Do Leather Jackets Stretch?


Buying a leather jacket can be an exhausting process that demands a lot of knowledge about the product and a clear head about buying preferences. Leather is basically animal skin which is why it is stretchable but still, the leather jacket should fit you perfectly from day one. So how is it possible to go for the right type of leather, design, and size that will fulfill all your fashion requirements?

How much can you stretch a leather jacket

How much can you stretch a leather jacket

Leather jacket is one of the most expensive clothing items which is why one should consider a lot of things before buying it. The best way to get a jacket of your dreams is to have it specifically designed and stitched for you as per your body requirements. Try to take the most accurate body measurements, not too tight, not too loose because a leather jacket naturally stretches to a certain degree depending on their size and leather type. Jackets made from bigger animal hide i.e. cowhide are more capable of stretching as compared to smaller animals i.e. sheep. Certain things need to be considered while trying to have your jacket stretched in order to avoid any kind of damage.

How to Stretch leather jacket naturally

How to Stretch leather jacket naturally

Wearing a jacket is the most natural and easy process to stretch it. Wear it around the house for 2-3 hours till you get the desired fitting. It simply means to wear the jacket until it breaks as a result of pressure and stress. Make sure to avoid exposure to water while wearing the jacket, you don’t wanna ruin it before even making the best use of it. 

How to Stretch leather jacket using water

How to Stretch leather jacket using water

This is a bit tricky and could get risky if not done in the right way. The amount of water that you use determines the end result in this method. Never expose your jacket directly to the water, instead, get a damp cloth, dip it in the water and rub it gently on the parts of the jacket that you want to stretch. Wear it while it’s still not fully dried to get better results.  

How to Stretch leather jacket using conditioner

How to Stretch leather jacket using conditioner

Purpose of the conditioner is generally to soften the leather. Apply a small amount or the amount that’s mentioned on the box to the jacket and wait for at least 2 hours. Once the jacket absorbs all the conditioner, it will naturally start to feel a little stretched out. 

How to Stretch leather jacket using heat

How to Stretch leather jacket using heat

Direct exposure to the sun might be damaging for the jacket which is why using an iron would be a better idea. Take a cotton or linen cloth, place it on the top of the jacket and start ironing it. Make sure to keep the temperature between low and medium. Another way to heat up the jacket is by using a hairdryer. The purpose is to soften the jacket to get the desired shape and fitting regardless of the method.