There are few pieces of menswear more versatile than the suede jacket. And with the style-theme of the summer heading towards a relaxed, more casual, 1970s-inspired aesthetic, now is as good a time as any to invest in this multi-talented stalwart of outerwear. Valstar 407A.F077 Suede Jacket (pictured top)
The name suede is attributable to the French who would import ‘gants de Suède’ (gloves of Sweden), renowned for their soft, napped-leather interior. Suede, in layman’s terms, can be described as leather “inside out” – soft, thin, pliable, tactile. From gloves the benefits of suede evolved to shoes, shirts, jackets and beyond clothing, crafted in cowhide most frequently but also in sheepskin and goatskin.
Hardly worthy of being deemed a wardrobe essential, suede is notoriously difficult to care for with it being more sponge-like than water-repellent. However despite this and being delicate in appearance suede is reassuringly tough, and if worn right, a suede bomber jacket can add a touch of sophistication to any outfit; be it casual or smart. Layer it up or down with a variety of looks depending on the temperature and your situation, whatever the time of year but particularly during spring and autumn. It’s also important to remember that good suede isn’t cheap, but invest wisely and you’re suede jacket could last a lifetime and quality tells – a statement piece if you will.
Jeans, t-shirt and a suede bomber jacket, it’s that simple. For a causal look this partnership is tough to argue with. If the temperatures drop you may wish to layer your ensemble with a merino knit crew neck sweater or a hoody for a more causal edge. Team with a pair of classic low top white or light grey sneakers and a pair of Persol 714 sunglasses in Havana brown.
Valstar Valstarino Unlined Suede Bomber Jacket in Dark Brown, £745 >
Uniqlo Men Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Sweater in Navy, £29.90 >
Sunspel Men’s Pima Cotton Pique T-Shirt in White, £75 >
A Day’s March Denim No.1 Jeans in Tumbled Raw Denim, £85 >
C.QP Racquet Sneakers in White, €280 >
As an alternative to a weighty overcoat, a blazer or a poorly insulated trench coat a suede bomber jacket can provide a touch of flare to smart-casual or even tailored office wear. Here it’s best to colour-match to avoid being accused of being a Pitti-peacock, who would ever take you seriously. Team with a pair of Persol 649 sunglasses in black.
Officine Generale Liam Suede Jacket in Midnight Blue, £795 >
Eton White Oxford Shirt, £125 >
Mr P. Black Worsted Wool Trousers, £175 >
Loake Gable Derby Shoe in Black, £199 >
Despite suede’s water-resistant frailties and easy staining which can be countered using a protective suede spray and a soft suede brush, there is much to be lauded for the suede jacket. A truly versatile piece which can be worn casually or smart, it provides a stylish layer to take the chill off in spring or autumn and can be layered up during winter. Worn with a t-shirt in the summer months, it’s as cool as a cucumber – like you. Our advice would be to invest in a quality piece, the outlay might seem punchy but good suede, is good suede – it’ll look great, and last long.