How to match accessories

Why accessories are important

Hello Mesdames,

Today I want to show you how important accessories are.

They can completely transform an outfit.

To highlight that, I created some looks that all contain jean and a white T-shirt and gave them different attitudes using only accessories.

Such as shoes, jewels, scarves, bags and makeup

1. Rock

Rock girl in jeans and white T-shirt
Rock girl in jeans and white T-shirt by dresslikeaparisian

All black accessories with different textures and silver details. Spikes and smudged black khol for more attitude.

2. Kawaii

Seapunk kawaii chic girl in jeans and white T-shirt
Seapunk kawaii chic girl in jeans and white T-shirt by dresslikeaparisian

Crazy retrofuturistic shoes meet an adorable blushing ghost and a complementary colored holographic clutch. Nail polish follows the candylike color harmony.

3. Arty

Art gallery opening in jeans and white shirt
Art gallery opening in jeans and white shirt by dresslikeaparisian

Daring sandals and bold necklace in complementary colors are completed by a surrealistic clutch, discreet bangles and a sparkly burgundy nailpolish on toenails.

4. Smart

Smart classic girl in jeans and white shirt
Smart classic girl in jeans and white shirt by dresslikeaparisian

Beige, black, silver and pearl make a perfect classic harmony spiced up by red polish and a floral printed scarf.

5. Bohemian

Boho girl in jeans and T-shirt
Boho girl in jeans and T-shirt by dresslikeaparisian

Natural colored accessories featuring different textures such as suede and regular leather, shiny gold, delicate feather and straw hat awaken by a hint of red and print.

6. Boyish

Kinda boyish gal in jeans and t-shirt
Kinda boyish gal in jeans and t-shirt by dresslikeaparisian

Those surprising derbies are the star of this outfit that keeps thing on the minimalist side. Note that silver and gold can work together if properly mixed.

7. Traveler

South america inspired girl in jeans and T-shirt
South america inspired girl in jeans and T-shirt by dresslikeaparisian

Natural color mix with different textures and a colorful bracelet.

After seeing all this looks, I already ear some of you thinking “yes but I do not have that much matching accessories in my wardrobe”.

You don’t need to!

Those are very iconic outfit examples I created with the infinite wardrobe that is displayed on polyvore, but when I style clients (or myself), I create outfits with fewer accessories!

Matching accessories from different “style background” can result in very interesting looks

For example:

8. Ladylike+ Rock

Rock meets pretty in jeans and white T-shirt
Rock meets pretty in jeans and white T-shirt by dresslikeaparisian featuring a studded purse

9. Arty + boyish

Arty jewels meet boyish shoes in jeans and white shirt
Arty jewels meet boyish shoes in jeans and white shirt by dresslikeaparisian featuring a givenchy tote

But everything does not look great with everything! That’d be too easy 🙂

In terms of colors for instance: check out my article on how to associate them.

10. Avoid matchy matchy colors

It is not exactly a style mistake but it often appears to be overthought (and therefore not very parisienne^^) to match your bag and shoes (and more!).

Too matchy matchy in jeans and white T-shirt
Too matchy matchy in jeans and white T-shirt by dresslikeaparisian featuring shirts & tops

I personally think this is more stylish not to match.

Not matchy in jeans and white T-shirt
Not matchy in jeans and white T-shirt by dresslikeaparisian

11. Pair shoes and bag in terms of quality
If your shoes/bag are/is very dressy, don’t go for casual shoes/bag.

Why? Look above.

Bad shoe/bag matches
Bad shoe/bag matches by dresslikeaparisian

Loubs with a natural leather satchel? Desert boots and a Chanel bag? Where the hell are those ladies going?

But that rule does not apply to jewelry with bag/shoes.

Unexpected matchs
Unexpected matchs by dresslikeaparisian

It is super stylish to mix classy shoes with ethnic bracelets and used converse with dressy pearls and strass.

12. Don’t pair two items with drastically different styles

Good match left/ bad match right
Good match left/ bad match right by dresslikeaparisian featuring flat shoes

When an item has a strong style, you should associate the rest of your outfit with it.

To explain you why it is a bad idea to do the opposite, I picked those (gorgeous) sandals that scream “I’m from Greece!”.

On the left, I paired them with a snake ring which also has a strong personality but would fit a greek goddess and a sleek bag that makes the look very elegant without beeing too dressy.

On the right I paired them with a folk bag that you could almost hear playing guitar, and a spike necklace who is claiming how punk he is. And guess what? They don’t get along together and that all leads to a big style fight.

Here is an example of a non matching punk belt with a barocco necklace and classic watch. Punk and barocco can get along, but not with such obvious items.

13. But do not play it to “style matchy” either

Good match left/ bad match right 2
Good match left/ bad match right 2 by dresslikeaparisian

This Carven shoe has a strong identity with its bow that makes it both flirty and feminine.
I have often seen ladies thinking that they’ll make an outfit work by repeating a detail such as bow, spikes or fringes. That is a mistake. You should better think of what that detail evoques to you and then find matching accessories (spikes= rock, fringes = folk).

14. Conclusion

Accessories are important because they spice up an outfit, especially a very simple one such as jeans and T-shirt.

In such a situation, they are under the spotlight.

But if you go for a crazy patterned/ cut dress, then they should be much more discreet.

And minimalism “a la Birkin” is always an option I cherish.

There is never one way to dress and everyone has his own. Pick the inspirations you like and find yours 🙂

Bises de Paris!

Aloïs

Cover collage: Atlantic pacific, Lizaslittlethings necklace on Etsy, Found on pinterest

Like
Comments
9 Responses to “Why accessories are important”
  1. Estelle says:

    Superbe article, j’adore la façon dont c’est structuré, c’est éclairant !

    Estelle
    lamodeestunjeu.fr

  2. Rachele says:

    I have just discovered your blog and love it! You are so inspiring! I need to work on accessories, so I am very excited to try this out: swapping different ones with a simple outfit to change its mood! Interestingly, though, for the example with the “I’m from Greece!” sandals, I felt the right looked more cohesive than the left. I think the sleek, modern bag on the left is throwing me off a bit. Hmm, that will be one experiment to look into! Thank you so much for this post and creating this blog 🙂

    • Aloïs Guinut says:

      Hello,
      Thank you for the nice comment!
      Regarding the outfit, you are right, it is also a matter of what you like, and I must admit that looking at this outfits months after publishing them, it does not seem that obvious that one outfit looks better than the other 🙂

  3. Bee says:

    love your blog. very informative! Thanks

  4. Jennifer says:

    Love the clipboards of style inspiration and great insight into what is the essence of Parisian style- I will take note!

  5. Sarah says:

    Great information, I will have to study this in some more detail… Particularly guilty of wearing sturdy shoes with ‘good’ bags, that s because I walk everywhere. See you in Paris!

  6. Marina says:

    Loved!!! thanksss

Leave A Comment