Can you wear leather in the rain?
So, you’ve just bought yourself a brand new leather jacket, and now you’re looking to show it off to the world - there’s just one problem: it’s raining.
Don’t worry; it’s a thought that goes through every proud new jacket owner’s head. After all, you’ve spent a lot of money on something that you expect to be a long term investment, so it’s only natural that you’re worried about potential cosmetic damage.
Chances are that you’ve taken every possible precaution to avoid any accidental scuffs or marks on your jacket, but now the rain is presenting you with a new challenge. Sure, you might have your umbrella handy, or you might only be traveling a short distance, but there’s still the possibility of a small amount of water getting onto your coat.
Well – we’ve got some good news for you; it is okay to wear your leather in the rain, though you should try to keep it as dry as possible.
Whilst a small amount of moisture won’t damage your leather, you should still be careful; there are still a few things for you to consider before you wrap up and head outside. Let’s take a look at what you can do to make the most of your leather jacket on a rainy day:
How can water damage a leather jacket?
Before we take a look into a few of the different ways that you can take care of your jacket in the rain, it’s important to understand just how excessive moisture can cause damage to the leather.
If the water is allowed to soak into your leather, it can cause large stains or water spots – these can ruin the aesthetic of your jacket, or may even be visually unappealing. It’s not ideal, especially when you’ve likely paid a considerable amount of money for some quality apparel!
Similarly, moisture can cause any dye to fade out of the jacket, leading to mismatched colors or greyed spots. This might prematurely age the leather, and not in a good way.
Finally, water can cause your leather to stretch out; this won’t just ruin the fit, but it can cause very visible cracks which, in most cases, you won’t be able to restore.
Here are a few tips and tricks that you can consider if you’re forecast rain in the coming week, or if you’ve recently been caught up in a storm and are worried about your new jacket.
Consider the distance you need to travel
Whilst excessive moisture CAN cause damage to your leather, a small amount is usually absolutely fine. If you know that you haven’t got far to travel, or if you only need to walk out to the car, then you (and your jacket) will generally be fine to head out for the day.
If you do have a considerable walk ahead of you, it’s probably best to leave your leather jacket at home. Why not consider a traditional waterproof jacket instead?
Check the forecast
You’ve probably been doing this anyway!
We all get caught up in the rain from time to time; sometimes, it’s just too hard to predict – one minute you might be enjoying the sunshine, and the next thing you know, you’re absolutely soaked through to the bone!
If you are planning on wearing your leather jacket, you should check the weather forecast before you leave the house. That way, you’ll be able to prepare for any sudden or unexpected downpours, giving you ample opportunity to keep your clothes completely dry.
Consider another jacket
If you know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you’re expected rain, maybe you should consider wearing something else. It pains us to say it, but we’d much rather see you get years of use from your luxury leather jacket than it being accidentally damaged due to a storm.
There’s no need to worry if your jacket has recently become the victim of a violent downpour, though. There are a few things that you can do to keep the damage to a minimum, extending the life of your favorite coat:
What to do if your jacket gets wet?
1. Dry your jacket off
The first thing that you should do is dry the jacket off. It’s super important that you DO NOT use any artificial heat, such as a radiator or a hairdryer; this will only cause more damage to the leather.
All you need to do is wipe the surface moisture away with a dry cloth before letting the jacket drip-dry naturally – this won’t cause any further stretching
Make sure to use a soft cloth that will not scratch or scuff the leather!
Regularly moisturizing your leather jacket is necessary for longer life; just like anything, leather will age over time, causing it to stretch out and develop cracks.
The good news is that you can delay the process and keep your jacket fresher for longer – all you need to do is apply a purpose-made bees-wax moisturizer.
When your jacket is exposed to large amounts of water, the oils in the leather will start to bond to the water molecules. As the water then begins to evaporate, it will pull some of the necessary oils out, too. If your jacket does begin to dry out, it will become very brittle and very hard; it will not be anything like the leather jacket you’re used to!
Moisturizing the leather is a great way to maintain your jacket; it will ensure that the leather does not dry out, potentially becoming uncomfortable or unattractive.
3. Waterproofing for the future
Why don’t you consider applying a waterproof solution to your leather jacket?
There are so many products available on today’s market that will allow you to easily coat your jacket, providing an adequate level of water resistance. This is the best way to minimize any long-term damage, and is a proactive way to manage the rain.
If you’re ready to make that life changing purchase, you can browse our full range of high-quality jackets just here.