There’s a fashion philosophy that says that you have to wear matching pieces of clothing and accessories to look “right.” This, of course, does not mean that you have to be monochromatic. You can’t be wearing an entire outfit in a single color like blue, for instance, from head to toe. What this means is that you have to wear an outfit that looks “coherent.” You cannot simply pull clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories from your closet and put them together. Your yellow sun dress will definitely not look good with your Reef Desert Bloom boots and your Reef Backpacker. Mixing and Matching requires careful thought and attention.
It’s not practical to have dozens and dozens of pairs of shoes to ensure that you can mix and match successfully. Putting on the right outfit all the time does not have to be as expensive as getting a matching pair of shoes for every outfit you have in your closet. You only need to keep a few key pieces in your wardrobe and then mix and match as you wish. You also have to keep the following key elements in mind when you put your outfit together:
Again, you don’t have to go monochromatic. Choose colors that complement each other. You can wear an outfit of several colors without looking like you’ve been assaulted with paint bombs. Check the color wheel for color combinations that are easy on the eyes. Citrus themed outfits of yellows, greens, and oranges are refreshing. You can also look professional and business-like without having to stick to the boring black and gray suit. You can have a colored sheath dress or a patterned blouse-solid skirt combo topped with a black jacket and a pair of black heeled pumps. For warm colored casual clothes in earth tones, you can wear sandals in a natural shade like Reef’s Shaded Palms. The same pair can be worn with dresses as well as jeans and tee ensembles. Aside from pumps and sandals, the basic footwear selection to have in neutral colors includes boots, sneakers, and formals.
Formal shoes and accessories should go with formal clothes. Don’t make the mistake of slinging on your Aztec patterned shoulder bag with your blue sequined tube dress and navy stilettos. New York yuppies might look cool walking to work in their sneakers with their office clothes, but they have to change into office-worthy shoes when they get to their work place. There are shoes and accessories that are made for rugged, casual, work, or formal wear. Choose matching styles when you put your outfits together.
Clashing prints and patterns might work in the runway collections of some eccentric designers, but it takes a certain personality to pull the same look off in everyday situations. When you choose a patterned top, a bottom in a solid color is recommended. The shoes and bag can be in a color that’s present in the outfit or a neutral color like black, brown, beige, and white. A printed bag with a printed dress might look too busy, so it’s best to stick to a plain colored bag when wearing patterned clothing.
A simple outfit can be enhanced with matching shoes, bags, and other accessories from reliable brands such as Reef. Building your wardrobe does not happen overnight; unless, of course, you have the money to buy everything in one huge shopping spree. To make the most out of your wardrobe, gradually adding clothing pieces and accessories that you can easily mix and match is the most practical yet nonetheless fashionable way to go.