Perfect for throwing over dresses or with a pair of jeans, a leather jacket can work wonders in the spring—especially when the fit is right.
“A great leather jacket can update any wardrobe by making you look hip and chic at the same time,” said stylist and owner of L’Armoire boutique Diane Lloyd Roth. “Lighter in weight, color and details is best for spring.”
Stylist Caroline Vazzana also stressed experimenting with color, especially since pastels are in this spring.
Between the many different shapes and styles out there, Roth and Vazzana narrowed down the best fits for petite, big bust, broad shoulders and pear body shapes.
When sizing for petite women, the rules are pretty easy. “The jacket should never fit too oversized, too snug, have sleeves that are too long or shoulders that are too big,” said Vazzana. She recommended purchasing a jacket from a brand that offers options for petite women like Topshop. “The key for a flattering fit will be slightly cropped and the sleeves hit right at the wrists.”
Curvy figures do great with a blazer style. “Blazers help minimize the bust and give a sleeker silhouette,” said Roth. She suggested contemporary fashion label Theory as it makes a great classic leather blazer that hits below the hip line. “This brand’s longer line makes you look slimmer and tall.”
When finding the right fit for this shape, it is all about moving the eye and attention up from the hip area (the widest part). “Cropped jackets are [ideal] as they will bring attention to a women’s narrowest area, [her] waist,” said Vazzana. She suggested searching for jackets with interesting detail around the collar or an eye-catching color like pastel pink from Spanish clothing design company Mango.
To bring the eye in, women with broad shoulders tend to need a v-neck or shawl collar. “It stops you from looking like a linebacker,” said Roth. She is a fan of any of the fresh and feminine jackets from Jones of New York and Akris.