Jump aboard the MA-1 jacket trend wagon, your military goes high-fashion essential. Discover our edit of the best bomber jackets to shop in 2016
Bomber jackets are a staple of the men’s wardrobe which comes from military history.
Like other pieces of the men’s closet, the bomber jacket, or flight jacket, finds its roots as a garment usually reserved to military pilots.
In the beginning of the 20th century, cockpits were not enclosed, so pilots had to wear clothing that would keep them warm and be practical at the same time.
First made of leather and adorned with a fur collar, the bomber jacket soon evolved to the shape we all know and love today.
Nowadays, thanks to the efforts of designers such as Helmut Lang and Raf Simons, bomber jackets are back on the front of the menswear scene in all their orange and olive green glory.
Discover our edit of the best men’s bomber jackets for every budget.
ASOS Jersey Bomber Jacket With Snaps In Khaki
Coming at the very reasonable price of £20, this bomber jacket from ASOS is in the historical khaki colour that made the MA-1 such an iconic piece of the men’s wardrobe.
River Island Teal Blue Collar Bomber Jacket
Because bomber jackets are not limited to one colour, this piece from River Island is versatile and will look great with everything from your favourite button-down to the timeless white t-shirt.
Sixth June Bomber Jacket
Sixth June is a French brand which focusses heavily on streetwear.
This jacket from the French label comes with all the elements you’d expect on a classic bomber jacket (the zip pocket on the sleeve and two front flap pockets) with intricate detailing such as branding at the hem and removable straps.
Topman Camel Wool Bomber Jacket
British weather has not seen the nicest climates recently.
With heavy rain and temperatures way below the seasonal average, the only way to survive sartorially is to layer.
Thankfully, this bomber jacket from Topman is here to save the day.
Brixtol Bomber Jacket with Pocket
Brixtol is a Swedish brand which takes its inspiration from 60’s mod England (how appropriate!)
Their bomber jackets are already favourites of menswear aficionados, and this burgundy piece with its ribbed contrast collar, hem and cuffs sure packs a punch.
ALPHA INDUSTRIES Classic Ma-1 Jacket
Alpha Industries are the original creators of the bombardier jacket (which definitely is something to brag about).
This modern twist on the classic design sports the original high-vis inner lining, sleeve pocket and the ‘Remove before flight’ keychain.
Valentino Camo MA-1 Bomber Jacket
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are the dynamic duo behind Maison Valentino.
On your mission to finding the perfect flight jacket (see what we did here?) and if you are one to value beautiful craftsmanship and incredible camouflage prints, Valentino literally has you covered.
As it is the most high-end jacket on our list, it should also be seen as an investment piece (remember, bomber jackets are timeless).