Things to Consider Before Buying a Leather Jacket

The leather jacket is never outdated. Be it for man or woman, in spring or winter season, leather jacket’s classic style can be mixed and matched easily with almost any kinds of clothing. It also has shifted its purpose from bikers’ gang uniform to everyday’s outfit for all social statuses. More people chose leather jacket because of these reasons. If the decision has been made to purchase one, read these tips to find the best deals in buying leather jackets.

The Type of the Leather

Leather jackets are made of different animal skins. Calf, shearling, ostrich, ponyskin, and alligator or crocodile skin, all come with their distinctive characteristics. Calfskin is light, soft, and durable. Shearling is characterized by its woolly surface on one side of the leather, making it wearable from both sides. Ostrich skin has a distinctive pattern. However, it is expensive because it needs to be imported from Africa. Likewise, crocs and alligator skin bears the exotic pattern of square tiles on them. It exaggerates the wearer’s aggressive and machismo nature.

The Style of the Jacket

leather jackets on displayLeather jackets come in many styles. The biker jacket is the most common one, which what most people probably think of once they hear leather jacket.

The bomber jacket is slightly buffed with a simple collar, pockets, and stretchable cuffs. A flying jacket, or aviation jacket, is made of shearling skin and was initially used by WW1 pilots.

You can find the same style on World War posters depicting the open cockpit biplane. The pilots wore the jacket along with the signature aviation helmet and a pair of goggles. Fatigue jacket is slightly longer than the other leather jackets. It has flap pockets, and its collar can be folded down.

The Color

Thanks to technology, leather jackets nowadays come in colors more varying than their predecessor. Undyed leather comes in natural colors from the gradient of greys or browns. For a macho look, black is the ultimate option. Other colors are burgundy, blue, red, and the combination of them. But among all, neutral color is the safest one to match the trousers in your wardrobe collections.

The Measurement

aviation jacketMeasure your shoulder by extending the measurement tape from one side of your shoulder to the other. Measure the chest on its width and get the jacket length by measuring from the base of the neck to the belly.

You must not skip this step because leather jacket will look good to wear only if the size fits. A baggy leather jacket is a big no-no.

Browse The Store

Once you have done all of the steps above, I am sure now you know what you want exactly. And then, it is time to browse the stores. You can do it either offline or online.

The advantage of going from one store to another is that you can touch the material of the leather jacket directly. This step is vital because some leather may appear of high quality on the outside, but rough on the inside. Such leather can cause an itchy and uncomfortable sensation to the skin. An improper tanning process may cause that condition.

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If you have doubts about the model of the jacket, you can save some images from online browsing on your phone and use them as your reference. It can save you time.

The second option is to purchase the jacket online. It will seem like the best choice to make, but you have to be extra careful and vigilant. Most leather jackets are pricey. You must read the reviews of the store before you decide to spend money there. Otherwise, you may get an item with poor quality.