Getting a new leather jacket is one task and making it feel and look perfectly comfortable for your body is another. A leather jacket has to be broken-in in order to get that nice worn-in look. The stiffness of wearing a new leather jacket for the first time could make people feel uncomfortable especially if it’s a biker jacket. To cater to this issue, one must know what kind of leather they’re dealing with, then and only then they can figure out the appropriate way to break it in. Here are some of the most effective and convenient ways to make your brand new leather jacket a better fit and more comfortable.
The Type Of Leather
Leather comes in a number of different types i.e. cowhide leather is heavier and stronger hence a bit harder to break in. Bigger animal hide is likely to contain more stretch marks and natural imperfections. Sheep leather, on the other hand, is lightweight and easy to treat. Based on this information, breaking in a leather jacket might get easier for you.
Buy High Quality Leather
A premium quality real leather jacket beats everything. To break it in, the jacket must be strong and durable to take the beating and stand the test of time. And only real leather can do that. Artificial leather tends to peel off after a while, however, with real leather, you can make roll it, stretch it a bit or even fold it without making it lose the texture.
Avoid Too Much Water Exposure
Water sure can make the leather stretch a bit naturally but dont over-do it. Take it slow and start off with only a few drops. Too much water can stop the jacket from breaking in naturally and making it look too rough. Some people may even suggest you throw your jacket in a washer which is a terrible idea. But a light drizzle until the leather is damp will definitely help. Moving your arms around while the jacket is still not fully dry will get some charming wrinkles on the jacket.
Wear Your Jacket To Break It In
The best and the most convenient way to break in your bag is to wear it all the time or all the chance you get. Of course, we don't recommend doing plumbing or cooking while wearing the jacket because that might cause more damage than good. Wearing it most for the part of your day, your body moves constantly and stretches all parts of the jackets to cause wrinkles . This will give your jacket a worn-in look but with much grace.
Use Your Hands
Have you ever tried rolling your leather jacket into a ball? Well, do it. It not only helps to break in the jacket by loosening the leather but also makes it softer and much more flexible. Do you know what would make the whole process much more fun? Roll the jacket, tie it with twine, and play catch ball with it. The jacket will feel softer and more comfortable with each new crease, the more you throw it around, the more it takes on your unique shape and fit.
Apply Conditioner And Moisturizer
Another way to soften and breaking in your leather jacket is to moisturize it. Opposite to popular belief, conditioner can be great for your leather jacket. Apply a little extra on the toughest parts of the jacket like the elbow bends and shoulder. Conditioner can soften the leather, therefore, letting the moisturizer permeate the jacket's surface easily resulting in some wrinkles and softness. But remember, don't get too excited with it, and always do a patch test before applying any product on your full jacket.