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Makeover magic - Bags and shoes

Bags and shoes are the finishing touches to your look. But must your handbag always match your shoes?
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - September 23, 2010
By: Goh Mei Yi
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Makeover magic - Bags and shoes

Some women yearn for the perfect pair of shoes and bag to match every outfit in their wardrobe. But let’s face it – how many of us have the closet space and budget for this? The most practical solution would be to buy items that harmonise with most of your clothes.

There are different criteria for what a perfect bag is. For some, it’s the brand, while for others, it’s the design, material, size or durability. At the very least, you’ll need a bag for daily use, a casual one for weekends and one for formal occasions.

A bag for daily use must be big enough to hold all your personal belongings. It should sport a practical design and have enough pockets and compartments to hold your various belongings so that it’s easier to find them in a hurry. It should be made of a sturdy material that is easy to clean. Solid colours in neutral shades like black, brown, cream or discreet patterns are the easiest to match.

You can opt for something more vibrant and trendy in other materials like canvas, straw, nylon or denim for the weekends.

To set the record straight, there’s no rule that your shoes and bag must match each other in colour. If you happen to have coordinated items, then it’s a happy coincidence. What’s more important is that the style of the shoes complements the outfit you’re wearing and is suited for the occasion.

If it’s a business or work-related function, it’s safe to go with conservative styles with medium heel height in black or another dark colour. The shoes could have small details like bows or buckles for added interest, but nothing too loud.

Sandals, thongs, ballerina flats or boots are fine for casual or weekend wear, but please reserve the flip flops for the beach or market. You can go all out with stilettos in metallic hues and jewel-encrusted embellishments for more formal events like wedding dinners.


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