Should bag and shoes match

Is Wearing Matching Bag and Shoes Still in Fashion?

The answer for 2021 depends on the coronavirus

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 a purse. Fashion forums, Facebook fashion groups and Quora are full of this one question. Well, two, actually. Is matching bag with shoes in style? – and – Should purse my shoes? The answer to both of these questions in 2020 is NO. Matching bag with shoes is not the key trend for winter 2020/21. Still, none of the designers knew there will be coronavirus spreading around in 2020 and affecting the economy when designing their latest collection. But now they know. So, is this fashion trend bouncing back in 2021? Is wearing a matching bag and shoes going to be in style in 2021? Scroll down to find out now.

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Fashion blogger Veronika Lipar of Brunette from Wall Street wearing blush Chanel bag, Blush plexiglass Gianvito Rossi pumps


Since you googled the same question, I guess you wonder whether shoes and bag should match in 2020, too. I feel you. After all, wearing a matching purse and shoes is becoming more and more popular on TikTok and Instagram. Furthermore, there are so many brands making matching bags and shoes right now. Including some of my favourite brands, Bottega Veneta, Stuart Weitzman and by Far.

Nevertheless, the answer is NO. At least NOT YET. This fashion trend might come back in a few months. But fingers crossed it doesn’t.

No, I really don’t want matching bags with shoes to become a key fashion trend again. After all, I have an academic background in finance and macroeconomy and seeing matching handbags and shoes worries me.

Yes, same as the length of the skirt, matching bags and shoes indicate a change in global growth.

Anyway, more about macroeconomic indicators related to this fashion trend a bit later. You need to learn about how matching bags with shoes even became a thing, first.


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 advertisers came up with the idea of setting a new fashion trend. The trend of mix-and-match clothing.

All the fashion magazines, newspapers and TV ads soon became full of women wearing matching outfits.

Not long afterwards, this trend became big, and women all over the USA and Europe began to match their outfits. Including buying bags and shoes in matching colours.

To keep the demand for matching handbags and shoes growing, the department stores started to place shoes next to the handbags. Usually on the ground level. Making sure women saw matching bags and shoes the moment they stepped in.

And the shoes and handbags stayed on the ground level of many department stores for years.

Until 2013 (give or take one year) to be exact; when the global economy recovered after the biggest economic crises in modern history and the department stores realised people have different expectations nowadays.


So why women still think bag and shoes have to match in 2020? There are two legit reasons why some ladies have this (at this moment) outdated fashion rule in their mind.

Firstly, 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 are usually sold in upper levels.

At Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche shoes are sold in the shoe heaven in the 2nd floor. To make sure you hardly remember the colour of the bag you just bought on the ground floor by the time you enter the shoe heaven on the 2nd floor in the winter garden.

But there is another reason why women think purse and shoes have to match in 2020. And this reason makes even the Parisians wonder whether they should climb up to the shoe heaven after purchasing a new bag.


It’s the most popular fashion brands that recently started making matching bags and shoes again.

Ps. See the widget below to find the most coveted matching bags and shoes right now.

Wondering why they are doing that when matching bags and shoes are not in style yet? No, it’s not only because fashion trends go seasons ahead.

This matter is more complex. And has a lot with the current macroeconomic situation. But let us go back in time again.


Do you still remember when matching bag and shoes was fashionable for the last time? Wait, let me ask you this way. Do you still remember your tiny vinyl purse and matching red patent-leather shoes you wore to kindergarten?

Yes, it was in the 90s. That is when wearing matching shoes and a bag was fashionable for the last time. A little after (or around) the time of economic downturn in most of the Western countries. After the loss in consumer confidence.

When fashion brands tired to push sales using the same method as they did in the 50s. Selling matching bags and shoes.


Do you see the connection? Right after the economic bubble bursts, wearing a matching bag and shoes becomes fashionable again. Since brands need to push the sales of their strongest revenue bringers – accessories, shoes, and makeup.

Anyway, in a few words, when you see brands making matching shoes and a purse, this is a sign they are preparing for the economic slowdown.

Wait, I’m not saying we are on the verge of the new economic crisis. Hell, no. I wouldn’t dare. Besides, there are more fashion-beauty related signs of a slowdown.

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Furthermore, these Bottega Veneta pumps and these by Far booties truly needed a matching bag, don’t you think?


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Again, your bag doesn’t need to match shoes if you don’t want. Even more, wearing matching shoes and a purse is not officially in style for winter 2020 2021.

However, fashion forecast says wearing bags and shoes that match might be fashionable again for summer 2021. But so far we can’t say for sure if this edgy 90s fashion trend will come back on the streets and AW21 fashion shows. It was seen only at a few SS21 fashion shows. Still, fashion trends emerge on TikTok and Instagram Reels now, so it’s truly hard to tell. Besides, brands are preparing for an economic slowdown due to the coronavirus and pushing sales of shoes and bags. So, as said, wearing a matching purse and shoes might be stylish again. But until then, you don’t need to worry whether your shoes match your purse or not. Buy a bag that you like and the shoes you can walk in. Ps. Be sure to check the shoes that are in style now. And bags to buy in 2020.

Now, to clear all your doubts about matching bag and shoes – answers on some of your most frequently asked questions about matching bag and shoes.

What colour should shoes and bag be when I wear a black dress?

Obviously, it depends on the occasion. For a dinner date wear a black bag and metallic shoes. For work, match your little black dress with black shoes and tote bag in any other colour that is in fashion this season.

What colour should shoes and bag be when I wear a red dress?

There is no rule what colour should your bag and shoes be when you wear a red dress. Just many options. You can either wear red shoes and a red bag with a red dress. Furthermore, shoes in light blush pink hue and a small pink bag. Or burgundy shoes and a bright bag. Nevertheless, it looks better when you wear lighter shoes and a darker bag with a red dress. Especially if the dress comes short.

Can I wear brown shoes with a black bag?

Matching brown shoes with a black bag is not always the best idea. Brown shoes and a black bag look great for chestnut over the knee boots and a black tote, but not as good for dark brown pumps and black hobo bag. On the other side, black shoes and a brown bag look better if the bag comes in dark brown hue then in bright brown.

Do shoes and bag have to match for a formal wedding?

No, there is no rule that would say that shoes and purse have to match for a wedding. Nor any other formal event. However, people believe that wearing matching shoes and the bag makes women look more sophisticated.

What shoes and bag are the best for mother of the bride?

It depends on the clothes the mother of the bride is wearing. While wearing matching shoes and bag for mother of the bride looks more put together, it’s not a must. Another fashionable option for the mother of the bride and for the mother of the groom would be to wear sequined or metallic shoes and a pastel bag that matches the clothes she is wearing.

Do shoes and a bag in the same colour make you look taller?

Yes! A top handle handbag (or even better a tote bag, or shoulder bag that you hold in your hand) and shoes in the same colour will elongate your silhouette and make you look taller.

Will I look rich if I wear matching shoes and a bag?

You might not look like a millionaire, but many people believe that women who wear matching shoes and a bag are rich. Still, this is very subjective and depends on the culture you live in.