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Hey, Try This: Match Your Shoes To Your Bag, Your Bag To Your Shoes

The foolproof styling method that always seems to work, every single time. But only if you've found the pair destined to be together. (If you haven't, here's five.)

Every new fashion season is an automatic refresh on the way we dress, whether you’re drawing inspiration from the runway or the streets. Whatever the season, whatever the source of inspiration, there are always several time tested, universally favoured and foolproof styling methods that remain – because they just work.

Every single time.

The one that fashion’s finest never tire of? Monochromes and colour-blocking. The art of using just one or two colours (or different intensities of a colour) in one look.

You don’t need science to tell you why the look works. When you’re dressed top-to-toe in one colour or similar shades of a colour, you automatically stand-out. You’re like a giant walking and talking piece of construction paper. You are in everyone’s peripheral vision.

The same applies to two thirds or even a third of the look. When you match two items of a look together, say a bag to a pair of shoes, the eye draws these two out, emphasising the similarity between the two and the juxtaposition on everything else. It really is the trick to make the look – and you – pop. With next to no effort at all.

Well, only if you’ve found the two pieces destined to be a matched pair first. Sometimes you get lucky and you have a pair literally cut from the same cloth or with the same pattern. (Like these and this from Fendi’s exclusive collection with Net-a-Porter.) Sometimes you search long and hard for two things from two far-flung places that so happen to made in very similar shades, as if by providence.

The trick to making this work is to make sure that the colour is “pristine”. That means as little detail as possible – or if there are, the details on both ends have to be very similar, like the Fendi pairing – so nothing blocks the colour. Once you’ve found your match, the rest of your look can be done with your eyes closed.

Fendi logo jacquard stretch knit and mesh sock boots (shop it here); Fendi Kan I small flocked leather shoulder bag (shop it here)

Salvatore Ferragamo Belluno column-heel suede sandals (shop it here); Wandler Hortensia mini croc effect leather shoulder bag (shop it here)

Stuart Weitzman Demibenatar ruched leather boots (shop it here); Chloe Drew Bijou Nano leather cross-body bag (shop it here)

Gianvito Rossi Levy leather ankle boots (shop it here); Mansur Gavriel Circle leather tote (shop it here)

Prada logo bow-embellished kitten-heel leather pumps (shop it here); JW Anderson Pierce medium leather shoulder bag (shop it here)


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