The Bomber Jacket (Thrifted Again)

So, it appears that I have a knack for finding some great items at thrift stores. In my previous post, Thrifted & Gifted, you may remember that I stumbled upon a great wool double-breasted suit for $10. During the same trip to the Goodwill store, I lucked out by finding this brown bomber leather jacket that was my exact size. Now I guess you are all wonder how much I paid for this leather jacket. To be honest, I only paid $15 for this awesome jacket. So, if you tallied up my Goodwill purchases of a well-tailored suit and a  leather bomber jacket the total price was $30. As you can tell, I am quite happy with my accomplishments. 

Once I got this jacket home, I made sure to grab a bottle of Meltonian leather lotion. Meltonian leather lotion cleans, polishes and preserves leathers, patents leathers, imitation leather and plastic surfaces. Since I wasn’t the originally owner of this jacket and because it sat in a thrift store for who knows how long, it was great to give it a good cleaning and conditioning.

When searching for a leather jacket, no matter if it is thrifted or brand new, you want the fit to be spot on. A jacket is supposed to hug you well in the shoulders and the length should hit you right at your waist. When you find the right leather jacket it should be hitting all of those requirements to the T.  The general rule of thumb for finding the right fit for a leather jacket is to try on sizes until you get to the one that is just too small. Once you find the jacket that is just too small and then go the next size up. There is nothing worse that an oversized leather jacket. Take a look at the pictures below to check the fit of my $15 thrift leather bomber jacket for a bit of inspiration.

The $15 Leather Bomber Jacket

Vintage Leather Bomber via Goodwill ($15) size 38 - Leather Captoe tan boots by Asos size 10 - Slim Fit Jean by Levi's 521 - Slim Fit Chambray Shirt by J.Crew - Woven belt by Clubroom - Rose Gold Watch by Alias Kim

Shades via

Leather up,



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Categories: Featured, Men's Style, Outerwear, Thrifted

Author:Sabir M. Peele

Founder & Creative Director of menswear style & lifestyle blog Sabir serves as an independent brand consulting working with brands like GQ, AskMen, Indochino & Z Zegna (among others). Selected as #GQFall Best Dressed in 2013 & one of Esquire Magazine Best Dressed Real Men in America in 2010. Follow @MensStylePro on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Email with your inquiries.

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7 Comments on “The Bomber Jacket (Thrifted Again)”

  1. December 10, 2011 at 8:53 AM #

    Hey Sabir…..if people aren’t out thrifting today there is something wrong with them, especially after seeing the awesome pcs you recently picked up. I know I’ll be out looking to see what other amazing items I can find! Keep posting your finds – maybe those that aren’t hip to the ‘thrifting’ game will get the fever! Great pics and A+++++ perfect fit on the bomber.

    • December 10, 2011 at 11:04 AM #

      Thanks Ramsay. The funny thing is that people probably still feel uncomfortable about wearing things that are pre-owned. But, I am all for it!



  2. December 10, 2011 at 1:27 PM #

    Love ti! Funny I just sold my brown aviator leather jacket.

  3. Jonathan Nguyen
    December 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM #

    Jealous of the great find!

    I picked up a brown wool herringbone suit for $20 at Goodwill (among my also thrifted awesome ugly Christmas sweaters for a party).

    It’s getting a nip and a tuck right now as we speak. I LOVE thrifting.

  4. Jean Marc Edma
    December 16, 2011 at 2:13 PM #

    It’s a great post promoting thrifting. It’s always good to show people that it is acceptable. Our blog also promotes this idea so most definitely check it out!

  5. January 8, 2012 at 7:34 PM #


    This makes me think I should pull out my black bomber jacket. I wore it quite a bit last year. The weather has been a bit crazy lately.

    Definitely a good look.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

    • January 8, 2012 at 7:58 PM #


      Definitely pull out that bomber. WIth it being 60 degrees the other day, I am sure a bit of leather will do you just fine.

      Best and Thanks,


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