Cowhide vs Sheepskin Leather Jackets: Which Is Best?

If you’re looking to invest in a new leather jacket, you’ll need to consider the type of leather from which it’s made. All leather jackets are made of animal hide that’s been dried, tanned and processed. But different types of animal hide are used to make leather, each of which offers unique properties and characteristics. While you can find leather jackets made of a variety of animal hides, the two most common are cowhide and sheepskin. So, what’s the difference between a cowhide and sheepskin leather jacket, and which one should you should choose? The Grain Although there are exceptions, most jackets made of sheepskin leather have a finer grain than those made of cowhide leather. Cowhide naturally has a coarser grain than sheepskin. If you ever get the opportunity to perform a side-by-side comparison of a cowhide and sheepskin leather jacket, you can feel the difference with your own hands. The finer grain of sheepskin leather jackets feels silky smooth, whereas the coarser grain of cowhide leather jackets feels more rough. But this is just one of several nuances between cowhide and sheepskin leather jackets. Weight Sheepskin leather jackets are significantly lighter than cowhide leather jackets. This is because sheepskin is naturally thinner with a smaller, finer grain than its cowhide counterpart, making it particularly lightweight. If you’re planning to wear your leather jacket during the spring or summer, the lightweight properties of a sheepskin leather jacket make it well worth the investment. It won’t weigh you down as much as a cowhide leather jacket, nor will it leave you feeling uncomfortably hot. Softness Because they have finer...

How to Wear a Leather Jacket in Warm Weather

Who says you can’t wear a leather jacket in warm weather? Because of their thick, heavily insulated construction, some people assume that leather jackets should only be worn during the late fall and winter months. While you can certainly wear a leather jacket in cold weather, you can also wear one in warm weather — it just requires a little extra planning. So, if you’re planning to wear a leather jacket when the temperature begins to rise, you should check out the following tips. Below are several tips on how to comfortably wear a leather jacket in warm weather while looking great in the process. Choose a Non-Quilted Leather Jacket Conventional wisdom should tell you that it’s best to wear a non-quilted leather jacket in warm weather. Quilted leather jackets are perfect to wear in cold weather because they are designed with a soft, quilted interior, which acts as additional insulation to trap your body heat and, therefore, keep you warm. But if it’s already warm — or even hot — outside, you won’t need the extra insulation. In fact, a quilted interior could make you uncomfortably hot. For the highest level of comfort, stick with a non-quilted leather jacket in warm weather. When the temperature begins to drop, you can then trade it in for a quilted leather jacket. Choose a Light Color You can also stay cool and comfortable in otherwise hot weather by wearing a leather jacket in a light color. Generally speaking, light-colored clothes feel cooler when worn than black and other dark-colored clothes — and leather jackets are no exception. How does the brightness...

Genuine vs Faux Leather Jacket: Which Should I Choose?

If you’re looking to buy a new leather jacket, you might be wondering to choose a jacket made of genuine leather or faux leather. While they share a similar appearance — though not necessarily the same — they vary in terms of performance or comfort. You can see for yourself by trying on a genuine leather jacket and comparing it to a faux leather jacket. Below, however, you’ll find several key differences between genuine and faux leather jackets, revealing which type of jacket comes out on top. What Is a Faux Leather Jacket? To better understand the differences between genuine and faux leather jackets, you should familiarize yourself with the basic properties of faux leather. Although it’s called leather, faux leather isn’t really leather. Rather, it’s a synthetic material that’s designed to look like real leather. There are other terms used to describe faux leather, such as fake leather or artificial leather, but they all refer to the same synthetic material. Of course, genuine leather is completely different because it’s made using animal hide — a natural, non-synthetic material. Texture You’ll probably discover that genuine leather jackets offer a softer texture than faux leather jackets. Whether it’s made of a cowhide or sheepskin leather, genuine leather jackets are incredibly soft. Faux leather jackets, on the other hand, have a harder and stiffer texture than their genuine counterparts. If you rub your hand across the surface of a genuine leather jacket and a faux leather jacket, you can feel just how much harder faux leather is. Comfort Because they have a softer texture, genuine leather jackets are more comfortable to...

10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Leather Dress

Are you thinking about purchasing a leather dress? Well, you aren’t alone. In recent years, leather skirts have become a hot fashion trend. They are stylish, comfortable and incredibly durable — a combination of characteristics you won’t find in conventional dresses made of other materials. To take advantage of these benefits, though, you need to choose the right leather dress. Below are 10 important things to consider when choosing a leather jacket. #1) Length Leather dresses are available in a variety of lengths. Generally speaking, the length of a leather dress can be classified in one of three ways: mini, midi or maxi. Mini leather dresses are the shortest; midi leather dresses are somewhere in the middle; and maxi leather dresses are the longest. #2) Color Not surprisingly, leather dresses are available in a variety of colors as well. You can find them in traditional colors like black and brown as well as more modern colors like tangerine, lavender and olive. There’s no wrong color for a leather dress. Rather, you should choose a color that corresponds with your personal style as well as the garments and accessories with which you plant to wear it. #3) Type of Leather Don’t assume that all leather dresses are made of the same type of leather. By definition, leather is simply animal hide that’s been tanned and processed into a textile material. Some types of leather, however, are better than others. Nappa leather, for example, is regarded as having a superior quality to over types of leather. It’s incredibly soft though still strong and durable. You can expect to pay more for...

7 Benefits of Wearing a Black Leather Jacket

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a leather jacket is the color. If you choose the wrong color, you may struggle to create a cohesive outfit in which your top and bottom match your leather jacket. While leather jackets are available in dozens of colors, black consistently ranks at the top (along with brown). So, why are black leather jackets so popular? You can see for yourself by investing in a black leather jacket, but we’ve compiled a list of the top seven benefits of wearing a black leather jacket below. #1) Easy to Match You won’t have trouble putting together an outfit that matches if you wear a black leather jacket. Like white, black matches most other colors. The only exception is brown, which tends to clash with black. As long as you exclude brown garments from your outfit, though, you can wear a black leather jacket without fear of it clashing with other garments. This alone is reason enough to at least consider choosing a black leather jacket over other colors. #2) Timeless Style You can rest assured knowing that black leather jackets offer a timeless style. When leather jackets were invented over a century ago, they were made almost exclusively in brown. Shortly thereafter, however, companies began making leather jackets in black. Since then, black leather jackets have remained a popular, timeless style. You can still find the same aviation bomber-style leather jackets in black that were originally made during the early 1900s. #3) Conceals Stains and Blemishes It’s frustrating when you discover a stain on your leather jacket. Maybe you dropped...

Do Leather Jackets Fade Over Time?

It’s not uncommon for clothes to fade over time. If you wear the same shirt for several years, for example, it will likely fade to a lighter tone. It may have originally been dark blue, but after years of use, the shirt may fade to a light blue color. So, can leather jackets fade as well, or is this phenomenon restricted to traditional garments like shirts and sweaters? Yes, Leather Jackets Can Fade Nearly all garments can fade over time, and leather jackets are no exception. If you wear a leather jacket long enough, you can expect it to fade to a lighter tone. It’s usually not a significant color change, but it’s still a noticeable difference. Black leather jackets may fade to a lighter off-black color, whereas dark brown leather jackets made fade to a light brown or tan color. Your leather jacket won’t fade overnight. Depending on the type and quality, it may take several years before you notice any change in its color. Furthermore, there are ways to protect your leather jacket from fading, which we’ll discuss later in this blog post. Why Fading Isn’t Necessarily Bad While fading is often viewed as a flaw, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Fading is merely aesthetic, meaning it won’t affect the strength, durability or softness of your leather jacket. The only difference is that faded leather jackets have a lighter tone than their non-faded counterparts. Some people actually prefer the lighter tone of faded leather jackets over the darker tone of non-faded leather jackets. When a leather jacket fades, it develops a distinct appearance that’s not found...

Non-Traditional Styles of Women’s Leather Jackets

Not all women’s leather jackets feature the same traditional style. While you can find them in classic styles, such as “bomber” jackets, there are dozens of non-traditional styles from which to choose. If you’re a fashion-conscious woman and want to take your outfits to the next level, you should think outside the box when choosing a leather jacket. By exploring some of the following non-traditional styles, you’ll create a more unique style while differentiating yourself from the mainstream crowd in the process. Cropped What is a cropped leather jacket? It’s just like any other cropped shirt or top, with the only exception being that it’s a leather jacket. Cropped leather jackets are defined by their shorter, cropped height. Most leather jackets, including men’s as well as women’s, stop at or near the waistline when worn. Cropped leather jackets differ in the sense that they stop your midsection when worn. As a result, they allow you to project more color in your outfit by revealing the shirt or top underneath jacket. Hooded Another non-traditional stye in which women’s leather jackets are made is hooded. Hooded leather jackets are defined by the presence of a hood. The hood itself usually isn’t made of leather. Instead, it’s made of a traditional fabric that’s attached to the jacket. The great thing about wearing a hooded leather jacket is that it will protect it from rain, sleet and snow. If your outside and the sky begins to fall, you can cover your head with the hood to stay dry and comfortable. Of course, hooded leather jackets are also stylish, featuring a unique appearance that’s...

10 Tips on Wearing a Leather Jacket With Jeans

With the average person owning over a half-dozen pairs, jeans are the world’s most popular type of pants. Consisting of a denim construction, they are comfortable, stylish and long lasting. If you own a leather jacket, you can wear it with jeans. For the best possible look, though, consider the following 10 tips on how to wear a leather jacket with jeans. #1) Don’t Mix Brown and Black While jeans match most traditional colors in which leather jackets are made, there are a few exceptions. If your jeans are black, for example, you shouldn’t wear them with a brown leather jacket. Instead, choose jeans in an alternative color that matches or compliments brown, such as light blue or indigo blue. #2) Choose High-Quality Jeans If you’re going to wear jeans with a leather jacket, make sure they are high-quality jeans. Low-quality jeans are made of cheap denim — or other low cheap fabrics — so they don’t offer the same level of style or comfort as their high-quality counterparts. You’ll have to pay more for a pair of high-quality jeans, but it’s a smart investment that will allow you to put together better-looking outfits. #3) Consider the Cut You can wear a leather jacket with jeans in just about any cut, but some cuts are more stylish than others. Skinny and straight-leg cuts have become a popular choice because of their naturally slimming appearance. They feature a narrower opening in the legs than other cuts, which subsequently makes you look slimmer and even taller. When choosing a pair of jeans to wear with a leather jacket, consider the cut...

How to Protect Your Leather Jacket From Water Damage

Leather jackets are undoubtedly strong and durable, with the thick animal hide material able to withstand the hands of time for many years. In fact, some people are able to wear their leather jacket for decades, attesting to its long-lasting performance. But if you’re going to wear a genuine leather jacket, you should take the necessary precautions to protect it from water damage. Failure to do so could result in a shorter lifespan for your leather jacket, forcing you to replace it just a few months or years down the road. Leather Jackets and Water: What You Should Know Some people assume that leather jackets are waterproof or water resistant, but this typically isn’t true. Unless a jacket is made of faux leather — which isn’t even real leather — it may sustain damage when exposed to water or moisture. Leather is permeable, meaning it has a porous surface that absorbs and releases moisture depending on the surrounding environment. If a leather jacket is exposed to a wet or humid environment, for example, it will absorb moisture. If it’s exposed to a dry environment, it will release moisture. When exposed to a wet or humid environment for a prolonged period, leather jackets may absorb a significant amount of moisture — to the point where the jacket begins to develop mold or mildew. Both mold and mildew are two types of fungi that thrive in moist environments. When either type of fungi has access to an organic food source, such as leather, in a moist environment, they will thrive. Unfortunately, this means prolonged exposure to moisture can cause your leather...