Best Ways to Break in a New Men’s Leather Jacket - HIDES

Best Ways to Break in a New Men’s Leather Jacket

Whether you are a fashionable man who decided to invest in a timeless leather jacket or you were gifted one by a friend or loved one, knowing how to properly care for these pieces of clothing is key to their longevity. 
In our opinion, a leather men’s jacket should be a staple in every man’s closet. In this post, we will take a look at the best ways that you can break in leather apparel without compromising on style or comfort. 

Why it is Important to Look After Leather Jackets Properly? 

Purchasing a leather jacket is essentially the equivalent of taking on a lifelong investment. With the right level of care, this item of clothing will last for years to come. Not to mention the fact that it pairs well with almost any other clothing item in your closet. 
But, in order for it to stay looking so sharp and stylish, it needs to be looked after and broken in properly. This is no easy feat - especially if you have invested in a premium quality, real leather jacket. As leather is a durable fabric, it will only stay in its original condition if it is cared for. That’s why it is important to follow any care instructions featured on the manufacturer’s label.
Water damage and pre-mature peeling or cracking are two of the most common signs that a leather jacket is being neglected. If in ten years’ time you want your leather jacket to look as good on you as it did when you first tried it on then you need to commit to caring for it properly.  

Best Ways to Break In a Leather Jacket For Men

Having said that, you shouldn’t be afraid to wear your jacket either. It’s all in the art of breaking it in successfully. Below, are our top tips for correctly breaking in a men’s leather jacket:
  • Find the right fit - Firstly, you need to make sure you have the fit right. There is no point in buying a leather jacket that doesn’t suit your shape or size. A good rule of thumb to use is to make sure the jacket hugs the shoulders while allowing for enough cross and back body movement. If you see wrinkling it means you need to size up. 
  • Use a leather conditioner - Leather doesn’t always stay soft that is why you should condition any tough parts on your jacket, especially around the shoulder, neck and elbow areas. A good leather conditioner will permeate the leather’s surface and replace any natural oils keeping it soft and smooth. 
  • Wear it in all weather conditions - Although you should always ensure to protect your leather against water damage, if you are looking for that worn-in look then you shouldn’t be afraid to wear it in all different types of weather. While you certainly shouldn’t overdo it, exposing your jacket to various elements can help to break it in. 
  • Don’t be afraid to move around and stretch it out - The best way to break in a jacket made of leather is to wear it. Your leather jacket will need to bend where you bend and should fit uniquely to your shape. From the moment you put it on, raise your arms and spin them in circles. This will cause the leather material to stretch just enough so that it breaks in without damaging the fabric. Ideally, you should aim to wear your new leather apparel at every given opportunity. So, whether you are running errands or even lounging at home and watching Netflix, get into the habit of wearing your jacket whenever you can. 

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