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Style Glossary: Suede

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A type of leather with a napped finish. It is made from the under side of the skin, primarily lamb, although goat, pig, calf and deer are commonly used. The term comes from the French "gants de Suède," which literally means "gloves of Sweden." Suede can also refer to a similar napped or brushed finish on many kinds of fabrics.

If you like the smooth feel of suede, try this Spiegel Suede Swing Top ($99, originally $129). It would look great over a pair of stovepipe jeans.

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