I’m not going to lie! Suede is tricky. Suede is very, very tricky. It attracts flakes and they like to nestle in there for the long haul. I still remember being at a party many years ago and glancing down at my suede ankle boots to discover that despite knee high socks and skinny trousers, somehow the flakes had made their way down my legs and were having a little party of their own on the toecap of each boot. MOR-TI-FIED!
So although this is one of the trends for the new season, proceed with caution. And honestly? As much as I like to offer as many options as possible, my only advice to those with scalp psoriasis is … steer clear! It’s not worth it and you’ll just make yourself miserable. Tip your hat at the trend with a suede bag instead.
So onwards we go and I have to say, that for all the hype in the fashion mags, it was a pretty arduous task to track down much in the high street stores. Apart from Mango! Mango is awash with suede this season … in every conceivable shape, size, design and colour. But first up, I liked this blush Noisy May suede blazer from Next. If you’ve decided to ignore my advice (really?!) and feel your life will be incomplete without a suede jacket this season, then at the very least choose something that might just camouflage the ‘snowfall’!
A departure from the usual trousers, with this Limited Edition suede skirt from Massimo Dutti. Wear now with over the knee boots and opaques, or if your trendiness knows no bounds, you could also wear with leggings/footless tights and ballet flats. But NOT with gladiators such as these ... oooooh NO! That, my fellow Flakies, is more than anyone wants to see!
I have a bit of a soft spot for an obi belt – and they seem to be coming back into their own again. This is good news as I have a Helen James one in leather and silk languishing in the back of the wardrobe for the past ten years or more. (Yes, the same Helen James who now makes jams and cake tins for Dunnes Stores. She was once a clothing designer *mutters ‘overachiever’*) But if you don’t have one, this Grey Suede Kimono Belt from Mint Velvet could be a perfect addition to your wardrobe.
And now onto Mango whose selection is seriously very impressive. Not too pricey either so you’re not in danger of breaking the bank for this trend. If you’re feeling very brave and don’t think that your scalp will let you down, this is a beautiful suede coat which would be just perfect for those bright and breezy spring days.
A paler colour this time which is slightly less risky for those of you who prefer a suede jacket.
Perhaps a biker jacket is more your style?
Or have I scared you so much that you’re now going to give suede a wide berth?! There are still ways however to acknowledge the trend without fear. These fringe suede sandals are so cute. Great foot coverage and tick both the suede and fringe trend at once.
Continuing this combined trend, there is the fringed suede bag. This is not for me. Not. At. All. I can already see myself being choked in the car door; lassoing babies in shopping trollies; getting tangled up in the hospital lift; the list is endless. I like my bags to be functional as well as stylish, but if you are more careful than I, then off you go. This has the 70s boho vibe down pat!
And of course, I couldn’t possibly disappoint. A post on suede without including my trademark favourite shoes? Perish the thought! And better still with 20% off today only if you purchase online. I give you the Marks & Spencer, Limited Edition Peep Toe Shoe Boot with Insolia.
Happy Monday everyone!