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
dela
7 years ago

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
Aliza Zibkoff
7 years ago

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

Passerine
Passerine
7 years ago
Reply to  Aliza Zibkoff

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…

TheBagHoarder
7 years ago

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

Jade
Jade
7 years ago
Reply to  TheBagHoarder

Lol

Dylan Propst
Dylan Propst
7 years ago
Reply to  TheBagHoarder

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

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AAAA
7 years ago

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
Lori
7 years ago

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
Jade
7 years ago
Reply to  Lori

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

Jacquie S
Jacquie S
7 years ago

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

ElainePG
ElainePG
7 years ago

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
klynneann
7 years ago

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

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
7 years ago

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
Juju
7 years ago

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…