Check out a few leather jacket size charts to see what size you are. Every company has its own size chart, but you can at least get a general idea of where you are, whether you need the smallest size, or a big & tall jacket.
There are three common leather jacket size charts that brands can use. Some brands use small, medium, large and so forth. Some use the American numbered chart, such as 40, 42 and 44, with the number corresponding to the chest size of the wearer. There is also an Italian version of that chart with the difference being that its numbers are 10 higher. For example, if you're a 42 in American sizing, you'd be a 52 in Italian sizing.
Whatever size you fall under, you should still either go to a store to try leather jackets on or shop at an online retailer that allows exchanges if the jacket doesn't fit. You can't always rely on the labeled size to be 100-percent accurate.
If you're buying a jacket off the rack, you can compare your measurements to that brand's size chart to see what size you fall under. You can't trust size charts completely, though, which is why you should always try before you buy. If you order online, make sure the company will let you return the jacket if it doesn't fit.
The fit on a leather jacket should be snug, without feeling too tight or like it constricts your movement. A leather jacket is literally a second skin that you're wearing, and that's exactly what it should feel like in how it fits. In terms of length, the sleeves should come down to your wrists, and the bottom of the jacket should sit right at your waist, unless you've chosen a longer style.
Pro Tip: Go Custom Made for a Better Fit
If you go the custom-made route, you have it easy. All you need to do is send your measurements in, and you'll get a leather jacket that fits you perfectly. This is what we do at Independence Brothers – we make you look perfect.
Although you can find leather jackets that fit off the rack, it's not easy to get that perfect fit. Buying a custom-made leather jacket ensures that your jacket fits you exactly how it should. This doesn't necessarily cost an arm and a leg, either.
Pro Tip 2: A Leather Jacket Will Break In
Leather conforms to your body and fits better the more you wear it. A jacket that feels very snug when you first try it on could be perfect after a few weeks of wearing it. You still shouldn't buy anything overly tight, but a little snugness is no problem.
The break-in period depends on the skin you choose. A thick horsehide or cowhide could take months before you work out that initial stiffness whereas softer skins will break in much sooner.