Matching pavement pounders and arm candy: a fashion faux pas or the only way to go? We examine both sides of the trend to help you decide whether to go matchy-matchy or mix things up when it comes to bags and footwear.
What matching means to a matcher
Elegance, attention to detail, care, polish…on the whole a well-thought out look that makes a good impression instantly.
When it works
For the office, for job interviews, for special occasions such as weddings and garden parties, when you might even pair printed heels and handbags, rather than the more muted styles often put together for work and everyday looks.
Matching your shoes and bag may be seen as conservative and unimaginative. But…
Matching fights back…
Designers often embrace the matchy-matchy trend to extremes – not only carrying colours and patterns through an outfit via bags and shoes, but the fabrics and finishes too. If it’s good enough for the catwalk…
Our matches made in heaven
What clashing means to a clasher
Fresh, fun, cool, unique: a fearless look that knows no bounds.
When it works
Anytime, if that’s your style, but the trend really shines as part of laid-back weekend looks or (conversely) when you want to make a bold fashion statement.
It’s messy, looks like you haven’t thought about what you’re wearing and upsets the harmony of your look. But…
Clashing fights back…
So what? To really rock this trend you need a devil-may-care attitude, so if you’ve got it, use it to colour yourself pretty in all the season’s hottest shades, with nothing at all to hold you back.
Our clash crushes
From slip dresses to bare-faced makeup looks, the Nineties trend is still influencing fashion. Bring the best of the grunge era to your look with this Floral Piped Leather-Look Rucksack, £15, and chunky Block Heel Lace up Ankle Boots, £25. Clash the tan bag with aubergine boots and you’ve got a free pass to do anything you like in between, with no rules.