Bomber Jackets Are Back Again—These Are the 26 That Fashion People Are Wearing

The bomber jacket is one of those rare fail-safe pieces that never go out of style. It might fade from the spotlight now and again, but it usually takes just one designer or brand to reignite the spark and breathe new life into the tried-and-tested outerwear style. 

This time around, The Frankie Shop is to credit for the revival. We wrote a whole piece praising the NYC label’s sell-out Astra Shell Jacket, a cult buy we’re pretty sure stirred up a fresh wave of flight jacket appreciation. And for autumn/winter AW22, all signs (and catwalks) are pointing to the trend being bigger than ever. From Givenchy’s ultra-cropped shapes to waist-synching designs by Sacai and Prada, the runways communicated it clear as day: bomber jackets are having a major moment.

What is it about this item that keeps us coming back for more? With military origins, the bomber is synonymous with practicality and versatility. And while 2022 versions might prioritise aesthetics over performance, the fact remains that when it comes to cover-ups, there are few options as fitted for everyday wear.


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As a fan of low-effort fashion myself, I can instantly recognise the bomber jacket's #1 virtue: effortlessness. It's fuss-free, easy to style and can be seamlessly carried from season to season— particularly through the upcoming shift from summer to autumn. 

With this in mind, I consulted my most-trusted stylists and editors to whittle down the finest ones on offer now. We can all close our eyes and picture a classic bomber, but some of these creative iterations may surprise you (hello, pink leather!). I won't keep you waiting—scroll on for our round-up of the best bomber jackets for women.

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Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer. After receiving an Audrey Hepburn box set for her 10th birthday and subsequently swooning over the actor’s wardrobe, Bébhinn felt pretty confident she wanted a career that involved clothes. She started her first blog at age 14—the title was a pun, but we’ll leave it at that—and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor for Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and updated takes on classic designs. 

While she still loves Audrey Hepburn films, these days, Bébhinn’s sartorial taste sits closer to Annie Hall’s and Alexa Chung’s. In her spare time, she’s likely cooing over cute dogs on rescue websites, playing folk songs on her guitar and browsing bookshops for new additions to her already-overpacked shelves.