Suede was big in the 70's, and it's big again now as the 70's have been revived for 2015! It's a heavier material, but there are so many ways it can look perfectly summery.
Style #1: a mini skirt
A suede mini skirt is perfectly summery and 70's. Pick one that shows just enough leg, but that you can tuck a lightweight blouse into to balance it out. This style is great because you can wear it day to night, dress it up with a cami and heels or make it more casual with a tee and sandals or sneakers.
Style #2: a lightweight jacket
A light suede jacket is perfect for the overly air-conditioned indoors, but doesn't look out of place on a hot day. One with fringe amps up the 70's style, but isn't necessary if you want a more polished cut that you can wear to work.
Style #3: suede shorts
Suede shorts have a more polished look than denim, but can be worn equally casually, especially in a short cut. Pick a high-waisted pair for easy tuck-in. Like the suede mini skirt, this style can be dressed up or dressed down with ease.
Style #4: suede booties
While hotter days call for your feet to breathe, the onset of summer doesn't have to mean that you kiss your boots goodbye for three months. Short booties look great with minidresses and shorts, and a suede pair that echoes a cowboy style is perfectly summery. Fringe optional. Get the look here and here.
Style #5: a suede minidress
A minidress in suede is always an unexpected choice for a hot night. Pick a shift for a mod look or give into the inherent sex appeal of the heavy fabric and wear something a little more curve-hugging. It will look more toned down than a leather dress, but equally interesting.
Style #6: a suede top
You wear tiny tanks, halters, and shell tops all summer anyways, so why not pick one in an unexpected fabric like suede? Pair with something loose and lightweight, like a breezy skirt or culottes on hotter days, and then wear on cool nights with skinny jeans and heels.
Style #7: a suede (possibly fringed) purse
Suede purses never go out of style, but the fringed purse is seriously trending right now. Choose one with or without fringe depending on how much you want to lean into the trend, and let the accessory elevate your look for the summer.
Style #8: a midi skirt
Suede isn't off-limits on a longer skirt, and the more modest silhouette looks great balanced with a slinky tank top or a tee for daytime. Wear suede to work in a pencil skirt, or pick a shorter skirt with fringe that extends the hem down for a fun and flirty look.