. HOW TO WEAR THE SUEDE SKIRT .
So it seems as though I have a little bit of an obsession with the suede skirt. After having a little browse through my outfit posts I realised i’ve been featuring the trend a fair amount on my blog, sporting the skirt in different cuts and colours and within different styles and looks. I’ve spent many an hour pinning my favourite looks, as let’s be honest, knowing how to wear the suede skirt can take a little inspiration. Seeing as suede is a hot trend this season, I thought i’d share my favourite ways to style the look, to hopefully give you guys a little inspiration for how you, too, could work the look.
. MONOCHROME .
First of all is probably the most simple of styles, and that’s of course to give the skirt a monochrome twist. Whether or not your skirt is black, tan or even bright yellow, styling a tan suede with a simple black, top, black accessories & black shoes (whether that’s chic heels for an evening out, or black ankle boots for a more dressed up everyday look) – the style is an easy win and requires minimal thinking.
. LAYER IT UP .
Layering is always my saviour styling trick, if ever i’m feeling a little unsure what to wear, feeling cold, or feeling fat, just layering up is always a really simple winner. Throw on a sweater, an oversized coat, your favourite boots & just get on with your day. Often these looks turn out to be my absolute favourites in hindsight. This season opt for a light weight trench, a simple duster, or if you’re really feeling adventurous a little kimono or double up with a suede jacket.
. Look 1 – Coming soon . Look 2 .
. GO OVERSIZED .
Much like the ‘layering trick’, opting for something a little oversized is also another firm favourite styling option. Again it’s a look I discovered really by accident, originally looking to style the skirt in a super chic ensemble, but the mood taking me to an oversized sweater. The good news is though, it works. Given how statement the suede skirt is, a simple knit jumper or an oversized shirt is a really great way of styling it up, taking nothing away from the skirt itself, but giving it a more effortless vibe. This trick is also a great way of transitioning your suede skirt from season to season, opting for a heavier knit in winter (I opted or my Rag & Bone knit above) or a lighter knit for Spring (my grey one is a little Brandy Melville number), come Summer an oversized billowy shirt would look brilliant with the suede, giving it a slightly more bohemian styling.
. ADD KNEE HIGH BOOTS .
Knee high boots were big this AW14, mostly thanks to Mr S Weiztman, and the popularity of the boot spurred me on to buy my own pair. Not quite the £600 version I’d been dreaming off, but a great high street alternative from Dune. Anyway, the knee high boot was a new discovery for me and so I spent the last 6 months working out how I should wear them & what they work best with (there were naturally highs and lows – a low being the final outfit here which I don’t particularly like). The great news is, it turns out the knee high boot looks brilliant teamed with a little suede mini, slightly verging on pretty woman, but as long as it’s worn right (black tights work well to keep your modesty and keep the look on the chic side of the spectrum) it can look great. I personally loved teaming my black suede skirt with, black tights, my black knee highs and a big cosy white knit earlier this year. And there’s no reason why it can’t be transitioned into spring too (although my advice would be to keep things monochrome or tan if you’re going to ditch the tights, else you could end up looking like a bumble bee, ahem)!
. ACCESSORISE WITH LEATHER .
Leather is always good. No matter what the look a simple leather jacket, a pair of perfect leather booties or the ultimate leather bag can really finish off a look perfectly. A friend of mine is really into leather handbags, that she pairs it with pretty much every outfit and it works. You can’t go wrong with leather in all fairness. I’m always one for wearing contrasting textures and so mixing my suede skirts with a little leather is something i’ve sported a couple of times. My Reiss (Sheena) leather jacket looks perfect with the tan suede, adding not only a texture contrast but of course a colour contrast too. But equally a little black leather jacket would work with any cut or colour suede. But it doesn’t have to be as ‘stand out’ as a leather jacket, the leather boot & a chic leather bag (usually Lady Celine for me) also work perfectly with suede, usually giving the look a slightly dressier vibe & making the perfect ensemble for an evening out or a casual party!
. SHOP THE EDITS .
Shoe wise, I think you can style the suede skirt with a whole array of shoe styles, as you’ll see from my looks above I tend to opt for a simple black ankle boot, a pair of chic (and lace up) heels or of course the knee high boot. One style not overly featured here, but another favourite way of mine to style my suede skirt is of course just with a simple pair of converse & a casual sweater (you’ll have spotted the teaser look above which is this exact look, so stay tuned as this will be coming up in the week).
There’s definitely no right or wrong way to style the suede skirt, whether it’s laid back boho, dressed up with heels or just a slightly more effortless Parisian styling, it’s so versatile as a garment it really can be styled to suit any taste or style.
I’d love to know what you think of my looks and let me know which styling is your favourite (I definitely have my favourites).