Everyone's Been Doing This Old-Fashioned Styling Trick at Fashion Week

Matching accessories have always been a thing. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, the thought of buying bags and shoes that weren’t (quite literally) cut from the same cloth would rarely cross one’s mind. Though the matchy-matchy trend went out of fashion for a bit, fast-forward to today and we certainly see the appeal. After all, we can barely muster enough energy to get out of bed in the mornings, let alone set aside precious time that could otherwise be spent sleeping to carefully select mismatched add-ons.

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So yes, it’s little wonder that Kate Middleton, the busy bee that she is, takes comfort in coordinating accessories. And it seems other women share the same sentiment, as we’ve noticed matchy-matchy buys are creeping into the outfit DNA of our favourite fashion girls.

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We initially dismissed it as a one-off, but when we clocked several fashion month showgoers employing the same trick, we knew we were onto something. Matching your bag to your dress is fast becoming the season’s styling hack of note, and we’re on board.

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Be it the exact same print or fabric, or simply a complementary hue, hold your bag up to your dress and, if it blends in, you’re on the right track. 

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The best part? There are plenty of matching dresses and bags to be had for every occasion and budget, meaning everyone can get in on the action.

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From It prints to rather extra feather detailing, keep scrolling to shop our edit of the best outfit-simplifying duos on offer. Then start thinking about what you’re going to do with all that extra time on your hands…

This frock will look the after-dark part with a berry lip and side-swept hair. 

Finish off your ensemble with black barely there strap heels.

Try layering this dress over a printed tee and cropped jeans for a downtime spin. 

Offset this zingy hue with blush, beige and denim. 

From the fluted sleeves to the A-line skirt, this dress is easily the most flattering thing you’ll ever own. 

We can’t imagine anything chicer than this top-handle arm candy. 

Jump on the leopard-print bandwagon with this frugal frock. 

Try varying the size of your motifs to make your ensemble even more interesting. 

This is not for the fashion faint of heart. Pair it with minimal footwear—a pair of block heels, for example. 

Just think how cool this will look with straight-leg jeans and a checked blazer.

We’ve never wanted to be part of the #ChloéGirls movement more.

We’ve had Faye, Drew and Nile—now meet Chloé’s Tess bag.

Now that’s your dress and bag sorted; it’s time to talk shoes.