We’ve asked you a lot of questions lately (and I want you to ask us questions too–don’t forget to email us if you have a question you’d like answered!). This week, I was thinking about some of my favorite bags and shoes. Valentino probably didn’t realize the pandemonium that would follow when they created its Rockstud shoes and bags, but to this day, the the studded, ladylike designs are some of the most beloved acquisitions when it comes to both major accessories categories.

When I check out Instagram, I see many people who have matching Rockstud bags and shoes. There are other designers who offer bags and shoes that match or tie together closely–Balenciaga and Hermès come to mind, among many others. But when it comes to matching, I’m not just talking about the design and designer; many women choose the same colors for their shoes and bags, even when the designer is different.

The practice is polarizing, though. When you ask fashion lovers about it, some will tell you there’s no way they’d closely match their accessories, while others love the combo. (Shop the bag for $2,495 via Neiman Marcus and Valentino shoes via Neiman Marcus).

So now I turn to you: what do you think of matching your bags and shoes, be it by designer or by color?

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  • dela

    Not a fan of the look in general. The matching works if the items are kept within few shades of each other instead of matching them exactly.

    For trend followers, sometimes, the exact matching is an itch that needs to be scratched. But very few women pull it off. To pull it off, you really have to convey that you are deliberately committing to a very specific aesthetic, otherwise you’ll come of as a bit OCD.

  • Aliza Zibkoff

    Never. But I do check they don’t clash.

    • Passerine

      I’m the same. But my shoes and bag normally “mesh” even if they don’t exactly match, because I pick shoes to go with my outfit and ditto for the bag. So they all agree with each other even if they don’t have identical viewpoints…

  • If black on black on black (and so on) counts then yes, I match my shoes and bags.

    • Dylan Propst

      Exactly. I’m in all black pretty much daily and a lot of my bags match that perfectly.

    • Jade

      Lol

  • AAAA

    I can appreciate the look on others, but it is too fussy for me. And while I like premium designers for my bags, I prefer not to spend more than $1000 on boots and $500 on shoes if it can be helped. I have mostly purchased premium shoes on sale, but this means there is less of an opportunity for my shoes to exactly match a bag.

  • Lori

    It’s hard to answer this question without feeling like I would be insulting people one way or the other based on their likes. But for me, no, other than not clashing (brown-black or grey-brown, etc.) I don’t try to match. I am even trying to rid myself of the pesky need to have all the metals I am wearing match all the time.

    • Jade

      I am exactly the same way! Word for word. Everything you just said! Haha

  • Jacquie S

    I think it’s fun. Except that my shoes wear out fast and my bags I baby.

  • ElainePG

    Having come of age in the 1960s, when bags & shoes HAD to match (and colors like blue & green “clashed” and were simply never worn together), I’ve only recently broken myself of the matchy-matchy habit. Life is much simpler (and a LOT more fun) now!

  • klynneann

    Sometimes, just depends on my mood. And I don’t usually match designer, just color.

  • FashionableLena

    Not purposely. I would go crazy trying to match my colorful Chuck Taylor’s (my most worn shoes) to my handbags. With that being said, I’m not into shoes so 90% of them are black anyway.

  • Juju

    Matching accessories just add a sense of practicality to the ensemble. It also has a more simplistic aesthetic. Not that is necessarily a bad thing because everyone isn’t comfortable walking around with fuschia Valentino studs and a navy blue peek-a-boo. Personally, I believe you should accessorize whatever way is comfortable for you. Because if you try too hard it can come off a bit tacky…

  • Sandy

    I prefer my outfit to go well together but not match. I would not wear my Rockstud shoes with a Rockstud bag…

  • Yazi

    No. I would wear colours that are close in terms of being in the same family or shade but I wouldn’t match my bag to my shoes or the whole outfit. It feels old-fashioned and unimaginative. It seems like an opportunity for people to mock you behind your back.

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  • shopper

    Never.

  • tim de rosen

    Too many studs. Its a passing fashion but matching shoes and bags is fine even from different designers but make sure the shading is a 100% match or deliberately contrasting.

  • Amazona

    I usually don’t. I feel totally okay carrying a pink/grey/olive green/mole brown/black/fuchsia/blue bag with any color shoes – I’m not even that particular about matching designer bags with expensive shoes. I’ll be completely happy traipsing around in canvas sneakers and carrying a Mulberry leather bag or taking my best heels out paired with a cheap flowered canvas bag. I just wear things I like and feel comfy in, fashion and trends can go their way. I don’t care.

  • Helene Gardner Kaufman

    To me, it’s very Carol Brady to match colors, but I wear a lot of neutrals….often my bag is tan, black, white or grey. When I do carry, let’s say, one of my red or fuschia bags, I usually keep my shoes toned down. But I think it’s about personal preference and taste. Unfortunately I don’t own enough designer items to be lucky enough to match by designer, but that’s an idea! Good for you ladies who do.

  • Rashmi

    Nope! I don’t match my shoes with bags, it looks tacky in my opinion. Subtle matching is okay. but I don’t clash it either.

  • Imgoingbroke

    Never. But I do make sure my wallet matches my handbag. I’m very weird that way.

  • Smithy

    Heck no!!! Hate the match-y look with a passion.

  • Michelle Lim

    Never a fan of matchy-matchy. I rather they complement, sometimes contrast for a more distinct look.

  • Sparkletastic

    As with most things in fashion, I don’t follow a hard “rule”. For the most part, I don’t match my handbag and shoes. However, depending on what I’m trying to achieve with my look it can be a huge plus.

    For example, you often have to “match” items in a monochromatic look. Or, if I’m wearing basic black / grey / white garments, matching (or coordinating) my handbag and shoes can be a fashionable, interesting pop that doesn’t make me look like I’m a 1950’s sitcom mom.

    So it’s rarely but never say never for me.

  • Divealicious

    I match the hardware color, but that’s it. Not a fan of exact matching like the Valentino example.

  • JC

    I have always had to match. Have slightly relaxed recently, but only slightly. Even had to buy a two tone watch before I could wear yellow and white gold together. I just don’t get the negativity about matching. I always get compliments when I match say a fuchsia bag and shoes.

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  • I tend to not match them if I have an expensive bag, as I like the bag to be the feature of my outfit. But if I’m shopping on the high street then I do tend to look out for matching shoes as it takes the main focus off the bag and onto a pair of nice co-ordinating accessories. Gemma x http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • L.O.

    Yes. Finally. Just about everyone says they don’t match their shoes and
    handbags, nor do they care if their bags and shoes are even in the same realm of colors. I find this hilarious. In my experience, that’s the first thing out of a ladies mouth when trying on either ” well I’m trying to match this and that and blah blah blah name drop name drop blah blah blah .” I agree that the brands don’t have to match, unless you are just very loyal to a specific designer, but Jesus act like you know how to put together an outfit at least. If you think you have enough taste in fashion or style to at least justify an expensive pair of shoes or handbag, doesn’t even have to be expensive, please act like your mom didn’t pick your school clothes all the way through college.
    Now the flip side. Fashion is all about how you feel in what you wear and how you wear it. Fashion is CONFIDENCE people. If you don’t have none, don’t bother with even trying. Target sweatpants and a tank top are just as comfortable as a pair of raw denim that has a million holes and shows your crack with a jacket tha zips all the way to your earlob and a pair of red bottoms that hurt your feet, but apparently they look good, you just don’t with that look on your face that screams my feet hurt and my toes will fall off once I remove these pumps.
    Wear what you want. The only validation you need is from yourself and perhaps your partner, preferably your spouse.
    I’m done.

    • Dylan Propst

      “the only validation you need is from yourself” then why are you insulting those of us who don’t like to match? Matching looks like you tried way too hard.

      • L.O.

        What’s the matter with trying? Nothing. And besides at the end I mentioned wear what you want. Soooo, wear what you want. I’m sure you look good when you don’t try.

    • SeeJay

      I think I agree with you. I’m not sure if I’d match designer w/ designer if it’s an obvious design but I wouldn’t run away from it. I just love well made shoes & bags & if I have a fun outfit to make it cohesive, then maybe I would. Sometimes the folks on this site are so fashionably snooty! Maybe everyone’s a couture designer except for me? Hmmmmm

  • Dylan Propst

    No. That’s a little too Stepford Wives for me.

  • Giselle

    I don’t do matchy-matchy, rather complementary.

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  • Wilma

    In my mind, the bag is the star in any outfit worthy of Purse Blog, therefore the shoes must settle for a supporting role. So no, no match.

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  • Vicky

    I don’t. Not a fan. Just feel too formal for my casual life style.

  • Jade

    To be completely honest here, I have a 10 month old and a 3 year old . And I never match. Anything. Daily goals are to not clash and not be wrinkly!

  • Blondissima777

    If they “go” together, I’ll wear them and sometimes, the more opposed they are to each other, the better. Other times, I don’t want the “clash” to steal the focus, so I match.

    I have a blush leather, quilted, Michael Kors bag with silver chairs and bought a pair of blush pointy leather flats to match and a pair of burgundy suede lace-up flats (ghillie) to go with it. Don’t ask me how, but the burgundy suede looks great with the blush leather.

    If I wear minimalist dress, with a neckline detail and want the focus to be on it, I’d match the color of the bag and shoes, so they would fade into the background.

    Would I match everything, like Chanel bag, belt and shoes? Unless Karl Lagerfeld dressed me, probably not lol I rather mix and match instead.
    On mother’s day I wore my Valentino rockstud black leather tote with platino studs, a black Chanel leather belt with a tiny flap bag and gold hardware and black Aquazzura Belgravia suede wedge espadrilles. Same color, different textures, no brand overkill and the spadrilles dressed down the outfit a bit, since we were going to brunch.