How To Buy The Perfect Leather Jacket (Without Breaking The Bank!)

DSC_0079Leather jackets can have a place in anyone’s wardrobe. These jackets come in many different styles to flatter different types of figures and different lifestyles.

When you purchase your leather jacket you want to find the one that is perfect for you. The initial purchase of a new leather jacket can be costly. Just keep in mind that the jacket should last for many years and will likely get more attractive with wear.

A good leather jacket, if you are purchasing it new from a department store, can cost several hundred dollars. A designer leather jacket can cost several thousand dollars. Be sure you can afford a new leather jacket before you start looking to purchase one.

When looking for your perfect jacket there are some things you want to look for.

An inexpensive leather jacket may be shorter to conserve material. A good leather jacket will come to your mid hip. Of course, a bomber jacket style will be shorter.

You don’t want a leather jacket to feel scratchy or stiff or like plastic. You want it to feel soft.

You want the jacket’s hardware such as buttons, snaps, and zippers to be of good quality.

Leather_jacketsYou want the jacket to be well made.

There are various types of leather from which jackets are made. Each has its own characters. The most common leather is cowhide. It is durable and resists water and dirt. It is considered an affordable leather.

Bison is similar to cowhide in durability. It has a natural pattern which cowhide does not.

Deerskin is very durable. It is not only used for jackets, it is also used for gloves. Deerskin feels softer than cowhide.

Goatskin is very durable and is softer and lighter than cowhide.

Lambskin is the most soft, supple and wearable of the leathers.   It is lightweight and can be worn most of the year.

If your funds are limited when you are considering the purchase of a leather jacket you first need to determine exactly how much you can afford to spend. Keep in mind that a new leather jacket is not going to be cheap.

There are alternatives to purchasing a new leather jacket if your funds are limited.

Check out consignment shops and thrift stores. You may be able to find a good looking jacket for a good deal less money. Make sure you check the garment for any damage before purchasing it. Be sure the style is still current.

You should be able to find leather jackets for sale on sites such as eBay.

Check the outlet malls for a good deal on a leather jacket.

If you want the look of leather, but cannot afford it at this time consider a jacket made of pleather. Pleathers are synthetic leathers made of polyurethane. The material is versatile and easy to care for. Some of these are lovely and may give the look of a real leather jacket. This type jacket may only cost around $100.