Cute Ways to Wear Suede

Grab a suede clutch like singer Nina Pastori.

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If you hear "suede" and immediately envision fringed boots or an awkward pair of purple suede pants your sister passed down to you in the '90s, you need an update. While suede often brings super-cold weather to mind, it's not strictly for frigid temps. Attempt to release those old views and embrace a few new, uber-cute ways to wear suede. From accessories to wraps, you'll love the way this soft, luxe fabric adds a chic feel to your wardrobe.

Try a Skirt

A super-exciting way to wear suede is in skirt form. While you may typically expect flirtier fabrics for spring and heavier tweeds for cooler months, the suede skirt is an enigma -- it magically works in both warm and cooler weather. Think gray suede flounced skirt just above your knees with a white oversize T-shirt tucked in and black gladiators in warmer weather. Wear the same suede skirt with a black turtleneck, black opaque tights and black booties on cooler days. So cute and ultra-versatile.

Go With Bright Heels

Ah yes, the suede shoe is an easy way to go, but you don't have to don a boot or menswear oxfords to enjoy this supple fabric. Opt instead for a bright, heeled shoe such as a sandal or pump. Think black V-neck tee over charcoal skinny jeans. Slip into a pair of bold, hot pink suede heeled sandals for an urban chic feel. For a more classic take, pull on a white button-front shirt tucked into a pair of boyfriend jeans rolled at the ankles. Step into a pair of lime green suede pumps and enjoy the pop of color.

Carry a Clutch

If you're looking for a fun introduction into wearing suede, start off with a cute accessory. A simple clutch offers luxe, rich color and texture to your outfit without too much planning. First create a neutral outfit -- go with a gray crewneck sweater over a pair of dark blue straight-leg jeans. Step into a pair of taupe booties and consider your clutch options. If you want a strong burst of color, go for contrast with a hot poppy-orange suede clutch. For a softer effect, choose a paler hue such as powder blue.

Wear a Deconstructed Jacket

Suede's soft yet sturdy nature makes it ideal for a deconstructed jacket. "What exactly does that mean?" you ask. "Deconstructed" means it lacks the typical structure of a jacket -- the cut has a draped aesthetic without obvious, straight-lined seams. If you happen to find one of these lovelies, grab one quick and get styling. Think loose heather blue T-shirt tucked into a pair of boyfriend jeans. Step into a pair of black chunky platforms and pull on your deconstructed suede jacket in a neutral tone such as charcoal. Your look will say laid-back, but sophisticated.

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