No matter the outfit or the time of year, the best bomber jackets for women are true wardrobe essentials. Because they’re lighter than winter outerwear and shorter than trench coats, they lend themselves well to layering—the secret to any truly incredible outfit. Plus, their utilitarian vibe is easy to style; lean into it with cargo pants, a plain T-shirt, and white sneakers, or contrast it with an airy skirt and strappy sandals. You can’t go wrong.
Picking the right bomber, though, takes some work. First, some background: The style has military roots, and although there’s no one specific look, you know one when you see one. Traditional bombers are typically made from shiny fabric shell and feature rib-knit collars and cuffs. Flight jackets, which are usually made from leather and often have shearling collars, are also often referred to as bombers; you’ll find a mix of both here.
To help you complete your collection, we scoured our favorite brands for the bestsellers you need to know about. From water-resistant spring coats to slick leather jackets, trendy faux-fur coats to Kendall Jenner–worthy racing jackets, these are the bombers worth investing in right now.
The best bomber jackets for women, at a glance
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