One thing that can be relied upon year after year, is the super natural British ability to find a dry patch of grass and a freshly cracked bev at the first sign of double-figure temperatures. With that first wave of summer comes the inevitable sartorial dilemma – jacket or no jacket?
For us, the answer will always be clear.
It has to be suede.
Much like Goldielocks, our pursuit of suede season strikes a fine balance. Not too hot, not too cold. Just right for sporting a lightweight suede jacket.
Rich colourways, supple texture and a luxurious touch; there are few materials that boast the same finesse. Shrugged over a sweet summer dress or paired with shorts and boaters – a suede jacket is the true reason that the British summer exists. From the garden center to the beer garden, a casual bit of suede will never look out of place.
How to style suede in summer
So, what are some of the best ways to wear a suede jacket this summer? Let’s take a closer look.
Ladies first – the classic pairing of a suede jacket with a sweet summer dress. This look is perfect for those days when you want to feel feminine and chic, but still need a little something to keep you warm. Simply slip on your favourite summer dress, add a suede jacket in a complementary shade, and you’re good to go. Finish off the look with a pair of strappy sandals and some statement jewelry, and you’ll be turning heads wherever you go.
If dresses aren’t really your thing, don’t worry – suede jackets can also be paired with shorts and boaters for a more casual look. This is a great option for those lazy summer afternoons spent in the park or at the beach. Opt for a lightweight suede jacket in a neutral shade like beige or tan, and pair it with your favourite denim shorts and a pair of comfortable boat shoes. Add a straw hat and some sunglasses for the perfect finishing touch.
Of course, suede jackets aren’t just for casual occasions. They can also be dressed up for more formal events, like weddings or garden parties. Simply pair your suede jacket with a floaty midi dress in a complementary shade, and add some strappy heels and a statement clutch for a look that’s both elegant and on-trend.
When it comes to menswear, there’s nothing more classic and casual than a suede bomber jacket. These versatile beauties can be styled all year round, but really come into their own in the summer season. We’d recommend a lively colour palette, something lighter like a stone or tan shade. With super comfy ‘throw on appeal’ you’ll be reaching for your suede bomber jacket on the daily. Dressed with classic straight leg jeans or smarter chinos, suede adds a much needed hint of soft texture to your summer wardrobe.
How to care for suede clothing in summer
But what about the practicalities of owning a suede jacket? After all, suede isn’t exactly known for being the most durable of materials. Well, the good news is that with a little care and attention, your suede jacket should last you for years. Here are a few tips for keeping your suede jacket in top condition:
- Always store your suede jacket in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
- Avoid getting your jacket wet, and if it does get wet, let it dry naturally away from any heat sources.
- Use a suede brush to remove any dirt or stains, and always brush in the direction of the nap (the raised surface of the suede).
- If you need to clean your suede jacket, take it to a professional cleaner who specialises in suede.