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The Ultimate Guide to Men’s Leather Jackets

Winter JacketWhen we think about leather jackets, what immediately springs up in our minds? Whilst John Travolta in ‘Grease’ must have made a pretty picture in the 70’s, we’re happy to say that leather jackets have evolved a bit since then.

Admittedly, leather jackets have always projected a ‘cool’ image for most of us. And why not? They’re sleek, stylish, and ultra-hip and chic. But before going off on a spending spree for the leather jacket of your dreams, there are some factors you have to keep in mind.

 

The different types of leather jackets

If this is your first time to buy a leather jacket, you might be overwhelmed by the different choices available to you. One thing to remember is that there are different types of leather jackets, and you have to choose one which fits your own brand of style. For instance, there’s the classic motorcycle jacket, which boasts of lots of zippers and buckles. Or you can go for the elegant bomber jacket, inspired by the military, which is a bit thicker and less tailored. There are also different designs to leather jackets, and some designers choose to outfit them hoods, with studs, or sleeves that can be zipped off.

Of course, when you are buying a leather jacket, it is a given that you choose one with a good lining. For better protection against the cold, you can choose a leather jacket with a double layer collar. At the end of the day, the choice of the matter is yours. If you’d like to go for the classic, slim look, check out Professor Green’s hip leather jacket in the Sherlock Holmes 2 premiere.

 

Advantages of buying a leather jacket

Aside from making you look – and feel – like James Dean in ‘Rebel without a Cause’, leather jackets can be exceedingly comfortable. If the jacket is well-made and designed, it can be your best ally in protecting you against the cold and light rain that typically comes during the autumn and winter.

But perhaps the greatest benefit to leather jackets is this: they can last for a very, very long time indeed. In fact, some vintage leather jackets have existed for 50 years or more, and are still quite wearable today. Ever heard of that expression about wine tasting better with age? Well, it’s the same with leather jackets (not the taste, but the look, I mean). If you’re a motorcycle rider, a leather jacket is a veritable must-have. Not only will it make you comfortable whilst riding around in the chill, biting wind – it can also protect your arms and torso from falls and scrapes.

 

Always buy good quality leather jackets

When purchasing a leather jacket, never, under any circumstances, should you buy a low quality, poorly-made one. That’s a number one rule. Think of your leather jacket as an investment – you can basically wear it anywhere, and you can wear it practically forever. Cheap leather is stiff, whilst good quality leather will always remain supple, and will even be softer as time goes by. Also, a low quality leather jacket’s stitching can actually come off, which looks very bad indeed.

If you’ve decided to splurge and buy a leather jacket, you certainly won’t regret it, as it’s a clothing item that you will undoubtedly be able to use for years and years. Just make sure you’re buying good quality, and the rest will fall into place.

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