July 30, 2012

Playing Matchmaker

One of the things I noticed in my people-watching escapades in Italian cities was a burgeoning antithesis to the mixed prints trend. Italians were going against the mold by matching their garments and accessories together for a look that radiated eclecticism with its striking similarities rather than focusing on the clash of differences.
Whether by combining related prints or pieces of the same hue, playing matchmaker takes a lot of confidence. This is a boldness in an exciting new form and it's certainly a risk - not so much for the effortlessly chic crowd as the avant-garde creative types.

The three model outfits I've created below are inspired by some outfits I saw walking the streets of Italy as well as my own brainstorming and ideas.

My rule of thumb is that when matching pieces, make sure to maintain one subtle difference. Perhaps ironic, but adhering to this principle ensures that your look's multidimensionality. As you'll see in my creations, each match uses slightly different hues or prints of different scales, injecting your look with more depth and personality.

Fashion cannot be for the faint of heart or there is no fun. Everyone needs excitement.

Preen top and skirt, Modcloth clutch, Warehouse ring, Vionnet slingback heels.
Steven Alan dress, Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, Marc by Marc Jacobs crossbody bag, Vince Camuto sandals.
Marni top, pants, and shoes; Astley Clarke ring; Michael Kors bag.
Are you willing to wear a matching outfit? How would you do it?


  1. That first top & skirt combo is perfect! i love it! I'd like to go 3x mixing prints, with pants, jacket and shirt all different prints :p

  2. Great to hear that you want to take this to the next level! I always admire a fashion risk-taker.

  3. Love this post, great job!
    -Krystin Tysire xo

  4. Love this post, great job!
    -Krystin Tysire xo

  5. I like this look. The outfits you have put together are great!