How Should A Men’s Leather Jacket Fit?

Posted: 6th July 2021 in

The leather jacket has been a fashionable wardrobe staple for decades. Worn by men and women all over the world, the jacket shows no signs of ever being ‘out of fashion’ and is a safe option to reach for when wanting to look the part. Over the years, the fit has slightly adapted now that the leather jacket is no longer solely worn for function, but for fashion, too. 

Because leather jackets are often an investment piece, it’s important to get the fit right, so that it will see you through many wears. In this guide we will take you through what styles are available, how the jacket should fit and how you can measure your chest, arms and shoulders to achieve a timeless look.

Ultimately, the fit you should get depends on your body type and how you plan on wearing the jacket. Generally speaking, if you’re looking for something that’s thick and going to keep you warm, then you might be better suited to a sheepskin flying jacket  and this will of course have a different, more bulky fit. 

However, in this guide we will be looking at a more classic and sophisticated fit. 

Choosing a style

The leather jackets listed below should fit in a similar way. Despite the fact that they are slightly different styles, the sleeve length and room you should have in these jackets are all the same if you want to achieve a modern take on a classic look.


The biker jacket is one of the most popular styles and adds an instant edge to your outfit. Also known as the motorcycle jacket, this piece often includes it is credited as shooting to fame in 1953 when Marlon Brando wore this iconic style of leather jacket in hit film, The Wild One. Since then, the jacket has been sported by some of the most iconic film stars and performers in history.

leather jacket fit - biker


Characterised by a cinched in waist band, the bomber jacket also has an interesting history. This versatile item suits every body shape and is a great option for those wanting to broaden the appearance of their shoulders and exudes effortless style.

leather jacket fit - bomber


The classic leather jacket has a slightly more relaxed shape than a bomber jacket and does not usually feature extra features such as buckles and belts like you may find on a biker jacket. The classic jacket is a good option for a more simple yet effective appearance. 

leather jacket fit - classic

How should a leather jacket fit?

Now that you have chosen the style of leather jacket you want, it’s important to know how these jackets should look when you have them on, and how they should fit.

A snug fit

Many men tend to opt for a size up when it comes to buying their leather jacket, but going for a jacket that’s too big can make your silhouette appear too boxy.  Bear in mind that real leather will stretch slightly especially if it is worn consistently, so that gives you a little leeway if you feel like your jacket may be slightly too small. 

Make sure your jacket fits quite snug on your shoulders, and through to your chest and waist. The sleeves should end just where your wrist bends, whilst sitting nicely where your belt loops are.

It’s worth bearing in mind that your leather jacket should feel like a second skin.

Zipped up or down?

When you try the jacket on, you should be able to easily button or zip it all the way up, even if you’re not going to wear the jacket with the zipper up. For a more structured fit, some men opt for having the jacket done up, but more commonly, to achieve a more relaxed look, try leaving the jacket open.

Taking your measurements

Once you have your measurements, you can browse through leather jackets in store or online and know which jackets will be the best fit for you.

  1. Chest 

 Start by standing up straight and relaxing your arms. Wrap a measuring tape around the upper part of the chest and take the measurement.

  1. Shoulder width 

The shoulders of your leather jacket should not be too tight or too baggy. Try on a jacket you already have that you feel is a nice snug fit on you. Then, take a tape measure and measure the width from the seam of the right shoulder to the seam of the left shoulder and write down the measurement.

If you have someone helping you with taking measurements, get them to place the tape measure across your back from one shoulder to the other as well. 

  1. Jacket length

To measure the ideal length of your leather jacket, place the tape measure at the top of your shoulder and then pull the tape measure down to the very top of your thigh, around where the bottom of your belt would sit and then take the measurement.

  1. Sleeve length 

Correct sleeve length is vital when it comes to choosing a jacket that looks polished and sophisticated. Start by bending your arm and putting your hand on your hip – then, measure from the back of your neck down to your wrist.

Where can I buy leather jackets? 

If you’re looking for a high quality leather jacket as an investment piece that will stand the test of time, then look no further than our collection at Hidepark

We stock leather jackets of all different styles for both men and women in a range of sizes. Explore our range of bomber jackets, biker jackets, leather coats and blazers.

Buying the perfectly fitting leather jacket can seem daunting, but taking the correct measurements, knowing how they should fit and shopping in the right places will help you to find the right one.