I think one of the top 10 questions I get in this line of business is in regards to suede.
More specifically: “When can I wear it?”
As with most personal style and fashion questions, there really are no absolute answers! There are however, practical considerations that I can pass along to hopefully help you figure out the ins-and-outs of one of my favorite textures/materials.
Suede is one of those materials that you just want to touch. At least I do. It has this great softness to it that in the colder months is a perfect complement to sweaters and heavy knits. But let’s not forget that suede can also be a great contrast to warmer weather lightweight and romantic silks/chiffons/linens. So, I’ve probably got you all confused right now…
My point is, suede is fabulous and seasonless. Easy enough.
It IS unfortunately finicky when it comes to moisture, regardless of season. Whether rain puddles, snow piles, sweat, or that drink that unfortunate girl in the crowded bar spilled all over you, liquid is no friend to suede — so wear it with caution and a good spray of WATERPROOFING TREATMENT. I do this with all of my suede purchases and have never regretted it.
The best part of suede is the richness it lends to your outfits. Suede is simply a material that looks way more expensive than it actually is. You can find some amazing deals on suede that just don’t exist when it comes to natural skins, like leather. Also, if you’ve shied away from wearing leather in the past because you simply find it too edgy for your more conservative style, suede is a great alternative to leather looks: it will provide a similar structure, but with an easy softness that is not as harsh or intimidating.
Have you made any great suede purchases this season?
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