Everyone is a beginner at something. If you're doing your research before buying a leather jacket, good for you! Here are 5 tips to consider before you buy.
- Avoid Chemically Treated Leather
If you’re buying a pricey item, you’re less likely to see this. At the higher price bracket you’ll be dealing with differences of grain, while quality is pretty high. At this point, it’s more about which look you enjoy and how it feels to wear and touch.
When you feel the leather, it should feel smooth and soft. If it feels oily or looks like plastic, then avoid it at all costs.
- Mind the Details
You want to look at every detail of the jacket to determine its quality. When designers create their jackets, if they are looking to create a high-quality piece they rarely skimp on the details. Usually the first thing to go is the zipper. If you see a good quality zipper, you can bet that the leather jacket is quality.
After you’ve checked the zipper, check the lining. You want to know if there are two layers to the inner lining, one for the body and one for the sleeves.
Are the linings smooth or crunchy? Look for smooth linings.
- Does it Fit Right?
You want the jacket to be tight, but you don’t need to sacrifice comfort for style.
You should be able to bend your arms comfortably, even jump around like an animal. A good leather jacket will work with you. If you plan on wearing a dress shirt with your leather jacket, prepare yourself by bringing a dress shirt to buy your new jacket.
If you wear a t-shirt instead of a hoodie, you run the risk of buying a jacket that is too tight.
- Color is Important
It’s safe to go with black and brown. Everyone understands that leather jackets are black or brown. Anything outside of that and you’ll be turning heads more than usual. It also doesn’t let you get away with wearing the same thing every day. People will start to know you as the guy with the red jacket. This could be cool. Just be careful with the color of your jacket, because it will be one of the first things people notice and last things they remember.
- Price Isn't Everything
Just because something fetches a high price doesn’t make it the best. The same goes for cheaper jackets. It ultimately comes down to your discernment and taste. You can find extremely high quality jackets for a good price, you just have to know how to look. Hopefully we have given you some insight into your search for the perfect leather jacket.