Bomber jackets seem to be on trend this fall/winter season. Good news as they are a great way to ramp up your masculine aesthetic.
There are a lot of retailers making bomber jackets right now but there’s one jacket in particular that I want to highlight. It comes from the fast fashion retailer H&M.
Although I’m not a big fan of fast fashion I know many of my readers are budget conscious and are interested in improving their style without having to break the bank. The one good thing about fast fashion is that it allows you to try out a new item to see if it works with your style without having to drop top dollar right away. If you find that you like the piece you could always upgrade at a later time.
For this article I want to discuss the Cotton Bomber Jacket by H&M and how best to wear it.
Although the quality of this jacket leaves a lot to be desired, the overall style and aesthetic is on point. And at $40 I consider this to be a good buy for those of you looking to experiment with a bomber jacket this season.
In terms of how best to wear it, let me give you a few examples ranging from casual to dressed up:
Casual Bomber Style
The first look is the most casual of the three and incredibly easy to wear. A lot of guys are under the impression that you have to dress “fancy” in order to stand out. Not true. An outfit like this will blow most guys out of the water. Dressing better than your peers really is that easy.
In this look I’ve paired the H&M Cotton Bomber Jacket with a basic v-neck t-shirt from Uniqlo, 770 Straight Fit Jeans in raw selvedge denim by J.Crew, some clean white Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, a nice brown leather strap watch by MVMT, and some slick Ray Ban Aviators.
Some additional notes about this look:
- I always prefer the v-neck t-shirt over the crew neck t-shirt as it does a better job of framing and highlighting your face.
- If you find it a bit chilly in the mornings where you live feel free to throw on a nice jumper (sweater) over top of the v-neck t-shirt for an additional layer. You can always peel it off later once it gets warmer.
- Dark denim jeans are always a great move. Easily the most versatile pair of jeans you will own and they look great in this outfit.
- The sneakers are in line with the casual aesthetic of this look but you could always swap them out for a nice pair of desert boots if you so choose.
Stepped Up Bomber Style
This second outfit is what I consider to be a stepped up casual look. It’s a slightly more elevated look than your run-of-the-mill t-shirt and jeans outfit. If you need to look a bit more polished than your peers but not all gussied up, then this what you want to wear:
In this look I’ve paired the H&M Cotton Bomber Jacket with a beautiful long sleeve polo shirt by Bonobos, a pair of 770 stretch cord trousers by J.Crew, Red Wing Iron Ranger work boots, and a nice brown full grain leather belt by Florsheim.
What makes this look a little bit more formal than the previous look is the addition of a collared shirt (long sleeve polo) and the footwear (leather boots). These items elevate the look slightly without giving it too much of a dressed up feel. Cords are also an awesome option for the fall/winter season.
Dressed Up Bomber Style
This last look is what I consider to be a “formal” or “dressed up” look. This is about as dressed up I’d wear this particular bomber jacket:
In this look I’ve combined the H&M Cotton Bomber Jacket with a plain white button up shirt by J.Crew, a pair of 770 stretch chinos also by J.Crew, a simple brown leather braided belt by L.L Bean and a pair of brown suede Chelsea boots by Clarks.
This is a great look for the office or for any occasion where you need to be “dressed up” but not exactly “shirt and tie” dressed up.
Could you wear a tie with this look?
You certainly could, but I don’t think this particular bomber jacket is the best candidate. You’d need something a bit more refined than this. Perhaps something in suede like this one by ASOS:
Or if you really have deep pockets then this beauty from Burberry:
Here are a few examples of what I mean:
These nicer, sleeker bomber jackets work very well with a shirt and tie whereas the H&M Cotton Bomber just doesn’t have the goods to be worn with a tie.
Bomber jackets are going to be big this fall/winter season but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank in order to cop the look. Check out the H&M Cotton Bomber Jacket. For $40 it’s an affordable way to experiment with your style in order to see if a bomber jacket is worth making a permanent addition to your wardrobe.
Here’s to looking sharp!