You Just Can't Go Wrong with a Leather Jacket
You can't go wrong with a genuine leather jacket. The same leather jacket can look classy dressy or casual comfy depending on what you pair it with. There are a few things you should consider when buying a leather jacket.
Consider the price-The price for a leather jacket varies greatly. Shop around and know what you're willing to spend.
Black is the most logical choice because it goes with everything, but don't be afraid to try a variety of other color options.
Feel the jacket. See how soft it is. Some leather jackets are quite bulky and heavy and tend to have a stiffer texture. Consider the lighter weight more soft and supple jackets.
Look at the details. One big consideration is buttons, snaps or zippers. Make sure you like the stitching details.
Try it on. Make sure the arms are not too tight or too long. Raise both arms at the same time directly in front of you at shoulder height. If you feel snugness when you do this, it's too tight. The length of the jacket should ordinarily hit around the hips.
I think everyone should own a nice new leather jacket, but if your budget is tight, or perhaps you want a second jacket or to experiment with a color you won't wear often, try shopping at second-hand thrift stores. You'd be surprised how many leather jackets end up there. You can walk away with a great bargain.
General Leather Terminology
Full Grain: Leather in its natural state that has not been treated for imperfections. Premium hides often naturally have few imperfections.
Grain: The hairy side of the hide that is considered the outer surface.
Hand: This is the how leather feels. It is derived from how we tend to touch leather when we see it. Soft hand leather is pricier.
Hide: The entire pelt from a large animal such as a cow, horse, or an exotic animal. This can also be considered the skin.
Leather: refers to a tanned hide. It has undergone processing to preserve it from deterioration.
Patched Leather: Multiple leather pieces that are sewn together often to create interesting patterns in purses, clothing, furniture and rugs.
Pelt: The hide or skin of an animal
Shearling: This could be referring to one of three things: 1) a year old sheep that has been sheared once. 2) The skin of a newly sheared 1 yr old sheep or lamb. 3) The first wool coat of a 1 yr old sheep
Sheepskin: Skin of a sheep, tanned with fleece on .
Suede: The flesh side, or backside, of a piece of leather. It is brushed to give it the surface appearance, and softness.
Types of Leather
Cowhide: Leather from ordinary dairy cows. This type of leather is very resistant, thick, and strong. It is durable and recommended for motorcycle gear because of its strength.
Lambskin: One of the more expensive leathers and is much lighter than cowhide or buffalo. This leather is typically more expensive since it takes more pelts to create products due to the size of the animal. It is often used in fashion clothing, such as pants.
Nappa: This term was originally used in reference to soft lambskin but has since been adopted to describe any soft piece of leather.
Pig Skin: Least expensive form of leather and due to its softness it's very often used in fashion jackets and clothing.
Water Buffalo: This type of leather is commonly used in manufacture in Pakistan, India, and China. It makes a thicker, stronger hide than cowhide. It is an ideal choice for motorcycle gear such as chaps and pants.
Aniline: This is the transparent dye that is used to treat leather. This is also sometimes called: Naked, Pure, Unprotected, Natural. It is one of the softest types of leather.
Burnish: A look that is achieved by burning the finish onto the leather using high heat that creates an illusion of depth.
Distressed: This look is achieved by treating the leather with aniline and a color that contrasts with the natural pigment of the hide. Then it is brushed off or buffed off leaving a worn or aged appearance.
Embossing: This is the process of stamping a pattern to a piece of leather by applying pressure
Glazed Finish: This is similar to the aniline finish, but steel or glass rollers are used to press enormous amounts of pressure to the finish giving it a much higher luster than other finishes.
Nubuck: This finish creates a velvety look and feel. It looks similar to suede and often confused with suede. A brushing and buffing process creates this finish.
Protected: Chemically treated to protect it from water stains and other possible damage to the surface. This makes the leather easier to clean and maintain.
Top Grain: This is what has been put on top of the piece of leather. An example would be a finish or aniline.
Great Links and Resources
- Leather Supreme Website by fellow Hubber Bill Manning
Leather Jackets, biker leather and more
- Leather Jacket: The Rebel Icon That Lost Its Gall | Crazy Sexy Life
- Mens Leather Jackets | Leather Pants | Womens Leather Skirt | Leather coat | Leather Blazers
- Sexy leather lingerie and clothing - corsets - bustiers - skirts - pants.
Our leather lingerie and leather clothing is soft and supple and oh so sexy! You'll have fun and look fabulous! Add a little spice to the mix with these alluring leather fashions!
More by this Author
Philtrum? For those of you not familiar with this part of the human anatomy, it's that groove just above your upper lip and just below your nose situated between your nostrils. The word philtrum is from the Greek word...
Sometimes as we age we begin to get a little frumpy in our appearance. Sometimes it's because we've lost the desire to put so much effort into looking good, but sometimes, it's because we've finally gotten comfortable...
A fascinating look at Beatrice Wood, the woman James Cameron modeled Rose Dewitt Bukater Calvert after in the movie "Titanic".