After searching for the longest time for a leather jacket, I finally found one during a recent visit to an All Saints boutique in California. The style was inspired by classic biker jackets but still has a feminine feel to it, and I’m sure this jacket will be a staple in my closet for years to come. The salesperson who helped me gave me a few tips to remember when purchasing a leather jacket, and I thought I’d pass them on to you!
1. The jacket should be almost uncomfortably tight when you buy it. Leather will stretch over time, and you want the jacket to mold to your body for the perfect fit. If you buy a jacket that fits comfortably when you first try it on, it will likely stretch and become overly baggy/loose over time. This is one of the most common mistakes people make when purchasing a leather jacket.
2. Decide whether you want to wear the jacket open/unzipped versus closed/zipped. Many leather jackets will not have a great fit both ways… for instance, if the jacket fits well when zipped up, it will not be as form fitting when unzipped. I usually don’t zip up my jackets, so I bought mine to fit best unzipped.
3. Once you find a style you like, try on multiple jackets in that style in two different sizes. Many leather jackets are hand finished, so there is quite a bit of variability in size when comparing individual jackets. I ended up trying on half a dozen jackets in this particular style in two sizes… it was amazing how each one fit differently, and it was great to be able to choose the one that fit just right. It can be quite difficult to get a leather jacket altered, so finding one that fits well is important.
Hope you found this helpful!