The perfect leather jacket is an investment piece; I’ve always believed in investing in a quality leather jacket and then wearing it until the bitter end. I’ve owned exactly three leather jackets in my life: a grey leather jacket from Danier, the Mackage Lisa jacket and then the Mackage Rumer jacket.
To some, three jackets in a lifetime may seem like a low number, but to me it’s smart shopping. If you choose your closet staples carefully, you won’t feel the need for multiples and you’ll get one stylish, quality jacket that you truly love as opposed to three that you like.
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Style. If you want to invest, choose a style that you can see yourself living with for at least three years. Stick to a jacket that fits your overall style to ensure you don’t regret your purchase down the line.
Fit. This may be an obvious one, but it’s very important to make sure that the jacket fits the way you want it to. Try it on with different clothing and consider how you’ll be primarily wearing it - will you have heavy layers under it? Will you primarily keep it open or zip it up? Even if you’re not a fan of zipped up leather jackets, it’s nice to have the option on a chilly day.
Hardware and Embellishments. If you’re planning on wearing your jacket daily, do you want flashy hardware and embellishments? Will it go with multiple outfits and occasions?
Lining. If you’re purchasing your jacket for warmth, ensure it has lining. Believe it or not, there are many styles that don’t have lining; while it creates a streamlined silhouette, it won’t provide the same warmth that a lined jacket would.
Pockets. Are you looking for a jacket with lots of pockets? On average, leather jackets have about three pockets, but some have none.
Material. While leather is expensive in general, some leathers are more expensive than others. How much do you want to spend? Are you looking for something with texture like my Rumer jacket or something luxurious and soft like a lambskin?
Happy shopping! Here are a few of my favourite leather jackets to get you started:
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