Spring Menswear Inspiration. The Bomber Jacket

Photos by Jacob Medina


Bomber jackets were first produced for pilots in the military. Not to be mistaken for the A1 Jacket, it was originally made out of heavy-duty leather, this classic outerwear has gone through a massive amount of changes and updates throughout fashion history.

Today, what was once a practical pilot jacket comes in almost every style you can think of. Styling it would totally depend on the fit, fabric and season or plain personal choice.

The bomber jacket is one of the most versatile pieces you can have in your wardrobe. Whether casual or smart, oversized or tailored, winter or spring, this jacket never fails to work style-wise. 

A bomber can be identified by its ribbed neckline, cuffs and hem, and front zip closure. Men’s bomber jackets come in a range of styles and fits, from the standard waist length design to longline, and even hooded bomber jackets (not a personal choice for me).


Wearing a Linen Bomber Jacket I purchased in Rome, Italy.


There are plenty of different styles to choose from when it comes to your bomber jacket. Whether it’s casual or smart, neutral or printed, long or short, it is also versatile throughout the year depending on fabrics.

The great thing about this is that the most basic outfit like a white tee and jeans can be layered under your jacket and instantly improved without having to add the bulk of a coat or jumper (think James Dean "Rebel Without a Cause" Style).




A personal tip for me would be; when styling a smart outfit, go classic like leather or suede to work with a pair of tailored trousers. A more casual outfit could be anything from nylon to linen, which would work with chinos and worn denim.

In terms of footwear, a nice pair of trainers, sneakers or tennis shoes would work well with the casual and brogues, loafers and double monks for smart.

A word of advice: stick to lightweight shirts that won’t leave you feeling suffocated – remember that you’re going to be layering a jacket over the top. A shirt in a lighter fabric will feel far more comfortable under your jacket.

If you’re worried about getting cold, pair the jacket with a basic cardigan to add another layer of warmth or take some advice from Steve McQueen and try a rollneck jumper.




The original bomber jacket was a military piece and had to be able to accommodate several layers of uniform and equipment underneath. For this reason, traditional bombers are slightly oversized.

For the regular modern man, however, a uniform is not usually an issue. So to wear one in the modern day means you can afford to opt for a slim fit bomber jacket, or something with a more tailored fit.