We are increasingly noticing that women’s fashion tops are either typically:

            -tunic style (i.e. box cut fit styles that offer a loose fit), or
            -shaped styles in stretchy woven fabrics that tend to contain elastane which enables the garment to simultaneously feel comfortable and look fitted .

Tunic styled tops are very versatile in their fit because a size can accommodate body widths which vary up to 6 inches and 8 inches. Tunic styled tops are often box cut and are designed to be loose fitting, however fashion jackets are intended to look shaped and fitted. For example a typical going out outfit would be stretch jeans or jeggings, a loose fitting tunic top that comes down to the top of the thigh and a tailored cut jacket.

To help our customers to pick the corresponding size in a fashion jacket, detailed size charts are featured at the bottom of each garment page and are specific to that garment. It is important to note that the ‘To Fit Bust’ corresponds to the person’s full bust measurement at the widest point when fully clothed and wearing a bra. We cannot stress enough that a ladies bust measurement is completely different when taken in pyjamas or without a bra on when compared to a measurement fully clothed.

 In addition materials used in the making of women’s dresses and trousers contain elastane, which has the clever ability to adjust and expand on contact.  Elastane has increasingly been incorporated within fabrics in the last few years to the extent that individuals now take its presence for granted and thus forget that traditional materials and fabrics which don’t contain elastane require different size allowances.

Since leather does not contain elastane and nor is it a woven stretchy fabric the torso expanse tolerance is not there, as it is with a tunic style top that is a box cut, loose fit or an elasticated dress where this clothing very easily accommodates varying body widths and shapes within each size.

This means some consideration is required whether a larger size is needed due to the individual’s shape.  A useful indicator are the pictures of the item on the model and seeing how it fits, a garment that looks fitted on the model is very likely to be a fitted cut. A garment that looks less fitted is likely to be a semi fitted cut and an item that looks to be a relaxed fit on the model clearly has more reasonable room allowance inside.

 It is important to highlight the above information as it is easy to become confused as to why a bigger size can often be required in a fashion or designer style leather jacket. Clearly the individual has not changed size, it is simply understanding when the cut and fit of the leather jacket is tailored and appears fitted on the model in the pictures then a size or two up may be required depending on the physical measurements and size of the person when clothed in typical day wear.