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Reader Request: When Matchy-matchy Makes Sense

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Reader Patricia had this request:

I know you mentioned a little while ago that soon you’d write a post about the benefits of matchy-matchy — yes please! I’d also love to see that expand into something about the different attitudes and situations when matchy-matchy works, as opposed to more contrast (if that makes sense?).

I must’ve been born too late, friends, because 50’s style matchy-matchy STILL makes more sense to me than looks that “go.” Pretty much across the board. I feel that matched accessories create unity and visual harmony, and that striking the right balance of complimentary but different accessory colors is often more trouble than it’s worth. Two matched accessories total is a good cap – when your belt, shoes, bag, and earrings are all the same color, it can get a little overwhelming – but those two matched accessories are like outfit bookends. Neat, harmonious, unifying.

Since that is not the current preference, though, I’m happy to suggest a few times when matching will trump going:

If your outfit is retro-influenced

Since this is a practice born in a bygone era, vintage and throwback outfits are the perfect time to employ it. Anything that hearkens back to the 40s through 60s will make visual sense with matched accessories. Not a requirement, obviously, but a choice that will seem natural.

For formal occasions

This is a personal preference for me, and I’m not sure how others will feel. If I’m getting truly dressed up – like just-shy-of-ballgown dressed up – matching accessories feel sophisticated and appropriate. I’m unlikely to do complementary but different shoes and clutch if I’m fancied up.

When you’ve got three solid colors at play

If your outfit already includes three (or more) colors, introducing accessories in multiple colors or tones will make things look a bit chaotic. Use matched accessories to create cohesion.

Whenever you need visual unity

Even if you’re not wearing three solids at once, you may feel like your outfit isn’t hanging together quite right. This often happens with print/pattern mixing and outfits that contain juxtaposed genres (moto jacket and tulle skirt), but it may surface unexpectedly in any outfit. A little bit of matchy can fix you right up.

Aside: If matching your shoes and belt or belt and bag doesn’t appeal, try matching your shoes and earrings/necklace. Naturally, this works best when you’re doing colorful shoes, but it’s a great, subtle way to bracket your look with harmonious accessories. And feels more modern and less matchy to many women.

NOW. In terms of matchy clothing? Matched sets are extremely trendy right now, but I think this is a trend that’s still evolving. I honestly don’t know what to say yet because the matching that is happening is rather suit-like: Top and skirt in the exact same print. I think if you were to do a scarf and pants or skirt in the same print, it wouldn’t fit within this particular trend, but might still look appealingly retro. I’m curious to know what you all think.

About matchy in general, too! Do you prefer to match a couple of your accessories? Absolutely never match? What are your personal guidelines and tips?

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Tulle Skirt: Feminine Edge

Tulle Skirt

How to style a tulle skirt

Thank you very much for the warm welcome to Already Pretty! My very first post as a Contributor (Unapologetically Size 14, see here) was one full of depth and considerable feeling. Although there are many things that I feel quite passionately about, I wanted to share something light and airy this time around. Nothing says light and airy like a super poufy tulle skirt, right?! Too bad that the weather happened to be dreary and gray on the day that I wore this look… Alas, I’m moving on…

Tulle Skirt

Styling a tulle skirt: Feminine Edge

The cat is out of the bag; I am completely smitten with my tulle skirt (purchased back in 2013). In my mind there are 99+ ways it can be styled, and I just might be on a mission to document each and every one. Today I’m sharing one way, “Feminine Edge.”

How to wear a tutu

Tutu /tulle skirt styling

Tulle skirts ooze femininity. One rightly feels a sense of frilly girlhood each time it is worn. Side note: Although I ordered my skirt from a vendor on etsy, since then I have discovered tons of DIY tutorials all over the web.  They show you step-by-step exactly how to make a skirt identical to this one! I have that on my lengthy to-do list, because there are at least three other colors that I can totally see myself in.

How to wear a tulle skirt

Styling a tulle skirt with edge

Typically I style my tulle skirt/tutu with femininity in mind. But there’s no fun in staying inside ‘the box‘! I decided to step outside of my comfort zone, to target an edgy spin on things. Please check out my previous tulle skirt/tutu styles here, here, and here.

How to wear a tutu

Styling a tutu with edge appeal

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How to style/wear a tutu

Styling my tutu

To fully bring in the edge, I opted for reflective sunnies, studded spikes, mixed metals, a jean jacket, and rugged cowboy boots. Without further ado, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Did I accomplish my goal of “Feminine Edge”?

Until next time,
Joi

Sunnies: Bestsey Johnson | Jean jacket: Michael Kors | White top: Jones New York
Tulle skirt: Custom made | Cowboy boots: Steve Madden

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Volumizing

IG poncho-esqueMy Inner Hippie Chick adores a poncho. But they’re not always the most practical garments. What do you do with a shoulder or cross-body bag? If you have to drive? I love this poncho-eqsue sweater as it gives me the look without the hassle. As a petite woman (5’1″), I have to be careful about voluminous garments that can swallow me whole; this one works for me because the fabric is soft and the knit open, and I don’t feel as though I’m wearing a yurt. I’ve also balanced the look with slimmer pants, and a bag and shoes with some visual weight.

poncho-esque 2Earrings: Argento Vivo
Scarf: McQ by Alexander McQueen
Sweater: DKNY Pure
Tee: Adea (long sleeve scoop neck)
Jeans: Frame Denim, no longer available. (similar style.)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Bracelets: French Kande, Stella and Dot, no longer available (similar look)
Shoes: Eileen Fisher (these are SO comfortable!!)

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Do you wear ponchos or blanket wraps? Do you have tricks for balancing an outfit that includes more voluminous garments?

A note: this will be my final post as an Already Pretty contributor. I’d like to thank Sally for inviting me to be part of the AP Contributor team, as well as all of you who have read and/or commented over the last couple of years. I’ve had a blast, yet it feels like a good time to pass the baton, and I know Sally will have a fabulous contributor lined up to take over.

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Already Pretty contributor Une Femme is fifty-seven eight, married to the same wonderful monsieur since 1995, the mother of a special-needs teenager and two hooligan dogs, a full-time administrative professional, a coffee-holic, Paris-obsessed, native Californian, and a petite and curvy femme d’un certain age. She believes that personal style is an essential form of self-expression, and started her blog, une femme d’un certain âge, in 2007 hoping to start a conversation about style for women over 50.

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