Popularized by military pilots in the 1950s and given the Army-Navy specification number MA-1, the nylon jacket was a jet-age replacement for the heavier shearling-lined flight jacket. Today's versions are a little more modern, but just as macho. The military details have been toned down, the material softened and the silhouette slimmed. The result is an easygoing, breathable layering piece that's easy to pull on for cool spring evenings or breezy days, but isn't stifling or stuffy when the weather starts warming up.
Todd Snyder$495 at Nordstrom
American Apparel$55 at American Apparel
Topman$100 at Nordstrom
Gap$88 at Gap
Sandro$635 at Mr Porter
Obey$110 at Obey
Gant Rugger$275 at Gant
Club Monaco$198 at Club Monaco
RRL$490 at Stag
Private White V.C.$465 at J.Crew
ASOS$71.51 at ASOS
Your Neighbors$69 at Urban Outfitters
John Varvatos Star USA$698 at Nordstrom
ASOS Harris Tweed
Hentsch Man$375 at Mr Porter
Wallace & Barnes$198, at J.Crew
J.Crew$995 at J.Crew
Denim & Supply$225 at Ralph Lauren
Hardy Amies$525 at Mr Porter
Enduring Classic: Suede Bombers
Cut from soft, washed suede with carefully-considered details, trim fits and plenty of pockets.
Epaulet's Pared-Down Bombers
The menswear store strips a bomber down to the basics.
These plain everyday classics are truly timeless and will always make a guy look stylishly rugged.