Mar 8, 2012 10:23 AM
Lana writes: "I LOVE your blog! Your finds are always stylish and I want everything you post! I was hoping that you could help me out on a fashion question. I have recently bought a dark brown handbag from those post holiday sales. Excitedly trying it on with the rest of my wardrobe, I'm having a dilemma. It's a beautiful dark brown but it seems to look awkward with black shoes, and all of my brown shoes/boots are not the exact same shade of brown. Any tips on how to wear this bag so it looks effortlessly Kate Moss? Thanks a bunch!"
I focused on shoes for this P.S. since that's what you mentioned specifically. Instead of thinking in terms of what "matches" the bag, think about colors and textures that will serve as a clever visual contrast. If a regular black leather looks a bit off, swap it out for black patent. The shine and smooth texture of the patent will look great with both the rich brown color and the supple leather. Invest in a great pair of metallic gold or bronze flats. They're always in style, go with everything, and would draw attention to bag's gold hardware. The other options are just some fun examples of colors you can play with - mustard, teal, and pinks would look fab with the rich espresso.
1 - Bottega Ballet Flats ($95)
2 - Lucky Women's Emmie Ballet Flat ($28)
3 - Geste Proposition Flats ($95)
4 - Pour La Victoire Women's Rin Open-Toe Pump ($155)
5 - Charles by Charles David Women's Haze Ballet Flat ($90)
6 - BC Footwear "In the Winner's Circle" Pump ($66)
7 - Steve Madden Trixie Pump ($80)
8 - ModCloth Proudly Posh Heel ($55)
9 - Jones New York Hudson Wedges ($99)
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Trajano here: Conundrums about clothes and accessories are my tasty cup of tea. I am a firm believer in a rich and varied wardrobe so if you want to change, update, or inject some forward fashion into your closet I can hook you up. In my capricious youth I would invest (or squander...don't judge) most of an entire paycheck on a pair of shoes or killer jacket and then live on $27 for two weeks. My dedication to looking lovely runs deep.