Up Down All-Around: Bomber Jacket & Link Up

The bomber jacket is trending at present and who am I to not give it a whirl. Lighter weight versions of this traditionally men’s wear staple make for a perfect completer piece as the weather transitions from Summer to Fall. Typically, this jacket style is more on the casual side but there’s nothing wrong with dressing one up a bit for work and/or a special occasion.

My “style it up, down, all-around” bomber jacket is from the WhoWhatWear collection at Target. I bought it about a month ago in anticipation of cooler weather in SoCal (I may need to wait a little longer for that, though). It was one of those items that just screams out to you from the racks and you just know that you have to buy it. I mean, what’s not to love about it? Fall like colors, floral pattern, and it has pockets!

Dressed Up For Work

Since over 40% of my weekly awake time is spent in office attire, the first look I’m sharing is the one where I’ve dressed up the bomber jacket for work. It’s a variation on a blazer and skirt look.


Jacket – Target (exact, also comes in black and olive green); Top – Old Navy (similar); Skirt – thrifted (pencil skirt option); Shoes – Franco Sarto (similar); Purse – INC (similar look)

The top is one I’ve had for several months and it’s tucked in the back at my waist so that it would be at a better length for the look. These types of nip-and-tuck tricks are a great way to transform an item without permanently changing them and the trick is hidden by the jacket. The skirt is one of the three I bought in a recent shopping spree that I shared about earlier this week in Thrifting Overload.


The T-strap pumps are one of my favorite pairs of shoes and they seem to make an appearance in nearly every other post. I’ve had this purse for years and although it’s a bit too small to be practical for me use on daily basis, I do like the retro vibe it adds to this look.

Dressed Down For Play

As a grown-up, playtime can be anything from shopping to running errands to literally climbing a wall. Not that this is suitable attire for a true athletic endeavour, but this bomber jacket does add a bit of polish to my rolled up cuff pants, my graphic tee, and white sneakers.


Jeans – Jennifer Lopez (similar); Top – Apt 9 (exact); Sneakers – Keds (close to same)

Did you notice the black laces? What do you think of this look? True confession, it’s not an original idea of mine. I saw it in the StyleWatch magazine that I glanced through a couple of weeks ago while I was getting a pedicure. The article featured this look as one of 30 fun fashion inspirations to try during September. This idea and one other were the only ones that peaked my interest. I will share that other inspiration idea in another post.



I’ve been loving my white sneaks for quite a while now and the switch out of the white laces for black struck me as a great way to connect the shoes to the outfit (even if I had to borrow them from my real trainers for the photos because I forgot to buy new laces in time for the photo shoot).

Dressed For Fun

Whether it be a date night, a party, or a get-together with friends, there are times when we want to be a bit more than just casual and this bomber jacket can swing that way as well. This high waisted tulle skirt with satin ribbon stripes is another thrifted find but one I acquired about a year ago. I initially bought it to use in a Steampunk Halloween costume and I also wore it in February to a Wedding In Winter.


Skirt – thrifted (similar look); Blouse – Loft (sleeveless option); Shoes – Crown Vintage (similar look)

I decided to button up the blouse so that it would look neater under the jacket and with the collar standing up, it gives the outfit a kind of gibson girl look. Adding onto that vibe are the lace up pumps and the cameo worn at the top of the button placket.


Let’s Wrap This Up

Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from last week’s floral themed link-up is Irinka from Fashion Challenge Blog. Her black and white look with a brightly colored cardigan is nearly a twin for the look I shared last week (minus the floral, though).


Are you sporting a bomber jacket this Fall? Have you thought of how an item in your wardrobe could fit into all aspects of your life? How much of your style time is spent at work or at play or at having fun and does that reconcile with your clothing options?


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14 thoughts on “Up Down All-Around: Bomber Jacket & Link Up

  1. Let me first say I love the black laces in the white sneakers—interesting how one little change can make such a difference!!
    And the bomber really looks nice with all of your outfits!! I actually think I’m partial to the work look, because it adds such a flair!

  2. Rena, I love your bomber jacket! It looks amazing paired with your work outfit. That skirt is really fabulous, too. And the casual look is adorable. Plus, the Gibson Girl inspired look is really great, too! (I absolutely adore cameos.) I am loving all three looks!


  3. I don’t own a bomber jacket, but I really like yours! The floral pattern makes it more feminine, and I love it with all three outfits. And I also like the black shoe laces with the white sneakers a lot. The laces really change the look!

    Thanks for the link up!

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