the leather jacket shopping guide
is there a more beloved fall fashion garment?
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Let’s talk about leather jacket envy. You know a good one when you see it. And when you see it, you can’t look away. I’m envious of the zippy sporty ones donned by Y2K it-girls (surely a Depop grail…), and I’m envious of the scrumptiously patina’d ones worn by old men in the bakery line (so cute in their newsboy caps). Leather jackets feel important. Like a hardcover journal with a cracked spine or a tattoo fading from sun damage, leather jackets should be personal. They should be imperfect, they should tell a story of time that has passed.
I’ve cycled through my fair share of leather jackets. Well, I should put “leather” in quotes because there have been a few faux leather ones, all of which I’ve sorely regretted and passed on.
This post is going to cover:
What brands to shop for high-quality leather jackets
Links to jackets across various styles (ex: distressed patinas, oversize menswear, 90s zip-up, cafe racers)
Fit and comfort advice
How to clean vintage leather to get rid of the musty smells and stains
A recent leather jacket I found secondhand after liking it on TRR last year and having it slip away! It fits so well. A little cropped which I prefer for my height, and sleeves hit right at the wrist. This one is from…