As one of the key pieces for Spring/Summer 2011 and beyond, it will be important to know how to carry off the biker jacket, no matter your size or shape. No longer restricted to the world of rock bands and motorcycle troupes, designers and high street retailers now offer a range of styles to suit everyone.
The trick is to make sure you balance out your body, adding width or slimming down when needed, to give a well-proportioned silhouette.
Read on for the definitive guide on how to buy a leather jacket to suit your body shape and make sure you get the look right:
Opting for a shorter or cropped leather jacket will flatter the bottom half of your figure by drawing attention upwards to your tiny waist and toned tummy. Hip-length coats will generally emphasise your widest areas, making them appear bigger than they are and swallowing your gorgeous curves. The good news is that cropped jackets are becoming increasingly popular with celebrities, with A-listers like Gwen Stefani and pear-shaped beauty Kim Kardashian spotted wearing this shape. If you do want to choose a longer style, attract the eye to your upper half with a colourful scarf or chunky necklace.
Those with a heavier top half or thicker waist should draw the eye downwards to a slim pair of hips and legs with a medium or longer style of jacket, which will also elongate your torso. Styles that flare out at the hip will also add balance, making your body appear more in proportion. Dark colours will work best, while softer fabrics, such as a suede jacket, will also slim the upper body by eliminating harsh angles. Team with heels and a pair of light coloured jeans to additionally flatter your figure.
Women with a straight up-and-down figure can create curves with extra details, such as chunky zips, studs, and shearling, which will add dimensions. These styles have been hot on the catwalk this year and have been quickly mimicked by high street stores, so getting hold of this style should be easy. Dress your biker jacket up with a body con dress and killer stilettos, or down with jeans and flats. Braver fashion followers may want to opt for quilted leather, which has been spotted on the likes of Kimberly Walsh and Rachel Bilson, to really make a statement.
Considered to be the most easy-to-dress body shape, women with an hourglass figure suit most styles and shapes. However, if you want to accentuate your naturally nipped-in waist, go for a tailored style that comes in and out with your silhouette. Vertical details, like eye-catching zips leading from your neck to your hips, will also draw the eye down your body, making you appear slimmer.