How to Shop for a Leather Jacket

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A leather jacket is a wardrobe staple and great way to express your personal style. Warm and durable, but also timeless and classic, leather is an investment that pays off over and over through the years.

Be prepared to spend at least $250. A good leather jacket costs $500 or more--not unreasonable when you consider how often and how long you'll wear this garment.

Slip into one of the classic styles, which include bomber, blazer and zip-up jackets. A medium-length jacket hits the top of your thigh. Waist or hip-length jackets are versatile. A trench coat can be sleek and slimming on the right figure.

Choose color and texture. Although black is the most popular choice, with brown not too far behind, there are a wide range of colors to choose from. Textures vary from buttery soft, thin leather to thicker, more durable jackets. Suede (which requires a little more care) is another option.

Inspect the jacket's construction. Seams should be strong and perfect and the bottom hem straight. The collar and pockets should lie flat. Check the lining for strong seams, especially in the pockets where they get a lot of wear and tear. Motorcycle jackets should have vents, a padded kidney panel, and tough leather--all crucial for safe and comfortable riding.

Tips & Warnings

  • Store your leather jacket either flat or on a wide, sturdy, padded hanger to prevent stretch marks. Never use plastic covers.
  • Take care of stains pronto. When in doubt, take it to a dry cleaner.

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