Mismatched accessories: The Devil’s Playground

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Wearing: white cotton shirt with navy check – Euromerican Tailors | maroon silk knit tie – Casa Pavone | black leather belt – Raphael Steffens | dark resin coated jeans – ASOS | whiskey brown leather loafers – ASOS |


When I was younger I read an article in a newspaper on being well dressed, and the author stressed that mismatched accessories were the high of impropriety. It’s one of those old-fashioned, throw away bits of advice that seems fairly innocuous the first time you here it, but which actually takes seed in your mind and grows and grows into a fully-fledged wardrobe hang-up before you realise it.

I’m now incapable of wearing mismatched accessories.

I’ve read that your shoes should always match your belt, and where possible your bag and even your watch, in so many different book, magazines and websites: that the idea of mismatching my accessories seems akin to an act of blasphemy, the sole exception to which being trying to find a blue leather belt (a quest I don’t think I will ever complete satisfactorily).

But then a little while back I read in GQ that mismatching accessories was actually totally appropriate, and in fact my style-forward than a belt and shoes of the same colour. LIES! my mind screamed even as my eyes traced the syllables of the words on the page LIES! Mismatched Accessories looks terrible! It’s a mistake! Don’t do it. So, of course, I decided to give it a go.

My starorial limbic system couldn’t cope with today’s OOTD. It was like knowing that I had done something wrong right under everyone’s noses and that I was tainted for life. A black leather belt and brown leather loafers? Ghastly!

At the end of the day I think that there is sound wardrobe advice and there are trends that come and go. The idea of making sure that your accessories are matched is definitely the first sort of advice!

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