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How to Wear a Bomber Jacket, Spring’s Essential Item

This article first appeared on our Men’s Shop blog


If you’ve been searching for inspiration, you have it here: two ideas for how to wear a bomber jacket for spring. This light layer appeals equally to both men and women, so it seemed like the perfect topic for a cross-gender photo shoot using this cool couple.

All images were taken in our hometown of Seattle and feature models Sophia Phillips (also a stylist for us) and her special friend Jesse Brown, the muralist whose works are pictured as well. Photography is by art director Bobby Kelly. Major props go to senior stylist Jodi Taylor for putting together these outfits with commentary and links.

We should point out that Sophia’s bomber, seen above, is a men’s jacket. When it comes to bombers, “men’s” and “women’s” aren’t incredibly meaningful designations. Wear what looks right and call it good!

And keep Jodi’s words of wisdom in mind.

SHOP: rag & bone bomber (“Focus” bomber, seen on Jesse above, available in select stores) | Levi’s jeans | Bedwin & the Heartbreakers reversible bomber | Topshop crop top | Topshop jeans

–Andrew Matson

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Slightly more heavyweight bombers are good transitional pieces between seasons. The quilting is cool on Jesse’s jacket here; it’s a nice detail accentuated by wearing the jacket buttoned up. Accessorizing with a beanie is a good move. And you’ll notice the hem is unfinished, not bunched up like a lot of bombers; that makes this jacket look more like a standalone coat and less like a layering piece. Sophia’s wearing a guy’s jacket—you can’t really tell because bombers are pretty much unisex—and it’s slightly oversized on her. To play against the larger style of the jacket, the rest of what she’s wearing is fitted—tighter jeans, cropped shirt—a feminine silhouette contrasting the more masculine piece.


These outfits demonstrate slightly more dressed-up ways to style the bomber jacket. These are both pretty dark outfits, which are safe bets for office environments. It’s like a dressed-down blazer, especially lighter-weight bombers like these. It works with collared shirts: casual button-downs, polos. For guys, I would say point collar or button-down collar. For women a polo is good, a button-down collar is good; crewneck sweaters and simple knit dresses work too. Just make sure the necklines don’t compete: the collar should lie nicely under the jacket, as a spread-collar dress shirt would be bulky and awkward. When in doubt, choose a simpler, more casual shirt.

SHOP: Todd Snyder bomber | Obey shirtBP. bomber | Public School polo dress

Jodi Taylor