It’s the most wonderful time of the year — at least for menswear. With a slight crisp in the morning air, the glory that is jacket season is upon us. With the trend of souvenir and pilot jackets taken over every street style picture you can find on the interwebs — here are 8 of the best bomber jackets on the net under $500.
Cockpit USA $495.00
This is quite possibly the most luxe and plush bomber jacket on this list. Cockpit USA introduced this style during the spring and I had the chance to try it on during a visit to their awe-inspiring showroom (they take appointments from the public). Crafted from goat calfskin w/ knit cuffs and waistband, this Made In the USA beauty drapes the body like it was custom-made for you.
Came Waxed Bomber Jacket
Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply $265.00
Camo has staked its claim as the pattern that isn’t going anywhere — and this wax cotton jacket is one of the purest iterations of the fatigue print. The slim fit and waist band that fall right at your natural waist makes the perfect gateway camo outerwear piece.
Lion Back Logo Bomber
Versus Back Logo Bomber $437.37
For the minimalist that wants a bomber jacket with a futuristic feel this Versus jacket is right up your alley. The lion logo is full-on Versace Medusa head, but, it doesn’t look so “look at me”. Composition this jacket is a mix of spandex, cotton, elastic & nylon — which really comes off as neoprene. With this particular mix, this jacket should be lighter than expected.
Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman, Jumpman! Ok, this isn’t a Jordan Brand jacket, but, it’s definitely poised to jump over the competition. With a varsity motif, the smart detailing is what set’s it apart from the crowd . The perforated white leather detailing on the shoulder might be the number one selling piece — but, you’ll need to head to the Gilt site to see it up close.
The Anza Linen Bomber
A three season bomber, this linen jacket is rich in color, texture and details. Horn buttons takes this jacket from basic outerwear to a menswear staple. Rock it with a pair of tailored navy pants and white leather sneakers for a true & stylish nod to American sportswear.
Reversible Embroidered Eagle Souvenir Bomber Jacket
The trend of the moment, the souvenir jacket has taken streets & runways by storm. A blast from the past, the souvenir has its origins in post World War II style from American soldiers visiting Japan & China during their tours of duty (Hypebeast). Topman might have some of the best-selling souvenir jackets not the market and this reversible piece is easily one of their top sellers.
Printed Flight Jacket
Alpha Industries $221.03
With an exploded paisley print in the color of the fall, this flight jacket from Alpha Industries is a standout piece of outerwear. Alpha Industries is synonymous with flight jacket, always design products with the best fit — and extreme warmth (i have a two-toned green & black version).
If cozy is king, this quilted bomber wears the crown. From Todd Snyder’s x Champion collaboration collection, this woven jersey bomber is soft, warm and the perfect transition piece. Peep the two-way zipper details (all menswear geek drool), this is a quality design element that’s make wearing a jacket easier — no more bunching at the waist when you sit.
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM