How Is A Bomber Jacket Supposed To Fit?

Do you already own a bomber jacket, or are you thinking of purchasing one? If so, you may be wondering how one is supposed to fit. It helps to get it just right before making the purchase so you can be sure your new jacket will fit perfectly. In this article, we share with you how classic leather flight jackets are supposed to fit, as well as how the more modern nylon bomber jacket should fit.

Classic Leather Bomber Jacket

You can never go wrong with a classic aviator style jacket. Known as “bomber jackets” because they were worn by fighter pilots during WWI and WWII, these garments have fast become a stylish piece that is a must-have in every wardrobe. Below, we break down how a classic bomber jacket is supposed to fit:

  • Collar: Your leather bomber jacket will either come with a collar that’s supposed to stand up or one that’s designed to lie flat. For the former, this collar should touch your neck slightly from behind and stay open in front. With the latter, you can expect it to look and feel like a collar on any other shirt you own.
  • Shoulders: The shoulder seam of your jacket should be over the edge of your shoulder. You don’t want a fit that’s too loose or too tight to restrict your movements.
  • Sleeves: Sleeves should be long enough to cover your arm and fit over your wrists. Depending on personal preference, you may want them to fit just above or under your wrists. They should also be snug enough not to fall when you raise your arms.
  • Waist: The waistband of your jacket should reach slightly below your belt.

Modern Nylon Bomber Jacket

If you are going for the modern nylon style of bomber jacket, you can expect it to fit like this:

  • Shoulders: On a nylon jacket, the shoulder seams can fall half an inch below the edge of your shoulder without looking too boxy.
  • Chest: Unlike leather bomber jackets, their nylon counterparts are designed to be slightly loose around the chest, enabling you to layer up when it’s cold out.
  • Sleeves: Although the sleeves should be roomier than those of a classic bomber jacket, you can expect the length to be the same.
  • Waist: You don’t want to be constantly pulling your jacket down, so ensure that it’s a suitable length. As a general rule, a waistband just below your belt is perfect.

Shop for the Bomber Jackets You Need at Taylor’s Leatherwear

Regardless of the specific type of bomber jacket you are looking for, you can find it at Taylor’s Leatherwear. If you would like it to fit you precisely, we also offer made to order jackets that are designed based on your measurements. With this option, you can also decide which features you wish to include, such as sleeve zippers, loops, epaulets, size zippers, and more. We are committed to providing specialized leatherwear for clients in the police, military, and aviation industries as well as individual clients.