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Trend watch: Summer Suede

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Unless you’ve been living under the sea for the past few months you’ll know that the 70s are officially back. Yes, everyone’s favourite era of flares, mustard brown, mustard, brown and other shades of brown, is taking over this summer. and as June draws to an end it’s time we all jumped on board. Though sweltering heat and animal hides aren’t necessarily obvious bedfellows, there’s a lot to love about summer suede. With a more relaxed look than leather but the same magical ability to keep you warm on cool nights and cool on warm days, just make sure you douse it in a strong protection spray and you’re good to go! Here are 3 ways to wear it:

1. The suede skirt

Combining two 70s trends in one, a button-up A-line suede skirt is the perfect way to show off your fashion nous. A surprisingly wearable piece whether you opt for its mini or midi incarnation, this will happily see you through a day at the office until long past happy hour has finished.

We love this Theory design, here styled perfectly by Tamu McPherson of All The Pretty Birds or for something a little less bankruptcy-inducing, check out this M&S version.

(Images: All The Pretty Birds © All The Pretty Birds, Autograph © M&S)

2. The suede jacket

An item with arguably greater post-trend longevity than the suede skirt, a suede jacket, like its tough leather little sister, is a sound investment piece and a good all-rounder. A perfect cover-up for cool summer evenings or cloudy days without being too stuffy and formal, this is one 70s inspired item that will live long beyond the hype.

Splurge on Chloé (now on sale at Net-A-Porter) or made a more subtle nod to the trend with this suede trim style from Topshop (also on sale!).

(Images: Topshop © Topshop, Chloe © Net-A-Porter)

3. Suede shoes

Now, this one may sound like a bit of a cop out – because who, in their life to date hasn’t at some point owned a pair of suede boots or shoes? – but we’re talking about a slightly different beast here. Ditch those stilettos and seek out a good chunky heel complemented with bright jewel toned suede. Case in point: our own Elizabeth Dunn.

(Elizabeth Dunn shoes)

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