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The 10 Best Bomber Jackets for Spring 2022

Todd Snyder Quilted Bomber Jacket
Todd Snyder Quilted Bomber Jacket
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Alpha Industries MA-1 Bomber Jacket
Alpha Industries MA-1 Bomber Jacket
The Original
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Canada Goose Faber Bomber
Canada Goose Faber Bomber
The Harsh Weather Upgrade
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J.Crew Everyday Bomber Jacket
J.Crew Everyday Bomber Jacket
The Simplified Versatility
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Parallel X League Maverick Bomber Jacket
Parallel X League Maverick Bomber Jacket
The Athletic Evolution
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Stone Island Nylon-TC Bomber Jacket
Stone Island Nylon-TC Bomber Jacket
The Classic Updated
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Reigning Champ Logo Stadium Jacket
Reigning Champ Logo Stadium Jacket
The Bomber x Varsity Jacket
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Land's End Light Weight Squall Jacket
Land's End Light Weight Squall Jacket
The Beach Bomber
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The Moleskin Bomber
Private White Moleskin Bomber
The English Edit
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Allsaints Kemble Suede Bomber
Allsaints Kemble Suede Bomber
The Luxurious Upgrade
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The best thing the Cold War ever gave to fashion is undoubtedly the bomber jacket. The lightweight, versatile jacket we know today was an evolution of the WWII era shearling jackets worn by bomber pilots — hence the name. During the Korean and Vietnam Wars, early versions of the bomber jacket we know today became standard issue throughout multiple branches of the United States Armed Forces. Just as with the trench coat and peacoat before it, the bomber quickly transitioned into civilian outerwear service by the 1970s.

Bomber jackets have come a lot way since then, in both aesthetics and technology. Countless clothing brands have updated the original design, often incorporating new fabric and hardware innovations. The result is an entire sub-category of jackets available today. With a recent resurgence in popularity, it seems like almost every clothing brand is offering its own take on the military classic. We searched through the rank and file and organized a crack squad of the best bomber jackets to add to your wardrobe this spring. Note: Aviators sold separately.

The Quilted Bomber Jacket from Todd Snyder in Salt and Pepper.
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Todd Snyder Quilted Bomber Jacket

Quilted bomber jackets are another style adopted from military gear. The quilted jacket this style of bomber was based on was originally used as insulation to wear under unlined jackets in cold weather. Designers like Todd Snyder added pockets, cuffs, and a collar to make them stand-alone jackets.

Todd Snyder Quilted Bomber Jacket
Todd Snyder Quilted Bomber Jacket
A green Alpha Industries MA-1 Bomber Jacket on a model.
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Alpha Industries MA-1 Bomber Jacket

The Original

Alpha Industries has become a well-known fashion brand thanks to its adoption in workwear and streetwear communities, but it started out as a U.S. military contractor. It produced many of the Cold War-era bomber jackets that transitioned into popular fashion through military surplus. The brand offers many variations of the style now, but the classic MA-1 is always a good look.

Alpha Industries MA-1 Bomber Jacket
Alpha Industries MA-1 Bomber Jacket
The Original
A Canada Goose Faber Bomber in Tempest Blue.
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Canada Goose Faber Bomber

The Harsh Weather Upgrade

While the original bomber was designed to provide a certain amount of protection from the elements, there was certainly room for improvement. Canada Goose went ahead and made those improvements by applying its signature weatherproofing design elements. It may look like a classic bomber, but it can take much more of a beating.

Canada Goose Faber Bomber
Canada Goose Faber Bomber
The Harsh Weather Upgrade
J.Crew Everyday Bomber on a model in jeans and a t-shirt.
J.Crew

J.Crew Everyday Bomber Jacket

The Simplified Versatility

J. Crew took the classic military bomber design and streamlined it for modern versatility. It has a lightweight cotton shell with a thin lining, making it a perfect spring-to-summer layering piece. The solid olive (also available in navy) and lack of external details means you wear this over everything from your favorite graphic tee to a collared shirt and tie.

J.Crew Everyday Bomber Jacket
J.Crew Everyday Bomber Jacket
The Simplified Versatility
Parallel X League Maverick Bomber Jacket on a white background.
Parallel X League

Parallel X League Maverick Bomber Jacket

The Athletic Evolution

Founded by former Major League Baseball player Brandon League, the Parallel X League line combines retro styling with classic silhouettes, like this old-school bomber jacket.

Parallel X League Maverick Bomber Jacket
Parallel X League Maverick Bomber Jacket
The Athletic Evolution
Stone Island Nylon Bomber in light blue with a blank background.
Stone Island

Stone Island Nylon-TC Bomber Jacket

The Classic Updated

Stone Island appreciated the original MA-1 bomber design so much that it only made a few modernizing updates to the jacket. It added a zipper closure chest pocket and tweaked the silhouette to lay more naturally. Of course, it also added its trademark patch to the sleeve. This unlined bomber is perfect for warm weather and layering.

Stone Island Nylon-TC Bomber Jacket
Stone Island Nylon-TC Bomber Jacket
The Classic Updated
The back of a Reigning Champ Stadium Jacket.
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Reigning Champ Logo Stadium Jacket

The Bomber x Varsity Jacket

Reigning Champ took the certain elements from the classic bomber like a satin outer shell, vented side pockets, and elastic cuffs, collar, and bottom. Then it added designs from classic varsity jackets like a snap front closure, striped detailing, and bold branding on the back. The result is an homage to the bomber jacket's evolution into sportswear.

Reigning Champ Logo Stadium Jacket
Reigning Champ Logo Stadium Jacket
The Bomber x Varsity Jacket
The classic Land's End Squall Jacket in Compass Red.
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Land's End Light Weight Squall Jacket

The Beach Bomber

This coastal take on the bomber may recall images of "Baywatch" (the TV show or the movie, depending on your age), but its style bonafides can't be denied. Land's End has been making this signature Squall Jacket since 1983 with only minor tech upgrades. Its take on the bomber is now a preppy classic.

Land's End Light Weight Squall Jacket
Land's End Light Weight Squall Jacket
The Beach Bomber
Private White Moleskin Bomber in Navy on white background.
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Private White Moleskin Bomber

The English Edit

Manchester, England-based brand Private White prides itself on local production and quality above all else. It put an Anglo spin on the American classic by adding suiting style horn buttons and making it out of a moleskin fabric you would typically find in a blazer. The two large cargo pockets in the front add significant functionality.

The Moleskin Bomber
Private White Moleskin Bomber
The English Edit
Kemble Suede Bomber Jacket worn by a model under a gray shirt.
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Allsaints Kemble Suede Bomber

The Luxurious Upgrade

Allsaints makes great leather and suede jackets, and its Kemble Suede Bomber is no exception. It stayed pretty true to the original design but made it out of high-end suede and more refined hardware. This can stand in for a leather racer with casual attire and looks pretty good with a suit.

Allsaints Kemble Suede Bomber
Allsaints Kemble Suede Bomber
The Luxurious Upgrade

There is a reason that bomber jackets went from military surplus shops to fashion boutiques; they look good with almost anything. Their simple silhouette and stripped-down details make bombers one of the most versatile jacket designs in modern fashion. Everyone can fit one into their wardrobe, regardless of their personal style. A good bomber is the ultimate no-brainer outerwear because you don't have to think about whether it will go with your outfit. You know it will, so you can just throw it on.

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