A leather jacket is a smart investment because it will quickly become one of the most worn items your wardrobe. But like with most big purchases, there are several things you need to consider before you make the splurge. Here are the top 3 tips for choosing the right leather jacket for first-time buyers.
Determine What Look You’re Going For
Before purchasing a leather jacket, you need to get crystal clear about the look you’re going for because this will help you determine which jacket to buy. There are so many styles out there, which is why it’s important to narrow down the selection from the get-go.
Are you looking for a classic motorcycle jacket, a motocross jacket or a bomber? A jacket with full sleeves or cropped sleeves? How about hardware? Think about what you like and what you don’t like in a leather jacket and make a list. Write down what you’re looking for on your phone or a piece of paper and take it with you when you go shopping.
Pay Attention to Quality
If treated well, leather jackets can be a lifelong investment. You should carefully inspect the quality of the leather, size of the armholes, inner linings and ornamental detailing before making a purchase. I recommend buying a jacket made out of real leather because they are of higher quality and age better than faux leather.
Choose the Right Fit
A good jacket should look and feel like a second skin, so you need a fit that suits your frame. The jacket should sit close to the body with room for a sweater underneath so you can add some layers if needed. Most real leather jackets stretch out with time as you wear them and break them in. I recommend buying a jacket that fits a little snug for that very reason. As you continue to wear your jacket, it will mold to your frame and stretch out a bit.
Just remember: leather is incredibly difficult to tailor or get altered, so you need a good fit from day one. Always try before you buy and don’t ever order online unless you know you can easily return it.
Jacket: Danier | Shirt: Artizia | Jeans: American Eagle | Handbag: Louis Vuitton Favorite | Shoes: Valentino