A West 14th Jacket Fit Guide
Arguably everyone should own a beautiful leather jacket. One that will stand the test of time, get better every day you wear it and be something that you really live in.
But with so many different styles to choose from, which West 14th jacket is right for you? Follow this fit guide to find your soulmate leather jacket.
Firstly, let’s start with the fit.
Personally, we can never go past the Greenwich Street Motor Jacket, she’s our all rounder leather jacket and a true 24/7 wardrobe staple. So if you’re undecided, the soft leather of the Greenwich makes the body fit slightly generous – but oh so comfortable.
The next important step in finding your prefect leather jacket is choosing your perfect length.
Once you’ve decided on your perfect fit and length, it’s time to choose what you want to accentuate and highlight.
Depending on the jackets design, the shoulder’s seam should finish on your shoulder tip. For drop shoulders or raglan sleeves it’s less important.
You want to make sure you have a snuggly fit on the sleeves with enough room to layer up or down. Most of our jackets are designed to have slim arms, so that bicep measurement might be an important one to check.
For some of our jackets they finish at the hips or even lower, and all women are shaped differently so for coats like Greenwich Drape Coat, you might need to take into account the hip measurement and size up. You don’t want any pull or tightness on your hips in a jacket or a coat shape.
Will the leather change over time?
Yes! Leather gets better and better with wear and time. Leather will mould to your body and shape to feel like a custom fit. The hand-feel will continue to soften every time you wear it. The appearance of leather will age too, if you like. You can let your leather age, soften in colour, get that real worn-in feeling… or not! If you prefer to keep the tone crisp and new you can follow our care instructions. Cleaning, moisturising and conditioning leather can bring the tone back to knew! (of course this only applies to smooth surface leather).
Will my leather jacket stretch?
Leather gives with wear, so yes it will stretch. Generally speaking it will give about a half a size over the lifetime of wear. From a fitting point of view, we recommend a snug fit, not tight, not too loose. Just gently snuggly so when the leather gives it still has the slim look you desire.
I am between sizes, should I size up or down?
We always recommend to try your standard size first as our jackets run pretty true to size. If you are in between sizes, you can try the smaller size first for a snug fit and then we can always exchange to the another size. Another option is to get in touch with us for specific measurements of that style to help in your decision.
Treat your leather jacket with love and care and it will treat you to a lifetime of wears.
Hang your leather jacket on a well shaped hanger.
If you’re travelling away from your wardrobe, place your jacket in the West 14th cloth bag to ensure no damage comes to the item. Don’t worry – your jacket can easily breathe through the cotton fabric.