Everyone needs a go-to leather jacket, whether it’s a man or a woman. Considering that jackets belong to a category of fashion that never goes out of style, there’s obviously many options available.
You could be a jacket enthusiast and tend to buy on impulse, or someone looking for that one perfect jacket. In both cases, it is imperative to know the field. When it comes down to it, there are many factors that are supposed to be taken into consideration before confirming the buy. Read on to find out everything you need to know before buying a real leather jacket.
Quality of the Leather
This is essentially the very first thing to ponder over when you go shopping for a jacket. You need to ask yourself what type of leather you prefer and be prepared to make the right choice. That is why it is imperative that you be knowledgeable about the various kinds.
Jackets made from Lamb, Cow and Calfskins are usually the most produced and sold but other kinds exist as well. Each has its own traits. Cowhide is strong and durable. Lambskin is soft and smooth. Last but not least, calfskin leather is both soft and strong, however it is a lot more expensive than the rest. Each has its own charm. At the end of the day, it all comes down to what you prefer.
Panels and Inner Lining
It goes without saying that the panel count of a jacket is important in determining its worth. Fewer joints equal more money. However, there can be some jackets where this isn’t the case. It’s all in the details. You need to consider the embellishments and the quality before considering the panels. The inner lining of a jacket is also a crucial factor because it ensures the fit and feel of the jacket. It allows the jacket to fit your shoulders in a snug manner and for you to be comfortable as well. It’s unknown to most people, but deciding the workings of the inner lining can be up to you entirely. (usually when buying a custom jacket).
Leather Jacket Styles and Fit
Since leather jackets are so in during the winter season, there are countless options to choose from. These range from biker jackets, bomber or flight jackets, suede jackets and of course, the classic Cafe Racers. Other options are available too. However, it all depends on the appeal and the type of man you are. We suggest that you take your time in browsing and trying on different styles before making your decision. You never know what may strike your fancy!
Another main thing to consider is how well the jacket fits you. The shoulders have to look good while allowing room for movement. It has to fit your chest but not suffocate you or be too loose. The length is also a very crucial thing to be examined, and this can all be done by trying on different sizes. However, if you’re ordering online, then you should know your sizes beforehand and choose from the size chart accordingly.
Stitching & Accessories
This may be a tough one because it requires proper investigation on your part but hey, it’s for your benefit anyway. What you need to confirm is the absence of loose threads and the presence of strong polyester threads. Decorative detailing is also a plus!
A jacket can contain many accessories that help in increasing its value. These can be zippers, details on the pockets, patches, studs, buttons, cuffs and so on. It’s usually easy to tell when good quality stuff has been used. You just need to develop an eye for these things.
Now that you know what to look for, we wish you the very best in finding your perfect match!