’s got the classic bomber shape but without the bells and whistles (you don’t need them anyway). It’s also lined with Saturdays NYC signature safari print pattern, and while we like the military-inspired sage green, it’s available in black and white.
Orvis Suede Bomber Jacket
If you can pull off a suede jacket, you should, because it’ll make you stand out from the crowd. This Suede Bomber created by Orvis (made out of pig suede!) features an insulated lining, which means you can wear it pretty much year-round (aside from those particularly cold winter months), as well as interior pocket to store your wallet and your cool shades. Aviators, right? Right.
J. Crew Wallace & Barnes Quilted Down Bomber Jacket
Another offering from J. Crew’s vintage-inspired Wallace & Barnes collection, this unique quilted down bomber jacket will quickly become your favorite casual jacket. And because it’s down-lined, you’ll get multi-season use out of it. Tons of value—the WWII guys who originally wore these jackets would be impressed with that.
Apolis Wool Bomber Jacket
Apolis specializes in offering unique, handcrafted goods from across the globe, like this Wool Bomber. While most bombers are made out of leather or nylon, this wool jacket (which was made in Portugal) takes the classic bomber jacket silhouette and makes it look luxe enough to wear in semi-formal occasions. Try wearing it with a suit to your next business meeting. People will be wondering what your deal is—in a good way.
APC Herringbone Bomber Jacket
Paris-based APC has been creating chic urban menswear since 1987, and this Herringbone Bomber Jacket is one of their best offerings. Made in classic navy with herringbone cotton, this is a jacket that can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the occasion.
PS By Paul Smith Bomber Jacket
If there’s such a thing as a dress bomber jacket, this one from British designer Paul Smith might just be it. Combining a navy wool body with black satin sleeves (yes, you read that correctly), you’ll look casual and dressy simultaneously.
Ralph Lauren Leather Farrington A2 Jacket
If you’re looking for a true-to-form bomber jacket, this leather A2 jacket from Ralph Lauren will get you pretty damn close. Made from 100% buttery brown leather, the jacket features a ton of small details that are true to A2 jackets from the WWII era. The jacket features two chest aviation-inspired patches on the chest and deep snapped-flap patch pockets at the waist.
J. Crew Suede Colorblock Bomber Jacket
Combining two classic looks—bomber and baseball jackets—this Suede Colorblock Bomber Jacket from J. Crew is the perfect casual jacket. Featuring a navy body and wrist accents and brown sleeves, it’ll make a statement without being obnoxious.
J. Crew Buttoned Suede Bomber Jacket
Another suede offering, this bomber from J. Crew was inspired by a jacket once owned by legendary rocker Jim Morrison. Featuring a standing collar and a button closure (unique for bomber jackets), this jacket is worth the investment. Wanna look like the eternally sexy Doors front man? You have to shell out.