What To Consider Before Buying A Leather Jacket

Are you considering buying a leather jacket? What a great idea! You are in good company.

Some people own an entire collection of baseball caps. Others insist on closets full of shoes of all styles and colors. Still others, however, can't own enough leather jackets. They have a bomber jacket, a motorcycle jacket, a long leather coat, a leather suit coat… The list goes on. It's no wonder, really, why someone would prefer to have a vast collection of leather jackets as opposed to one leather jacket and a collection of other, cheaper, less resilient coats and jackets. Leather lasts a long time. It's always going to be popular; and it is extremely versatile. What's more, it's a great investment.

But wait! Before you settle on which leather jacket to get, there are a handful of things you should consider. Don't worry – don't get all anxious and nervous – we are going to help you sort things out when it comes to those considerations.

What's Your Budget?

When purchasing a leather jacket, you want to make sure to get it right. For some people, there is simply no wrong choice. For others, however, the jacket has to be just so. Pockets, zippers, and other embellishments are important to many people. More customizations, bells, and whistles can cost more, however. Look at what you have in your budget and try to stay within your spending limit while still enjoying the purchase of a leather jacket.

Various Finishes

There are a number of finishes available where leather jackets are concerned. Here are some from which you'll need to choose:

  • Suede leather
  • Nubuck leather
  • Antique grain leather
  • Wax finish leather

What Style Are You Looking For?

As with finishes, there are a handful of styles to choose from when referring to leather jackets. Some of these include the following:

  • Biker
  • Moto racer
  • Flight
  • Bomber jacket (yes there is a difference between flight and bomber jackets)

"Real" Versus "Genuine"

Some people get confused when they see the word "Genuine" before the word "Leather". What does "Genuine" mean when referring to a leather jacket? It simply means that no waxing or oiling has been done to prevent the leather from dust and water. It is in its original form.

That's not a particularly functional approach, practically speaking. For something like a wallet, it's not that big of a deal. People go through wallets like crazy. On the other hand, particularly with the investment you're going to make in a leather jacket, you want it to last virtually forever.

Because it's guaranteed to last a long time, it's pricier to buy "real" leather. But it's worth it, to protect your investment.

Bottom Line

One of the most important things, when considering which leather jacket to go with, is to pick what fits you best. Yes, we are referring to the fit around your shoulders, the length of the sleeve, and more. But we are also referring to the style that fits your personality best. You might not be the biker type, so you may choose to go with a dressier jacket or long coat. Remember, as well, there are customizations that can be applied to some leather jackets.

Considering Buying a Leather Jacket? Shop Taylor's Leatherwear First!

Whether you're looking for a bomber style leather jacket, a leather long-jacket, a vintage police jacket, or something more modern, we've got you covered – literally. Before you look at leather jackets anywhere else, check out our inventory.

If you're into private labels, we have a number from which to choose. There are some truly impressive styles that are bound to turn heads when you show up at your next event wearing your new private label leather jacket.

Wondering how to care for your leather jacket or what to do if it's damaged? We can help there as well. Please review our Leather Care and Repairs section.