Looks like Q&A Friday

As promised, I’m posting a new style question every Friday. And since it is indeed Friday, here you go.

Today’s question is another from a Lady and the Blog reader:

Does your dress have to match your shoes? Or is it just your purse?

Please, throw these ideas out the window! Nothing is required to match anymore, except the right shoe to the left shoe, I would hope. You actually want to avoid looking too matchy-matchy, as this comes across as dated. Instead, if you want the shoe to remain understated, opt for one of the ‘new’ neutrals– blush tones, whites, metallics, and even animal and snakeskin prints. All of these are surprisingly versatile, yet not boring. And they will complement a variety of hues without pulling attention away from the dress.

Or, if you’d like to make more of a statement, try branching out into a shoe color that’s not anywhere in the dress, à la Michelle Obama. She’s the queen of using bold shoes as unexpectedly chic punctuation marks.

Regarding handbags, nothing has to match this either, not your dress, not your shoes, not your underwear. Nothing.

A bag, especially an evening one, is where you can add some personality to your ensemble. If your whole night-out look is on the neutral or black side, then try out a bright color (red always works). If you’re wearing something that already makes a statement, then try for a bag in an evening neutral: metallic, embellished (chains, stones, or studs, as long as they don’t look cheap), or even bright white (which is my personal fave).

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