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How Should a Womens Leather Jacket Fit in 2023?

The most important part in choosing a women's vintage leather jacket in 2023 is ensuring that it has the right fit for you. Everyone has slightly different measurements, no matter what size you are, meaning that it can be tricky to identify the correct fit when shopping online. Real leather jackets are usually expensive because of the high quality material and craftsmanship used to create them, but if you choose the right one you have an investment piece for life. There are many crucial factors to consider when purchasing a leather jacket to ensure that you have the perfect fit which we have outlined for you. 


Choosing the perfect style of women's leather jacket

When it comes to choosing the perfect style of women's leather jacket, it's important to consider both your personal style and the versatility of the jacket. A timeless leather jacket can be worn year after year, making it a great investment piece for any wardrobe. The most popular and timeless styles of leather jacket are the zip up bomber jacket or button up blazer.  


The bomber jacket is a more relaxed and casual option that adds a sophisticated edge to any outfit. They have a collar, zipper closure and usually have a few pockets on the front which add to their contemporary style. This type of leather jacket has been popular for decades, and have been more recently styled slightly oversized for a more effortless look.

black leather bomber jacket shown on a model wearing a white crop top and grey cargo trousers with a black shoulder bag


The blazer jacket is a classier style more associated with women's fashion. They are more likely to be styled with an evening outfit or a special occasion, but the blazer can also add a level of elegance to a casual or everyday outfit. The blazer is also a more flattering option that is intended to pull in your waist and add shape to your outfit. 

black leather blazer jacket shown on a model wearing a white crop top and grey cargo trousers with a burgundy shoulder bag

Regardless of which style you choose, a well-made leather jacket can be a statement piece that will last for years to come. So take your time, try on different styles, and find the one that makes you feel confident and fabulous.

How should a leather jacket fit women?

After deciding which type of leather jacket is the right style, the next thing to think about is what the jacket will look like on you, and how to style it in order to achieve the best fit possible. There are multiple ways to effectively style a women's leather jacket, which have been discussed further below.

Oversized fit

The most popular fit for a leather jacket in 2023 is the oversized fit. This can be achieved with either a blazer or bomber jacket and adds an effortless look to your outfit. You don't want the leather jacket to be too oversized to the point where you're drowned in it and it looks boxy, but you also don't want it to be too tight so that you can't wear any layers underneath. The perfect oversized fit is achieved with the shoulder seam drops slightly lower down your arm, the sleeves end a bit further than your wrist, and when there's still plenty of room around your waist and hips. 

Tight fit 

A tighter fit is a better option if you want your leather jacket to flatter your body. It should feel snug to your body but not restrict your arm movement in any way, and the shoulder seam should be perfectly aligned with your shoulder. If you want to wear your jacket all year round it is a good idea to account for any layers that you may decide to wear underneath, such as a jumper. Leather does slightly stretch over time, but this is only after a significant amount of wear. 

Zipped up or open 

Even if you are planning to keep your leather jacket open and unzipper or unbuttoned, it is a good idea to ensure that it does still fit you correctly when it is zipped up, as there may be a day in the winter where you need it secured. Zipping your jacket up when trying it on is also the true test of a perfect fit. Arguably the most stylish wear to wear a jacket is unzipped because you can see your full outfit, but the nature of the leather also provides a warm layer for winter days which would require a closure for maximum effect. 


How tight should a leather jacket be for women?

So, now you have discovered the style and fit for your new leather jacket purchase, its time to decide how tightly fitted you may require it. A leather jacket will stretch with time and prolonged use, but it will more or less keep the same shape. A good fitting leather jacket will not cause any restriction to movement, and any pulling on the seams is a good indicator that it is too small. Generally, sizing up one size more than your regular choice is a better option because you will still be able to move and it won't be too oversized.

How oversized should a leather jacket be for women? 

The ideal fit for an oversized leather jacket for women depends on personal preference and the style of the jacket. In general, an oversized leather jacket should fit loosely on the body without looking too baggy or boxy. It's important to keep the proportions in mind, as an overly large leather jacket can overwhelm a petite frame.

For an oversized look you should always ensure that there is a dropped shoulder seam, meaning that it sits below where your shoulder is. This gives a slightly boxier and more oversized look. However, it's important to be aware of the sleeve length because you don't want the sleeve cuff to surpass and cover your hand because it creates an unnatural shape. Because of the dropped shoulder, it is important to know the underarm to cuff measurement to ensure the perfect oversized fit. 

The benefits of a well-fitting jacket

The main benefit of achieving the perfect fitting leather jacket is that it will be comfortable to wear. It will also be very flattering and complimentary to your body and will enhance any outfit.

How to take your measurements

Chest (Pit to Pit): Measure around the fullest part of the chest (over your bust), under the arms and around the shoulder blades. 

Waist: Measure the natural waistline, which is the smallest part of the torso, usually near the belly button. 

Hips: Measure the fullest part of the hips, around the bottom and across the thigh. 

Sleeves: Measure from the base of the neck, down the arm to the wrist, while keeping the arm straight. 

Shoulders: Measure from the outer edge of one shoulder to the other, across your back. 

Jacket Length: Measure from the base of the neck, down the spine to the desired length of the jacket. 

*Important* ensure to take into account any layers you may wear underneath. 

 close up shot of kendall jenner wearing a brown leather jacket over a grey hoodie  woman wearing a black oversized leather jacket, blue jeans and trainers in a street

How to style a women's leather jacket

A women's leather jacket is a trendy versatile piece that can be styled in many different ways. It can be dressed down or up, and suits all styles. Here are some tips: 

  1. With Denim Jeans: A classic combination that will never go out of style is a leather jacket with blue jeans. Choose a fitted jacket and wear it with skinny or straight jeans for a casual, yet put-together look. Alternatively choose an oversized biker jacket and pair with a baggier style jean such as mom jeans for a more chilled look. 
  2. With a Dress: Give your leather jacket a more feminine look by wearing it over a dress. A fit and flare or a bodycon dress would complement a more fitted blazer leather jacket, while a flowy or a shift dress would pair well with an oversized leather jacket in a blazer or bomber style.  
  3. With a Skirt: Leather jackets also look great with all types of skirts whether it's a mini, midi or maxi. For a casual everyday look, pair a leather jacket with a denim skirt, and for a more formal but cool twist, wear it with a leather skirt. For a more feminine take, pair with a floral, patterned or satin skirt.
  4. With Trousers: Leather jackets can be worn with all types of trousers for a stylish look, it can dress down a more formal trouser or dress up a pair of leggings or joggers. Pair it with tailored trousers for a sophisticated office look or with wide-leg trousers for a chic spin. 
  5. With Shorts: Leather jackets can be worn during the warmer months with shorts for a stylish evening summer look. Choose a biker-style leather jacket to pair with denim shorts, or a bomber-style jacket to pair with tailored or floaty shorts for a comfy but sophisticated look. 
  6. With Layers: Leather jackets look cool when layered over sweaters, hoodies, or blouses for added warmth and style. Choose a fitted leather jacket to layer over a chunky knit sweater in autumn and winter, or an oversized bomber jacket to wear over your favourite hoodie. 


In conclusion, remember to pick out accessories that complement and bring out your leather jacket, such as scarves, hats, or sunglasses, keeping the rest of the outfit simple to allow the jacket to be the focal point. It is also important to wear complimenting jewellery to match your jacket, for example if your zipper is silver it should be matched with other silver jewellery.


Tips for ensuring a comfortable and flattering fit 

Finding a comfortable fitting leather jacket can be a bit challenging, but there are ways to ensure that you choose the most flattering leather jacket for you.

- Determining the right size. 
Before buying a leather jacket, measure yourself properly (using our guide above) to find the right size. Leather jackets are usually snug fitting, so it is so essential to find the right size because you don't want it to be restrictive. It's also a good idea to check the sizing chart provided by the brand to ensure you get the correct size. If in doubt, size up.
- Look for quality leather. 
The quality of the leather is essential when it comes to the comfort of the jacket, certain types of leather are a lot more coarse than others. High-quality leather that is softer is always the best option because it is more comfortable to wear.
- Pay attention to the cut and style.
Choose a jacket that complements your body shape and style preferences. For example, a biker jacket might have a more fitted cut, while a bomber jacket may have a more relaxed fit. Before buying, determine what you want out of your jacket, and in what way you are most often going to wear it.
- Try it on. 
It is always best to try on a leather jacket before purchasing it, if possible, but this is not possible if it is sold online. If you are able to try it, make sure you move your arms and shoulders to see if the jacket is restricting your movement. If it is hard to move the jacket is too small.
- Check the lining. 
A good lining can make a big difference in the comfort of a leather jacket. If it is a vintage leather jacket make sure to check the inside for any major signs of wear. It is important to look  for a soft and breathable lining that is comfortable against your skin. Or if you want extra warmth for a winter, a lining that is thicker will be better for you. 

Maintenance tips to keep a jacket well fitting over time

  • Keep it out of direct sunlight in order to prevent fading and shrinking.
  • Always store it in a cool, dry place.
  • If the leather becomes dry, use a leather conditioner to moisturise it and prevent cracking.
  • If the jacket becomes dirty, wipe it down with a damp cloth only.
  • Avoid using any chemical cleaners, which can strip the natural oils from the leather.

By following the tips mentioned above, you can ensure your vintage leather jacket remains in great condition for many years to come.

Where can I buy genuine women's leather jackets 

If you are looking to purchase a women’s real leather jacket, then look no further than right here at Hazel Layne Vintage, we have you covered. We stock a wide range of unique vintage leather jackets, from bomber jackets to blazer jackets in a variation of different sizes.  

Browse our full collection of women's real leather jackets which come in different styles including bombers, blazers and biker jackets. 

By following our guide above, you will be able to find the best-fitting leather jacket you’ve ever had now that you understand the best practices when choosing a women’s leather jacket. From choosing the right fit and style, how to wear it, and how to take care of your high quality garment, which will be a statement piece in your wardrobe for many years and decades to come. 

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