Tips On Buying Vintage Leather Jackets For Men

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  2. August 20, 2012 8:57 am

Leather jackets, especially expensive designer jackets, are created to last a lifetime. Leather jackets especially those designer jackets made of expensive animal hide are known to last for decades and with good care can even be passed down from generation to generation. If you are planning to get yourself a great leather jacket but cannot afford spending your hard-earned cash on a brand new designer piece, there are great vintage pieces you can find in thrift stores that will look great but are affordable as well. Here are some tips on how to shop for vintage leather jackets.

Check the condition of the leather
Vintage jackets with genuine leather tend to look good and even better with age. Acceptable condition includes light scratches, which can easily be smoothed out using shoe polish. Watch out for deep tears or worn patches which show age and could be difficult to remove, as well as large conspicuous stains and spots.

Check for rips and tears
Minor rips or tears can be fixed on your own, but watch out for large rips or holes. It you really want that jacket you may need to take it to a professional for repairs. Make sure that you will not be spending too much for repairs in addition to the actual cost of the jacket. Otherwise you could be better off buying a brand new jacket altogether.

Get the right fit
It is important whether you are buying a new jacket or a vintage piece to get the jacket that fits. Make sure that the shoulders are not too tight and you can raise your arms without any problem. The bottom part of the jacket should comfortably cover your backside and the sleeves should reach past your wrist when your arms are stretched out.

Check for moulds.
Leather can become mouldy when stored in damp, dark environments. Since you are looking for vintage jackets, it is best to look for signs of mould infestation and check for odours. You can also ask how the jacket was cared for since this could also tell you a lot about the possibility of seeing moulds in the linings or in the areas where moulds may not be too noticeable.

Leather jackets for men are great additions to any wardrobe. They are stylish, flexible, and they tend to last for ages. Rock a good-looking yet affordable designer leather jacket without spending a fortune by opting for vintage pieces that go well with your wardrobe.

Article brought to you by Dave, a keen follower of fashion.

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