Distressed Leather Jacket

Distressed Leather Jacket

Distressed leather jackets are a long-lasting trend of the fashion world that has captivated every generation, almost becoming a rite of passage, from teenage to adulthood. If you want to learn how to distress your leather jacket, go through this MenWit article.
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"Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason, and imitation without benefit."

Well, that is probably true, but there is one such fashion piece that I think even George Santayana, the Spanish-American poet and essayist, would thank the barbaric, unreasonable, and thankfully, imitable world of fashion for coming up with is the wonderfully gorgeous idea of distressed leather jackets! Sure, it may sound like a crazy idea to buy new leather, and then treat it to make it look like worn out and old, but then, that is the reason fashion is perennially accursed with the tag of being completely impractical. Distressed leather is used to create various clothing items, like gloves, belts, and jackets. Most consumers tend to find such leather more appealing than the new one. The jackets made of the worn out leather, are one of those fashion trends that never tend to die down. If you cannot find such a jacket for yourself, then what you could do is, buy a new jacket, and then treat it yourself to get that old, distressed look.

How to Distress a Leather Jacket

If you have been eying that distressed leather motorcycle jacket that your friend owns for eons now, then you can style your own jacket too. All you need is a jacket made from leather, sandpaper, wire brush, 2 spray bottles, rubbing alcohol, water, and a rag. Given below are the instructions to treat a jacket, and transform it into an old jacket.
  • Take both the spray bottles. Fill one with rubbing alcohol, and the other with water.
  • Now, take the jacket, and spray the area that you want to distress with rubbing alcohol. Make sure that the area is completely soaked in the alcohol.
  • Now, take the wire brush, and start brushing the area that you just sprayed the alcohol on. Decide how old you want the jacket to look. If you want a very slight distress, then rough up the jacket for a very small period. Remember, it will be difficult to change the way an area looks, once it has been distressed completely.
  • If you desire that the leather jacket should have a smoother worn out look, then use a sandpaper on the alcohol-treated areas.
  • Repeat this procedure for all other areas that you want to treat.
  • Once you have treated the jacket completely, you can use the second spray bottle, filled with water, to wash off the rubbing alcohol. Finally, wipe the jacket with a rag.
While I will not vouch for the following method of distressing leather, there are people, who seem to swear about how well it works on leather jackets. Some of them claim that crumpling and then kicking the jacket around at the neighborhood baseball field, and then wiping off the excess dust will give you a brown, old-looking jacket, which will look like, it is straight out of Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones collection. However, test this at your own risk. I would still go in for the rubbing alcohol, and wire brush method to treat my jacket. Reviews of leather jackets always harp about the care that they need. Distressed jackets, though they look worn out and old, need the same care. If you own a leather jacket, it is important that you know how to clean it. Always, hang the jacket on a hanger, preferably a wooden one, and avoid folding it, as it may cause creases. Remember to never wash or dry clean the jacket.

Leather jacket is one of the most favorite clothing items for men as well as women. It spells casual style without being overbearing. Distressed jackets add to the look by giving it a more toned down and worn look that just enhances the style quotient.