When is matchy too matchy?
Now that 2015 is gone (may I say we won’t regret it), we are now looking forward to a bright 2016!
BONNE ANNEE! (happy new year <3) For starters, what about keeping dressing better and better without necessarily investing a lot? Therefore, a good resolution would be to keep following my blog and share it around you to make your friends as stylish as yourself (come on, you would not want to always be the best dressed out there would you?). As the last topic of this year I chose the much discussed "matchy matchy issue". Our grandmothers took great care of matching the details in their outfit together and it was considered being super elegant. Nowadays though, this manner of assembling clothes looks outdated. Yet, some fashionable bloggers still do it. This outfit is actually nice, but I personally do not like the matchy effect. If you do, then keep matching the old fashioned way 🙂
I also want to link to some bad matchy outfits. This way, you can see what I am talking about when I say “too matchy”.
Click matchy number 1, matchy number 2, matchy number 3, matchy number 4, matchy number 5, matchy number 6… And I could go on and on. They all look like they are trying to hard with no really stylish result, which is why I recommend avoiding matchy matchy.
Great news: changing this habit does not require any investment at all: it is all about rethinking the way you style your clothes together.
Does this mean matching colors is totally over?
Let me reassure you, not always. There are many modern way to achieve it.
I’ll show you how to spot when does matchy become TOO matchy and how to replace this trick wit new ones.
I. What is too matchy?
I would define this as “when the match is so really obvious”.
This wrong equation results of the choice of the same bright contrasting color on at least two noticeable clothing pieces located rather far away from each other in the outfit.
I’ll define the elements one by one to make the sentence more explicit:
Bright color: the match of a bright color will be more obvious than the match of a more understated shade. Therefore that’s easy to match navy blue and navy blue, but red and red is a more risky choice.
Contrasting color: the match of pink shoes and a pink bag on a black outfit belongs to the wrong kind because pink has an harsh contrast with black. But if the outfit contained shades of pink and purple, then the match would not be contrasting and would therefore be nicer.
Two noticeable clothing pieces (at least): shoes and bag are both important pieces of an outfit. Choosing them of a the same bright contrasting color will lead to the wrong kind of match. But if you match your nails with your shoes then the match is less noticeable and therefore more modern. The more pieces you match, the more likely you are to fall in the matchy matchy fail.
Located rather far away on the outfit: remember the contrast thing? We deal with it here to. Supposing you choose your bag and sweater/ your shoes and your skirt in the same color, that would not be to matchy because they are close to each other and it looks like they belong to the same clothing piece. Doing a color allover is very daring but not too matchy, it is something else.
II. How to match without being too matchy?
Simple, do the opposite as stated above ^^
1. Match details instead of several noticeable items
– Match one of your print colors with another item
Hello it’s Valentine nicely matching the gold and black print of her rompers with… all her accessories! It works because everything lies in the details and because the colors stand on different materials which make the “two colors outfit trick” less obvious.
The cherry blossom girl matching the red of her Chanel bag with the stripes of her top and her lips. Notice she also matches the gold of her bag chain with the gold of her necklace as well as the hints of black together.
Trop rouge matching her coat and bag with her dress print.
Modetrotter spotted a stylish girl matching the embroidery on her blouse with her bag.
Sincerely Jules matching the subtle almond green of her shoes with the one contained in the print of her top.
Boots and pine‘s friend matching the rust color in her shirt with the one of her pants.
– Match make-up
Lady Moriarty matching her bold red shoes with her lips (and her bag with her printed top).
A smiley lady matching the fresh flashy pink of her lips with the one on her blouse.
– Match a jewel with a piece of clothing
Les babioles de Zoé matching the turquoise and jade colors of her jewels with the ones printed on her pants.
2. Match less contrasting hues
– Match dark colors
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel matching the accessories in a dark burgundy hue in the brand’s lookbook.
A cool girl matching her shoes with her coat. Notice how she makes it more subtle by also adding an hint of orange in the print of the top.
– Match subtle hues
Like Kakhi pink (spotted on Vogue by the Bensimon blog)
3. Match pieces that are close to one another
Into your closet putting all the red on her outfit in the upper half.
The northern light transitioning from sand to sand.
A stylish lady spotted on the J.Crew blog in a green total look (but that’s already something else ^^).
And you? Do you match the same color together? How?
Next time we’ll see how to match… different colors with one another 🙂