The Leather Jacket for Your Body Type
Some fashion garments are more than just things hanging in your closet that you wear occasionally. Certain garments become wardrobe staples, essential components all year. One such garment is a leather jacket. When you find the style that's right for you, you'll find ways to wear it often.
The most celebrated body shape is the hourglass. This is because the waist within is small and well-defined in comparison to the hips and bust area. While hourglass shapes are thought to be able to wear practically anything and look good, some silhouettes look better on their bodies than others. For a leather jacket, those with an hourglass shape should opt for designs that contain vertical details such as zippers along the sides, because they further accentuate the smallness of the waist. Additionally, monochromatic styling is ideal because it streamlines the hourglass figure, so black or brown leather jackets with a bottom in the same color are great choices.
People significantly smaller on top than on the bottom and with a small waist are considered pear-shaped. A leather jacket that won't make the bottom half appear larger is the best style. The largest parts of a pear shape are the hips, thighs and rear, so you want a leather jacket that comes above those areas. A cropped leather jacket is perfect because it rests on the smallest part of your body, the waist, and highlights your small bust. These details draw the eye upward and away from your fuller bottom half.
While the hourglass figure is considered the most desirable, top fashion models tend to have the rectangle body type. It is a boyish figure that lacks curves, creating a rectangular silhouette. Leather jackets for this body shape should include as many details as possible because they create the illusion of mass, making for a curvier shape. Details like buckles, zippers, straps and belts are all things to look for when choosing your leather jacket.
A fuller top half with a round mid-section and a fuller lower half is an apple shape. Women with this body shape need to create definition at the waist while slimming the upper and lower halves of the body. Leather jackets with a medium- to-thick belt with minimal details at the bust area are flattering choices. Also, leather jackets that fall at the thigh area and below are the best lengths to conceal your lower half.
Men's Styles and Body Types
For men, the process of finding the perfect leather jacket for their frame is less complicated. An example would be men broader in the shoulder area, who should avoid fleeced leather bomber jacket styles because the padding at the shoulders adds considerable bulk to an already wide area. By contrast, a military-style leather jacket is fitted close to the frame, so smaller men should choose a style with an elastic waistband to create the illusion of broader shoulders. Bigger guys should choose a figure-framing silhouette without an elastic waistband. Shorter men should avoid leather motorcycle jackets that feature an abundance of hardware so that their frame is not overwhelmed. However, taller men can embrace the additional embellishments.
Danielle Jennings began writing professionally in 2005 and is an expert in fashion, entertainment and lifestyle journalism. She has written for "Jezebel," "Creative Loafing" and "Haute Living." She attended Clayton State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies.