Tips For Buying a Leather Jacket
1. Stay away from overcorrected, plastic leather
The higher up you go the price chain, the less likely you’ll run into it.
You’ll mostly be dealing with slight differences in quality of full grain and top grain leather, which are sometimes hard to tell apart. At which point it’s really just a matter of your own preference on how the leather feels.
Feel the leather by scrunching and squeezing the sleeve it in your hand. Rub your fingers on it. Is it soft, grainy, a little oily feeling? It’s probably good leather. If it feels slick, smooth or “plasticy,” you might have an over-treated and corrected leather.
2. Real quality is in the details
When it comes to determining the overall quality of the jacket, checking out the other parts of the jacket helps a lot. A trick of mine is to pay more attention to the details, as the quality of the leather can be very subtle once you get away from over corrected leathers.
Check the zipper, the lining, the stitching. If you see a RiRi zipper, or heavy duty, smooth zipping custom branded zipper, then you’re also most likely dealing with good leather. The zipper is usually the first thing to go when trying to make a design cheaper.
You wouldn’t put a RiRi zipper on a crappy quality leather jacket – that would be like slicing truffles on a Subway sandwich. Sometimes expensive brands will use a YKK, but there are other details you can look at.
Check the lining. Are there two separate linings for the body and sleeve? If yes, it’s most likely a nicer jacket as it’s cheaper to just you one type of lining.
Is the synthetic or silk lining smooth or is it relatively rough? Smooth is better sign of quality, bad silk and synthetic linings will be rough, dry and slightly “crunchy”.
3. The rules still apply: Fit Is King
You want the jacket to fit snug, but not too tight that your limbs go numb.
As the saying goes, it should fit like a glove. You wouldn’t wear a glove that was so tight you couldn’t grip anything. With your jacket, you want to be able to bend your arms comfortably.
A good leather jacket will bend and mold with you.
Make sure you’re wearing what you’d most likely wear your leather jacket with when you’re shopping for a jacket.
For me, that’s usually a dress shirt layered over a t-shirt. That means I’m going to need a bit more room, especially in the upper arm portions.
If you buy your jacket wearing a t-shirt, and find yourself wanting to wear a hoodie under your jacket in the future, it’s going to be a bit uncomfortable.
Whether you should be able to zip it up or not is a matter of preference. I almost never wear my jackets zipped up, so sometimes I lean towards the tighter side.
In general, jackets with higher armholes will fit better. The lower the armhole, the more it will pull on the body of the garment when you move your arms. Higher armholes will give you better movement in your arms.
4. Consider color
For versatility, black and brown are king. If you’re shopping for a main leather jacket, stay away from colored leathers, like bordeaux, army green and grey, for now.
Black and brown leather jackets are more acceptable if you’re looking for a jacket to wear almost every day. If your daily leather jacket is red, it’s hard for people not to think, “Didn’t you just wear that yesterday?”
5. Respect the price
I don’t recommend you cutting corners “just for the look”.
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Read entire The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Leather Jacket (by a former leather jacket designer)
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