How To Get Wrinkles Out Of Leather Jackets

Posted: 2nd March 2021 in

The leather jacket is an iconic piece, adored by men and women alike. This timeless wardrobe staple never goes out of style so it’s no wonder why so many of us wear our leather jackets with pride year in and year out. 

However, without the proper care, leather jackets can end up wrinkled and distressed. There are many types of wrinkles that can form on leather, and while some of those might be easier to remove with the methods listed below, some of the heavier ones are more stubborn and may be harder, if not impossible, to remove. If the wrinkles on your jacket are very deep, it might be worth considering buying a new one.  

Like most things, preventing the problem is easier than trying to cure it – so stopping wrinkles from forming on leather jackets in the first place is the best approach, however, that’s not to say that wrinkles cannot be significantly reduced – read on to find out more.

Preventing Wrinkles on Leather Jackets

A few ways to prevent wrinkled leather or considerably slow down the process of leather wrinkling are:

  • Quality Hangers – Taking just a few minutes to hang up your leather jacket in your wardrobe using a strong and sturdy coat hanger can elongate the lifespan of your jacket significantly. For example, using a wooden coat hanger with wide shoulders will hold the weight of the jacket, helping to keep its shape and prevent wrinkles.

  • Use a garment bag when travelling – By transporting your leather jacket in a breathable garment bag whilst you travel, you are avoiding creating wrinkles caused by folding your jacket into your suitcase plus other potential damage from other items within your suitcase such as creams and aftershave.

    If you do not want to buy a garment bag, an old sheet can also provide good protection. Cut a sheet in a large enough square to cover your jacket, ensuring to make a hole in the centre to accommodate the hook of the hanger. The sheet protects the jacket from dirt and dust, whilst allowing the leather to breathe.
  • Conditioning the jacket – Conditioning is a vital form of care and maintenance for leather jackets. Wrinkles are more likely to form when your leather jacket is dry, so applying a leather conditioning product helps to moisturise the leather and naturally lower the risk and severity of wrinkles. Ensuring your jacket is cleaned properly can also help in preventing wrinkles.

How to get wrinkles out of leather jackets

Sometimes, it’s too late and the wrinkles are already there. To help significantly reduce wrinkles on leather jackets, some methods include: 

  • Pulling the leather jacket
  • Steaming the jacket in the bathroom
  • Using heavy books or other weighty objects
  • Carefully ironing the jacket

Pulling the leather jacket

Removing wrinkles from a leather jacket can often be as simple as giving the jacket a good pull so it’s best to try this method first before trying any of the others.

  1. Place your leather jacket on a sturdy and wide clothes hanger and hang it somewhere where it won’t fall off
  2. Now, pull down from under the creased or wrinkled area and continue doing this for about five minutes, being sure not to pull to hard – you don’t want to overstretch the fabric
  3. The leather should now retain its new, smooth shape

Steam in the bathroom

Clothes steamers can damage your leather jacket, however there is still a way to gently steam out those wrinkles without causing irrevocable damage – by taking your jacket to the bathroom whilst you shower.

  1. Place the leather jacket on a sturdy and wide clothes hanger and hang it somewhere in your bathroom, ensuring it won’t fall into the bath or shower and get wet
  2. Take your time in the shower and make sure steam builds up in your bathroom – this should take about 20 minutes
  3. Smooth over the jacket with your hands to get out any remaining creases and store your jacket back in the wardrobe on a sturdy hanger

Using heavy books

This method should be sufficient in removing a small wrinkle, however if you are treating a deep crease, this may need to be used in conjunction with another method mentioned above.  Be sure to put the jacket on after you remove the books so it regains its original shape.  

  1. Put the leather jacket on a flat, hard surface such as a table or countertop and flatten any bumps in the material
  2. Then, place a heavy book such as a dictionary or textbook over the wrinkled area
  3. Leave the books on top of the jacket overnight and check it in the morning to see if the wrinkle has vanished

Carefully ironing the jacket


Ironing a leather jacket is generally not suggested, although you can iron your leather jacket to remove wrinkles if you’re extremely careful. The trick is to make sure that the iron never comes in contact with the jacket. You can lay the wrinkled part of the leather jacket on an ironing board and place a pillowcase or clean cotton towel over it.

  1. Turn the heat down to the coolest setting on your iron
  2. Arrange your leather jacket on the ironing board
  3. Using a pillowcase or clean cotton towel, lay this over the leather jacket
  4. Begin to iron the jacket through the extra layer of fabric. The extra layer will create added protection from the iron’s heat

Where can I buy leather jackets? 

If you’re looking for a high quality leather jacket as an investment piece that will stand the test of time, then look no further than our collection at Hidepark

We stock leather jackets of all different styles for both men and women in a range of sizes. Explore our range of bomber jackets, biker jackets, leather coats and blazers.

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