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Leather and suede aren’t just for shoes!

Side Detail Ponte LEgging

We all love a great pair of genuine leather boots or suede shoes – they’re stylish, high-quality and ready for any outfit or occasion imaginable. But this season, the two materials are extending beyond just shoes and boots and into many other aspects of fall fashion. Leather or suede garments – or clothes with small leather detailing – give off an effortlessly cool, chic vibe that looks at once hip and polished. Whether you love rocking leather handbags or you like to use the materials in more subtle ways, you have tons of options for integrating them into your wardrobe this fall. Take a look at a few fashion-forward ideas:

Look sharp in leather and suede outerwear

Women’s leather jackets are the ultimate option for cool-weather outerwear. They’re stylish and on trend, and they go with just about everything, from your favorite little black dress to a pair of worn-in jeans. The best part? Leather jackets come in so many different designs, that finding one suited to your personal style is a cinch. If you’re going for an elegant look, opt for something a little sleeker, with smooth lines and curving seams that flatter your shape. Interested in something that packs a punch? Try a jacket with a bit more texture and embellishment that will make a style statement every time you step outside. Vests are another great outerwear layering option for fall – try a suede vest for a sleek and cozy seasonal look.

Woman wearing Faux Suede Jacket

Add visual interest with faux leather details

Faux leather detailing is a trendy way to embrace the months ahead. Look for details and embellishments in unexpected places, like on the shoulders of a tunic or on small side panels in a pretty dress. These leather features can be found on everything from coats to tops and more, which means you can incorporate them into your wardrobe in any number of areas. The small touches of leather add some edge to your outfit, giving it an extra splash of visual interest.

Side Detail Ponte LEgging

Slim down with leather panels

Believe it or not, those leather details that are so popular right now can actually do more than simply add a funky aesthetic. They can often be flattering as well – especially when the leather is deliberately located to create a slimming illusion. To get the most out of these flattering garments, look for faux leather panels or side trim on dresses, skirts, pants and leggings.

Panels running down the sides of leggings or one located down the front of a skirt create long vertical lines that instantly make the body look slimmer. Even panels on the shoulders of a top can have a flattering effect – they draw attention to the shoulders and neck, which are often some of the slimmest parts of a woman’s body.

woman wearing a blue and black suit with leather panels

Keep your necessities in leather and suede handbags

Of course, some of the best places to insert leather and suede into your wardrobe are accessories, and handbags in particular. Genuine leather and suede handbags offer a similar set of benefits as shoes made out of the same materials: They’re versatile and will last a long time if they’re well-maintained.

You can also look for the two materials in other accessories. Pick up a nice leather belt that will go well with your favorite fall boots, or find a fashion-forward hat with suede detailing on it.

And remember: Leather and suede are popular materials this fall, but they’re also elegant and timeless. Buy your favorite leather and suede items and pay later with Monroe & Main credit. Take good care of them, and you’ll be able to wear them for years to come.

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