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Women’s chef jackets

While it’s important for any chef’s garments to be functional and comfortable, the best women’s chef jackets are tailored to suit a woman’s body shape while boasting both a stylish and professional appearance.

On this page, we look at the main considerations around women’s chef’s jackets, including fit, sizing and features to look out for.

How women’s chef jackets differ from men’s

Fit

It’s a fact of life that women and men have different body shapes, and a garment that fits a man’s form might not be as suitable for a woman’s. Because it’s critical for the professional chef to wear clothing that has a comfortable fit and keeps them safe and well ventilated at work, many clothing manufacturers now design chef’s jackets that are intended exclusively for women.

Women’s chef jackets tend to be cut in a way that gives them a closer, more precise fit. However, although these jackets might hang closer to the body, this doesn’t make them any less breathable or more restrictive. Indeed, they are expertly tailored to provide a slim or classic fit while remaining loose and leaving room for air to circulate between the fabric and the skin.

How to measure for a woman’s chef jacket

When measuring your body for a chef’s jacket, remember that it's your actual body measurements that count, not the garment size you normally wear.

If you’re buying clothing for a team of staff, it’s important to measure everyone individually. This will help make sure that each employee has a uniform that’s as “made to measure” as possible.

There’s no need to allow extra room for movement, as most chef’s jackets are designed with this in mind. Look for a fit that enables you (or the wearer) to move freely about the kitchen while staying comfortable.

Follow the steps below:

Chest and bust

When sizing any jacket, you should measure over your clothes rather than skin.

Place a measuring tape loosely under your arms, around the fullest part of the chest and bust.

Waist

Keeping the measuring tape slightly loose, measure around the natural waistline—i.e. just above your hip bone and slightly above your navel. Breathe as normal—don't hold your breath, as this will likely lead to an inaccurate waist size.

Size

As with most types of clothing, there’s little consistency between manufacturers. The table below shows general sizes for women’s chef jackets but keep in mind that sizes vary in cut and style from brand to brand.

Some European-made chef jackets (such as those made by Bragard) come in European sizes. The following chart shows the UK equivalents.

Women’s chef jackets size chart

UK sizes

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

20

22

24

26

28

30

Euro sizes

34

36

38

40

42

44

46

48

50

52

54

56

58

International sizes

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

XXXL

Bust (cm)

79–82

83–86

87–90

91–94

95–98

99–102

103–106

107–112

113–118

119–124

125–130

131–136

137–142

Waist (cm)

58–61

62–65

66–69

70–73

74–77

78–81

82–85

86–89

90–95

96–101

102–107

108–113

114–119

Chef’s jackets—features to look out for

Material

Most jackets are made of cotton or a cotton/polyester blend, as not only are these materials breathable and comfortable but they absorb liquids and splashes too.

Read more about chef jacket materials here

Weight of fabric

Generally, the choice is between a lightweight or heavyweight jacket.

With their lighter fabric, lightweight jackets allow for freer movement but can wear more easily. Heavyweight jackets, on the other hand, offer better protection against burns and splashes but can be bulky and uncomfortable for some chefs. Their material, however, is typically of a higher quality.

Read more about lightweight and heavyweight chef jackets here

Design

Chef’s jackets are designed for practicality and typically feature one or more of the following:

  • Long sleeves—protect your arms from burns when reaching across stoves or into ovens
  • Short sleeves—keep your uniform out of the way of cooking containers and flames, while helping to cool you down
  • High collars—shield your neck from hot splatters
  • Double-breasted design—the two layers of fabric guard against scalds and burns, while double rows of buttons enable you to reverse the jacket to hide stains

Fastenings

Knotted buttons and press studs let you quickly remove the jacket if you accidentally spill hot oil. They are also less likely to break and potentially contaminate food.

Women’s chef jackets—Russums top sellers

Russums Unisex Bakers’ Tunic

  • Polyester/cotton blend
  • Open neck
  • Short sleeves
  • Inside breast pocket
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

Price: £9.88 (+ VAT)

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Ladies’ Chef’s Jacket

  • 65/35 polyester/cotton blend
  • 215g fabric
  • Double-breasted
  • Style-capped press studs
  • French cuffs
  • Shaped front
  • Three-piece back
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

Price: £20.50 (+ VAT)

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Bragard Grand Chef Lady Jacket

  • Designed specifically to fit the female silhouette
  • Pima premium fine cotton
  • Double-breasted
  • Hand-sewn cloth buttons
  • Air vents under arm
  • Tapered front buttons
  • Sizes: Euro 34/36, 38/40, 42/44, 46/48, 50/52

Price: £112.00 (+ VAT)

(Can be altered to short sleeves at an extra cost of £1.75 + VAT)

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