A leather jacket is a timeless accessory that can be worn anywhere. From leather jackets for men to leather jackets for women, leather jackets come in all shapes and sizes. With so many options available, it’s important to know what you want before making your purchase. The following two tips will help guide you through the process of buying a leather jacket:
1. What style are you looking for?
There are several styles of leather jackets to choose from. The first decision to make is how you want your jacket to look. Here are some options:
· Full-length, traditional motorcycle jacket – the most popular option that looks good on everyone (men and women). This style typically has zippered pockets and belted cuffs (optional).
· Bomber jacket – these jackets are typically shorter with streamlined, fitted sleeves. They are also often lighter in weight than traditional jackets due to the absence of a waist seam.
· Moto-style jacket – this is a modern take on the traditional motorcycle jacket. Moto-style jackets are typically shorter in length with zippered pockets.
· Three-quarter moto – this style is an updated moto-style that ends at the elbow instead of mid-forearm. It has a ribbed hem for a more fitted look and cleaner lines.
· Biker jacket – this is a longer style that ends at the top of the hip. It has an extended collar with snap or zip closures, epaulets, zippered pockets and may or may not have ribbing on the waist seam.
· Jacket/coat hybrid – although technically two pieces, this style is most commonly called a leather jacket. It is often short in length with snap or zip closures.
· Duster – an extremely long style that is meant to hang past the hips. This style has an extended collar with snap or zip closures, epaulets and large pockets on the front.
2. What material are you looking for?
Leather is the most common material used in jackets. Higher-quality leather will have a smooth finish and feel stiffer to the touch, while lower-quality leather has a rougher look and feel. If you want a medium weight jacket that’s both durable and comfortable, then full grain or top grain leather is a good option.
Nubuck is a type of full grain leather that has been sanded to create a velvety finish. This process creates a softer garment that may be more suitable for a woman’s body, but it won’t stand up as well to everyday wear and tear.
Tumbled leather is another option with less durability. The term “tumbled” means that the leather has been put through a process that makes it softer and more pliable, which can mean seams or other details may be compromised.
Suede is a manmade material often considered to be a lower-quality option because of its delicate finish, but there are some high-quality options available. Suede will have a very soft feel but can be prone to wear and tear. When shopping for suede, look for 100% nylon or microfiber suedes, which are more durable than traditional suedes made from cowhide.
Cowhide is the lowest-quality leather option that is often used in lower-end jackets. It is less durable than full-grain or top-grain leather, but some options are more durable than others.