Styling suede


Many of us can only associate suede with the hideous cow-girl boots we begged our mums to buy us at age nine and have regretted ever since. In 2015, suede is set to make a comeback — so let’s be sure to do it right this time.


Runways all over the world have introduced suede back into our wardrobes with a refreshing new take — no longer reserved for boots, its smooth, soft texture and refined finish will make it perfect material for transitioning into spring/summer.


What’s more, a new range of colours means that although the classic tan and pastel tones remain the most popular choices, there are also more vibrant options for the bolder amongst us.

In suede, structured dresses, pencil skirts and trench coats carry an air of authority and confidence. In other items such as maxi skirts, suede designs have become more breathable for the summer months.


The fringed effect has also made a comeback in bags, skirts and tops. Ideally these should ideally be paired with something simple so that the fringe detailing becomes the focal point of your outfit.


Here are four ways to incorporate a soft touch of the luxurious yet versatile fabric in your wardrobe:

  1. For the bold amongst you go for the total suede look: shirt, skirt and shoes in varying shades to create a high fashion look. Make sure to keep the patterns plain and let the texture do the talking.
  2. For daytime, embellish your outfit with a suede satchel.
  3. A touch of suede will instantly transform your classic A-line skirt, making it more versatile; it can be a casual everyday piece as well as evening option if paired with a dressier top.
  4. Go all out in a suede shift dress in a pastel or vibrant tone along with a pair of chunky heels or ankle boots.

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