Posted by:Emily Oduor
This is one of the biggest wardrobe investments you will ever make. That said, here’s what you need to look out for while shopping for that leather jacket.
There are many styles when it comes to leather jackets but the most famous one is the double riders also known as the biker jacket. It’s many people’s choice because of it’s versatility. It can be worn over a hoodie, with skinny jeans, skirts, the list is endless.
Then there’s the motocross (also known as the café racer) originally intended to minimize drag while racing at high speed. It’s figure hugging nature means it cannot be worn with anything bulky on the inside. Wear it over a T shirt or a slim under layer.
The military or bomber jackets were first made in nylon but there’s tons of leather variants out there.
2. Choose a good fit.
A good jacket should feel and look like a second skin but at the same time also leave room for a sweater in case needed.
Ideally there should be just enough room to move your arms freely, sleeves should come down no longer than the wrists, while the rest of the jacket should sit at waist height in most cases. I f you want to go for the crop kind, ensure that you already have a decent one in your wardrobe.
Avoid anything that will stretch around your contours or make you look more round if you are bulky.
The fact that leather is not easy to alter or tailor should make you be watch out for these pointers/ these guidelines.
Make sure to pick out the right skin, this will dictate its performance and durability. They come from different animals, not all leather comes from cows, horses or buffaloes (steer-hide which is normally stiff & takes a long time to wear, mostly used for motorcycle protection)
An alternative is calfskin which is less hard or goat skin which is supple and durable Lambskin, meanwhile, is favored by many high fashion and luxury labels as it’s the softest and lightest of them all.
Be aware that the lighter the hide used, the less durable it will be making it more susceptible to tearing.
4. Check the quality of the lining. If a jacket is lined with something thin and flimsy, then chances are the leather is cheap and low-grade, too.
With those 4 guidelines whether you are on a budget or not, you will definitely be sure to pick out a leather jacket that will give you due service regardless of the price tag.