Faux Leather for the Full Bust, Bombers for Big Boobs

Imagine owning a wardrobe of leather jackets. Evidently they’re a closet essential, as I recently discovered from a work wear panel and an article about Sally Krawcheck. Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to find two options from bust-friendly retailers: last year’s still-available quilted jacket from Pepperberry, and the “ultimate” jacket in Bordeaux from Saint Bustier.

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There’s also Leah’s favorite fall clothing item out of her entire wardrobe, this leather biker jacket from Wilson’s Leather.

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Since we don’t have a lot of real leather options, I’ve started looking at faux leather. My search just began last Thursday on a mall scouting trip, so I share only one busty faux leather jacket with you today, this cable-knit textured faux-leather jacket from NY & Co. The vertical seams down the front, plus the knit side panels kept the size L from giving me a smashed-boobs look when zipped. They also kept it from giving me a boxy shape–the garment followed the curves of my waist and back.

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Fascinatingly, I just tried the NY&Co “Your True Size” calculator, and it also put me in a size L after asking me for my height, weight, size in another brand, AND my bra band and cup size (including options below a 32 and above an American G!). I would love to hear your own results if you try jackets from this brand.

At the same panel, I learned that bombers are big this season, especially in luxe fabrics for fall and winter, and they can even replace your classic cardigan. I wasn’t very excited by the news because jackets that end in a poof at my waist generally turn me into a top-heavy snowball.

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That’s why I was REALLY excited when a friend told me about long line versions of the bomber jacket. I haven’t tried the Express jacket below, but I will the next time I’m at the mall. Those dropped shoulders are a good sign that sizing up to fit your bust (if necessary) won’t make the rest of the jacket look baggy. This jacket also comes in a gorgeous pale pink and your basic black.

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The reason I didn’t try the long bomber jacket is because I got distracted by the olive puffer bomber jacket below.

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The size chart says I should be in an XL, but the L fit me perfectly. There are no special seams down the front and no knit panels, so I’m guessing the reason I don’t get a smashed-boob look here is the generous cut of fabric that causes the blouson-effect at the ribbed hem. Do you have any theories for this?

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The quilted lining means this is practical for transitional weather.

This was my first bomber jacket to try, but it won’t be my last. I want to find out if most bombers will fit big boobs, or if it’s a matter of brand. I hope it’s the bomber factor because I love this floral one from NY&Co. What have you discovered?

 

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Comments

  1. Anna Marquardt says:

    I found a moto jacket similar to Leah’s (it’s even from Wilsons!) at a thrift store for $45 – it’s actually FAR too small to zip up, but something about the way it’s cut means it fits perfectly in the shoulders and skims my bust while it’s open! It’s a medium, and I wear a 38G! https://www.instagram.com/p/BLjTG7-l-T3/?taken-by=ajlobster

    • Darlene C. says:

      Skims bust while open–AMAZING. I’m want to write soon about whether it’s even important to have a jacket/blazer that can close, but really, it’s not the closing that’s important to me so much as the staying put in a line down the center when open, vs. splaying to the sides of my bust. THANK YOU for including a link to a photo. Your Rosh Hashanah lunch dress is incredible: https://www.instagram.com/p/BLGxBxDAH__/?taken-by=ajlobster

  2. Deb Morrissey says:

    Also, there’s a leather company whose order form asks for size, length, bust, stomach, height, and weight. I have no first-hand experience (because $$$), but the order form is promising. And the bust measurement choices go up to 56″. It’s called Fox Creek Leather. It’s pretty much high-end biker gear. In black. But being able to specify bust and waist might be worth it for some.

    • Darlene C. says:

      THANK YOU for this resource!!! I’m researching for a more thorough post on the subject, and this helps a lot.