When you read that a size 10 matches a size 44 in European sizes, be aware that you should always (always, always) check the centimeter or inch measurements as well. This is especially true when you are looking at handmade or designer models of leather jackets, skirts, pants and even vests, like those found online at Pierotucci.
The first guideline when purchasing online is to start with some common ground between you and the online size charts in order to guarantee the best possible fit. We measure each jacket so our size charts give the actual jacket measurements. It is important to understand that the chest measurement of a jacket must be larger than your actual chest measurement to assure a perfect fit. Women usually need to add at least 1.5.-2.5 inches (2.5 - 5 cm) on the chest measurement and men need around 5-6 inches (12 - 15 cm)more, depending on whether you want a loose fit or a form-fitting leather jacket.
For the most accurate results, we suggest that you take your measurements wearing light, fitted clothing and, if possible, have someone else do the measuring. You will need a flexible tape measure used by a tailor. When taking your body measurements it is fundamental to relax and not to pull the tape measure too tight.
Begin at the upper part of your body, from the shoulders down to the hips. The circumference measurements must be taken by keeping the tape measure parallel to the floor, while the length measurement should be perpendicular to the circumference measurements. In the following sections, we have given more detailed explanations.
Here are some images showing how to take body measurements:
We recommend that you measure a jacket you already own that has a similar cut to the jacket or coat you want to buy to make a more appropriate comparison.
How to get the most accurate measurement? Button or zip the garment closed, lay it on a flat surface front side facing down and smooth it out by "ironing" it with your hands.
Pierotucci Leather Factory offers some standard guidelines for finding your perfect "second skin" fit with their online leather garments.
The length of the skirt should include the waistband. If you are unsure, the hem can be left unfinished and you can have it finished locally. You may not always be sure which pair of shoes or boots you want to wear with the skirt so we recommend you try it on first with various accessories before deciding on the hem length.