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Catching Rae

White Jeans in the Rain

Occasion: Online returns, gift card extravaganza
Dress Code: Casual
Outdoor Temps: 60°F
Activity Level: Low
Wearing: Pendleton Indie hat, Helmut lang alpaca/linen cowlneck sweater, Mackage Mirela leather jacket, Gap jeans, Tsubo boots, Brahmin Vivian Vineyard bag.

I thought I could get a quick outfit pic before the rain returned. 

I was almost right... almost. 

But now I get to talk to you about the miracles of weatherprooofing spray! I always keep a can in the house and immediately protect every single leather item I procure (unless it is already factory treated). I don't make a habit of standing out in the rain in my delicate items, but the leather protectant allows me to wear my favorite things without neurotically checking the weather reports. Also, I tend to hit myself with foods and liquids on a regular basis, so a barrier that prevents my fabrics from soaking in hot coffee or olive oil is always a good idea. 

Leather spray can be a scary product to buy, because there are horror stories all over the internet about sprays that darken or otherwise alter the color of your product. I suggest:

  • Considering well-reviewed products
  • Actually reading the reviews
  • Choosing products specific to your type of leather (suede, nubuck, etc.)
  • Looking for a non-darkening, breathable product
  • Making sure you read the label and follow directions
  •  When in doubt, buying from a leather store
  • Keeping the level of protection in mind when you wear your item (e.g. don't expect to wade in any ponds with your lightly-water-repellant suede pumps)

I have personally had great luck with the sprays from Wilson's Leather (although they currently only seem to have a pump, and I use the aerosol), Vans, Nordstrom, and Kiwi Camp Dry. The latter also works on a variety of other fabrics, and I've used it on darker-colored leather, suede, cotton, and cotton blends with success. 

P.S. Some fabrics (like wool) have natural water-repellant properties and may not be suitable for treatment. Again, read your labels and you should be fine.