How to Find Genuine Leather Jackets That Will Suit Your Style
There is something about a vintage leather jacket—you just got to have one. In fact, it’s a wardrobe staple. However, with so many styles out there, it can be confusing. We’re here to help you out.
Go for a Light Colour
The leather jacket is made of cowhide or leather. It’s timeless, and you want a style that will look just as good ten years later as it does today! This is why it’s best to choose a light-coloured navy or black jacket—the shade that has worked for decades. Darker shades, such as reddish browns, are not as timeless and can even look a bit aged.
Never Get a Faux Leather Jacket
The appeal of a leather jacket is the look and feel of the leather. Faux leather is... well... faux. As well as feeling fake, it’s often not made that well. Real leather is much stronger and lasts longer than faux.
It’s tempting to get a lower-priced faux leather jacket but avoid it. Really, you want a traditional leather jacket. The type of leather, the style of the collar, the length and fit are all important in creating a timeless style, so going for faux leather just won’t cut it.
Get the One with an Antique Zipper
Look for an antique gold-coloured metal zipper. Experienced leather jacket designers know these zippers are sturdy and will last for years. It’s common for the zippers on leather jackets to be silver. However, when shopping for a vintage leather jacket, opt for one with an antique-style zipper—this gives a more authentic look and even more character.
Skip the Secondhand Leather Jacket
If you opt for a vintage leather jacket, you want one that has been well cared for. Unfortunately, this isn’t always something you can know when shopping for a secondhand piece. The leather may be scratched, or the zippers may be broken. You may find that it is not in the best shape. If you want a well-made, authentic-looking vintage leather jacket, you need to find a reputable vintage style shop or designer.
Inspect the Grain
The best leather jackets are made with a grain that is straight, not twisted. This is how you can tell high-quality real leather. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, take a look at the grain of your own leather belts. If you didn’t buy the belt already made, you could see the folds of the leather in the belt. The grain of the leather is like that—straight, with no twists. If you see twisted grain, you’re looking at low-quality leather.
Check the Collar
The collar should sit comfortably around your neck. There should be a slight dip in the centre and the corners should not angle upwards. This is why it’s important to try the jacket before buying it. You want to make sure it’s the right size for you.
The collar should also have a lining. It may be a thin layer, or it may be padded. Either way, it should be there. If you really want a vintage leather jacket, look for one with a padded collar. The materials are more luxurious, and it gives the jacket a more refined look.
Leather jackets can be expensive, but they are extremely well-made and will last a lifetime. Make sure you choose the right one for you.
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