The 1970s are back in style, and Fashionistas/os have been embracing this revival in full force. Over the last few seasons we’ve seen the resurgence of peasant tops, flared denim and crochet galore. The reason these trends are being embraced by the masses? It’s simple: they’re comfortable, youthful and perfect for summer. However, it can be hard figuring out how to incorporate these trends into our everyday wardrobe. Luckily, along with the flowy dresses and bell bottom jeans, suede has made a dramatic return to fashion, and it’s the answer for anyone looking to incorporate a little bit of “hippie chic” into their everyday looks.

When suede became popular in the ‘70s, it was used mainly for statement pieces such as fringe jackets and vests. However, the manipulation of suede has shifted over the last 40 years and can now be worn to make a much more subtle statement. By utilizing the textile in a multitude of garments and dying them in a wide range of colors, designers have modernized suede into a chic and sophisticated fabric. We now see geometric suede skirts, navy suede blazers and even pink suede pants. With so many options, it is easy to find at least one suede piece to introduce into your wardrobe.

This Fashionista is embracing suede in full force, wearing a sophisticated yet flirty fit and flare, suede dress. She has paired her dress with embroidered statement flats and a floral handbag, effectively creating an adorable and trendy work outfit. By quickly changing her shoes, throwing on a chunky necklace and swapping her charming purse for an edgy clutch, our Fashionista could easily turn this ensemble into the perfect look for a night on the town. This is what is so magical about suede, it can be transformed from casual to classy in seconds.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Go shopping with people you trust, who know you and who’s style you admire and who will force you to try things on even if you wouldn’t pick it for yourself.”