37 Outfits That Prove Your Bomber Jacket Is Still Well Worth Wearing

We almost cannot move across cyberspace for bumping into excellent shots of well-dressed girls wearing bomber jackets. This past month's boom hasn't played out on the runway but rather the international pavements of fashion week. The A/W 17 runways weren't full of them, but seeing as sport-luxe continues to be significant, it means that athleisure looks can still be found in highly influential places (see the likes of Gucci and Vetements)—and where would that trend be without a bomber or two? A united tribe of tastemakers has spent the past few weeks eschewing all other options to power through the cold winter weather with one jacket only. Coats? What are coats?


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The thing we hadn't considered before was just how versatile this little piece can be. Not only can we now see how many ways such an item can be restyled to suit your wardrobe's personality, but the actual gamut of bomber jacket styles runs from the classic (like an MA1 flight jacket) through to more adventurous silk-satin embroidered versions favoured by Olivia Palermo and Chelsea Leyland. Whether brand-new (and selling fast) or vintage, each and every girl can find a bomber to suit—and then shape it into a unique look. Scroll through this gallery to see the 37 ways you could wear one today—and shop the available pieces.


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Style Notes: Roberta Bentler championed the Saint Laurent cropped padded bomber, seen here styling up her khaki piece with slim-leg trousers and a Simon Miller bag.


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Style Notes: Kate Davidson Hudson gives her fail-safe denim look a new-season edge, wearing her cropped Balenciaga bomber jacket part zipped and off the shoulder.


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Style Notes: Caroline Issa proved bombers don't need to be khaki, styling hers with tonal berry pieces for the ultimate off-duty outfit.


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Style Notes: Why not sling your oversize bomber on over a floaty floral dress with jeans and boots like Tiffany Hsu did?


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Style Notes: Diletta Bonaiuti is another fan of the achingly cool Saint Laurent padded bomber, and if jeans are just not your thing styling-wise, take your cue from Diletta, and ditch the denim and trainers in favour of a statement boot–and–maxi skirt combo.


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Style Notes: Liu Wen teamed her pink satin Miu Miu bomber with wide-leg jeans and classic loafers for the ultimate weekend look.


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Style Notes: Karlie Kloss took a trip to the men's department to get her bomber jacket fix, seen in last season's Dolce & Gabbana men's version.


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Style Notes: Hailey Baldwin took the trend to the gym, pairing her Fear of God jacket with leggings and a hoodie for the ultimate athleisure ensemble.


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Style Notes: We can always rely on Kate Moss to provide evening styling inspo. Spotted wearing Louis Vuitton's men's bomber jacket, this look makes us want to sling on something silky, stat.


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Style Notes: Make like Olga Karput, and give last year's denim flares a new lease of life with a badged bomber.


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Style Notes: Ever the ultra-feminine dresser, Natasha Goldenberg pairs a cropped silhouette with a full printed midi skirt.


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Style Notes: A favourite for off-duty-models, an oversize bomber is a good match for wide-leg trousers, especially when in all black.


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Style Notes: Use master layering expert Margaret Zhang as a muse, and pop a slim-fit bomber jacket under a light coat on those unpredictable weather days.


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Style Notes: Mademoiselle Yulia employs her quilted cover-up as a way to make a thigh-slit dress feel more casual.


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Style Notes: Lily Donaldson took on the statement sleeve trend wearing last season's Burberry bomber jacket.


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Style Notes: Think the bomber can't look elegant? Think again. Leila Yavari made her Valentino embroidered bomber look effortlessly chic with the addition of a black wide-leg trouser, knit and heels.


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Style Notes: Like blogger Irina Lakicevic, wear a classic utility flight jacket with a chic roll-neck for work.


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Style Notes: If you're a glamourpuss all the way like Giovanna Battaglia, look out for bomber jackets rendered in evening fabrics such as velvet.


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Style Notes: Miroslava Duma knows that pointed black heels are a good choice for upping the fashion factor of straight-leg jeans and a bomber jacket.


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Style Notes: Yes, you can wear your bomber after dark. See how Pixie Geldof casually pairs hers with her striking red ensemble?


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Style Notes: Keep your look fresh, and wear yours much like Samantha Angelo with slouchy trousers and a fine knit.


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Style Notes: Why not take things into extreme territory, and pair your bomber with high-shine trousers like Chiara Capitani?


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Style Notes: Model Madison Stubbington gives her zip-up a jaunty new look with the simple addition of a knotted silk scarf around her neck.


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Style Notes: Take your cue from Soraya Bakhtiar, and let your bomber do all the talking.


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Style Notes: Liu Wen's Tory Burch jacket is tempting us to try something with subtle striped detailing.


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Style Notes: Funda Christophersen's classic khaki bomber jacket provides the simplest (and chicest) outfit inspiration to copy.


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Style Notes: Why not top and tail your favourite skinny jeans with metallic like Chelsea Leyland?


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Style Notes: Pernille Teisbaek brings utility gear into a more luxe realm with the addition of a Louis Vuitton handbag and gold earrings.


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Style Notes: Gilda Ambrosio takes a leaf out of the menswear styling books by only fastening her bomber jacket at the neck—great for showing off a dress without freezing.


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Style Notes: Create a more flattering line like Emmanuelle Alt by belting a jumbo jacket over skinny jeans.


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Style Notes: You'll soon see how versatile this shade of military green is—it's particularly good as a backdrop for popping prints.


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Style Notes: Another day, another way for Gilda Ambrosio to restyle the idea of a bomber jacket. Here she's wearing one over sparkling layers to soften them for day.


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Style Notes: Olivia Palermo proves that the silky bomber and leather trousers are a match made in heaven.


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Style Notes: Alina Gelzina plays smart against casual by shoulder-robing her bomber jacket against a bright white shirt.


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Style Notes: As sleeves are oh so important right now, scrunch yours up like Chiara Capitani.


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Style Notes: Who says you can't wear a flight jacket with a fancy floral dress? Claire Beermann does this combination justice.

Next up, the biggest autumn/winter 2017 fashion trends you need to know about. 

Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and MatchesFashion.com, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits.

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