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The Best Bomber Jackets for the Cold-Weather Months

The drop in temperature requires this standard piece.
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A hallmark item in classic menswear, the bomber jacket has its roots in the military as it was first worn by air force pilots just after World War II. The '70s saw the introduction of the military garment into the mainstream, marking its crossover to civilian wear. 

What is a bomber jacket? 

Also known as the MA-1 flight jacket, the bomber jacket was introduced in the '50s, when the development of the jet aircraft required new clothing that would keep pilots safe and comfortable but not impede their movement or speed. With new jets able to fly higher altitudes, fabric that can wick away moisture and prevent freezing was needed and so the jacket was constructed in nylon. The first jackets were produced in midnight blue and sage green.  

In the past years, the bomber jacket has become a definitive style piece and a new classic. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn’t wearing one on his back. With the cool breeze of the -ber months now here, it's is a good time to shop for a bomber jacket.  

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From cool MA-1 reproductions to slick, contemporary versions, here are some of the best bomber jackets to get just in time for the holidays. 

Alpha Industries

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A list of the best bomber jackets should include Alpha Industries—it is, after all, the original maker of the MA-1 bomber jackets. The company offers jackets in the same authentic, boxy fit that pilots sported while manning their aircraft, but in current colors like maroon and golden yellow (aside from the original navy). Its bomber jacket is a classic with good reason—whether you’re a fan of heritage or simply want to look cool, you can never go wrong with its signature puffy fit. 

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Beams T x Nike

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Japanese menswear brand Beams has collaborated yet again with Nike to come up with a bomber jacket that exudes collegiate cool. The jacket combines a quilted turquoise lining and a soft fit with hardier details like exposed stitches and plaid flannel sleeves. Best worn with a crewneck tee, chinos, and sneakers. 

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Pull & Bear x Stranger Things 3

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Stranger Things fans will get a kick out of this bomber jacket's geek-chic design and the puffy yet streamlined silhouette reminiscent of fits in the '80s. Its olive khaki hue makes the bright embroidered logo and zip detail stand out even more. 

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Golden Bear

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Golden Bear’s take on the flight jacket is more polished: warm and refined wool fabric with tan leather trims on the pockets. Best worn on dressed-up occasions that require an oxford button-down shirt. 

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Topman 

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This bomber jacket in a light stone color is a great addition to the trend-lover's wardrobe. This will pair nicely with stark or bright colors and punchy prints. 

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The Real McCoy’s

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If your heart is set on mean reproductions of vintage bomber jackets, then look to The Real McCoy’s, a label that makes Type MA-1 flight jackets. Its modern take on nylon (a custom fabric) lends the green-meets-gunmetal hue a stylish sheen. 

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Saint Laurent 

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No one makes a statement jacket like Saint Laurent. Its plush take on the vintage varsity jacket features rich shades of red that are perfect for fall. The white leather trim makes this jacket stand out, too. This is for the man who likes polish in his outfit.

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H&M 

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Leave it to H&M to put its own spin on on-trend clothing. Featuring rugged details like a gray camo print and photo patches, this quilted bomber jacket is for those who embrace a younger and more urban aesthetic. 

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Neil Barrett 

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This color-block, cotton-blend bomber jacket by English designer Neil Barrett showcases a graphic aesthetic with its punch of color and understated details. Wear with a monochromatic outfit and plain white sneakers. 

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Uniqlo 

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From the leather-look zipper tab to the side sleeve pocket, this classic jacket exemplifies Uniqlo's attention to detail. It also comes in a versatile olive-gray color that recalls the bomber jacket's aviation roots. 

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Hamilton and Hare

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For indoor wear, consider this waffle-knit bomber jacket by Hamilton and Hare. It comes in a light and breathable cotton fabric with a relaxed and streamlined fit that’s reminiscent of a cardigan. Its understated navy color will go well with almost everything. 

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