19 Suede Pieces to Perfect Your '70s Cool-Girl Look

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Photo: Forever21

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The '70s are most definitely in the fashion air. While we saw shades of the Me Decade this fall—most notably at Louis Vuitton—designers are really taking it back for spring. Usually, revisiting a period with so many outré tropes can easily take you into costume territory (see also: when labels get obsessed with Western). But for the most part, this iteration is more about achieving an Ali MacGraw-inspired, cool-girl vibe than going for gaudy, Hustle-worthy getups.

Which brings us to a key part of the look: suede. Leather's softer, more approachable cousin popped up at Jason Wu, Derek Lam, Michael Kors, Altuzarra, Chloe and Gucci to name a few. What's most refreshing is the way the pieces were cut—clean and simple with few bells and whistles.

When styling suede, all sorts of "rules" come to mind: Keep the color palette tame—tan, rust, navy, forest green and burgundy are all safe bets. Layer suede dresses over crisp cotton button-downs to sharpen them up. Pair suede pants and skirts with a plain T-shirt or fine-gauge knit. No patterns, and never, ever wear head-to-toe suede, unless you want to be the butt of one of those "tuxedo" jokes (as far as we know suede-on-suede has yet to be named, should you want to take a crack). Or, you feel confident in your ability to achieve this.

So whether you go for a little or a lot, here are 19 pieces that are, thankfully, a far cry from key-party chic.