How to Pair Shoes and Handbags

by Anna P. | May 16th, 2013 | Shoes, Women's Fashion

purseWhen it comes to accessories, the right pair of shoes and the right handbag are really all that’s needed. These key extras essentially complete the look; that’s why it is so important to select pieces that work together.  It’s not about matching the bag to the shoes so much. Instead it’s more about selecting the accessories that work together to create a cohesive look. Read on to find out more about how you can properly pair your shoes to your handbag.

1- Consider the Overall Look

A casual outfit that consists of a tee shirt and jeans will need shoes and a bag that will work. Consider classics like a large brown leather tote bag and black round toe pumps. These two essentials will work with virtually any outfit, but they work well for the super casual look by elevating it up to a more put together ensemble. Alternatively, you can try a pair of strappy sandals and an oversized hobo bag to create a more bohemian vibe.

2- Don’t be Afraid to Dress Up

That said, you can turn any simple or casual look into a more dressy style by switching out the accessories. Think velvet booties and an oversized envelope clutch or crystal encrusted heels with a vintage clutch. The style possibilities are endless if you come up with inventive accessory combos for any look.

3- Try a New Style

Dare to try something different,and you might be surprised at what you see! If you generally steer clear from edgy looks, why not pair a studded handbag with skull print heels? This look is definitely punk inspired, but it’s also fun and feminine. If you don’t usually wear vintage styles, why not try pairing up art deco clutch with ballet style flats? The beauty about accessories is that it makes it easier to try a new style or look without venturing into something out of your comfort zone.

4- Pair Prints and Solids

Matching your shoes to your handbag is so passé, but pairing prints with solids is totally on trend. Try pairing navy/white polka dot espadrilles with a solid pink tote canvas tote bag or cool solid blue pumps with a striped bag. This styling option is all about mixing to create unexpected looks.

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