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Runway/Real Way: How to pull off wearing summer suede

Wearing leather in warm weather can be tricky (and sweaty). Suede, on the other hand, is better suited to both summer nights and air-conditioned offices thanks to its soft and insulating nature. Some of this season’s best jackets come in bright, jewel tones that look fresh and fashion-forward next to standard black and brown bombers. The most practical versions are unlined, which helps to minimize weight and all that aforementioned, unwanted perspiration.

1. This season’s suede colour options are endless, but a classic shade like navy blue will be wearable into the fall and for years to come.

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2. A suede jacket-and-skirt set, like this look from the Miu Miu catwalk, is a serious style commitment. Stick instead to a single item and accent it with other pieces in neutral shades and textures.

3. As a suede piece may still prove too warm to wear all day at the office, layering is key. Pair a cropped jacket with a blouse featuring an interesting detail like a pleated panel on the back.

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Cropped jacket, $172 at BCBG (www.bcbg.com). Lida Baday top, $495 at department stores and boutiques across Canada (visit www.lidabaday.com for retailers). Theory trousers, $275 at Hudson’s Bay (www.thebay.com). Franco Sarto Artist Collection shoes, $140 at Capezio (www.capezioshoes.ca). Earrings, $80 at J.Crew (www.jcrew.com)/

Styling by Odessa Paloma Parker. Hair and makeup by Cody Alain for TRESemmé Hair Care/M.A.C Cosmetics/ P1M.ca. Photographed on location at Bensimon Byrne (www.bensimonbyrne.com).

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