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How to Choose a Motorcycle Jacket

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect leather jacket. I had to return the one from urban outfitters because the sleeves were too short, which made me look boxy. What I realized is that the perfect leather motorcycle is all about the softness of the leather and the shape of the jacket.

You don’t want to look like this:

If you do, this article isn’t for you. If you don’t want to look like that, it’s because you know that you want to look sleek instead of bulky. We’re aiming more for Dark Angel, not one of Hell’s Angels.



Here’s how to avoid it:

1. Avoid anything that resembles a butterfly collar that sits on the chest. If the size 0 model looks bulked up, imagine what the average woman will look like!

no. no. no:

We want more vertical lines for a streamlined, sleek look, and less horizontal lines. Any kind of collar whose tips point horizontally goes against the goal.

Say no to a Peter Pan collar! Please!

Yikes:

2. Opt for a collar like this instead:

Or even better, no collar at all but something that goes up towards the collar like a psuedo turtleneck:

Just make sure you don’t get something that doesn’t have anything in the collar region at all like this:

Or this! (it looks so odd)

This jacket scoops way too low at the chest!

3. Make sure flaps and pockets are below the waist so it’s flattering to the figure. Unlike this: (notice how the big pockets are right at her waist? Even this tiny model looks rounder in the midsection!)
4. Choose leather that is soft and pliable, not hard and stiff. Feel the leather. Make sure it’s soft to touch. (and not smelly if it’s used!)

5. Look for a jacket that doesn’t look like a box. How do you avoid looking like a box? Well, for one, the arm length shouldn’t be the same as the jacket length!

Don’t do this:

It creates the look of a box when your hands are down! Always make sure the arm length is longer than the jacket length.

Also to create some waist definition, the back should have curved seams that accentuate the waist like this:

or this:

6. I like when the top of the jacket has a straight line along the top…

or pockets that do the same thing. Like these:


It has something to do with symmetry and making the waist appear smaller.

7. No Buttons!

Yuck:

8. Don’t choose hip length jackets. The look is achieved with a somewhat cropped leather jacket.

9. Personally, I favor jackets that have vertical pockets at the waist to keep my hands warm, like this SWORD jacket (which if you have the money, look the best and seem like the most lightweight and softest of leather jackets!)

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Here are some great examples:

Doma Leather Bomber Jacket


SWORD Volterra Leather Jacket in Chocolate

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  1. Jim

    I agree that your Motorcycle Leather Jacket should look fashionable. However, if you are ride a Motorcycle, Protection becomes the first concern. Fashion jackets often are Pig or Lamb because they are soft Leather that rips & tears very easy. Cowhide remains the king for rider protection, & Buffalo is # 2. You can check out all Motorcycle Leather Jackets at http://www.theleathergal.com

  2. Jeremy Fischer

    I agree with Jim. Protection is the most important thing. I was on a first responder unit for years and people also said the road rash was worse then the broken bone. Kelvar has become number 1 for protection (if you can afford it) Leather is a good 2 choice and looks great to. check out my selection of women at “http://fischerleather.com/shop/category_Womens%2520Motorcycle%2520Jacket/Women%27s-motorcycle-jacket.html?shop_param=cid%3D%26” We do offer a lot of different cuts to help women like the feel of what they are wearing and offer the protection needed.

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