The Suede Trend for Women Over 50

Fall officially started on Thursday and it finally feels a bit cooler here in the SF Bay Area. We’re not getting the crisp cool weather I adore but it has cooled down enough to think about fall clothes!

Welcome to this week’s Hit Your Style Sweet Spot, my weekly collaboration with Pamela Lutrell from Over 50 Feeling 40!

hit your style sweet spot

You’ve hit your Style Sweet Spot when your appearance is sending the message you intend, and you feel confident that you look your best. Last week we shared fashion designed and made in the USA. This week we are showing how we wear a trend for Fall 2016.

Fashion week showed lots of suede for fall. I like to add a little trend into my wardrobe to look current but do it sparingly, so I don’t appear a fashion victim.

Lysse Vegan suede leggings from Purple Poppy
Lysse Vegan Suede leggings

Suede is one of those universally flattering fabrics that dresses up or down and always looks polished. High-quality suede is soft and flexible but is usually very expensive. For those who are budget conscious or won’t wear animal for moral reasons, vegan suede is the perfect solution!


Lysee Vegan Suede leggings from Purple Popple

Purple Poppy sent me these Lysse Vegan Suede leggings to try. They’re designed with a high waistband, soft stretch lining and flat locked seams that lat flat and stay comfortable all day.

I first styled them with a long, asymmetrical vest and peep toe suede ankle booties. Minimal jewelry felt right to me. The vest is long enough to cover my tummy and behind.

Lysse vegan suede leggings from Purple Poppy

Next, I dressed them up with a classic white shirt and pearls. Pearls add polish to every outfit!

Lysse vegan suede leggings from Purple Poppy

I added a touch of leopard with this bag. A little leopard goes a long way!
Lysse vegan suede leggings from Purple Poppy

These leggings are form fitting but move with you and retain their shape. No bagging at the knees or backside! I sized up to a medium because they run a bit small.

Lysse vegan suede leggings from Purple Poppy

Then I styled them for cooler weather and tried them tucked into knee-high riding boots with a simple silk scarf. I decided the scarf was overkill.

Lysse vegan suede leggings tucked into riding boots

The calves of these boots are snug, but the leggings fit inside them easily.

Lysse Vegan suede leggings tucked into riding boots

This is how I hit my Style Sweet Spot and the wear the Fall 2016 suede trend.

Let’s pop over and see how Pam hits her Style Sweet Spot!

Purple poppy is offering a 10% discount to my readers. Just use the code POPPY (in capitals) at checkout!

And now for something new!

xo Jennifer


Thanks to Purple Poppy for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. See my full disclosure statement here.


  1. Suede leggings…what a great idea!!
    I was just thinking that I needed a pair of black ones, and these could definitely hit my sweet spot!!

    1. They are wonderful, Jodie!!

  2. Those leggings look great. I really like them with the shoes.

    1. Thanks, Haralee! They’re so versatile!

  3. The all black outfit is my favorite ensemble; you look absolutely lean and mean here!

    1. Thanks! The beauty of black strikes again:)

  4. Very nice look with the white shirt and pearls! I could do that!! I have learned so much from you and from Pam. I appreciate your posts and look forward to them. Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad to hear that, Martha! Thank you.

  5. Carol LaRochelle says:

    I have the blouse and leopard clutch, I believe both are from Chicos?? Love this look!
    Please tell us the brand of the booties, really like those as I have a very difficult time with shoes.

    Also believe the scarf was overkill. I am tall so I don’t think the suede leggings would be long enough for me????.

    Thanks for your great ideas!

    1. I am short but rolled the hem under 3 inches, so maybe. Yes, they are Chico’s and will post on the booties later this week.

  6. Nicely put together. Really enjoy your posts!

  7. Oh – the problem is – you’re so adorable everything looks marvelous on you! Although it always makes it fun to look. And seriously, I give you more credit than “cute.” Your tips are useful and honest and love the variety of choices you share.

    1. You’re so kind, Barbara!!

    1. Yep, I knew the scarf was wrong 🙂

  8. I love those suede leggings with the white shirt and your pearls!
    There is something so elegant about a crisp white shirt…very similar to Carolina Hererra

    1. I agree, a crisp white shirt is marvelous.

  9. Awesome look. I’ve been wanting to try faux suede or leather leggings but wasn’t sure how to pull off that look. Thank you for sharing your ideas and fabulous tips.


    1. These ones are so comfy and stretchy…you’ll love them.

  10. Please advise us where you got your white tunic blouse. It’s really elegant adn you look great!

    1. I will post on it later this week. It is a favorite!!

  11. You look absolutely fabulous in the vest/leggings outfit!

    1. Thanks so much, Marjorie!

  12. Is yout white tunic from j.jill? Love your posts!

    1. I will post in this blouse later this week. It is from Chico’s!

  13. I love that you added the suede trend to update your wardrobe a bit in the form of leggings! Leggings are the one piece of clothing I can’t live without… 🙂 They look great & you styled them perfectly! They will be so versatile this fall! How great that they look fantastic with peep toe booties & can be tucked into boots!

    And how fun that you started a link up!

    1. They are so versatile!! We decided we would love to see how you all hit your Style Sweet Spot!

  14. Hi Jennifer–love these outfit on you. Could you please share information and links, if possible on your other pieces of clothing and those fabulous booties? Thank you

    1. I will share those links later this week! 🙂

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