What is the first image you see when you think of a man in a thin leather jacket? Is it being cool? Is it the edge or the badass attitude? Frankly, I see all of that, as well as a guy fitted to wear the hell out of that jacket.
So why is it that when you look in the mirror when trying on a leather jacket, you might be thinking that the image isn’t the same as you may have imagined? One reason may be pulling it off with inner confidence (which, from my experience, accounts for a large percentage of getting great first impressions). The other simple reason though is how the jacket is fitted, especially if you have a thing body structure. Here is my thin leather jackets buyer’s guide on the best ways to get the right fit for you.
Thin Leather Jackets Are About Fit
Being a lean person myself, I’ve struggled over many years trying to find the right clothing to fit my body. I thought having loose clothing was comfortable, and wore things like loose t-shirts, sweatshirts, and loose jeans. As I learned that style is more about accentuating and following your body’s proportion, the more I found fitted clothing. The same goes for my now fitted leather jackets.
The (Leather Jacket) Journey To Becoming Fit
My thin leather jackets weren’t always fitted though. I remember I bought a Marc Jacobs black leather jacket when I was first getting into the world of leather. Thinking I scored a great deal with such beautiful leather, the jacket itself wasn’t quite the proportion that was in tune with my body.
The sleeves were wide. The shoulders didn’t exactly bring out, well, my shoulders. But I didn’t know this until I started trying on different brands. After giving AllSaints a try with one of their military field leather jackets (which is pretty rare to find these days), I really saw the difference.
The sleeves were narrow and more form-fitting. The leather felt more real (and cost more too). The jacket felt like it truly hugged me but with a sleek comfort that I never thought I could achieve with tight clothing.
A New Discovery
It was then that I realized a person like me who is lean, thin, and skinny can find some good thin leather jackets out there that put me in a good position to look my best. It is with this experience that I want to share with others (who are also lean) some great leather jackets that promise comfort and a fit that is hard to match.
But Wait, Does The Leather Jacket Design Matter?
Many get confused thinking it is the type of leather jacket that makes the difference in shaping to your body. It’s easy to think this because of their function or how leather jackets are worn in real life. For example, a Cafe Racer leather jacket may be thin and fits close to the body to reduce drag when racing a motorcycle.
While such functions for leather jackets are true, it does not mean that every type of leather jacket will be the same shape or size. In fact, my Cafe Racer leather jacket from Marc Jacobs ended up being wider than my AllSaints military field leather jacket, even though they are the same size.
Every company designs their leather jackets a particular way, and it’s best to find the company that works best for you in terms of fitting your body.
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Where To Start?
But what if you don’t know where to begin? I’ll include a few thin leather jackets and brands I’ve found to be fitting and not so fitting. Again, every jacket may feel different on your body, but having a head start in the jackets I found useful will help save you time in your search.
AllSaints – As you can see from my picture on the right (and my About Me), I’m wearing a fitted AllSaints military leather jacket. The cost was high for the jacket but the value and confidence it gave me was priceless. It was truly a feeling unlike any other.
Blingsoul – Lesser known than AllSaints, Blingsoul has an extremely high rating for fit and is loved by those on Amazon for being a quality leather jacket without exactly breaking the bank (around $140 – $150). This earns the company a pick on the list for most fitting leather jackets.
Nomad USA – Can you think of an even more fitting (and one of the best fitting so far) leather jacket than Nomad USA? You’d be hard-pressed, as their jackets (like their Motorcycle leather jacket for men) are at the 85% range for fit! To add to the craziness, the jacket is even cheaper than Blingsoul! This company is worth taking a look.
Wilsons Leather – I’ve gone to several Wilsons Leather stores across the US and was lucky enough to learn a lot from trying on almost a hundred leather jackets there. Wilsons Leather jackets are in general a good way to begin in the leather world, but you shouldn’t expect to get a great fit from trying on your first leather jacket. You will have to experiment with many types, and even then, you may not find a jacket at all that fits you. It’s a roll of the dice when compared to the jackets above.
Andrew Marc – I’ve mentioned before that I thought I had it all figured out when I bought my first Andrew Marc leather jacket, but it turned out that it wasn’t the right fit for me. It’s still good to wear for nights out, but I felt the difference when I tried on other jackets. When having a lean frame, I would search for other brands that don’t focus on the short and broad shoulders type of leather jackets.
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Thin Leather Jackets Are Here To Stay
There are many edgy badasses out there who wear a thin leather jacket with style and class, most of which is attributed to how fitting the jacket is to the person’s body. This is great news for those who are lean, thin, and skinny because we don’t have to bulk up just to wear a leather jacket. All we have to do is find the right fit and we too can show off our badass selves. Onwards!
What tricks have you found to work in form-fitting a thin body structure? Leave a comment below!