Matching bag and shoes is still in fashion, right? My mother’s girlfriends keep asking me this one question. But it’s not just them guessing if their shoes have to match their purse. Fashion forums, Facebook fashion groups and Quora are full of this one question. Is matching bag and shoes in style? The answer to this question in 2019 and in 2020 is NO. AT LEAST NOT IN THE FIRST 4 MONTHS OF 2020. And wearing matching shoes and bag will still say these 2 things about you.
DO SHOES AND BAG HAVE TO MATCH
Do you still remember when matching bag and shoes was fashionable for the last time? Or should I rather ask you if you still remember your tiny vinyl purse and matching red patent-leather shoes you wore to kindergarten? Yes, we are bringing back the 90s. Because that is when wearing matching shoes and a bag was actually fashionable. And yet my mother’s friends still wonder whether shoes and bag should match. Again, the answer is NOT YET. This fashion trend might come back in spring 2020. But fingers crossed it doesn’t.
Not saying matching your shoes with a bag can’t be chic. Because it can, and I will be here to help you with this bags and shoes matching issue when this ugly 90s fashion trend comes to the street.
Until then, there is something else, we are matching our bags with. Or the shoes. Seems like at least some of your instincts were legit, right? But before we head on what to match your handbag with for spring 2020, and what should your shoes match with this season, few words on that thing about matching bag with shoes.
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WHEN DID MATCHING YOUR BAG WITH SHOES BECOME A THING?
Believe it or not, but at the beginning of the 1950s, women didn’t care much about the accessories. The post-war lust for accessories faded away by the 50s. And the sale of bags and other accessories gradually declined. So to bust the sales of handbags and other accessories, the manufactures and department stores came up with the idea of setting a new fashion trend. The trend of mix-and-match clothing.
This trend became big, and women all over USA and Europe began to match their outfits. And buying bags and shoes in matching colours.
Soon brick and mortar followed this fashion trend, and department stores started to place shoes next to the handbags. Usually on the ground level.
WHY LADIES STILL THINK BAG AND SHOES HAVE TO MATCH
So why women still think bag and shoes have to match? There is one legit reason why some ladies still have this so far outdated fashion rule in their mind. Because many brick and mortar stores haven’t changed yet. Well, at least not in fashionable undeveloped cities. Like Ljubljana for example, where the biggest luxury department store Galerija Emporium still places shoes right next to the bags.
Surely you won’t see shoes and bags on the same level in Paris. At least not at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche or Galeries Lafayette, two Parisian leading fashion stores. Bags have their spot on the ground level whereas shoes up under the ceiling, in the shoe heaven at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche. To make sure you hardly remember the colour of the bag you just bought by the time you enter the shoe heaven on the 2nd floor in the winter garden. I wonder if this will change come spring when everyone chic will definitely try to pull this fashion trend.
MIX AND MATCH – IS STILL A THING
I told you there is something right about your instincts for mixing and matching. Even though we are currently saying that bag and shoes shouldn’t match each other, there are a few things that should match your outfit.
IF NOT SHOES WHAT DOES YOUR PURSE HAVE TO MATCH THEN
When it comes to the handbag, you have three options actually. One, you could match your purse with your outfit. Best thing to do so is to match it with your top or another accessory as gloves, earrings or scarf. Even nail polish is a good choice.
Second, let the bag pop out (like I did here). Surely you will want to go for this option the moment you get your new bag. Especially that Chanel bag from the widget below.
By the way, a special blog post about all the spring 2019 bag trends is coming up on Brunette from Wall Street later this month. So be sure to subscribe for new post notification. See that bell in the bottom right corner? Click it!
Writing about my upcoming and recent blog post, I almost forgot about the third option you have when matching your bag with your outfit. The third option for spring 2019 is to match your bag with the entire outfit, yes, shoes included. And go for the monochrome look. Like I did here. Still, even then, I advise you to choose bag and shoes in a slightly different shade.
HOW TO DO MIX AND MATCH FOR YOUR SHOES?
And the shoes? Again, you have more than one option for your shoes too. I’m pretty sure you have noticed I love matching my shoes with my outwear or top this season. Well, the reason why I love this mix and match to make sure my favourite plexi shoes pop out even more. I mean those Gianvito Rossi pumps are too good for not to be seen, don’t you think? Afterall transparent shoes were the biggest shoe trend in 2018. And what is even better, plexi pumps are here to stay in 2019 too. But wait, it gets even better. Models were walking around in plexi shoes during Paris fashion week too. Meaning plexi trend is staying alive in 2020 as well.
Furthermore, you can match your shoes with your pants, to elongate your legs. Remember this tip if you are rather small.
Finally, you can always go monochrome and match your shoes with everything. Sounds pretty easy, right?
WHAT DOES MATCHING BAG AND SHOES SAY ABOUT YOU?
I know I wrote matching bag and shoes says 2 things about you. But the truth is that the list is even longer. I only wrote 2 because it sounds better. You know what I mean. You did open this blog post and start reading it.
As said if you match your bag with shoes, you reveal more than you think about yourself. Ps. the lack of style will no longer be one of them if this 90s trend comes back to life in spring 2020.
IF YOUR PURSE MATCHES YOUR SHOES YOU …
#1 HAVE TOO MUCH TIME
You must have too much time if you spend hours looking for shoes that would match the bag you just bought.
#2 WANT TO LOSE YOUR WEIGHT
Or is it because chasing matchy shoes is your cardio? It must be. Walking all over the city for the bag/shoes in the same colour or climbing all the stairs to get to the shoe department, does seem like good cardio to me.
#3 ARE BORED
On the other hand, you might be just bored. Well, looking for a matching bag/shoes does sound fun.
#4 DON’T SHOP IN PARIS
#5 LOVE THE 90s
Again, the red tiny purse and matching patent-leather red shoes.
Well thinking better, I could say matching bag and shoes say only 2 things of you. You are either bored and living in the wrong city, or simply a 90s b* (brunette, blond or red with beret). What is it then?
MORE ABOUT BAGS AND SHOES
As said, more about spring 2019 IT bags is coming later this month. Also the clear up of this tricky question. As said, fashion forecast says matching bags and shoes might be fashionable again for spring 2020. But so far we can’t say for sure if this edgy 90s fashion trend will come back on the streets and SS20 fashion shows. It was seen on the SS19 runways but only in few fashion shows. But I didn’t spot it at AW19/20 Paris Fashion Week. Still, fashion trends go and return. Yet this question about matching bag and shoes will always be difficult to answer in the middle of the season. Because matching bag and shoes is one of those ugly fashion trends we all secretly wish they would never come back. By the way, are you guilty of wearing shoes and bags in matching colours?