I hear matchy-matchy outfits are making a comeback, and that makes me a little sad. As a fan of coordinating colors, I always encourage mixing hues rather than matching them exactly. A navy checked blouse, for instance, looks better paired with a yellow sweater than it does with a navy one.
But, I am a sucker for experimenting with new things when it comes to personal style, so I tried to be matchy-matchy myself a couple weeks ago. I topped off red pants with a red flower pin yes, that's as matchy as I get.
If you're going to try and coordinate an accessory with something else in your outfit, go for the brightest shade, and split the similarly-colored pieces up with a neutral in between. Bright pink flats are fun with a rosy sweater just separate the two items with some camel pants. Another idea is to match your lips with a color in your outfit. I plan on wearing bright red lipstick with a white blouse and my red pants this summer. I've always liked sporting varying shades of the same color, too a light blue top looks great under that navy sweater that was just so-so with a navy checked blouse.
Trends come and go quickly in the fashion world. My perspective on most of them is that they give us a good excuse to liven up our fashion habits and try something new. And you never know you may find you like matching your shirt to your shoes.
Catherine Hageman dispatches fashionista tendencies fit for a corporate career on Small Town, Big Wardrobe.