Leather jackets are largely sought to produce that clear fashion twist for every casual ensemble. And hence, they tend to enjoy a significant spot in the menswear arsenal. However, while it may appear like some everyday clothing item, it is far from the common materials and casuals we wear at any time. Yes, there is a lot about leather jackets setting it apart from the other clothing items we generally come across. For example:
- THE FASHION IS INSPIRED BY THE MILITARY WEAR:
Leather jackets and their never declining fad were inspired by the military wear practices during the First World War. As history narrates, the German pilots would wrap around bomber leather jackets as a practical approach to combat freezing temperatures. Forward to World War II, this crucial element of the aviators’ uniform was called the bomber’s jacket.
However, between World War I and World War II, outerwear was initially designed and tailored as a fashionable garment by Irvin Schott. From the design perspective, the look presented by the American designer is related to the contemporary street style, motorcycle leather jacket. The founder of Schott Bros, the highly popular clothing brand named his craft after a cigar company called The Perfecto. It was then, the craze for leather jackets started to fuel up. However, it touched new heights of popularity after Marlon Brando sported one in the movie, the wild one. Since then, the craze of the leather jacket has never experienced a drop. As per the fashion experts, it is no longer a craze but an eternal trend that is here to stay.
- THE KINDS OF HIDES USED FOR MANUFACTURING:
There is no specific hide restricted for the crafting of leather jackets. Depending upon your range, you can grab leather jackets produced from different kinds of animal hides. The costliest of all is the ones of exotic animals, for example, kangaroo and horse. While these may dig a hole in your pocket, they offer value through strength and flexibility along with being lightweight.
Additionally, if your preference is towards leather that is easy to afford but feels light and supple, the options for you are the skin of sheep and goat. For a heavy-duty one, go for the standard buffalo or cowhide leather jacket that is strong, breathable and flexible
- THE LIMITLESS VARIETY FOR EVERY BUYER:
Unlike other jackets, the variety encompassing black leather jackets is truly phenomenal. I mean, there are countless styles, suiting every personality from motorcycle to the classic bomber type. Apart from the style, the range also varies from jackets aiming to keep you from harsh wind on motorbikes to jackets aiming to serve as a light protective layer during that outdoor fun. Overall, the hard-wearing outerwear has everything to offer everyone on top of the power to gain attractive patina after years
- THE POWER TO BLEND WELL IN ALL KINDS OF WEATHER:
This is perhaps, the essence of wearing a leather jacket. Yes, its ability to work for any weather we hope to flaunt! Now it is commonly assumed that leather jackets are exclusive to winters and falls. However, the fashion police suggest otherwise. According to it, you can smartly carry a leather jacket in summer evenings by keeping your styling approach minimalistic and ensuring proper measures to keep your body cool.
Besides, there are lightweight jackets that serve as a perfect fit for warm weather. These jackets are specifically manufactured from lightweight hide, which you can carry almost any time. On the contrary, heavier ones come with ample inners that keep you warm and snug during the autumn and winters. Bear in mind that since the material is naturally permeable, you should not risk it taking in heavy rains. Even if you do unintentionally, make sure it’s not exposed to water for long
- IT IS NOT COMPLETELY WATERPROOF:
Of course, it’s a pricey investment for an average-earning consumer. And the least we expect is to resist all kinds of potential damages by itself! However, expecting a leather jacket to resist the damage caused by rain or any type of heavy liquid is wrong. While it has the potential to tolerate a degree of rain, it ultimately absorbs water owing to its permeable nature.
Essentially, this power of tolerance varies from leather to leather and the way it has been treated. For example, if the surface is dealt with a water-resistant conditioner or coating, chances of it being friendly to water are high. And so, vice versa!
- IT HAS BECOME A BASIC ADDITION TO EVERY OFF-DUTY WARDROBE:
Interestingly, the timelessly chic style has maintained its symbolic associations till this time. But let’s admit that it has turned out to be an absolute universalized affair. Essentially, leather jackets are no longer the only priority to those butch guys, motorcyclists and punks. But celebrities, housewives, fashion enthusiasts, and professionals also love to sport it as an attempt to prove their styling sensibilities. Each of its types is largely sought by every gender, every age group and people all across the world
- FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHILE BUYING ONE:
The idea of online shopping may scare some but if you are sure about where to shop, things become simpler. Before you head to purchase, settle on the type of jacket you wish to flaunt. Once you’ve made up your mind, pen down your proper body measurements for accuracy in the fitting. At the time of shopping, inquire about the skin and type of leather. Plus, inquiring about the lining material is essential to ensure the jacket feels breathable and comfortable.
Jackets with limited joints depict the beauty and experience of the craftsmen, hence, look for the joints. Since stitching and finishing hold equal marks, make sure you make no compromise in that department as well.
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