Shopping for your First Leather Jacket? Here’s What You Need
Congrats – you’ve come to the decision that now is the right time to invest in a genuine leather jacket. If you need some help and advice on what to look for, you’ve come to the right place. It’s not as easy as simply choosing the first jacket you see, as there are several aspects you need to think about.
First thing’s first – it’s important to know the difference between real and faux leather. If you’re unsure on what to look out for when investigating whether a leather jacket is fake, check out our recent blog to find out more.
By following the tips below, you’ll be well-equipped with all the information you need to know on purchasing your very first leather jacket.
Find your personal style
Your clothing says a lot about your character, therefore, it’s good to find a jacket that suits your style preferences. There are several types of leather jackets to choose from. Some of the most popular options include::
The Double Rider
The Double Rider was originally worn as motorcycle wear, so in the early days, it was created with practicality and durability in mind. Popular culture later formulated the idea that they were only worn by ‘rebels’ after one was worn on-screen by old Hollywood heartthrob, James Dean. Later, some of the world’s biggest rock artists, including The Ramones jumped on the trend.
This jacket is usually fitted with an angled zip fastening, wide lapels and extra zip or buckle details.
The bomber leather jacket is the most traditional style of leather jacket, as it was the very first to be invented. Otherwise known as the ‘flight jacket’, it was originally worn by pilots as far back as WW1.
The classic bomber is typically cut to waist-length in a slightly looser fit with structured cuffs. Some of the more expensive options also have fleece linings, cuffs and collars to keep you cosy in cold temperatures.
If one thing’s for sure – the bomber jacket isn’t quite as ‘rock n’ roll’ as the Double Rider, so if you prefer a classic, clean-cut style, this may be the leather jacket for you. However, one thing to keep in mind when purchasing a bomber jacket with a fleece-lining is that they can get very hot, so it’s not an ideal option for all-year-round wear.
The Moto jacket
While the above two are typically well-known types of leather jacket, the Moto is a style you may never have heard of before. ‘Moto’ is the abbreviation of motocross and is essentially a simplistic version of the Double Rider.
Unlike the conventional motorcycle jacket, it doesn’t have as many zips, buckles or other details as it was originally worn by racers, therefore, functionality was the main priority.
Due to its understated design, the Moto is a less rebellious and more modern style than the Double Rider and wouldn’t look too out of place when worn to more formal occasions.
Choose a good fit
One of the most important pointers to consider when purchasing a leather jacket is making sure it fits perfectly. This pointer is often overlooked by customers; especially when purchasing online. If you’re not sure about the exact measurements of a leather jacket, it would always be worth getting in touch with the company and they should be happy to talk through the measurements and give you advice on the best fit.
If a leather jacket is too large or tight, it’s unlikely you’ll wear it often. The most luxurious designs are made with higher armholes so you have the room to move your arms without restriction. Ultimately, your leather jacket should provide you with all-day comfort and should fit snugly, while still having enough room to wear knitwear underneath.
If you’ve got a slender body shape, an elasticated waistband and cuffs will flatter the figure better and draw attention to the shoulders, which should achieve an hour-glass figure.
Do be aware that leather is extremely hard to have altered, so you need to be sure that the jacket is the right fit from the get-go. If possible, always try before you buy, but when purchasing a jacket online, be sure to ask advice on the sizing.
Pay attention to the smaller details
Buying a leather jacket can be an expensive investment, so you need to be sure that it’ll last you in the years to come. Although zips and buckles can easily be replaced, it isn’t a cost-effective or easy job for even the most experienced tailors. Ditch jackets that have the flimsy fastenings and instead opt for those that contain Talon or YKK zips and metal details.
If the lining of the jacket is thin and lightweight, it’s like that the overall quality of the jacket will be poor quality too. Always carry out thorough inspections to make sure that the stitching is accurate and there are no defects to ensure the hefty price is worth it.
Here at LG styles, we stock an array of genuine leather jackets for both men and women. Take a browse through our range today.