>We’re just going to throw it out there: Matching your shoes and handbag perfectly to each other is an old-school concept. It works, it looks great, and it can take the guesswork out of styling, but it’s just not a necessary guideline to follow. Especially since there are plenty of other, unexpected ways to cleverly piece together an outfit.
>If you’re ready for a new approach come the New Year, too, pay attention to the looks ahead. Each of them features creative ways to make bags and shoes feel cohesive in an overall ensemble without following any hard-and-fast rules. Click in for a closer look.
Go for playful vibes all around with a cheeky handbag and shoes in a can’t-help-but-smile-when-you-see-it color.
Does this bag match with these shoes? Nope. But they make perfect sense in this head-to-toe, prints- and color-mixed ensemble.
Instead of comparing shoes and bag, coordinate your footwear frill with the bit of ruffle by the neckline of your top.
Polar opposites attract in this case with clean, white sneakers and the most fantastic rainbow carryall.
When your boots have this much sparkle, you can tone down your other accessories so as to not steal the spotlight.
Instead of coordinating your bag and shoes, keep your entire look within the same palette, and your footwear can stand out by simply being a different color.
If you choose a handbag that so closely coordinates with your ensemble, then choose a pair of shoes that distinctly doesn’t (and vice versa).
Try this: Match your shoes to your lipstick and your bag to your collar.
You can coordinate shoes and bags by choosing ones in neutral colors—in this case, different neutrals.
As cool as it might be to have a matching pair of holographic heels, it’s even more unexpected to wear this statement handbag with a monochrome skirt-and-boot combination.
A pink bag and red shoes don’t necessarily “match,” but they’re one of our favorite clashing-color combinations.
Fuzzy boots, meet fuzzy handbag.
Is coordinating handbags to your twin’s (or BFF’s) coat a thing?