Personally, I am all for nostalgia. Whether it’s listening to ‘Two Become One’ on repeat or in my outfit choices; there’s always something very interesting about taking elements of the past and bringing them into the present.
You may remember the suede trend from the 90s; maybe your mum forced you to wear it, but hey: at least you were stylish! Your childhood may have included ‘Blue suede shoes’ accompanied by your grandads foot tap or maybe you caught a glimpse of an old photo of your mum in her 70s suede get up. Whatever it was, the return of suede into our wardrobes comes with a sense of nostalgia.
So rummage through those thrift shop bins, visit all the vintage fairs or maybe even raid your mums closet to get your suede fix. Whether faux or real, black or brown, suede is all about the style choices you make. Here’s six ways to wear the fabric of the season…
1. Pair It With Black
Let’s face it, suede is one of those things that could look a little bit like a fancy dress costume if we make the wrong sartorial choices. As tempting as it is to fully wave the 70s flag and add some florals and crochet, this may result in you looking like you’ve just come back from a love pageant rally. I suggest you mix it with something classic to keep it looking fresh and does it get any more classic than black?
2. The LSD (No, not the drug!)
A simple, little suede dress (LSD) can make a rocking statement all on its own. Opt for a slouchy t-shirt fit and juxtapose with a feminine statement necklace and heels.
3. Fringe Festival
Invest in a fringed suede piece to tick off two major trends in one. If you opt for a skirt, keep the top crisp and feminine with a white shirt or lace blouse. Or take a leaf out of Gigi’s book and throw a suede, fringe vest over anything and everything!
4. The Jacket and Jeans Combo
I’ll let you in on a not-so-secret fashion equation. Anything + Jeans= Stylish. Well, unless that’s something from Miley Cyrus’s wardrobe, but let’s not go there….
5. Thigh High
You know that cute, but waaaay too short, dress you’ve been dying to wear? Well now you can totally rock it without a fear of flashing too much flesh. Pop on some suede thigh-high boots and your ready to go! A much less strippery version of their leathery cousin, this boot will take you through the colder seasons (with or without tights).
6. Fifty Shades Of
With the strong texture of suede acting as a talking point in itself, opt for various hues in tones of beige and camel. This softens the look, whilst giving it a cool Safari-chic vibe.
1. Faux Suede Skirt, Re: Named ($76) 2. Tanzania Vest, Ava & Eva ($39.99) 3. Shift Suedette Dress, Boohoo ($40) 4. Faux Suede Culottes, French Connection ($129.95) 5.High Neck Suede Skater Dress, Ally (59.99), 6. Suedette Pistol Boots, Boohoo ($60) 7. Scallop Edge Suedette Mini Skirt, Boohoo ($30) 8. Esmerelda Bag, Mooloola ($49.99) 9. Zip Front Suede Dress, Alice In The Eve ($89.95)
How do you like to wear suede?