Sometimes, trendy items buck the regular fashion cycle and end up becoming staple pieces in our wardrobes. One item that seems to be standing the test of time is the simple bomber jacket.
Essentially a short jacket similar to a flight jacket but with a thick lining, the bomber comes and goes as it pleases. It reappears just often enough to give it status as an iconic piece.
If you want a new way to dress up that old bomber jacket you have in your closet, or a new one you just added to your wardrobe, here are some celebrity takes on the classic piece of outerwear to use as inspiration.
1. Diane Kruger’s Pink-and-Black Satin Bomber Jacket
The National Treasure actress wore an ensemble from the Valentino Resort 2017 collection.
Diane Kruger wore a bomber jacket over a long button-down top and a sheer lace skirt (Credit: WENN/ FayesVision/ Alan West/ Will Alexander/ TNYF)
The ensemble consisted of a pink-and-black satin bomber jacket worn over a long button-down top and a sheer lace skirt. Her outfit was completed with Christian Louboutin’s Pigalle Follies pumps.
Diane Kruger wears a pink-and-black satin bomber jacket at AOL Build in New York City on August 10, 2016 (Credit: WENN/ FayesVision/ Alan West/ Will Alexander/ TNYF)
2. Emma Roberts’ Reflective Green Bomber Jacket
The successful movie actress donned a reflective green bomber jacket from the Coach 1941 Resort 2017 collection.
Emma Roberts wore the jacket with a studded mini skirt, which is also from the same brand and collection, and a floral top to soften the look.
Emma Roberts flaunts her sexy legs in a studded mini skirt (Credit: WENN/ FayesVision/ Alan West/ Will Alexander/ TNYF)
She capped it off with Saint Laurent’s patent leather “Paris” skinny pumps and Loren Stewart safety pin earrings.
Emma Roberts rocks a reflective green bomber jacket while attending the FOX Summer TCA Press Tour at Soho House in Los Angeles, California, on August 8, 2016 (Credit: WENN/ FayesVision/ Alan West/ Will Alexander/ TNYF)
3. Pixie Lott’s Varsity Bomber Jacket
The singer and theater actress used a varsity bomber jacket to elevate her simple denim shorts and a white top.
Pixie Lott flaunts her sexy legs in simple denim shorts and a white top (Credit: WENN/ FayesVision/ Alan West/ Will Alexander/ TNYF)
Pixie Lott accessorized with black flat sandals and a pair of sunglasses.
Pixie Lott leaving the Haymarket Theatre in denim hot pants and a red varsity bomber jacket in London on August 23, 2016 (Credit: WENN/ FayesVision/ Alan West/ Will Alexander/ TNYF)
4. Hailey Baldwin’s Green Teddy Jacket
The relatively short model also had the same styling idea as Pixie Lott. She wore a green Saint Laurent “Teddy” jacket with a pair of Armani denim shorts and a white top.
Hailey Baldwin flaunts her legs in Armani denim shorts and a white top (Credit: WENN/ FayesVision/ Alan West/ Will Alexander/ TNYF)
Hailey Baldwin wears Saint Laurent’s Classic Teddy jacket in TriBeCa on August 22, 2016 (Credit: WENN/ FayesVision/ Alan West/ Will Alexander/ TNYF)
5. January Jones’ Track Bomber Jacket
January Jones in black cropped pants and Kurt Geiger Bond pumps (Credit: WENN/ FayesVision/ Alan West/ Will Alexander/ TNYF)
January Jones wears a track bomber jacket while attending the FOX Summer TCA Press Tour at Soho House in Los Angeles, California, on August 8, 2016 (Credit: WENN/ FayesVision/ Alan West/ Will Alexander/ TNYF)
6. Cara Delevingne’s Black Bomber Jacket
The bomber jacket is a favorite of this model and actress. She wore a black Saint Laurent “Teddy” bomber jacket with Adidas Originals “Adicolour Supergirl” track pants, Saint Laurent classic court sneakers, and a Fendi “Monster” studded nylon backpack.
Cara Delevingne wears a black Saint Laurent Teddy bomber jacket at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California on June 4, 2016 (Credit: WENN/ FayesVision/ Alan West/ Will Alexander/ TNYF)
7. Bomber Jacket and Leather Shorts
Go for the edgy look, and wear your bomber jacket with a pair of leather shorts. Style with a plaid shirt wrapped around your waist.
Chloe Sims styles a bomber jacket with leather shorts and a plaid shirt for Freddy store’s launch party in London, England, on March 27, 2014 (Credit: WENN / Lia Toby / Chris Saxon)
Chloe Sims showed off her modeling prowess in this copy-worthy attire. She skilfully styled her black bomber jacket with a pair of leather shorts and then added some ’90s twist via her plaid shirt.
But rather than having the grungy effect we are expecting, this outfit looks classy, thanks to the red pumps and the gold accessories.
8. Bomber jacket over a tea-length dress
Bomber jackets are often associated with sporty ensembles. Try steering away from that cliché, and opt to wear yours with a feminine tea-length dress instead. Gemma Cairney did just that, and it worked!
Gemma Cairney wears a bomber jacket with a tea-length dress at the Glamour Women of the Year 2014 held at Berkeley Square Gardens in London, England, on June 3, 2014 (Credit: WENN / Lia Toby / Chris Saxon)
9. Form-fitting bomber jacket and A-line mini skirt
A-line mini skirts are so trendy these days. They’re also flattering. Why not take it up a notch by wearing one with a knitted bomber jacket just like Karen Gillan’s?
Karen Gillan shows how to wear a knitted bomber jacket at the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy at Empire Cinema Leicester Square in London, England, on July 24, 2014 (Credit: WENN / Lia Toby / Chris Saxon)
You’d be rocking a runway look, and everyone would follow your lead. Complete the ensemble with a striking pair of booties.
10. Bomber jacket with printed drawstring pants
Wearing a bomber jacket with a pair of denim jeans is practically a no-brainer. Everyone has already done it.
Fearne Cotton wears printed drawstring pants with a bomber jacket while leaving Radio 1 studios in London, England, on April 14, 2014 (Credit: WENN / Lia Toby / Chris Saxon)
So, give that look a rest, and wear your jacket with printed drawstring pants instead. To make it work, use a plain-colored jacket.
11. Dainty slip dress and bomber jacket
You can still get a lot of wear from your summer slip dresses in autumn. Simply throw in a chic bomber jacket over it, as Georgia May Jagger did. Cap it off with a pair of Mary Jane shoes for a girly-meets-sporty vibe.
Georgia May Jagger wears a bomber jacket during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014 (SIMONGAO show) in London, England, on February 18, 2014 (Credit: WENN / Lia Toby / Chris Saxon)
3. 1 Phillip Lim Contrast Bomber Jacket, $1,042
2. Saint Laurent Classic Teddy Jacket, $2,590
3.1 Phillip Lim Brocade Varsity Bomber Jacket, $800
Rag & Bone Alix Bomber Jacket, $1,295
Rag & Bone/JEAN The Leather Bomber Jacket, $924
Emma Cook Patchwork Bomber Jacket, $535
Vince Bomber Jacket, $445
3.1 Phillip Lim Graffiti Floral Bomber, $795
Splendid Palmas Bomber Jacket, $168
Rebecca Taylor White-Noise-Print Flight Jacket, $595