What we now call bomber jackets were initially known as flight jackets—outerwear worn by military pilots to keep 'em warm in unheated fighter planes. Today, the versatile jacket has eclipsed its practical roots to become a total closet essential that’s beloved by street style stars like Rihanna, the Hadids, and Kendall Jenner. Plus, luxe design houses like Valentino, Loewe, and Max Mara have whipped up their own stylish renditions of the classic from time to time.
What's awesome about the bomber jacket is that there are so many styles to choose from—and they work for every sort of outfit! Wearing athleisure or somethin' sporty? You'll want to throw on a bomber with more of a chill vibe, so go for an oversized look. Opting for cargo pants? Keep it casual with a regular fitted style. Wanna go glam? Then a sleek, satin bomber jacket is your ticket to elevated chicness. And if you wanna show off your high-waisted pants (we get it, because same), the cropped bomber is the best choice. We've got 'em all in this roundup!
Our top picks for the best bomber jacket for women of 2022:
this oversized bomberH&M Oversized Bomber Jacket Read More
this fashion-forward bomber jacketAliette Bomber Jacket Read More
this bestselling bomberAthleta Point Reyes Bomber II Read More
this bright bomber jacketadidas by Stella McCartney Bomber Read More
this everyday bomber jacketEverlane The Bomber Jacket Read More
Whether you need a jacket for spring or are looking for lightweight outerwear for summer, a good bomber jacket is a wardrobe must-have and the perf transitional piece. To cover up while looking chic in any and every season, we've gathered 12 of the best bomber jackets, below. Your everyday jacket is in this list!
- street style perfection
- a few reviewers said the jacket swallowed them or that they felt like a marshmallow
High speed ahead—just looking at this big and bold bomber jacket makes us want to hit up to the race tracks. Heads up: You may have to size down on this one, depending how oversized a look you’re after!
Rave Review: "This is the perfect oversized jacket," says a reviewer. "The sleeves aren’t super long. I’m shorter so the length covers my behind. It’s roomy enough to fit a pullover hoodie under. I think you could go a size up if you wanted, but I feel like there’s no need. The sayings on the jacket aren’t too corny, either."
- there's a matching skirt
- may have to size up
- final sale
It's giving bomber meets the runway. This quilted jacket will def stand out no matter the setting, and it’s ideal for fans of neon brights and funky silhouettes!
- a gorge mauve
- lots of positive reviews
- sleeves are short
This highly-reviewed jacket will look super cute on your dress down days. Pair it with some joggers and you'll never want to take it off. Trust.
Rave Review: "This is a beautiful shade of mauve, stylish, and comfortable," writes one reviewer. "Someone comments about how cute it is every time I wear it!"
- machine washable
- no other colors
Add a dose of joy in your closet with this bright, wind resistant jacket! You'll probably want the matching tights, too.
- light, breathable cotton
- slightly oversized so you may want to size down
According to reviews, this classic jacket has attitude and is totally worth the closet space. It's the ideal piece for transitioning from spring to summer temps, so we totally agree.
Rave Review: "This jacket is just the right warmth for those cool spring days and nights," writes a reviewer. "It's slightly oversized, which I love, and even the sleeves are long enough for my long arms. This is my third Everyone jacket and I keep coming back because of the quality, customer service and fit!"
- Elasticized cuffs and hem
- only one hue available
Is green your color? Then you're gonna need to add this quilted number to your arsenal!
- material feels heavenly
- size down
We love a satin jacket, so obvi we’re smitten by this ivory number! It's effortlessly chic.
Rave Review: "Such a lovely jacket," writes one reviewer. "You can dress it up or down. I usually buy a large but had to get a medium. So pretty!"
- versatile staple
- fabric may fray
An easy, go-to jacket? Yes, please! This one is super cute and matches everything. You'll be reaching for this winner on repeat; it's an essential layering staple for spring, summer, and early fall.
Rave Review: "This jacket runs a little bit large," one reviewer writes. "I initially ordered a small, but when I got it, it was a little too frumpy on me, so I exchanged for an extra small and it's perfect now. This is a great light jacket for autumn and spring. It's not going to keep you very warm, but does a good job on a day with the sun out in 60s-75s temps. Such a staple for my wardrobe. I love it!"
- unique style
- skirt sold separately
Did someone ask for denim with a twist? This patchwork bomber jacket is part of a set and will fulfill all of your vintage jeans dreams.
- oversized pockets
- boxy shape
We hear this gorge taupe color calling your name. Plus, we're lovin' the cropped silhouette and huge pockets you can fit basically anything and everything into!
Rave Review: "This is now my favorite jacket," says one reviewer. "Topshop's quality never lets me down! Thanks, ASOS!"
- gorge embroidered logo
- steep price
Splurge-worthy? We think so. This dope satin bomber with faux leather detailing is givin' serious L.A. cool girl vibes.
- ribbed neck and cuffs
- hefty price tag!
Let's get into the deets: this satin bomber jacket features a layered, contrasting pinstripe shirt. So basically, it's two outfits in one!
Ok, can bomber jackets really be worn in the summer?
Depending on the material, YES, bomber jackets can totally be worn in warmer temps. In fact, you can throw one on all year long, if you're into layering! If you're wondering what optimal bomber jacket weather is, keep in mind that the fall and spring seasons are best to wear the style but layering with cozier, thicker materials will come in handy in the cooler months.
Here's how to choose the best bomber jacket for yourself:
We know, We know. We gave amazing options so you may not know what you're gravitating towards to the most. Ask yourself these two questions and go from there!
Do you want to make a statement?
- If you answered yes, then go for a super bright colored, a patterned, or embroidered bomber jacket. You're also likely to want to wear one that has some shine to it.
Do you want something for everyday?
- If you answered yes, then you should go for denim or a bomber jacket that's neutral-toned (think white, black, military green, and browns).
So, how did we choose these bomber jackets?
Cosmo’s team of digital fashion experts—which includes Fashion Features Director Rachel Torgerson, Fashion Editor Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien, and Contributing Fashion Features Director Alexandra Ilyashov—have decades of combined experience in the industry. They spot relevant trends on the runway before they even hit your TikTok FYP or Insta Explore Page and conduct research across retailers of all kinds—testing many brands IRL—to bring you the best clothing and accessory picks for every season. Basically, we’ve curated the internet to bring you the chicest options like it’s our job (because it is, heh).
Each of our shopping articles adheres to the 15 Percent Pledge and includes products for all sizes. These bomber jackets were chosen based off of style, price point, and we read through SO. MANY. REVIEWS. to put together this shoppable list of the very best bomber jackets for you!