Suede: A fabric we all know; a fabric we all love. Suede material is soft, stylish and pleasing to the touch and the eye. Suede leather is fancier than leather, but more subtle than crushed velvet.

Suede is a type of leather with a napped finish, commonly used for jackets, shoes, shirts, purses and dresses. Real suede leather is made from the underside of the animal skin, primarily lamb, although goat, calf and deer are commonly used. Artificial suede leather is synthetically made but just as attractive as real suede.

Suede Fun Fact: The term suede comes from the French “gants de Suede”, which literally means “gloves from Sweden”.  Suede was originally used for women’s gloves.

Since suede comes from the underside of animal skin, not containing the tough exterior skin layer, suede is less durable but softer than standard (full-grain) leather. Due to the soft, thin material, suede makes for fabulous, fashionable clothing. Clothing that fits the body and moves with the body – looking striking and sensual on the body!

Simply stunning in sensational suede!

Suede material, due to its versatile nature, looks fabulous for either dressing up to the nines, or down, if you’re in a mood for a more casual dress.

Alternatives to Suede:

  1. Fabrics can be manufactured with a brushed or napped finish to resemble suede leather. These garments provide a look and feel similar to suede, but have advantages such as increased liquid or stain resistance.
  2. Suede silk, cotton and similar suede fabrics are brushed, sanded and chemically treated for extra softness.
  3. Suede yarns are thick and plush.
  4. Ultrasuede is a term for a microfiber plush resembling soft suede, but more durable and resistant to liquid, stains and crushing.
  5. Microsuede is a microfiber knit blend fabric with a soft finish, but is easily distinguishable from actual suede leather, with a great deal of stretch.

Stretch your way into fashion glam rocking a “suede garment” grand slam!

In addition to a fabric that makes for stylish, fashionable clothing, suede purses and handbags are highly alluring and tie together most any fashion ensemble.

Suede Fashion Tip: Suede material works great for tasseled clothing. Think suede vests, handbags, and of course, moccasins. However, take this advice firsthand. If you wear moccasins on a rainy day, stay off wet streets and sidewalks, if you prefer staying on your feet and not your bum!

Suede Fun Fact: In addition to clothing, the popular material that is suede leather is used for upholstery, other accessories and often as a lining for leather products.

Suede Not So Fun Fact: Due to the delicate fabric that is suede, with its textured nature and open pores, suede may become dirty and quickly absorb liquids. If you’re shopping for a suede raincoat, stick with synthetic suede!

Step out “made in the shade” in soft suede!

Suede is a versatile fabric that always remains in style and popular. Whether you’re going for a high fashion look or a look suitable for office wear, you’ll never fade in the background donned in super suede!


Whether your platform is the catwalk or the sidewalk, walk with style and flair with a swagger in your air, covered in sexy suede!

“That’s a lovely jacket. So soft and pretty.”

“If that’s a come on line, you’re not too witty.”

“As beautiful as you are, your suede jacket catches my eye by far.”

“Thank you. I simply adore my suede jacket too.”

“Do you mind if I feel the soft material with my fingertips?”

“You can look but don’t touch. Just savor the sweetness of it!”

Every eye will be on you, the fashion status quo, when dressed in sensual suede from head to toe!


Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano





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Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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