The Simple Steam Trick To Quickly Break In A Stiff Leather Jacket

Despite the fashion trends that will completely take over 2023, there's one tried-and-true wardrobe staple that won't be going away anytime soon: the leather jacket. While leather clothing items come in all shapes, styles, and sizes, the leather jacket is iconic and undeniably cool. Plus, leather jackets were seen quite a lot during New York Fashion Week, so expect to see plenty of it in your favorite clothing stores. 

However, one of the major disadvantages of buying a new leather jacket is that it can be too stiff to wear. There can be many reasons that your leather jacket is too stiff, such as it being low quality, stretched out, or just old. But don't fret. 

There are plenty of tricks to break in a stiff leather jacket faster, including a popular and effective method that involves something simple: steam.

Turn up the steam in your shower

According to Poosh, turning up the steam in your shower is a great way to get that annoying stiffness out of your leather jacket. Let your shower run on hot, and, once it's full of steam, step inside wearing your jacket, and let it absorb the moisture. 

However, be sure to turn off the shower first. There are some problems that can happen if your jacket becomes soaked in water: It can become brittle when it dries, ridding the leather of its naturally softer texture.

Per Poosh, when you're standing in the steam, the jacket will mold to your body as it gets warmer, encouraging the leather to loosen up a bit. Don't move around too much during this process, or you could cause permanent creasing once the jacket dries again.

Other methods for breaking in a stiff leather jacket

If you don't feel like hopping in a shower of hot steam, don't worry. There are lots of other ways you can break in a stiff leather jacket. One of the most popular is using leather conditioner, which is meant to restore and protect your leather products. It's super easy to use as well. Just apply it across your jacket, following the directions on the bottle. Easy as can be! 

Another simple way to rid the stiffness from your leather jacket may just be the easiest of them all: Wear it! The more you wear it, the comfier it'll become on your body, so put it on while you're at home so it'll be ready to wear out.

Leather may have been on the rise in the '90s, but this style staple has proven that it's here to stay.