STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Stepping Out In Suede

The transition into fall not only means the leaves are changing, but also that the trends in the fashion world are evolving, giving us the opportunity to transform our closets and ourselves. This season a pair of tall suede boots is just what you need to reinvent yourself into a Fashionista. Choose a pair with a height that’s suitable for you and in a versatile color such as gray or black. These boots will become your staple shoe for the next few months. So get ready to step out in suede!

Barnard students have been seen all over campus on trend as the crisp air of New York City autumn comes around. I stopped this Fashionista because I could not help but notice her knee-high gray suede boots. She keeps her trendy boots as the central element of her outfit by pairing it with a simple white blouse, which is effortlessly tucked away into a pleated black leather skirt and a polished zip-up jacket. The pairing of leather against suede is an interesting combination that is definitely working for this Fashionista. The edgy vibe of the leather skirt adds to the chic feel the suede boots give. The neutral colors of her outfit keep the outfit simple and causal, and the balance between the skirt and the boots make this outfit perfect for the bipolar New York fall weather.

This trend makes me think back to the ’70s when suede was a material found in all clothing items. Women would make a sophisticated, yet fun statements with their wide-legged suede pants and long suede trench coats. The beauty of a tall suede boot is that it can come off as feminine and sexy, while still creating an effortless and casual look. Suede is a softer and less ostentatious alternative to leather, making it a perfect material for boots that will get us through the entire semester. Whether you pair the boots with your favorite jeans for class or you dress them up with a mini skirt for a flirty date night look, these boots are a must-have item.

What is your STYLE ADVIVE OF THE WEEK? “I like these boots because they’re comfortable and I can dress them down with jeans and a T-shirt for when I have class. I can also dress it up for the night by swapping in a leather skirt for the jeans. I love the over-the-knee trend because bearing just a little bit of leg can be sexy!”