How Should A Women’s Leather Jacket Fit?

Posted: 12th March 2021 in

The leather jacket is an ageless classic and is a great basic element in your wardrobe. Whether it be a classic style or a biker jacket, it’s an item that can be worn with almost anything, from jeans in casual ensembles to skirts and dresses for a more elegant look. But just how should a women’s leather jacket fit?

Because leather jackets are often an investment piece, it’s important to get the fit right for the look that you are trying to achieve so that your jacket will see you through many wears and is something that you reach for time and again.

In this guide we will take you through how a leather jacket should fit and how you can measure your bust, arms and shoulders to find the perfect fit.

Choosing the style

The biker jacket and the classic jacket 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.

Biker

The biker jacket is one of the most popular styles of leather jacket and adds an instant edge to your outfit. The unmistakable asymmetrical zip and collar combined with the unbeatable shine of gorgeous real leather has been turning heads for decades. 

Ladies leather biker jackets are the perfect addition to any fashion-conscious woman’s wardrobe and Hidepark’s range includes pieces which call on both classic and contemporary design features. They capture the heart of the ‘80s rebel and turn it into a jaw-dropping women’s leather jacket for the 20th century.

Emma: Women’s Black Leather Biker Jacket

Classic

Add a touch of style and sophistication to your wardrobe with one of Hidepark’s timeless, classic leather jackets for women. Each of our jackets is sourced carefully and manufactured specifically for Hidepark, ensuring a unique and quality blend of comfort and style. Our women’s classic leather jackets are available in a range of styles, including bomber, biker and suede and are also available in a variety of classic colours such as black, brown and tan.

May: Women’s Black Leather Jacket

How should the leather jacket fit?

The fit is the most crucial factor in choosing the right jacket. If it’s too big, this can give the appearance of you being too boxy, yet if it’s too small it can create the illusion of your body being disproportionate, so it goes without saying that finding the right fit is important. 

Snug fit, but not restrictive

To test if the jacket fits you properly you must first try it on. It should feel snug against your shoulders but not restricting in any way. A great tip is to ensure that when you try it on you wear the type of layers you will be wearing the most under your jacket. 

For example, if you are planning on wearing lighter clothing underneath such as t-shirts and blouses, then wear these. Alternatively, if you plan on wearing jumpers or thicker clothing underneath, then opt to wear these when you are trying on your jacket. Bear in mind that real leather does stretch over time, so if your jacket is initially slightly small, this is likely to fit you perfectly over time.

Sleeve length and jacket length

The sleeves should hit just below the wrist and it’s a good idea to see how the jacket looks from the back, making sure it’s not too big or too small across the waistline or the shoulders.  

A good tip is to get someone to take pictures of you in various angles and lighting, from the front, side and back, with your arms up and down – this way you can get an idea of how the jacket appears on your body shape when you are in a variety of natural positions that you would be in day to day. This trick will also help you to see if the shoulders on the jacket look too baggy from angles that are difficult to see just from looking in the mirror. 

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 zips or the buttons done up. This is a good indicator of whether the jacket will truly fit. It is more common to wear your jacket undone for a more effortless look and tends to look better with your overall outfit. 

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. Bust, Waist and Hips 

Start by standing up straight and relaxing your arms. Wrap a measuring tape around the fullest part of the bust, without puffing up your chest and take the measurements. Do the same for both your waist and hips, ensuring to take measurement from the widest part.

  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 the tape measure and measure the width from the seam of the right shoulder to the seam of the left shoulder and write down the measurements.

  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 crucial when it comes to making your jacket look polished and flawless. Very slightly bend your arm and place your hand on your hip, then measure starting at the center back of your neck all along the way along your arm to your wrist.

How to style a women’s leather jacket

  • Over a floaty dress
    Sleek leather adds a tough dimension to a ditsy, girly midi dress. Pair with your favourite flat boots to complete the look.
  • On top of a light jumper

Wear your jacket over a light jumper for an easy outfit between seasons, whilst he cosy knit tones down the edginess of the leather.

  • With a midi skirt

The laid-back combination of a black leather jacket and a midi skirt is extremely easy to put together, helping you look chic and ready for anything without spending too much time rummaging through your wardrobe.

  • With a white shirt and jeans

The iconic cool girl attire. Pairing your jacket with a white shirt or t-shirt and jeans is the perfect combo to create a laid-back outfit with a fashionable spin, try finishing off the look with some white court shoes.

If you’re really looking to upgrade your style, consider styling your outfit with a burgundy leather jacket. A slight pop of colour is a great way to bring a contemporary and unique element to your outfit.

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.