3 Tips To Buying Perfect Leather Jacket
The history of over the past 70 years has shown that leather jackets are wardrobe essentials for a rebellious and manly appearance for a guy. When you think of leather jackets, what famous and manly men come to mind? Surely, The Ramones, Marlon Brando, Springsteen, James Dean and WWII fighter pilots all exhibit that macho look most guys like to have. Therefore, you without doubt should add a well-made leather jacket to your wardrobe.
There are three reasons a well-made leather jacket should be added to your wardrobe. For one, it will simply never go out of style. It can complement your outfit for the day by dressing it up or down. Additionally, it will always be in style for the manly guy by harkening back a badass, bygone era.
Before you go out to find that perfect leather jacket for you, let me give you three tips for buy the leather jacket that is just perfect for you.
Tip #1: Choose the Best Style to Complement Your Personality
The Classic Biker Style Leather Jacket
The coolest of the cool guys in style go for the classic biker style leather jacket. Remember the trend set by Marlon Brando in The Wild One back in the fifties and John Travolta in Grease. Could it be that the style they exemplify is the one for you?
Black is the best color for the biker style jacket. This style jacket can be an outstanding finishing piece for an ensemble in all black. A great ensemble to wear with a black leather biker jacket could be to wear it with skinny black denim and boots. Another possibility for the black biker jacket is to wear it with lighter denims along with an unassuming white tee.
A traditional approach to the classic biker leather jacket is to select one with silver hardware, or you might go for black woven detailing of your leather jacket for a contemporary look.
Brown Leather Jackets
A textured richness for spring can be created with dusty tans and authentic brown leather jackets. Keeping with the lighter colors of spring, a brown leather jacket can be nicely complemented with warm tone hues, whites and neutrals.
Casual looks can also be created with bronzed tones of leather. Building on the base tones with brown leather jackets will add both dimension and warmth to your ensemble. For spring and summer styling, experiment with lighter or brighter tones to add a vibrant take.
Bomber Leather Jackets
No matter what your age is, men’s bomber leather jackets are popular globally at the present time. Both Aviator and Flight jackets will make any type of statement you want your leather bomber jacket to say.
At first, the A-2 bomber jacket was made with leather and/or ultra-cozy sheepskin. Their purpose was to keep pilots warm. These jackets are still being recreated today. There are currently tons of variants of this style of leather jackets.
Color is really important when you select a men’s bomber jacket. Black is a safe choice for most men since it goes with everything. If you want to highlight your individuality, be brave with your color choices. Either a distinctive burgundy bomber jacket or a stylish khaki bomber jacket will make you look special. You can simply choose the color that you would love to have.
Brighter and vivid pieces will be grounded by the simplicity of leather bomber jackets. Try incorporating this style leather jacket with denim for a great and relaxed look that registers casual but put together well.
Tip #2 Choose the Right Skin
The right choice of skin of a leather jacket is crucial for many reasons. The skin is what determines the comfort and looks of the jacket. Its performance and durability are also determined by the skin. When considering the leather’s tanning, there are many factors that you should take into account. Here are a few:
- Most leather does not come from cows. For instance, Bovine leather, also known as steer hide, is a stiff leather and wearing it in takes a lot of time. Therefore, this type of leather should be reserved for practical needs such as for protection when riding a motorcycle. Horse or buffalo hides are similar to the Bovine as well. On the other hand, calfskin is far softer. Being pliable, it feels as if it has been broken-in as soon as you put it on for the first time. In the long run, calfskin simply is less hard-wearing and a better choice.
- Another choice that you will find is long-lasting, supple and water repellent is goatskin. Sheepskin isn’t as tough as the other leathers and is also lighter than cow or goat. It has been famous for its use on shearling jackets of pilots. Being the lightest and softest skin of all, lambskin is used by many luxury and high fashion labels.
- When tanned, pigskin is a fine choice due to its being both pliable and soft. Its very minor grain makes it appear smoother than most other options. However, be careful to stay away from poor quality pigskin since it looks remarkably cheap.
When you will be wearing your leather jacket will certainly determine the skin you choose. Remember the lighter hides are far less durable and susceptible to tearing. If you plan to wear your leather jacket when riding your motorbike on a highway, your choice should be a skin that is made from a hard-wearing hide.
Consider the Grain
There are various cuts of the raw animal hides used to make a leather jacket. The animal the hide comes from determines the thicknesses of the hide.
- Full-grain leather: The entire hide is used for full-grain leather. When using the entire hide, the outer layer of skin is used displaying the marks, scars and patterns the animal has pick up. Since only the best quality hides are suitable for crafting full grain leather, jacket made with full grain leather are more expensive. In addition, full grain is thick and rather stiff and will take time to cultivate its natural patina and a unique type of beauty.
- Top-grain leather: Top-grain leather is considered to be one step down from full grain leather. In order to create top-grain leather, the under layer is removed, and only the outer layer is used. It is more flexible and thinner than the full-grain leather. Its useful application is increased by its being coated with weatherproofing materials and colored stains. As a result, a patina of this leather isn’t developed. However, a top-grain jacket will look the same throughout its life. Top-grain leather is used to craft most fashion jackets currently on the market.
- Corrected grain: The lowest grade of leather used to craft jackets is corrected grain. In order to mimic the appearance of higher grades of leather, an artificial pattern is stamped on it. If you do come across a jacket made of corrected grain, you most certainly should not buy it.
- Split grain: Split grain leather is only used to produce suede. It is basically the hide’s underside and then lightly abraded.
Consider the Tanning
Another consideration is the tanning of the hide. There are two basic methods considered to be natural and synthetic approaches used today even though many more exist:
- Chrome: Chrome tanning uses a chemical chromium sulphate. Tanning with this chemical is very quick. A soft and uniformly colored leather is produced by this tanning. It also gives the leather strong weatherproofing. However, this method is horrible for our environment and has a very artificial appearance. Chrome tanning is used to create Nappa leather.
- Vegetable tanning: Most good quality jackets are made with leather that has undergone vegetable tanning. The centuries-old way of treating leather uses plant matter and wood barks. This method of tanning is both a slower process and, therefore, jackets tanned with this method are more expensive. However, this method is kinder to our environment. It also produces natural, rich hues which hide scratches and buffs. This method of tanning has a downside. Leather tanned with this method tends to discolor or stain a little when wet. Weatherproofing treatments after the tanning is done can make the possibility of leather tanned with this method staining or discoloring lessened.
Tip #3 Check Those Finishing Touches
If you’re buying a leather jacket, you’re about to make a major investment. Therefore, you want the jacket to last for quite a while. Replacing zippers, buckles, and button may be possible technically, but it wouldn’t be easy or cheap. Before making the purchase check that the hardware is good quality. The zippers should be YKK, RiRi or Talon.
You should also check the lining quality. A thin and flimsy lining indicates that the leather is most likely low-grade and cheap. If the lining should rip, it will very difficult for you to get it replaced. Check the stitching on the inside and outside and estimate the number of man-hours it took to complete it. The stitching on a good quality jacket is both dense and even, and polyester thread should have been used. The stitching should have no points of weakness or loose ends.