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October 19, 2022 3 min read

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Leather jackets come in many cuts and sizes. While the classic leather jackets are the moto style or the ones from movies, there are others. Today’s focus is on the leather bolero jacket.

You have likely seen bolero jackets before. It can come in various materials, including leather. The bolero jacket dates from the 1800s during the bullfighting times in Spain. It has since been taken up by women’s fashion. In the 1800s, a cropped jacket was easier to wear with long hooped skirts than something longer.

A leather bolero jacket is generally a women’s leather jacket. It has a cropped design that distinguishes it from the others. Since this fashion-fun piece is cropped, it only covers the top portion of your torso. As a jacket to keep you warm, it might not do the trick. But as a versatile jacket that shows off your outfit in a new way - the bolero is here for you.

Advantages of a Bolero Jacket

Bolero jackets come in both short and long sleeve versions. Whether you go short or long sleeves, is up to you. The short sleeve aspect is something that a traditional leather jacket doesn’t have, letting you wear it in warmer weather. The long sleeve version can step in as sun protection if you want something lighter than a regular jacket.

The major advantage of a bolero jacket is its versatility with fashion. In wearing this jacket, you show off much more of your outfit than with a traditional jacket. You can wear high-waisted shorts, skirts, and pants to complement the cropped top.

Bolero jackets come in many colors. You can never go wrong with black or brown. Those neutral colors match everything and work in colder months. They also come in lighter colors that you can wear in the spring or summer.

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Leather Bolero Jacket vs More Traditional Styles

The most important thing to note is that at the end of the day, whether you go bolero or traditional, you’re getting a leather jacket. This is the biggest similarity and pro of your leather jacket shopping.

Both jackets can be made with the same type of leather. Bolero jackets are usually genuine leather. Something higher quality like full-grain wouldn’t work in a cropped fashion.

Bolero jackets and traditional style jackets come in many similar colors, such as black and brown. You care for the jackets the same as long as the leather type is the same.

The major difference between bolero jackets and traditional ones is their look and their function. Boler jackets mostly serve as a fashion piece. A cropped jacket can keep you warmer than not having one, but its function is not to keep you warm. It also won’t protect you from the elements the way a traditional style jacket can. The versatility you can get with traditional style jackets, such as lining them with fleece, won’t work with a bolero.

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Your Next Bolero

A bolero jacket can be the next step in your leather jacket repertoire. It could also be your first foray into leather jackets. For people who don’t enjoy the bulkier look or something with full torso coverage, this cropped jacket is perfect for you.

If you’re looking to get your own leather bolero jacket, look no further than Independence Brothers. Our company has both ready-to-wear and custom options, making both affordable for our customers. If you want to create your own bolero piece or have any other leather questions, feel free to reach out. And if you already have a favorite bolero jacket, let us know about it below in the comments.

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