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.
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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