The Clash

There once was a time where the shoes must match the bag, and both must match the hat. But ladies, that was a time where one never left the house without a hat upon their head. As in a very long time ago.

Nowadays there is a common perception that at least the bag and shoes must match. Enter any clothing store and you’ll find most sales assistants, when seeing you trying on a pair of shoes will kindly ‘inform’ you that, guess what? There is a matching clutch! And would you like to see the matching bracelet, earrings and necklace too?

I am telling you now, that is a sales technique to get you to purchase more. It is not going to make your outfit look better.
So many people are convinced the shoes and bag in particular must match. I used to work in a store that thrived on matching everything together. The pale pink dress worn with cream heels, cream clutch bag, pearl studs, pearl necklace, and a lovely pale pink head band to top off the wedding cake. I’m so bored even writing about it.

How about we start exploring and mis-matching our accessories and being brave.

Challenge for all you ladies out there who are shopping for a new outfit this week? Buy each piece from a different store. Try wearing a tough looking boot with that girly dress, or try bright neon heels with a brightly coloured bag in a different colour. Relax, have fun and avoid the temptation to match everything. And remember, the most stylish are usually those who look like they haven’t tried. 

For some celeb inspiration, I introduce Olivia Palermo who, in my opinion, has turned this look into an art form. A++ my dear. 

Eve x



  1. I love the 3rd outfit, those heels are wicked.

  2. OOh tell on the rules? for those pants in pic 4.... ankles are allowed to be shown? not the case of bad ankle freezers?

    1. You're right, there is a fine line between when cropped pants become ankle freezers! Always avoid cropped bootleg/flare pants. A pant that tapers in towards the ankle is generally going to be more flattering than a wider leg. And remember - if you're in doubt, roll an extra cuff to make sure there is no confusion. We'll be featuring some cropped pants in the weeks to come so stay tuned!