Thursday, October 27, 2011

Why I think matching pieces is a good idea

Matching things in your outfit, such as matching your bags to your shoes and so on, was something a lot of women used to do in the past. In the 50s and 60s it was basically a must for a well-dressed woman, but at some point, fashion experts decided that this was old fashioned and should not be done anymore.

I think that’s a shame, because I think matching stuff really helps you pull together an outfit, so I have been a fan of matching sets, matching colors and all those things for years already.

That’s why I tend to buy matching sets when I have the chance (like when I bought both a Missoni for Target clutch bag and Missoni for Target ballet flat shoes), I don’t always end up using the whole set at the same time, but sometimes I do, and if you keep the rest of the outfit pretty plain, I really feel it helps polish up those whole outfit.

However, there are some things you should keep in mind if you decide to use matching sets when you get dressed in order to not make it look over the top:

Get sets with small pieces, and just a few of them

Lady Gaga goes all out and wears the same pattern from head to toe, but for most of us, that is not a good look. So buy matching sets of small items, instead of both a shirt, a pair of pants, a hat and shoes. Useful matching sets can be:

A bag and a pair of shoes

A belt and a pair of shoes

A belt and a bag

A top and a pair of shoes

And so on.

All these sets make sure the matching pieces aren’t placed next to each other in the outfit, which really helps make sure the set looks cute and well planned, but not costume-y.

Keep the rest of the outfit simple if the set is brightly colored or patterned

Neutrals create a nice contrast, if your matching set is colorful or patterned. Adding more patterns or bright colors might not work as well, so make sure the rest of your outfit is rather simple in order for the matching details to really pop.

Don’t always use the set together

Then your matching set becomes more of a gimmick than a fashion statement. So make sure you mix up the pieces from time to time as well!

(pics from Vythies, Zaffalella Shoes, Fabsugar and We Heart It)

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