Have you ever hung around a movie set or mingled with movie stars, the ones Hollywood calls A-listers? Notice how they have one common denominator in their wardrobe - the leather jacket. Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt, Josh Duhamel, Will Smith, and Tom Hanks are just some of the major Hollywood players who have been photographed looking fantastic in a leather jacket. But you don’t have to be a part of Hollywood Tinsel town to look fantastic. Just add a leather jacket into your wardrobe. This piece of clothing manages to make anyone, A-lister or otherwise, look fierce. If you still don’t own one and would like to have one but find the cost a tad expensive, here are ways for you to buy second-hand/used aka vintage leather jackets.
- Dry cleaners. Head for the dry cleaners in your building or those nearest where you live. It might strike you as hilarious but there are some clothes, leather jackets included, left unclaimed and are past the claiming period. Any article of clothing that is past this period and considered unclaimed goes straight to charity anyway so go ask. It won’t hurt you to do so.
- Online. Virtual stores like eBay, Amazon, and www.dealtime.com always have leather jackets that are up for sale. These are either sold by people or manufacturers with clothing inventory that need disposal. Price starts at $39. One thing to consider when buying online is the condition of the leather jacket. Another is the payment option. PayPal is reputed to be one of the safest ways of making online payment owing to its buyer protection program.
- Non-Traditional Stores. Flea markets and vintage stores should be on your list for used leather jackets. There is an absolute certainty, a 100% chance that you will walk out of the store with a leather jacket purchase.
- Bid for it. Join bidding contests usually conducted by fashion houses and department stores to benefit their favorite charity. This isn’t a long shot because these are conducted more often than you know. This is a win-win situation, indeed. You’re buying something that you need while helping someone in need.
- Check the merchandise. Before paying for the leather jacket, you have to look at its condition or if it will fit you perfectly. Leather ages and shrinks in time. Take these precautionary measures so you won’t end up buying a lemon. Go ahead, try it on for size and check it thoroughly inside and out for scratches, holes, cracks, and tears.
When you already have the used leather jacket in your possession, you must be able to know how to care for it or nurse it back to its healthy sheen. Here are some practical tips:
- Through rain, hail, sleet, and snow but never for heat. Leather is made for cold and wet weather, any type of cold or wet variation but not to be used on the onset of and during summertime. This is because leather cracks when exposed to heat. Besides, summer is for dressing down not bundling up so give your leather jacket a rest when it’s too hot outdoors.
- Coconut oil is an all-natural product that you can use to instantly soften your leather jacket.
- Lastly, peer into the inside of the leather jacket. Do you see a small fabric tag stitched to its side? This is where the care instructions are written specifically for you to follow so you can make your leather jacket last for a very long time - even if you got it second hand/used/vintage.
As you can see, looking good in your leather jacket doesn’t have to be costly, you just have to know where to begin your search and then commit to a leather-TLC regimen after it has been bought.