Rose McGowan and the Question of Matchy-Match

Posted on April 13, 2012

Rose has graciously offered to stand in as a visual aid while we discuss our much-asked-about ideas on accessories matching. Rose? Why don’t you come out here and show the class what you’ve done?

Rose McGowan attends the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala in a Preen dress paired with Stella McCartney shoes. Clutch by Judith Leiber. 

Let’s start with this, because we’re getting more and more messages to the effect of “What’s wrong with matchy shoes? I LIKE matchy shoes!!!!”  We’re not talking about you. In fact, there are days when we want to take out the “Fabulous & Opinionated” tagline and substitute it with “WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT YOU.”

The vast majority of our fashion commentary has to do with how it works when filtered through the media and the many things a celebrity must consider when appearing in public. In other words, it’s about image, both in the literal sense and in the branding sense. It’s about what a celebrity is trying to say or how they want to appear to the public – and how their clothing reflects those choices. It’s possible in a moment of carelessness we typed something to this effect, but we’re pretty sure we’ve avoided laying down rules as to how ALL women should dress. It’s not something that interests us. We are firm believers that out in the real world, people should be free to dress how they like and not worry about what some self-styled expert tells them.  But we are equally as firm in our belief that a celebrity has certain considerations to make that a so-called “normal” person wouldn’t.

Red carpet dressing has an entirely different set of considerations than, say, dressing for your cousin’s wedding. Or a job interview. Or even a night out where a gal just wants to get laid. In the real world, people judge other people’s clothing choices, but those judgments are usually made at a glance. For celebrities, those judgments are made by bitches like us (and you) who pore over every detail of their outfit simply because it’s usually worth a couple grand (at the very least) and didn’t cost said celebrity a thing.

This is a long-winded way of saying that our OCD about matching accessories comes down to how the outfit looks in an image that will be seen by potentially hundreds of thousands of people. If you really like matching your shoes to your bag to your dress, then by all means, don’t spend one second worrying about what we think. But if you are worried about what we think, then here it is in a nutshell:

With dresses, like this one, that have an explosion of colors, pick from among the least dominant colors and look for accessories in that family. Rose did just about right here. We probably would have steered her toward a pink shoe that was a shade or two lighter or darker than the pink in her dress, but that’s a minor quibble.

With dresses that have only one or two colors (like Dianna Agron’s the other day), we’d rather see the wearer pick a shoe and bag in a complementary color not found in the dress. The best shorthand for this is to look at a color wheel and pick from the colors opposite the color in the dress. This doesn’t apply to neutral dresses in one color, like black, white, navy blue, beige, or grey. In those instances, we feel a totally matchy shoe is okay.

But really, do what makes you happy. We feel so bad when people tell us that they’re worried they’re doing something wrong just because T Lo said they didn’t like it. Unless you’re a celeb making a public appearance, you shouldn’t worry about bitches like us.

Mkay, thanks for your help, Rose. You can return to your people now.

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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