Just 35 Fashionable Styles And Accessories You Can Mix And Match With Pieces You Already Have

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Accessorizing: How to Look Coordinated vs. Matchy-Matchy

Accessorizing is hard for a lot of women. If you have been dabbling in adding more accessories to your outfits, and find that it’s just not working right, in today’s post, I am going to show some minor mistakes you might be making, and how to easily correct them, while also pointing out how some small tweaks can make a huge difference.

There aren’t many guides that show you exactly how to accessories because, really, there are no rules. What makes an accessorized outfit look good has to do with aesthetics, personal preference and style. Even as I give my tips here, I realize that some people might disagree with my viewpoints because it is all a matter of personal taste. When I accessorize clients and myself, much of it is just instinctive. I add a little here and a little there until the outfit looks balanced. So, while there may not be any exact rules, what I will be sharing are some common pitfalls that I have seen and what can be done to save them. The beauty of accessorizing is that it’s really easy to correct a mistake. If you’ve been failing at accessorizing, trust me, all is not lost.

Matchy-Matchy vs. Coordinated

Let’s first discuss the difference between looking matchy-matchy vs. coordinated. When someone looks matchy-matchy there is usually just too much repetition of a color, theme or accent and it starts to look repetitive, overdone and monotonous. What winds up happening is, instead of looking accessorized and enhanced, the person looks flat and boring. It’s just too much of the same. Of course, there are some who would disagree with the negative connotations I am giving to this style of accessorizing, however, for me, it’s just a bit boring. Sorry, matchy-matchy lovers.

Coordinated, on the other hand, means that a look is accessorized in a cohesive manner. The pieces that are used work together and relate to one another but are more distinct. A good analogy to compare the difference between a matchy-matchy outfit to a coordinated one would be like walking into a room where everything is one color vs. walking to a room that harmoniously has pops with different colors, textures and features. Both harmoniously work, but the coordinated room is probably a lot more interesting.

Below are five different outfits shown two different ways. On the left you will see the matchy-matchy version and on the right, with just some subtle corrections, the coordinated versions. Little that has to be done to change an outfit from just okay to great. If you have been stumbling with small accessorizing issues that you just can’t seem to figure out, these examples should help you.

How to Look Coordinated vs. Matchy-Matchy

Matchy Matchy Issue #1- Jewelry sets and too much of one color

Okay, you may not agree with this one, but I unequivocally cannot stand necklace and earrings sets. To me, nothing is more uninspired then when earrings and a necklace match. The only time I find it works is if one of the pieces, either the necklace or the earrings, is subtle, while the other piece is bold. However, when it comes to both the necklace and earrings being stand out items it’s just is way to overwhelming because the two pieces fight one another and pull focus from the face.

The other mistake that you have to be careful about is too much of one accessory color. I love pops of color, but you have to watch for repetitiveness. In this first example, I took a burgundy and white dress from Reiss. I love the way the yellow pops off the rich wine shade. However, on the left with the matching earrings and necklace from Stella & Dot, it’s just too much. In the coordinated outfit, all I did was pull back on the earrings and changed them to basic studs, also from Stella & Dot.

Next, the yellow bag and shoes, both from Nina. While it can work to have both the shoes and bag in the same shade, it’s looking too matchy-matchy with the yellow jewelry. My suggestion, in this case, would be to pull back and choose either the yellow shoes or the yellow bag, not both. On the right, I swapped out the yellow shoes for a pair of gold metallic Kate Spade pumps. Alternatively, if you wanted to keep the yellow shoes and the yellow bag, I would then eliminate the yellow jewelry and do something in gold.

Matchy-Matchy issue #2- Too much of the same color

This next matchy-matchy issue when there is just too much of one color used in an outfit. It’s like what I talked about earlier, walking into a room where everything is the same color. We all have favorite colors that we like to wear, but when we wear them too repetitively in one look it’s too much sameness. Plus, you run the risk of becoming known as the lady.

In this example, the matchy-matchy outfit on the left, the color red is just used way too much. With this red sweater from The Gap, it is styled with these red shoes from Style & Co., this red bracelet fro Blu Bijoux, red earrings and a red bag. While it is colorful, it’s also flat and terribly uninspired.

On the right, I cut the color by adding in an additional one. You don’ have to go crazy with this additional shade. Here I just added grey, to balance out all the red, using this Banana Republic bag, grey flats from Born and, instead of a red bracelet, used basic gold bangles. With this solution, you can still enjoy your favorite colors without going overboard.

Matchy-Matchy Issues #3- Too many pops of the same color

You start with a neutral base, like in this outfit comprised of a basic Boden v-neck, charcoal cardigan from Athleta, grey Frye bag and grey KUT jeans. Looking at your accessories, you get excited that you have so many pop accessory pieces in the same color and adorn yourself accordingly. But something looks off and you can’t figure out what it is. The problem? You have gone overboard with too many pops of the same shade.

While there is no universal rule on how many pops are too many, before you ditch the outfit completely, remove one of those pop pieces and see if it looks better. As you can see in the matchy-matchy outfit, the orange flats from Nordstrom, orange Marc Jacobs bracelet and orange bib necklace from Max & Chloe is just too much when compared to the coordinated outfit on the right where I simply took away one orange pop and traded it for a basic gold bracelet from Banana Republic. Sometimes all it takes is one minor tweak or subtraction to look accessorized in a balanced manner.

Matchy-Matchy Issue #4- When accessories match too closely to the outfit

I’ll admit it, there is nothing more satisfying than when a piece of jewelry works perfectly with a print. Okay, that is a bit hyperbolic, but you get my point, it’s quite a find. However, be careful with this, sometimes it can be a bit much. As tempted as you might be to wear that colorful necklace that works perfectly with your favorite print, you may have to use some restraint.

Now, I am huge proponent of prints being wonderful road maps in how to choose colorful accessories, however, when you do this you don’t want to do it in a matchy-matchy manner. Take this outfit on the left. This necklace from Bauble Bar is so incredibly perfect in color with this shift dress, however, it is too much and it makes the outfit look pedestrian and forced. What also doesn’t help is how the look is finished with the pink Ivanka Trump shoes, a pink Michael Kors bag, and pink Kate Spade, bracelet. So, in addition to the matchy-matchy necklace, the matchy-matchy use of pop pink is killing this look too.

On the right, with just some subtle tweaks, instead of looking matchy-matchy the outfit is more coordinated looking. Instead of the necklace used in the outfit on the left, I traded it out for one from Stella & Dot that still works but isn’t so identical looking to the print of the dress. Next, to break up all that pink, I changed the shoes for cobalt blue ones from Bandolino. These two small changes make a world of difference.

Matchy-Matchy Issue #5- coordinating your outfit exactly to the color of your jewelry

I love this necklace from Modcloth. It seriously stopped me dead in my tracks. As you know, I think that, like prints, accessories can also be wonderful road maps for learning how to combine color. However, you can also go too far with this as well.

In the outfit on the left, this is exactly what is happening. While it would make sense to pair it with something like this turquoise sweater and brown skirt, both from J. Crew, it’s just too much, especially when finished with these turquoise Stuart Weitzman shoes, brown bag from Coach and gold and turquoise cuff.

Instead, on the right, to pull back a bit, and make this outfit look more coordinated vs. matchy-matchy, I just changed out the sweater for an ivory one. This sweater steps in almost like a palette cleanser, and, instead of too much repetition, all the pieces stand out while fitting in at the same time.

Whatever your preference is on accessorizing, if you have found a way that works for you, stick with it, even if I am not agreeing with it. However, if you have stepped out and tried to accessorize, have failed, and think that you’re not good at it, it is my hope that these tips will prove to you that all it might take are some subtle tweak to get it right.

Happy accessorizing!

The Complete Guide to Match Clothes For Guys

Matching your clothes and fashion accessories the right way helps enhance your appearance, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. There are different resources that you can read or watch on the internet to match your clothes properly. Once you’re able to grasp the basics, you’ll find styling yourself an easy task.

Why Match Clothes For Guys?

Although the knowledge and skill of matching clothes are believed to be peculiar to women alone, men can also learn how to combine their clothes to make a great fashion statement. Fashion is an essential aspect of life and is often regarded as a reflection of your person. Below are some reasons for matching your clothes.

A Good Impression

Whether for an official meeting, a casual outing, or a romantic date, a properly put-together outfit commands respect. Your appearance always says a lot about you. From the moment you step into a room, your outfit already creates an impression on the people there.

The way you dress influences people’s perceptions of you. So putting on a mismatched outfit can make people have the wrong opinion of you, leaving you misjudged. Also, your putting effort into making sure that your clothes match shows that you’re intentional about everything you do. With a properly matched and cohesive outfit, you have won the hearts of people halfway.

Builds Confidence

Wearing clothes that match helps you look well put together. This gives your confidence levels the boost it needs. When you walk into a room sharply dressed in a well-matched outfit, you not only create the impression that you’re confident in yourself and your abilities, you feel confident in yourself and your abilities. Dressing well is one of the keys to building and boosting your confidence, not vanity, as some people regard it.

Social Leverage

As already established, an outfit that is carefully thought out creates a good impression on the people you’re meeting. Because you have already created a good image of yourself with your outfit, you can also increase your perceived status.

Society is mainly moved by what they see, and someone who is well dressed is perceived to be a person of reputable standing. When you’re well dressed, people tend to receive and treat you better than they would a person who’s shabbily dressed.

After all, the way you’re dressed is the way you will be addressed. This always gives you an edge over everyone else. You can then channel this social leverage your clothing gives you into building a more meaningful life for yourself.

3 Tips For Matching Colours For Your Clothes

Colour is an integral aspect of matching your clothes. You want to ensure to pick the right colors of clothes to match. Knowing how to integrate colors when matching clothing items makes your overall style look fantastic. Here are a few tips that must not be neglected when choosing colors for your outfit.

Go For Complementary Colours

The first twist in matching colors for your clothes is that you don’t match; you complement. You don’t necessarily have to match the same colors in your outfit. Colors can align with one another even without sharing the same hue.

Complementary Colours are colors opposite on the color wheel. This includes all secondary colors, which are colors created from the mixture of primary colors. Each primary color – red [10 Colors Go With Red Clothes], blue, and yellow – usually has a corresponding complementary color; red and blue, blue and orange, and yellow and purple.

As such, complementary colors create contrast. So the key to wearing complementary colors is using contrasting hues. This means that when wearing two complementary colors, try to make one of the shades in your clothes darker than the other.

This way, you’re not creating excess contrast with two pure complementary hues put together. For example, you can match a dark pair of blue jeans with a bright orange shirt.

Analogous and Triadic Colour Matching

Analogous color matching involves matching color shades that are right beside each other on the color wheel. This means that the colors have similar tones and can be well blended.

Triadic color matching, however, involves matching three colors that are equidistant on the color wheel. These colors work well in harmony.

Add a neutral base

You can only have a pop color in your style when a neutral color pops against it. Colors such as white, grey, brown, black, and other plain colors give you a great foundation to work with.

Incorporating colors in your outfit becomes more manageable when there’s a neutral base. A neutral base makes the color you’re adding more visible. For example, matching a khaki or a pair of black pants with a white shirt allows you to accessorize bright colors.

Matching Accessories With Your Clothes? Take Note Of These 5 Things.

One primary function of accessories is to amplify your outfit. You could add accessories to add color to your neutral-based outfit or show off your tastes and uniqueness. Accessories for men include footwear, jewelry, belts, ties and pocket squares, hats, and bags.

Footwear

After picking out a bomb outfit with colors that suit your tone, the next thing on the list is your footwear. Your outfit is never complete without perfect footwear to match. For example, shoes with block, dark colors like black or white are versatile and work with everything in your wardrobe.

Shoes are also good for formal wear, white sneakers, boots, loafers, etc., will do for casual clothes.

Jewelry

When matching any jewelry, ensure you match based on color. In cases where you can’t get them all to fit, make sure that all jewelry items don’t make an unappealing clash. The most popular jewelry items that men wear are watches and rings, and they are mostly gold, black, brown, or silver because they’re usually in sync with all your clothes and accessories. o

Belts

Leather items, in general, must be picked to match one another in an outfit. If you’re wearing a leather belt, try to make sure it fits with other leather materials in your outfit, especially your shoes. For example, a black leather belt usually blends well with a pair of khakis or jeans but might not go well with navy. Brown leather belts go best with navy, army green, or denim pants.

Socks

The easiest way to wear socks is to match them to your pair of pants. This creates a complete look. Patterned socks are also welcome as long as the base color matches your pants and the rest of your outfit. Your socks should either be in the same shade or be a complementary color with your pants.

Ties

Sometimes, choosing the right tie for your outfit might be difficult, especially for guys who are not used to wearing it often. Choose a tie that complements your skin tone and the colors in your outfit.

For instance, a red tie on a blue shirt and black trousers looks nice. One great piece of advice to take is to buy ties that would match perfectly with outfits you already own.

4 Ways To Care For Your Clothes And Accessories

Sort your clothes before washing

The first thing to ensure that your clothes stay in good condition is to sort out your clothes while preparing to do the laundry. Never toss all your clothes into the washer without first sorting them. You must sort them first according to color.

Separate your white shirts from the rest of your colored clothes. This prevents any unwanted dye stains from other shirt colors. You should also separate your clothes by dirtiness. Put clothes that are too dirty away from those soiled with dirt.

Air-dry your dress shirts

Your dress shirts are made of delicate fabric. So to ensure that their life span is prolonged, never dry them in your tumble dryer. The dryer breaks down the fibers of the shirt fabric, causing it to shrink.

Instead, shake out the shirt once you’re done washing to get rid of any wrinkles. Then, air-dry it on a hanger or iron it. Some experts recommend that if you’re to iron your dress shirts, iron them immediately you take them out of the washer, paying attention to the collar, the cuffs, and then the body.

Keep your shoes clean and tidy

Your shoes should always be polished, clean, and presentable. Always clean your leather shoes with a clean piece of cloth, and wipe away any dust that may be collecting on your suede shoes.

Experts suggest putting shoe trees in your shoes to maintain their shapes. People tend to notice your shoes first in your outfit, so ensure they stand out.

Handle other accessories well

Your accessories require more attention when putting them away. Use hat boxes to store your hats and caps. Folding or squeezing them will ruin their round sizes. Hang your bags on a bookshelf and use a tie rack for your ties.

You can also roll up your ties and put them in drawers. Whenever you aren’t using your ties, stuff them with paper to avoid losing their shapes. Keep items like watches, glasses, cufflinks, etc., in a tray. For your belts, use hook flats to fix them on your closet walls.

Summary

With the tips shared above, wearing matching outfits as a man doesn’t have to be difficult. Simply following what you’ve read and watched and tweaking it to suit your creativity will do the trick! And with a little more practice and intentionality, your matching outfits game is going to hit the skies.

Maryan Barbara
Maryan Barbara

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