Two scenarios. 1 – You have a leather jacket and it fits well. 2 – You have a leather jacket and it feels a little stiff or uncomfortable. If you somehow didn’t return the jacket or actually bought it out of good faith that I’ll write an article about wearing in a leather jacket, then you’re in luck!
I will show you how to you wear in a leather jacket and look great at it.
New leather jackets can sometimes be stiff and uncomfortable because they’re hot off the press (well, stitching machine), meaning they’re not broken in yet. There’s a number of ways you can wear in a leather jacket to get that perfect look, whether it’s comfortable, a more distressed look, or even antique.
Work With The Right Leather
Find out the type of leather your jacket is made from (e.g., lambskin, cowhide, etc.). Some leathers can be affected more than others when being worn in. As an example, lambskin is soft while cowhide has much stronger durability.
Keep this in mind when handling your leather jacket as marks and scratches are usually permanent. Whatever leather you work with, you’ll be able to wear it in and make it conform to you.
Wear Your Leather Jacket
Your leather jacket naturally wears in over time each day you wear it. With the natural hand gestures you make (considering you make a lot of hand gestures), sitting on park benches contemplating the meaning of life, or even sleeping in your leather jacket (not recommended), the leather naturally breaks in from the minor day-to-day stresses of everyday wear.
Obviously, the more you move, bend, or perform acrobatic tricks with your leather jacket on (again, not recommended), the more stress will be put on the jacket and wear it in more easily.
So, taking a walk around town or even a hike will wear in your jacket faster than simply sitting in it at home.
“Wear And Tear Included”
If you’re seeking the faster route to wearing in a leather jacket, you can use a little bit of lovable force.
Again, remember the type of leather you’re working with to base the amount of strength of abuse your leather jacket can take. Generally, leather jackets are very durable and can take a bit of force.
Here are a few ideas to consider to wear in a leather jacket:
– Crumple the jacket up and toss it around
– Carry light to medium-weight objects in your jacket, using the sleeves as handles
– Gently stretch your jacket from all sides and angles where there is discomfort and try the jacket on again. Repeat as needed.
– Use a mild abrasive to wear down rough or stiff spots on your leather jacket. Work slowly to rub the areas and check your progress from time to time to avoid damaging your leather. Some abrasives you can use include mild steel wool, high-grit sandpaper, or a nylon abrasive pad. If you want a more distressed look, you can (very cautiously) use rough sandpaper.
A Gentle Touch
Leather conditioner or even Vaseline can also be used to massage your leather jacket from its stiffness. Sometimes stiffness is created from the leather being dried-out. Leather is made from animal skin which, much like our skin, is prone to drying out and cracking from time to time. Using a little conditioner will make your jacket more comfortable to wear as well due to its softening and protective coating ability.
Here is a video I found to be equally helpful and funny at the same time on this.
Make it Wet
I’ve mentioned before whether you can wear a leather jacket in the rain, and to much surprise you can even use mother nature’s tears to wear in your jacket, provided it is light rain. Leather is more prone to stretching when wet, so a walk in light rain will make your jacket pliable but not exactly damaged.
Remember not to wear your leather jacket in a rainstorm as too much water can stain or damage your jacket permanently.
Move, bend, or even stretch a bit with your lightly-wet leather jacket on. Bend your elbows, shrug your shoulders, or even hug someone (or yourself – it’s ok). Run, jump, do pushups, dance – whatever gets your jacket moving and stretching.
After you had your fun (and met a friend or two from hugging them), let your jacket dry indoors. At this point you can either keep wearing the jacket until it dries naturally or take it off and stuff it with clothes to keep the jacket from shrinking.
As the water evaporates, the stretched leather will slowly shrink until it’s dry, and if you’re wearing it, it will form-fit your body, giving you a unique look set to your proportion.
Alternative Wet Methods:
– Use a spray bottle to give your leather jacket a light spritz, similar to rain. Wear the jacket while it dries or stuff it with clothes as mentioned above if you won’t be wearing it. Use a towel to dab off excess water if you sprayed too much.
– Use a washcloth. Soak it in water and wring it well so that it’s slightly damp. Rub the washcloth gently across your leather jacket. Wipe off any excess water and allow the jacket to dry naturally.
Wear In Your Leather Jacket With Ease
Wearing in your leather jacket can be effortless with the simplicity of just wearing it. It can also be easily manipulated to get faster results through a little rain or even mild abrasion.
Whatever the case, remember to take things slow when you try to get faster results. Leather naturally breaks in unevenly over time so you never need to be too precise.
Found more ways to wear in your leather jacket? Let me know below!