Sara Asks... Bags, Shoes, and Belts... Do You Still Match Them?


During my high school days, the prime of what I used to think “fashion” was about, matching the color of the shoe to the bag or the belt was the hit. Looking good was about wearing as many things with similar colors or even similar prints as possible, but in that case my friend, you are in a different fashion league… So do you match items based on color or style? And do you know that matching is a thin line between fashion faux pas and fashion inspo?

Matching and having a coherent look is not always the same thing; some people do take the concept of matching to literally forgetting that fashion today is free of rules and being outside of the norm is what breaks the rule of matching. For a long time now, we are no longer surprised when seeing someone pairing a skirt with sneakers, which was previously considered daring. However, a series of unspoken rules still apply, which even the most courageous stylists do not stray from. Sometimes, improperly selected shoes, for example, can not only ruin the expected image but also unattractively expose certain features of the look.

To be on the safe side, I have these three rules that usually follow:

1. No need to match the color of your shoes to the color of your dress, rather, your shoes should match the style of the dress: Too often, we fixate on colors and that is not the right way to do it. For example, if you are wearing a red and white houndstooth dress, don't try to match this one with red and white houndstooth shoes! Go for silver instead.

2. The three-color rule: This basic rule avoids many coordination problems. If possible, stick to a maximum of three colors. I'm talking about your outfit, your shoes, and your accessories. Some women indeed manage to get away with more color, but as a rule, it is unwise to want to overdo it.

3. Only one print per look: Do not attempt to wear printed shoes if your skirt is also printed. Always stick to the one print per look rule, this is the golden rule.


At last, pairing clothes is not only about matching colors and style but also what fits your body the most. Matching is about making the right choice.


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Sara Kharbouch

Sara Kharbouch

Fashion is defined by everything; lifestyle, architecture and many other fields. In my case, fashion defines me. I analyze and look at things based on their shapes, colors and details. Being Moroccan helped me grow a great understanding of layering and accessorizing clothes. On the other hand, visiting European cities such as Paris, Milan and Barcelona nourished that same understanding of universal trends and enabled me to implement it to my own style.

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