The Ubiquity of Suede


When I get asked what I wear more than anything else, my answer is down to pat: A-Line miniskirts and slim-fit polonecks. And those skirts? Almost always suede, almost always vintage. You’re going to be no stranger to suede by the end of this summer. It’s only mid-January and I’ve already written more about it for Style suede than Kendall Jenner (and we . Part of me is thrilled that suede is having such a moment; I’ve been a long-term collector and now have 3 suede coats and 4 suede skirts that I wear near constantly. I love, in some inadvertent way, being proved as right. (The rightness being a lame sense of, you want my skirt, ergo I win.)

But — it’s mildly depressing that those button down suede skirts that I’ve spent hour upon hour and year upon year accumulating (and staining) slowly, are now so rife on both the high and haute street. Aside from the scalloped, butterscotch hued Ganni suede skirt that I will always rue not buying via ASOS last year, the best suede skirts (and all of mine) I find on eBay and ASOS Marketplace, often after months of sifting. Should it affect my feeling towards my fail-safe favourites that suddenly everyone else wants to buy them – and indeed, now can? It shouldn’t, but I would be lying if I said I was impervious to the sudden omnipresence of something niche I see as personal to me.

Back to the skirt. These kind of skirts are like heaven for short people like me. No-one EVER believes I am 5 ft. 4 even my best friends. So, what can you learn from this, today? That I’m short. That I’m mature about my vintage finds becoming mainstream. That I’ll share my skirts…. but that I got there first.


I’m wearing vintage sunglasses, an American Apparel wool jacket, an Olive Clothing poloneck, vintage skirt and Saint Laurent boots.

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