On visiting very warm climates, such as Spain, Portugal etc., you’ll have noticed that the locals all wear leather jackets. In Ireland we traditionally consider leather to be a winter garment. Why then, in warmer climes do the inhabitants wear leather during the hot summer months?
Leather, being natural skin, is a fantastic wind barrier, and gives protection from rain and inclement weather. It being a natural fibre, like cotton, wool and silk, leather maintains a body temperature of 17/19 degrees. When wearing leather in winter the body temperature won’t drop below 17 degrees, likewise during the summer months, leather prevents any increase above 17/19 degrees.
With the knowledge that leather does not add or take from our body temperature, we can layer under or over it for extra warmth in winter, or go without inner layers of clothing so not to add to the body temperature in summer.
A great leather jacket is an investment piece that looks great in the workplace, works hard casually with jeans or fun skirts. For more formal events, a great leather jacket over silk or lace says young, elegant, can be serious, and ready to have fun!
Wear leather in summer to keep cool, use it like a cardy on balmy evenings and on sizzling hot days to give protection against burning and wind.
Dress up a night-time look with a fine leather jacket, the whole idea is to mix the fabrics for quirky cool.