Match-box ?

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Since we were young girls we were given the idea that matching looks good, but now we wonder how much of our outfit should be matching. In the 90s the trend was to match from head to toe which I always thought it looked overdone.
  The right word actually should be coordinated. Fabrics should line up together and colours should compliment each other not dull or brighten it. You cannot wear a red outfit , red shoes with red accessories and lipstick you would just look red. Too much matchingness even occurs if ones outfit is a mix of colours. Now lets take a look at some scenarios and tips to enhance them:
Casual wear :

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Scenario 1: Salwar suit with a printed Kurta of black red and white with a red Salwar and the dupatta with the same colours as the Kurta. So instead of going for black or red shoes and a red bag, try white shoes and a bag of similiar shades. Don’t do red or black earrings but instead try pearls. And no red lipstick am sure all if you thought of that but try just a dark liner and half kajal. What this will do is since your Kurta is so busy the red lipstick will just pull all the attention but the eye will divide the attention and try a very sheer red chubby stick for the hint of colour. So what is this doing , since your outfit is so busy and colourful already we play it down by  picking out the most basic shade. So it is coordinated and matching if you must. It is very important in every look to decide what is the focal point, for e.g. in this look the printed Kurta is the
Centrepiece of the look so everything should compliment it  and make it more eye-catching.

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Scenario 2 : lets try the most basic of all jeans and top. So if you are wearing a dark wash blue jean and a white top how would you accessorize and coordinate ? Accessories will play a pivotal role as that’s what will add colour lets take an example of coral . Since this is a day outfit , you could do a Coral print loop scarf,  a brown or tan belt with coral shoes or sandals and do a brown bag or vice versa. Wear a statement watch and studs or small earrings no coral but preferrably with some white. Coral lipstick? Might get too bright try a light coral blush for a fresh look and do neutral make up. This was just an example, but what it means is if you are wearing solid over solid add some colour in print. Shoes and bags or shoes and belt or bag and belt is not necessary but having them in the same colour family does make it more put together. Jewellery calls for one statement piece .i.e. big earrings or bangles or statement necklace. This helps keeping your look casual and not too blingy. So add colour, shoes and bags in colour are in vogue. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colours especially if its a plain outfit.
Semi formal :

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Scenario 1 : A kurti with ikat print of black and white with orange tinged zari borders and black churidar. Sandlas can be black, neutral or orange. Bag preferrably black. If bangles then no ring if no bangles then a watch n small rings. Jewellery preferrably solid maybe a long chain necklace or maybe small jhumkis or balis. Make up should be played down maybe a bright lipstick. This e.g. shows that even if you are wearing basic black and whites it is not necessary that everything is black and white but a bit of colour actually adds to the look. The colour can also be completely different but does not have to be overall and can be limited to one item.

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Scenario 2 : A pair of grey pants and a purple printed wrap top. Now this is a basic colour scheme outfit. Shoes could be black or brown or maroon, bags may match but can also be another solid colour. Even if your belt is not visible it can still be in the same colour family or your shoes. Jewelery should be one toned in silver or black and more in the form of single pieces .i.e. bracelet or earrings or chain necklaces long. Make up can be played up in terms of shadow in place of liner, now remember work make up is always only one bold item, which means if you do eyeshadow then no liner and if liner no eyeshadow. Lipstick and eyes rule is the same and blush during the day should be very light , one could also opt for a light bronzer for a sunkissed look. This look shows how one tones can actually take up your look up a notch.
Formal look :

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Scenario 1 : a Saree for a wedding, now I know weddings are the occassions where heavy jewellery is showed off but what if your Saree is super heavy? So lets say you are wearing a net Saree with
Stone work especially on the borders. First of all ensure that the blouse is a solid preferrable silver or gold depending on the colour of the thread embroidery of the Saree. If the Saree is a neutral shade then opt for a coloured velvet or thick silk blouse. Now jewellery, 90% of sarees have a heavy anchal ( the pallu part from the shoulder) leaving a thick border in the front, if you wear a heavy necklace opt for smaller earrings or if you do chandelier earrings skip a neckpiece altogether. If you do alot of bangles then do a  small ring or do a heavy bracelet . Avoid cocktail rings altogether as your Saree is busy enough. Bags should be cordinated with the blouse and shoes though are covered should be one colour. Make up now, I know women get excited with colour especially during occasions, I saw it during my wedding where my make up artist thought I should do turqoise shadow to which I objected as I thought a pale shimmery pink with a blue liner would suffice since as a bride you are already blinged out. My advice dull gold or shimmer gold or silver shadows with coloured liners add a nice party look without looking over the top. One creamy lipstick in a subtle shade or a bright shade if the Saree is neutral will suffice .I would still say subtle makeup makes one look more polished. If you have a blingy outfit you need to add accessories which tone it down but if you still want to wear heavy jewellery ensure that its more classic than blingy as heirloomy pieces add elegance. Ensure that colours don’t clash but compliment and tone each other down.

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Scenario 2 : A cocktail or evening dress with print, now solid colours are easy as they can be played up. So if the dress is the focal point, how do you style it ? Lets say its a peacock blue and jade green  jacquard dress. Its a stiff material so probably fitted, now since its an evening dress and already colourful, you have to be sure that the accessories are toned down. If you wear a diamond or crystal tennis bracelet then wear small dangly earrings. If you wear necklace then studs and no bracelet. If you wear a cocktail ring then try big earrings. The jewellery should preferrably be solid and neutral .i.e gold, silver, diamond,crystal, pearls, rose gold, platinum, etc. It can have single stones of sapphire or emeralds to bring out the colours. Now shoes and bags, shimmer gold, silver,bronze or neutrals. If you want to do colour then it should be a deep hue to compliment the dress like a dark pink or burnt orange or even a deep green. Your bag is mostly small so can be a raw silk one colour clutch complementing your dress, jewellery or shoes. Make up here can be either played up eyes or lipstick matching the colour of the shoes. Now this shows that neutrals actually add to formal and it is not necessary for everything to match. As long as they match or coordinate with one item it will suffice.
  Thus, matching in a coordinated way actually makes one look polished rather than each item being matched or one shaded. You have to keep checking for jewellery which is a gold, silver or pearl colours as not all colours go with gold, silver and white. Colour blocking is a part of coordination as it adds colour in a nice way to a monochromatic look. Don’t be afraid to experiment with prints and definitely not in black or white backgrounds as colour on colour can make you pop but then remember to tone it down if you don’t want to stick out like a sour thumb. Matching of bags to shoes or belts or clothes is not necessary just as 2 items are inline of the same shade makes one look put together. Bling on bling with loud make up needs to be avoided even if it is a wedding, use a centrepiece if your look and play around it. One should not look done up rather that their best features are enhanced to make them look lovelier.
   Thus, I hope now it has changed your meaning of matching and opened horizons to experiment with colours and accessories so coordinate away 🙂

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