This Jacket Makes Every Outfit Look Instantly Cooler

Take a quick peek at your jacket collection. You probably own a tried-and-true leather jacket (and if you don't, we found the coolest ones), a sleek and office-friendly blazer you can wear for work and play (the best blazer outfits are here), and an always classic French-girl staple: a trench coat. If you already own these three styles, you're on the right track to having a well-rounded outerwear selection that will help seamlessly transition into the cold-weather months. (If you don't, we've created bountiful roundups of the aforementioned picks that you can shop from the comfort of your home—see the links above.)

What brings us here today, however, is a fourth jacket we highly recommend investing in to fully complete your collection—and it's one that makes every outfit look instantly cooler. Any guesses? We're talking about the bomber jacket, an outerwear piece that was originally created for pilots and has now become an integral layering piece fashion girls have been turning to tackle that tricky transition weather.

The styling options of a bomber jacket are truly bountiful. Wear it over a sweatshirt-and-jeans look or throw it over a summery dress to make it a bit more seasonally appropriate. In short, it's a must-have in your fall rotation, and the below bomber jacket outfits will certainly convince you to invest in one (or two) if you haven't already—although, you can never have too many, right? Read on to see our favorite looks, all of which incorporate a bomber jacket, and then shop the best styles on the market right now.


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Style a bomber jacket over a sweatshirt for a super-cozy look.


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We can't resist a shearling bomber jacket—can you?


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Take an LWD into fall by throwing a printed bomber jacket on top. Add in tights and swap the heels for boots when it gets too cold.


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Do the double jacket trend by layering a bomber over a jean jacket.


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We're obsessed with this outfit pairing.


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Polka-dot dress + high-top white Converse + bomber jacket = a favorite fall outfit.


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For the office, team a printed bomber with a pair of trousers.


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Hiking boots and a bomber jacket go so well together.


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Up the coolness of a simple tee-and-jeans look by throwing on a bomber jacket.


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We're crazy for monochrome.


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Another great shoe-and–bomber jacket pairing? Snakeskin-print booties and a forest green jacket.


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Match your bomber jacket to your shoes.


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Wear your bomber jacket draped over your shoulders.


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You'll want to live in a faux-fur bomber jacket once the temperatures seriously drop.


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Transition your favorite summer tank top into fall by layering a bomber jacket on top.

Next up, shop another fall layering essential: long cardigans.

Eva Thomas