When it comes to style knowledge, everyone has a different level in it. It goes without saying that everybody has a unique style and that’s what makes fashion so good and appealing.
Whether you are a fashion enthusiast or not, you have the seamless ability to determine which outfit is perfect for the occasion. No matter how much style knowledge you have, there is one detail that prevents you from accomplishing style perfection – do handbags and shoes have to match?
For years, this important detail has bothered ladies for an obvious reason: no one wants an accessory that looks out-of-place. Now, let’s be honest here, if you are in the league of super-rich then having matching handbags and shoes is an indulgence that you can afford (still it doesn’t justify having matching shoes and handbags).
The Complex but Straightforward Answer
No, absolutely not! It is not compulsory to have matching handbags and shoes.
If you have been trying to match shoes and handbags all your life, then we are sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on lots of fun. To put things in perspective, imagine that you have an expensive handbag and you only wear it with your matching pair of shoes – such a waste of money.
If you strictly follow the rule of “matching shoes and handbag for an outfit,” then you need to change it to get more out of less. In other words, get the best out of what you have by experimenting with it.
The reason why it is a bit complex answer is that this trend is somewhat making its way back. However, if you have been following this trend all your life then it is time to change it.
When Was Matching Shoes and Handbag a Thing?
You might be surprised to know that women weren’t giving too much importance to accessories at the start of the 1950s. Something had to be done to increase the sales of handbags, shoes and other accessories. That’s why manufacturers and department stores came up with a new idea to increase the sales: setting a fashion trend of mix-and-match clothing.
It didn’t take time for the idea to make big waves across the US and all over Europe. The trend was so popular that women only considered buying shoes and bags in matching colors.
You Can Still Go With Mix-and-Match
It is still not recommended to go with matching shoes and handbag, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t try a few other things. For instance, you can match your handbag with your outfit, top or any other accessory such as earrings, gloves, or scarf. The same can be done with your shoes as well.
The Bottom Line
All in all, it is safe to say that there is no hard and fast rule about wearing matching shoes and bag. You can always experiment with your shoes and bags to get different looks. And it is not a fashion crime to wear matching shoes and handbag, but you have to comprehend that it was a fashion trend some time ago…things have changed now!