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Rain: Can you Wear a Leather Jacket?

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Rain is a natural element, any place in the world faces rain at any point in time. Protection against rain is another thing, whether to go out or stay in. Most people go out with their umbrella but what to do if you don’t have one, or you’re out and about and it starts drizzling, or raining unexpectedly and you only have a leather jacket on? Not to worry, if you are wearing a full-grain, top-grain or latigo then count yourself lucky as they are water-resistant leathers. You can find waterproof leather jackets quite easily. Below we are going to cover whether you can wear a leather jacket in the rain?

Leather Jacket and Rain 

Leather jacket in rain

Top-quality leather is known to be water-resistant in nature, due to this you shouldn’t worry about whether to wear leather or not, but you do need to worry about the amount of water it can resist. 

Water-resistant vs Waterproof

is leather jacket waterproof or water resistant?

There is a vast difference between the two when compared. Water resistance means that the rain can penetrate through it but it won’t soak you or make you feel uncomfortable but it can penetrate and damage the leather if exposed to too much water. Waterproof, on the other hand, is completely different, it means that the leather is non-penetrable which makes the leather resistant to the vapors that are exposed hence providing complete protection. 

Which Leather to go for on Rainy Days 

Latigo leather

There are numerous types of leather available in the market. Latigo as well as semi-aniline both are considered to be water-resistant during their tanning processes. Latigo is dual tanned which provides it with waterproofing. It is one of the most durable leather available. Semi-aniline also provides moisture protection due to the tanning oils. 

Which Style to go for on Rainy Days

Trench Coat

Leather jackets are counted as outerwear but a Leather Coat is even better. The best stylish go-to on rainy days is the Trench Coat. That is outerwear that is long that provides extra protection against the water or muddy splashes on rainy days. The trench coat is a timeless classic that passes a bold statement when worn over business casual attire. 

Other Jackets You can Wear in the Rain

Parka Jacket

There are many other jackets that can be used as protection from the rain. The Parka jacket which is made of polyester or nylon provides protection against moisture. Along with that the Puffer jacket which is the lightweight alternative to provide warmth in winters is filled with fibers and topped off with polyester, nylon, or parachute which blocks the moisture from getting inside. 

Another is the windbreaker jacket which is also the best alternative to wear on rainy days with its waterproof fabric. 

How to Protect your Jacket after Rain

There are many ways in which you can do damage control. There are dedicated conditioners and waxes available to condition your leather and make it look fresh and as new as possible also by retaining its flexibility. There are some measures you can take after you come home. 

Dry Your Jacket!

Dry your jacket

First thing first, you should take off your jacket and dry it in the air or wipe it gently with a soft towel. This removes the excess water on the surface of your jacket preventing the damage that has already been done, you can not use a blower to dry off even thoroughly as it makes the leather crack 

Condition It! 

Condition the jacket

If the jacket gets dry, the leather starts to crack or peel. Water will definitely remove all the oils that were keeping the jacket moisturized and flexible, you need to re-apply the leather moisturizer to bring back the softness, flexibility, and shine. There are many leather moisturizers available in the market, if you don’t have one you can always make a DIY leather conditioner

Wax It!

wax the leather jacket

Now that you have dried and conditioned your jacket, you can now wax it to protect it against more moisture in the future. As leather is porous it makes the vapors get inside those pores, wax fills them up providing an even surface. Isn’t it great to have a waterproof jacket? 


Rain is natural weather, which is also unexpected sometimes, but a full-grain leather jacket has got you covered. The leather is a water-resistant element that provides protection against rain. There are many ways in which you can protect your jacket after it gets damp, you can dry it, condition it and lastly wax it to protect it against more moisture in the future. 

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