leather will stretch over time (a little, not much)
to be honest I don't like wearing clothes that don't close in front because it tends to look unnatural..that's just my personal opinion though and.. it depends on how big the gap is and how it drapes on you
It doesn't look good even as a layer. I've done it before (I think most have) and it doesn't work well. It looks wrong and most can tell it wont close, at least if it's more than an inch too small around the waist. If your going to spend that kind of money of a jacket I would look for one you can enjoy and wear as more than just a layer.
^ I agree. I've tried to convince myself that I could wear something that didn't fit properly in the past, and it is always a bad idea. If something will not come close to closing in the front (even if you don't want to fasten it), it won't look good no matter how you wear it.
It is true that leather will stretch, and you don't need to put anything on it or knead it to make that happen; it happens naturally with wear. I have a leather coat that was snug when I bought it and large enough to wear over a sweater after one wearing.
However, it is always a bad policy to buy something leather and DEPEND on it stretching. Leather might be able to stretch one size, but not two, and I doubt you would want to consciously TRY to stretch it. That could lead to an accident (ripping a seam) or uneven stretching.
Unfortunately, this just isn't the right coat for you, but another one WILL turn up and you will be glad you waited. There is no substitute for a good fit.
^i know what you mean, my waist is smaller then my bust but since I'm an xsmall anyways there's no point in downsizing any smaller..so it's just a bit tighter on my chest but loose waist..
if your chest is in the D or higher then it's okay if it's not buttoned all the way or zippered all the way..if you can close it around the waist area that's all you really need, rarely do anyone zipper up all the way unless it's snowing..
from this photo...i think you look okay but i think it could look quite small in person. if i were you i'd pass. i would say go ahead if it's just one size off...but a M go for a XS is just too much. why loss 20 lbs for a jacket?