Leather jackets are one of those statement pieces that will stand the test of time so it’s probably the one type of coat (besides the trench) that I don’t mind spending a bit more on. I remember buying my leather jacket is still the most worn item in my wardrobe and I love it as much today as the day I picked it up. Whether it’s thrown over an LBD or teamed with skinny jeans and high tops, it adds a cool, laid back feel to any outfit. But, although there’s loads of choice in the shops – both high street and luxury – they’re not all great quality and it’s easy to regret buying one. So here are a few tips to help you now what to look out for…
The most important element of buying a leather jacket is obviously the material itself. Make sure that you take your time to feel the exterior (online shopping isn’t great for that) and notice if it’s stiff and shiny (run away) or soft and buttery (buy, buy, buy). The leather needs to get better with age and although it will scratch and crease naturally, the jacket needs to take this on without it looking haggered.
Personally, I think the most flattering cut of a leather jacket falls just above the hip to cinch in the waist and create the illusion of a longer leg. If you have a shorter torso, look into the petite ranges that will sit better against the body.
Aside from a leather blazer where the details are minimal and it’s all about the cut, leather jackets should have a few bells and whistles to add interest. Mine has poppers, zips and a cross-over fastening which is quite common in the design, but make sure the hardware serves a purpose and doesn’t look like it’s just been stuck there for the sake of it.
I thought I’d hate the fact that my jacket doesn’t have a collar but I think it suits the style perfectly. Nothing beats a classic lapel collar but try to stay away from anything trend-led like shearling or fur which won’t stand the test of time.
Look closely at the lining of your leather jacket and make sure it’s a good quality material that matches the colour of the exterior. Don’t be tempted to go for a colourful lining, I don’t know why brands do that!
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