With a massive subcultural history in tow, the bomber jacket's timeless status is unquestioned. Though it's always a part of the fall, winter, and even summer wardrobe cast, the first menswear show of the Prada and Raf Simons story just made it the star. A signature of Raf's portfolio, the duo took classic bomber jackets, lined them with contrasting patterns, and added Prada-logoed arm pouches for the modern audience.
The duo isn't the first to offer a new spin, though. Since its repurposed popularity in the ’50s, the bomber has been adopted by countless subcultures, from punk to hip hop, and yet still holds strong as one of the most popular casual items available. Almost every label has tried its hand at the bomber jacket and that’s another reason why it remains an essential wardrobe addition. With Raf and Miuccia's take on the MA-1 firmly on the mind, we picked out some of the best around right now that'll help make the wait for the duo's FW21 collection more bearable.
From iconic pieces by Alpha Industries to a current season option by Prada, we're serving up one clear argument for why the bomber jacket might be the most versatile piece in your wardrobe this winter and way beyond.
Scroll for some of the best bomber jackets around right now.
NOAH looks to traditional waxed-cotton hunting jackets for inspiration on this bomber jacket. A tartan collar combines with a water-repellant, eye-catching yellow body complete with flap pockets to the waist and a NOAH logo patch to the arm.
Uniqlo keeps things completely classic with this black MA-1 jacket. Elasticated cuffs, hem, and collar retain heat while a pocket to the left arm offers an authentic bomber-jacket touch. You don't have to pay Prada prices for a good one.
Embroidered Satin Bomber Jacket
Casablanca doesn’t really do understated. Strong graphic detailing has carved out a unique place for the label and the embroidered motif to the reverse of this satin bomber jacket continues in true Casablanca style.
APC is always a safe bet when you’re on the hunt for staples. The khaki Birmingham Bomber Jacket carries all the classic bomber jacket characteristics that we look for: a zipped pocket to the arm, slant pockets, and a natural-tone lining.
Rugged meets refined for this Off-White™ bomber jacket. An elegant, traditional satin construction marries with black rib-knit cuffs and a tonal embroidered logo to the chest while an industrial-style bent nail pull finishes the piece in silver to the arm.
adidas Originals Terrex
adidas answers the call for technical gear again via its Terrex line. Perfect for those next-level hiking looks.
Quilted Bomber Jacket
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The shorter, cropped outerwear silhouette is a big look across menswear collections at the moment and this option from Random Identities fits the bill snugly.
MA-1 Rib-Trimmed Bomber Jacket
An OG of the bomber jacket game, Alpha Industries started making military-grade bombers way back in 1963. Trust its lengthy experience.
Polo Ralph Lauren
Two mainstays of America unite here in a simple navy bomber by Ralph. Coated in a windproof finish and perfect for season transitioning.
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