A Quick Guide To Buying A Leather Jacket

Buying a leather jacket is certainly a commitment as they have the potential to outlive you. This is why getting a good leather jacket is often seen as an investment and not one that should be made willy-nilly.

You may feel slightly overwhelmed as you begin your mission to find the perfect leather jacket for you, so we’ve put together a quick guide to help you along the way.

You get what you pay for (usually)

For the most part, with a leather jacket, you get what you pay for. In this way, you may have to pay a little bit more for quality leather, smooth zips, and precise stitching, but it’s going to be worth it in the long run.

We spoke to leather experts, Lakeland Leather, who said: “In the majority of cases, price equals standard when it comes to leather, so that’s worth keeping in mind before you buy a leather jacket. Sometimes you may end up paying for a brand where the name is more expensive than the quality, but this doesn’t happen too often.”

“In short, if you want to buy a garment which will stay with you for a long time, you may want to consider looking at the higher prices. If you’re just looking for a jacket to last you the season, those in the lower price range might be better for you.”

Look for topstitching

Topstitching is highly coveted in the leather jacket world. If you’ve not heard of topstitching before, it’s a decorative stitching detail which is usually found on the edges of seams and pockets, making the jacket more visually appealing.

If the topstitching on your potential jacket made with a thick thread made by German company Güttermann, it’s likely that you’re looking at a high-end jacket. If your jacket has thin or non-existent topstitching, it’s likely that it’s lower end.

Ensure that it suits your image

It’s easy to be a bit gung-ho when buying a new item of clothing, but with something as long-lasting and, let’s face it, pricey as a good leather jacket, it’s important not to rush in.

The best way to go about it is to go for a timeless style so that it will always be fashionable, perhaps a biker or a bomber.

Above all, your jacket should make you feel good about yourself and should be as comfortable as possible, so make sure that you try a few on and don’t just go for the first one that catches your eye.

Make sure you can look after it

Just like any leather product, a leather jacket needs to be adequately cared for in order for it to have a long life in tip-top condition. They’re an investment and should be treated as such, so you need to know the level of maintenance required before you make your purchase.

Because of this, you should always check the manufacturer’s label before you buy your new leather jacket. There are general care best practices which are appropriate for all leather products and you can read about them here.

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Kate Dioneda Black Sequin Power Shoulder Blazer

Kate Dioneda Black Sequin Power Shoulder Blazer

Is there anything more festive than sequins? I think not! I’ve been eyeing this sequin blazer by indie designer Kate Dioneda, and it’s as festive as it gets. Complete with padded shoulders and slim lapels,  this piece can make a statement out of any outfit. In fact, this whole label stands for where femininity meets the edge. All of her pieces have a sartorial vibe, spanning outwear, evening wear, club wear, and basics. I’m pretty much convinced this designer curated her collection with me in mind. So, check Kate Dioneda out and tell her I sent you!

Black Sequin Power Shoulder Blazer
by Kate Dioneda
$169.00

OMG buy me THIS.

Photo credit: Kate Dioneda

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Kate Dioneda. While I was compensated for this post, all opinions expressed are my own.

River Island Embellished Sleeve Biker Jacket

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Whenever you can manage to squeeze the words ’embellished’ and ‘biker jacket’ into the same sentence, I am 100% interested. This insane River Island jacket is no exception! The color scheme is amazing and the leather cushion cut details on the inside of the jacket give it that extra ounce of flare. Standing tall at just over $300 I would say go for it, you will find similar pieces at H&M for almost the same price, and at AllSaints for three times as much. YOLO!

Embellished Sleeve Biker Jacket
by River Island
$305.46

OMG buy me THIS.

Photo credit: ASOS

Hinge Laser Cut Leather Jacket

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There are so many reasons why I don’t need another leather jacket, but I still can’t help feeling like I need to get in my car and race back to Nordstrom right now for it!!! Let’s start with the incredible cut of this piece. It’s feminine, structured, and the perfect length, aka everything a jacket should be. Now onto the amazingness of those laser cut sleeves… the coolest thing ever should do it. Ok enough drooling, we’ll see what happens but in the mean time OMGbuymeTHIS!

Laser Cut Leather Jacket
by Hinge
$328.00

OMG buy me THIS.

Photo credit: Nordstrom

Wizards of the West Yellow Floral Blazer

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Wizards of the West Yellow Floral Blazer

Everything spring culminates in this blazer by new online boutique Wizards of the West. Floral print, buttercup yellow, and a slim fit give this blazer I’m currently lusting after the perfect spring vibe that will go with any of your skinny jeans, cropped chinos, or even cutoff shorts alike. It’s a vintage flower pattern with red, blue, and green mixed all in, in a soft cotton material that’s comfortable enough for any occasion. Floral not your thing? One really cool thing about this site is you can search by pattern name or pattern swatch, which allows for even more efficient browsing and shopping. I was really close to writing about yet another leopard piece, but I thought I’d feature something more seasonally appropriate. This is a great piece to jazz up the solid apparel basics we all have in our closets.

And that’s not all folks. We have a special offer from our friends at Wizards of the West: sign up now to get $15 free store credit towards your first order. Hurry, this offer is good for 30 days and spring fashion is calling your name! Don’t forget they also offer free shipping and returns, so shop with confidence to your heart’s desire!

Yellow Floral Blazer
by Wizards of the West
$64.45

OMG buy me THIS.

Photo credit: Wizards of the West

‘Trento’ Womens Blue Leather Biker Jacket

Trento Womens Blue Leather Biker Jacket

For our OMGers across the pond in the UK, we’ve got a local indie treat for you. Boutique leather brand, JLG Leather, has this killer midnight blue leather jacket perfect for the edgy side in all of us. Complete with zipper, buckle, and stud hardware details, this is a cropped leather jacket that can edge up even the girliest of ensembles. I love the slim style and silhouette it gives off; the shoulder epaulettes and tailoring in the back are absolutely perfect. I’m also totally smitten by the dark blue color and I dream of how supple that soft blue nappa hide leather feels. JLG Leather ships to most countries worldwide, but if you’re in mainland UK you can score free shipping. This is a fine made piece that is beautiful and unique; not just your ordinary black leather jacket.

‘Trento’ Womens Blue Leather Biker Jacket
by JLG Leather
£145.00

OMG buy me THIS.

Photo credit: JLG Leather

BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway Novak Jacket

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Are you kidding me with this jacket?!! I mean, really. It doesn’t get more amazing than this. I recently had the pleasure of hearing Lalana Luba (VP of PR, BGBG) speak about her brand and strategy for BCBG wearing a similar jacket. I’ve been on the hunt for the past 2 weeks and finally found it this morning. I’m basically at a loss for words, so I’ll just leave it at this…. OMGBUYMETHISRIGHTNOWPLEASE!

Runway Novak Jacket
by BCBGMaxAzria
$998.00

OMG buy me THIS.

Photo credit: Revolve Clothing