Two things I love: (1) bold shoes, like these floral print sneakers, and (2) matching. And yes, you’re right, they directly compete with each other.
When I walk into a shoe store or browse DSW, I automatically gravitate toward bold shoes. I own pumps in gold, paint stroke, magenta, leopard, and studded black but NO NUDE HEELS. It’s a problem.
I also have such a hard time walking out of the house unless I match. What is matching, you ask, in this world of “break every rule ever?” For me, matching means:
- 1 pattern
- 2 colors
- 1 metal (unless, bonus points, I’m wearing a silver and gold combo piece)
- and pants that contrast with my top as much as possible.
Call it art school OCD. Call it unnecessary. But it’s something I subconsciously abide by
every most every morning.
So how do I walk out the door with my inner matching zen intact with a shoe that is STRAIGHT UP SCREAMING? Remember when I started off with 1 pattern. My bold shoe is my one pattern. But things get more complicated: the colors in that pattern must be apparent in the rest of my outfit.
See what I did there? Green, red, black, maroon floral = maroon top, black bottom. By the way, these Athleta street tights are amazing. And vanity-sized, so they make me extra happy. And they offer free tailoring in store, so I don’t have to wait for Petites to ship — though I didn’t even need them tailored for this look.
Extra art school OCD matching points: lip color that brings out something else I’m wearing.
Okay, I swear I’m not too crazy with matching. Just a little. To distract you, here’s a couple more floral print sneaks.
floral print sneakers.
Also, can we stop this rain already? Not pictured: my soaking wet camera.
Top. Urban Outfitters, Project Social T (exact)
Cardigan. Nordstrom’s Rack, Willow & Clay (exact)
Lip. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Exorcism (exact)
Bottoms. Athleta (exact)
Shoes. Vans (exact)