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Suede, a brushed leather material with a luxuriously soft feel, is a versatile material. Depending on the item, suede reminds us of the 1970's hippie movement, hints at country-western cowboy style or becomes a sleek and modern fashion statement. Learn when to wear your suede pieces and sport this sexy fabric year-round.
Autumn and Winter
Suede is a natural fabric for the cooler months, with its soft texture and warmth. Suede footwear is an obvious choice for autumn outfits, whether you sport a clever suede oxford shoe or a tall, slouchy boot. This is also the time to try other items made from the material, such as suede shirts, vests and jackets. Unless you're going for a country-western look, stick to just one suede item in your outfit. A suede T-shirt paired with skinny jeans, a chunky cardigan and ankle boots looks casual and yet polished for winter.
Spring and Summer
For spring and summer, suede can be tricky. Rainy days are suede's worst enemies, so if you live in a climate where spring is wet and muddy, it might be time to shelve those suede boots. However, the versatility of suede lends itself well to spring and summer accessories, giving them a bohemian, fresh feel. Try a suede belt with a long summer maxi dress, or a suede shoulder bag as a way of incorporating this timeless fabric into your warmer-weather wardrobe.
Boots and Shoes
Suede shoes come in a variety to suit almost every taste and season. From casual sneakers to elegant heels, suede is popular with shoe designers for its casual yet refined appeal. Suede footwear is appropriate for all but the most formal of occasions, making a good pair of suede shoes or boots a reliable investment piece. Care for your suede shoes and boots by purchasing suede cleaner to remove stains and marks, never wearing them in the rain or heavy snow, and using a suede brush after every wear.
On-trend right now are shorts made from suede and leather. Whether laser cut, plain or mixed with other fabrics, suede shorts are a great way to weather the in-between seasons. Try a pair of suede shorts with a tank top for summer, and transition into autumn with the same shorts and a baggy linen sweater. In winter, wear tights and tall boots with the shorts and pair with a crisp button-up in icy white. By springtime, you're ready to pull out a pair of tall sandals again, so mix them up with suede shorts and and a bright cardigan for a look that's full of color and fun.