Buying a good leather jacket is the ultimate wardrobe item for both men and women. Buying a high quality leather jacket is often considered a one-time, long-term investment that can put someone in your pocket. This means being timeless, durable, and versatile enough to perform multiple functions.
There are few point that you have to consider when buying a Leather Jacket.
It is really important to note the type of leather as it can vary dramatically. Some are quite thick, thin, hard, very soft, shiny, suede or textured and all these details play a role in how it sits, wears and ultimately its versatility. Going for leather that has the right texture means that the jacket will wear well over time. Leather naturally creases, softens, erodes and fades, but the right leather jacket will do all this to create the character.
Deciding whether to buy a cropped jacket or one that ends at the hips can be difficult. With experience, I can argue that you need one of the two, but if you are only going to choose one, it really depends on your body shape and what you basically want to style. Yes it depends. A cropped jacket is really flattering if you are buying leather jackets to work with clothes, but long lengths work best if you want to wear them with jeans.
Be sure to check the hardware color. One mistake here is to leave a perfect leather jacket in the closet because it doesn’t work with the rest of your accessories. If you find a neutral hardware, black. Then you found the holy tomb. Buy it now!
The shoulders should line up and form the structure. Unless you’re going for a big boyfriend style, I’m assuming you’ve already found the perfect leather jacket, then make sure the shoulders aren’t too wide. If they are too tight, you need to increase the size as it is likely that you will not be able to move your arms.
Brands will continue to change the details of leather jackets to differentiate their designs, but nothing deviates from the classic lapel. Avoid anything trendy, such as drapes, shearling or fur (unless it’s removable) or without a collar unless you want a more solid style.
Always make sure it’s in line. The lining should also be informal and should not compete with the jacket. I hate when brands put bright colors on a great black jacket. Why?
Some may have folds in the back detail which make it more biker style while others may be less in creating a more polished shape. Not right or wrong, but it’s always a good idea to check back and make sure it suits you.
It’s all in the details. Too much and it will have history, too little and it is boring. Zippers, sewing and hardware can make or break your jacket choice. Just make sure it’s classic and flattering. I made the mistake of buying a jacket with padding on the upper sleeves that added extra bulk and made me look like a rugby player; not ideal.