Today I saw a lady leaving the office who was just a beautiful lady.
She had on a crisp white button down shirt with short sleeves.
And bright salmon colored pants…
But the thing that got me was that her shoes AND her handbag AND her
necklace MATCHED that bright salmon color…
Perfectly matched…like they were all made from the same dye batch!
And I felt so inadequate…
I can’t say that my shoes, bag and pants never match…they frequently do…
Its just that when they match its because they are all black, brown or
And I thought to myself…how do you shop for an outfit like that?
Do you remember the color and buy the pieces when you come across them?
Do you actively go hunting through the mall to find just the right shoes
Are there special stores that put the matching-pants-shoes-and-purses
outfits all in one section?
Do you buy one piece because you love it and then cart it around to
every store you go to until you find just the right other pieces to go
Do you carry swatches or photographs?
I will admit…in the 80’s I had everything-matches outfits…lots of
them…in the 80’s…did I say in the 80’s?
I will also admit to being on a quest to make sure that my navy’s
match…because you know they don’t sometimes…and I always bring along
navy pieces I already own so I don’t have different navy’s floating
around in my closet…
Lucky for me, I usually (non-pregnant self) shop for my clothing in only
a handful of stores and my work clothes almost exclusively at casual
corner…so…my navy’s are usually easy to match…
I thought the idea of fashions and colors these days was sort of this
anything goes, don’t mix your warm and cool neutrals, buy colors and
cuts that are made for your body, and blend or compliment the color
family rather than matchy-matchy…
I must have missed something…
I don’t know how to accessorize an outfit that matches perfectly…does
the lighting your in matter? I mean, do you have to verify the color in
both sunlight and fluorescent? Candle light or incandescent?
What about the season? Do you only wear salmon in the heat of summer?
And if so, do you only buy open-toed salmon shoes?
Do you buy a few matchy-matchy things in lots of different colors? Or
do you choose one or two of your best colors and have lots of pieces so
you can “mix-and-match”? (which is really just matching, if you think
about it, because there is no mixing when its all one perfectly chosen
I mean, I about have a heart attack when I think of all the shoes I
would have to own to match all my tops in my closet…I have lots of shoes
already…and the turquoise flip-flops were a splurge purchase…I don’t own
a turquoise outfit! I wear them with black capris and a white shirt!
Speaking of which….when the shoes wear out, do you have to throw out the
rest of the outfit? Or do you go on the great salmon-colored-shoe-hunt
extravaganza across three cities to replace the shoes?
See this baffles me…
Oh, what the closets must look like!
Mine is a disaster with my basic neutral, tried and true classics and my
shirt-o-the-month choices! How, exactly do you organize a closet with
all these matching things? By color family? “Here are all my salmon
colored clothing pieces.” Gosh, I think I’d have to do it that way, or
I’d never find the appropriate shoes to wear in the dark of the morning…
And God-forbid I wear my salmon pants and handbag with my hot pink
Oh the shame it would cause…