We appreciate those hard working items in our wardrobe that we turn to again and again: the perfect pair of jeans, that trusted t-shirt, or the best sweat-wicking workout clothes. Right up on that list is a good bomber jacket. Lightweight versions of the sleek jacket thrive in the fall months when there’s a chill in the air but it’s not quite time for a serious coat, while heavy duty designs are perfect as a go-to winter outer layer.
The structured style originated in the United States military in the early 1900s and was made for fighter pilots, hence the name, but has been adopted by plenty of subcultures over the years, like punk rock, before going mainstream. Though bombers are a classic, they’re also on-trend. Bomber jackets are still in style in 2020 and are great to invest in now and know that you can continue to wear for years to come.
Versions today retain the same sporty element of the originals but their structure instantly makes any outfit feel pulled together, striking just the right note between easygoing and trying-too-hard. Throw one over workout clothes for easy style points on the way to that early morning workout, or pair it with cords and a long sleeve T-shirt for a night out.
Totally ageless, they suit guys of all generations, counting everyone from The Weeknd to Barack Obama as fans.
Nab one of the 17 best bomber jackets for men right now and you’ll soon be calling “sweater weather” “bomber jacket season.”
Italic Marco Leather Bomber Jacket
“A leather bomber jacket is a worthwhile investment for cool, classic style, but high-quality leather is never affordable—well, until recently. Italic makes men’s wardrobe essentials in the same factories as designer brands, but for a fraction of a price. So finally, guys can wear well-made garments—like this richly-textured bomber—without spending a fortune.” – Adam Mansuroglu, Senior Style & Gear Editor
S P Y M Slim-Fit Lightweight Softshell Flight Bomber
You can’t go wrong with a minimalist military green bomber jacket. The sleek fit means you can even wear it under a warmer coat during extra frigid temps come winter.
Topman Icon Classic Bomber Jacket
This slim-fit bomber jacket provides instant polish to any outfit. The solid black shade makes the versatile bomber style that much easier to mix and match with the rest of your closet. Throw it on to elevate your classic jeans and sneakers combo.
Nobis Blake Bomber Jacket
Technical fabric means this bomber jacket isn’t just stylish, it’s also practical for getting winter-ready. Featuring premium duck down, it’s windproof and waterproof but still breathable. It’s from outerwear company Nobis, which makes some of the best bomber jackets around.
Moose Knuckles Colinton Bomber Jacket
For the guy who wants to stand out from the crowd, Moose Knuckles has you covered. The Canadian company has updated the classic bomber jacket style with modern details, like cool patches. Duck down fill and a water resistant outer layer will keep you super warm.
NICCE Men’s Jacket Type 2
This unique bomber stands out with unexpected utility pockets and a pop of iridescent color from a reflective pouch. Pair it with your basic wardrobe essentials and let this stylish bomber be the focus of your everyday outfit.
Alpha Industries MA-1 Bomber Jacket
Get two looks for the price of one with this trendy bomber jacket from Alpha Industries, the company that makes some of the best bomber jackets we’ve come across. The style is reversible, so rock the maroon style when you want to keep it casual and orange when you want all eyes on you. The roomy fit is great for sporting over layers.
Todd Snyder + Champion Satin Camo Bomber
Military, but make it fashion; this bomber jacket does just that with silk camo. The print makes this bomber anything but basic. It’s the perfect outerwear alternative to all the solid colors you’ve likely accumulated.
Lululemon Intermission Bomber
Typically, you have to choose between a warm winter coat version of a bomber or a slim-fit bomber jacket. This Lululemon jacket gives you the best of both worlds. It hugs the body and moves with you, courtesy of four-way stretch.
Proof Duffel Bomber
This casual bomber jacket boasts a cool, utilitarian mood with a technical nylon fabric. And it’s not just about looks for this jacket, it also is wind- and water-repellant, and has some stretch for comfort. Pair it with black jeans and fresh white sneakers.
Buck Mason Oil Cloth Bomber Jacket
This best-selling style was designed to be worn year-round, under a heavier coat in the winter and for chilly nights during those in-between months. The slim-fit bomber jacket means no added bulk to your frame, just a sleek silhouette in a go-with-everything color. Bonus points for the quilted lining.
Daily Paper Forest Green Ebomb Jacket
For the man not into flash, just well-made classics, consider this minimalist bomber jacket. Smart details include a ribbed hem and cuffs, thin collar, and the traditional zip-sleeve pocket. There’s no need to mess with the tried-and-true hallmarks.
Heron Preston Bomber Jacket
The beauty is in the details with designer-to-know Heron Preston’s take on the bomber. Multiple large zippered pockets and a removable hood add interest to this roomy, loose-fitting version. Black keeps the look toned down enough for even the sartorially shy.
Everlane The Bomber Jacket
Everlane does it again with a lightweight bomber that’s just right for fall. Available in four shades, we like this dark slate color for closets already teeming in black or tan outerwear. The minimalist-style bomber jacket is made from a recycled fabric blend and is guaranteed to hold up for at least a year, though you’ll likely own it for many more.
Uniqlo MA-1 Blouson
Make sure your autumn wardrobe is on point with this oversize olive green bomber created to mimic original fighter pilot jackets. Wear it with your favorite beanie and some cords as temperatures continue to dip. It’s perfect for brisk fall walks.
Hill City Weightless Insulated Bomber
Performance meets street style in this jacket that’s made for working out or just going out. Wear it on your next long run to experience its breathability and sweat-wicking capabilities. This casual bomber jacket is one of the most lightweight on our list.
Overland Memphis Lambskin Leather Bomber Moto Jacket
Combine two closet must-haves—a bomber jacket and a leather jacket—with this leather bomber made from waxed lambskin. It features a polyester and wool lining to keep you warm, and a removable knit collar and bib for days when you could use an extra layer. This is an investment that you’ll keep forever.
Filson C.C.F. Bomber Jacket
Tough wind- and abrasion-resistant cotton duck canvas means no type of inclement weather will get through this bomber jacket from Filson. It’s triple-stitched and riveted for extra durability and will be your new go-to for yard work in the colder months.
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