LEATHER & SUEDE IN THE SUMMER?

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JACKET: VINCE (old), SIMILAR -- TOP: H&M -- SHORTS: RAG & BONE (old), SIMILAR -- BRACELETS: DYDY -- RING: DY -- SHOES: STEVE MADDEN (color sold out), SIMILAR -- SUNGLASSES: RAY-BAN -- POLISH: ESSIE 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: MADISON KATLIN PHOTOGRAPHY

RECENTLY I WAS ASKED MY THOUGHTS ON WEARING LEATHER AND SUEDE IN THE SUMMER. I HAVE BEEN ASKED ABOUT THIS MANY TIMES BEFORE WHEN I WORKED AT VINCE, HERE IN DALLAS, A FEW YEARS BACK. WE SOLD A LOT OF LEATHER AND SUEDE YEAR ROUND, SO PEOPLE WERE CONSTANTLY ASKING IF THOSE WERE GOOD PURCHASES IN THE SUMMER. ALWAYS A GREAT QUESTION, AS MANY PEOPLE ASSOCIATE THOSE ITEMS WITH FALL AND WINTER.  I PERSONALLY LOVE ALL THINGS LEATHER AND SUEDE, NO MATTER THE SEASON. WHETHER IT’S SHOES, BAGS, JEWELRY, JACKETS, TOPS OR BOTTOMS, I’LL TAKE IT!

LET’S START WITH MY OUTFIT SHOWN ABOVE. A LEATHER JACKET IS ALWAYS A GREAT CLOSET STAPLE! THERE ARE SO MANY OUT THERE FROM SIMPLE TO DETAILED, AND I’M NOT SURE YOU CAN EVER REALLY HAVE TOO MANY. PRICES ON THEM DO VARY, AS THERE IS REAL LEATHER AND FAUX LEATHER. MANY TIMES, YOU CAN’T TELL THE DIFFERENCE JUST BY LOOKING AT THEM (I’VE LINKED A FEW LEATHER AND SUEDE OPTIONS BELOW VARYING IN PRICE AND STYLE). PAIRING A LEATHER JACKET WITH A TANK IS A GREAT OPTION FOR THOSE SUMMER DAYS WHERE YOU WANT TO HAVE THAT EDGE, BUT ARE WORRIED ABOUT BEING TOO WARM. I LOVE WEARING MY JACKETS AS I DID ABOVE, WITHOUT ACTUALLY PUTTING THE JACKET ON FULLY. THIS ALLOWS FOR A COOLER FEEL IF IT IS WARMER OUT, AND ALSO ADDS A CHIC TOUCH TO YOUR OUTFIT. I THREW ON SOME HEAVILY DISTRESSED DENIM SHORTS, A FEW SIMPLE BRACELETS, AND THE MOST FUN SUEDE FRINGE HEELS.

OTHER ITEMS I LOVE TO PLAY AROUND WITH ARE SUEDE DRESSES, SUEDE HIGH-TOP SNEAKERS, AND LEATHER SLIP-ONS. (I HAVE LINKED SOME OF MY FAVORITES BELOW) I LOOK FOR SUEDE DRESSES THAT ARE A LITTLE THINNER FOR SUMMER, BUT THAT ARE GREAT FOR CASUAL AND DRESSY OCCASIONS. SUEDE SNEAKERS MAY SOUND FUNKY, AND THAT’S BECAUSE THEY ARE! I LOVE A GOOD HIGH-TOP SNEAKER FOR EVERYDAY ERRANDS OR TO THROW ON WITH A CUTE DRESS. LASTLY ARE THE LEATHER SLIP-ONS, THAT HAVE BEEN POPULAR OVER THE PAST YEAR, AND IN MY BOOK, THEY STILL ARE! THROW THEM ON WITH JEAN SHORTS, GRAPHIC TEE, AND A BASEBALL CAP FOR A GREAT GO-TO SUMMER LOOK!

MIXING CLOTHING MATERIALS IS SO FUN! IT ADDS DEPTH AND DETAIL TO WHAT MAY BE A SIMPLE OUTFIT, WITH MINIMAL WORK. I CHALLENGE YOU TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT WITH THE CLOTHING MATERIALS YOU WEAR. MAYBE YOU DON’T OWN A LEATHER JACKET… YOU NEED ONE! MAYBE YOU’RE NOT SURE IF SUEDE IS YOUR THING? OR MAYBE YOU’VE JUST NEVER STEPPED OUT OF THE BOX WHEN IT COMES TO LEATHER OR SUEDE? GO FOR IT! YOU MAY JUST FIND THAT FUN NEW OUTFIT THAT MAKES YOU THE TRENDSETTER AT YOUR NEXT GET TOGETHER!

 

JACKETS, JACKETS, JACKETS:

MORE LEATHER AND SUEDE GOODIES:

DO YOU HAVE ANY FUN LEATHER OR SUEDE ITEMS YOU ENJOY WEARING IN THE SUMMER? SEND THEM MY WAY, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM!