By Katie Cassidy | Photography by Christopher Brown
When we hear the word matching, thoughts race back to a time filled with printed Keds and coordinating belts. A time when wearing a caramel-colored handbag with shoes of another hue was considered a faux pas of the highest order. But times change.
For the last decade, in order to achieve any sense of sartorial balance it seemed obvious that leathers needed to clash and patterns were worth nothing if not mixed. The idea of matching had been filed away with blue eyeshadow and our NKOTB posters, never to be seen again. Or so we thought.
But seeing as how last month we donned neon to watch a bunch of 40 year old men dance around to 80’s tunes and Rochas re-imagined the value of blue above your baby blues, we shouldn’t be surprised that buying matching separates has a sudden novelty. Like the return of neon in 2011, the spread of coordinated vestments has gained such traction that a time when we would buy a top even though the corresponding shorts weren’t available in our size seems like a bad dream. A bad dream full of sloppy trousseau and overloaded senses.
The evolution of our thinking is helped by the introduction of separates that scream Taylor Swift rather than mother of the bride. Think crop tops and identical printed pencil skirts, boxed t’s and matching shorts. Getting dressed has never been so simple.
On the other end of the wardrobe, however, through even the most harmonized attire, we can’t help but wonder how long this fascination with matching will last. Fashion is fickle, so only time will tell. But until our love affair fades and the modernity of matching is laughable, we are gonna ride the sea of simplicity full sails ahead.
The idea of matching had been filed away with blue eyeshadow and our NKOTB posters, never to be seen again. Or so we thought.
In the post:
top: Heidi Merrick | shorts: Heidi Merrick | sandals: Stella McCartney | sunglasses: Ray-Ban | ear jacket: similar here | ear bar: Dana Rebecca | V rings: Jennifer Meyer | nail polish: butter LONDON in ‘Ta-Ta’