An Image Consultant's Perspective

Written by our Guest Blogger

Rene Lubbe


The age-old "matching bag and shoes" fashion rule has been followed for decades, but as fashion trends evolve, it's worth asking: is the matching bag and shoes rule still applicable in 2023?


The answer is not a simple yes or no. It really depends on the look you're going for and the occasion you're dressing for. In some cases, matching your bag and shoes can create a polished, put-together look. In others, it can be outdated and overly matchy-matchy.


When it comes to formal events such as weddings or business meetings, matching your bag and shoes can create a sophisticated and elegant look. Opt for classic colours such as black, nude, or navy, and stick to sleek, streamlined styles. Avoid going too matchy-matchy by adding in other accessories such as statement jewellery or a scarf.

Two of our favourite Matching bag and shoe combos from Macaroon Collection would be ...

 The classic RED bags with RED shoes.


Hunter Chelsea Red Zemp Bastille Red
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Or the stylish Black bag with Black Shoes (perfect for an evening look)


Holster Sandals Zemp Dublin Black
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On the other hand, for more casual occasions, mixing and matching your bag and shoes can create a more playful and creative look. For example, pairing a colourful bag with contrasting shoes can add a pop of interest to a simple outfit. Or, mixing textures such as a leather bag with suede shoes can add dimension to an outfit.

To achieve this look we like the follow two bag and shoe combos from Macaroon Collection. 


Hunter Tall Leopard Boots Antelo Josie Bag in Cider 
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Ugg Dinale Cheetah

 Zemp Barcelona Waxy Tan

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It's also important to consider the overall colour scheme of your outfit when deciding whether to match your bag and shoes. If your outfit is already bold and colourful, it's best to stick to neutral accessories to avoid looking too busy. On the other hand, if your outfit is mostly neutral, adding in a pop of colour with a matching bag and shoes can elevate your look.

Something like this ....


Here we would suggest one of the following more casual bag and shoe combinations.

Neutral bag with BOLD shoes ... 

Ugg Ulta Mini Pink Antelo Jeanie XL Vanilla
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or.... BOLD bag with Neutral Shoes


Hunter Play Zinc Antelo Emmy Red
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In conclusion, the matching bag and shoes rule is still applicable in 2023, but it's important to use it strategically and with intention. Matching your bag and shoes can create a polished and sophisticated look for formal occasions, but for more casual events, mixing and matching can add a fun and playful element to your outfit. Remember to consider the colour scheme of your outfit and always aim for a cohesive look that feels true to your personal style.


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April 17, 2023 — michelle du plessis

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