Key to a Good Look
When it comes to outfits for a special occasion or evening out, however, we pull out all the stops.
When it comes to matching purses and shoes to our clothes our mothers or grandmothers could probably teach us a thing or two. Back in their day it was standard procedure, but this has tended to be forgotten more recently. For example, they would probably never dream of using a black purse with brown shoes. Purse and shoes always had to match, and preferably coordinate with the outfit.
Nowadays things are more relaxed, especially for everyday wear. For most of us it is just not practical to change our purse every day to match what we are wearing. We tend to choose one in black, for example, that will go with everything and is the size we need to carry all our daily clutter. Others will choose a brightly colored purse to make a statement. For most of us, our shoes are chosen with comfort and practicality in mind. If we are clever, or lucky, they will also be in black to match our purse. Some of us do try and make sure we are coordinated where possible, but it isn’t really a big concern for most of us.
When it comes to outfits for a special occasion or evening out, however, we pull out all the stops. There is the classic look of the little black dress or outfit, along with matching silver or gold purse and strappy shoes. For a wedding we will try and get both shoes and purse to match the color of our outfit, or we will go for the total contrast option.
In coordinating you need to be very careful as it is not just color that matters. If you have a patterned outfit it is best to keep the purse and shoes plain, otherwise the whole effect will be busy and confusing. However, a plain, single color dress can be livened up with a multicolored purse and shoes in a matching color. Here you can afford to be inventive with your accessories. So have fun!