Once upon a time in the ’90s, it was essential that your fashion accessories matched your outfits.
I chose this ’90s photo of myself as an example; in which, I paired my purple door-knocker earrings with my beetroot matching shorts and top set; and I wore an indigo pendant plus a pair of purple heels. AND of course, my eye shadow and nail polish were light purple.
Okay, from this particular shot, my pendant and heels could not be seen, but basically, they were all matched to the colour purple and its violet colour family.
This style of colour matching was very common back in the ’90s. The funny thing I have noticed is that, even though we have grown out of the matchy-matchy trend – actually, what’s in trend now is clashing, which is totally unmatching – I still spot some ladies, who have stayed with the ’80s and ’90s styles and who; excuse me saying it, seem to be stuck in the matchy-matchy world.
The truth about the matchy-matchy look is that, it can be tricky, some time it works, most of the time they don’t. To re-embrace this trend is more complicated than putting on a choker or wearing a pair of ripped jeans. My advice here is, ‘When in doubt, don’t do it!’
What would be the ultimate matchy-matchy other than the celebrity couples appearing in carefully coordinated matching ensembles? Remember Victoria and David Beckham wearing Versace matching black leather outfits when turning up to the 1999 Versace party?! And, Britney Spears with Justin Timberlake in matching head-to-toe denim in 2001 (Well, it still counts as ’90s!) American Music Awards.
Let’s not forget the blonde matching haircuts Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt once shared in 1997.
To wrap this post, I’d like to share one of my favourite fashion icons Sarah Jessica Parker’s ensemble. She was in a golden snakeskin mini with matching sandals and clutch. This picture of her was taken in 1997, Sarah Jessica was cast as Carrie the year after, and the rest; as they say, is history…
Main photo credit: Tsong-Chii, Lynn