evrenrambunctious asked: Hi, I really want to buy my first leather jacket but am unsure whether it will be right for me/whether I'll be able to find one that is neither too boxy nor makes me look like I'm a five year old dressing up in a cool biker uncle's clothes. I'm 5'7, UK (I live in the UK) size 6/8 and have smallish chest.
Mandy says: Yes, you can definitely find a leather jacket that fits you!
Your first stop should be thrift stores (and lots of them). Think of your leather jacket as an investment in your social life. It will get you lots of ladies, keep you warm, and maybe even slick some rain off your back.
A good leather jacket says, “I’m cool, but classic.” The leather should be good-quality and in good shape (no holes or scratched areas), because patina will come with time and care. A good leather jacket should also fit, right? Not too boxy or young. Think about the silhouette you want — tight V shape or less V shape? (V shape = taper at the waist). Modern jackets typically have a slim silhouette, to complement your frame and create a look. I suggest buying a jacket that is high quality and fitted. Make sure you can fit a hoodie under it (but make sure you can’t fit 2578 people in it, either).
If the thrift stores do not work, the UK has amazing leathiers. Ask the old men in your area for the best shops.