What was once seen as the uniform of choice for wannabe cowboys and teachers powering through a mid-life crisis has become one of the most coveted textures by those in the know this season. 1970s fashion is having its moment again in a big way: double denim, shearling and suede are all pieces we should be adding into our winter wardrobes. Less durable but softer than standard leather, it was first used to make women’s gloves, but is now used for all sorts of shoes, accessories and detailing.

Winq’s resident fashion blogger and stylist Michael Parker, AKA “Boy in Breton“, offers his top tips on how to succeed in suede.

“Suede is a beautifully soft texture that should be seen as a luxurious addition to a man’s wardrobe. Although part of the leather family, it requires a lot of maintenance and care. Make sure you buy a suede protector and avoid wearing in the rain!”

Burberry Suede Field Jacket

This utility style from Burberry Brit is practical as it is handsome. Plenty of pocketing, a concealed hood and drawcord waistband make this a perfect buy. This piece will only look better with wear and age.

Orley Houndstooth gloves

Generally speaking, we opt to wear a lot of dark shades in winter. Brighten your day while fighting the chill with these luxurious silk and suede Houndstooth gloves from Orley. Houndstooth is a print that never goes out of style, so you’ll get a lot of use out of these year on year.

Bally Suede Desert Boots

Swiss brand Bally knows a thing or two about making shoes, having been in the industry since 1851. A good pair of desert boots will carry you through all occasions, and these dark-brown suede ones pair well with dark jeans and a warming roll-neck jumper

Tom Ford Suede Trim Cardigan

Tom Ford updates the classic cardigan in soft Merino wool with a contrast suede trim. Wear it with cords, a denim shirt and sneakers for a relaxed-luxe (should that be ‘reluxed’?!) look.

Article written for Winq magazine can also be read HERE




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