Does Your Handbag Have to Match Your Outfit?

Does Your Handbag Have to Match Your Outfit?

A handbag can be an ultimate fashion statement, which is why it’s considered one of the most important accessories out there. However, since fashion started becoming what it is today, there also have been rules, mainly that the handbag should match the outfit, or at least, footwear. But, there have been brave fashionistas that tried (and managed) to dispel this rule, which is why we’re asking the same question: does the handbag have to be in accordance with the outfit? There are different perceptions, so read on to find out what we have discovered. 

Matching the handbag is easy and safe 

Matching the handbag is easy and safe

If you’re a fan of classic fashion styles, then matching the handbag with the rest of your clothes should be an easy task. Besides, this way of dressing is a safe and sure way to look your best. But, for those who prefer slightly more avant-garde choices, this might be too bland or, even, boring. Therefore, if you’re planning to go with this option, at least, try to include a nice necklace or a pair of earrings, so your outfit will have something a little extra to fall back on. 

But, mismatching the bag is an adventure of its own 

But, mismatching the bag is an adventure of its own

Recently, there have been numerous conversations regarding this (for some, a bit outdated) fashion rule. Many believe that it’s perfectly fine to mismatch the bag, as long as you find something that is in common, such as the patterns. Also, in case you’re thinking about making a bolder fashion statement, it’s extremely important to pick an outfit and a bag that are equally formal or informal, so there’ll be a sense of fashion harmony at hand. Wearing a casual outfit and an elegant bag is a risky endeavor that requires a lot of planning and very careful execution. 

Animal print is always a good idea 

Animal print is always a good idea

There’s one pattern that can be stylish, elegant, and rock’n’roll, often all at the same time, and you’re right, we’re talking about the animal print. There are many patterns that are popular, but the most prominent are cheetah, zebra, and snake prints. Wearing animal prints is very likely to turn heads in your direction, so if you’re looking for a mismatched effect, then consider leather cowhide handbags, as they’re a welcome change compared to more traditional animal prints. Therefore, if you want to do something a little bit extraordinary, then feel free to experiment with unique prints that haven’t been that prominent so far. Still, if you ever decide to do that, make sure to choose a simple and balanced outfit, so the bag will be able to be fully on display. 

Whenever in doubt – go with a monochromatic outfit 

Whenever in doubt - go with a monochromatic outfit

A monochromatic outfit can be a lifesaver, especially when you’re unable to cleverly combine different colors. And in that case, choosing a contrasting bag can be a true breath of fresh air: your outfit will look more interesting, plus the bag might definitely be the star of the show. However, there’s also a catch: when going for this type of combo, it’s absolutely important to choose colors that complement each other, so your whole outfit will look well-balanced and truly fashionable. 

If nothing works, then choose a versatile-looking bag 

If nothing works, then choose a versatile-looking bag

Some bags can be truly worn with multiple outfits, for different occasions. Therefore, if you’re not in the mood to compare and combine, then make sure to choose a versatile bag that can work with different outfits. For example, colors such as neutral/white/cream, brown, grey, tan, and of course, black are all versatile and easy to match with plenty of colors and patterns. This is an excellent solution if you’re too busy, yet you still need to look good on every occasion. Also, remember that a bag is an important investment, so it’s better to get those of greater quality, so they’ll last you longer. 

The final verdict

Back in the day, it was a fashion rule to match the bag with the rest of the outfit. However, since times have been changing, nowadays, it’s fine to experiment and combine different styles, as long as the final outfit looks balanced and elegant. Choosing an animal print is a nice opportunity to test that. But, if you’re in doubt, then a versatile bag will be a practical solution that will look great on different occasions. 

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