STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Easily PerSUEDEd

From runways to city streets, suede is the fabric of the season. With it’s warm feel and winter vibe, it is the perfect transition from fall to winter. Designers from Derek Lam to Chanel have embraced suede on the runway, paying tribute to a classic ‘70s look.

When I saw this Fashionista, I immediately noticed that although she is wearing suede, she chose to style the look in a completely new way. Namely, without fully adopting the typical ‘70s suede look, complete with an A-line skirt, loose blouse and platform shoes. Instead, this Fashionista took a different approach.

Paying homage to a Wednesday Adams-esque look, she mixed her fashionable black suede dress with simple accessories and different textured fabrics. Her black suede dress is simple yet very special. With a drop waist shape, the dress uses suede in a unique way to create a looser silhouette. The lacing details on the sides and shoulders add extra flair to the dress, showing this Fashionista’s personality.

Staying true to the color scheme, she wore short black booties with her outfit. This Fashionista proves that a monochrome outfit can be unique and eye-catching. Although suede and leather may seem like conflicting fabrics, together, they can act in harmony. The structured leather jacket provides shape to the looser fitting dress. Additionally, the leather jacket shows this Fashionista’s own personal, edgier style. By mixing the leather and suede together, she made an all-black outfit fresh and special.

To top the look off, she added a simple plaid scarf. In the ever-changing Ithaca weather, you need to wear accessories for warmth. The plaid scarf adds a splash of color to the otherwise monochromatic outfit, adding a special charm to the look.

Suede is a huge trend right now but as this Fashionista so elegantly shows, you can wear suede in new ways by mixing it with your other favorite styles. Why only let suede be the star? Share the spotlight with fun accessories and suede will continue to shine.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “I like to keep it simple with a few accessories. Adding accessories to a simple look can showcase your personality!”