It may have been the bright purple dress paired with a purple bow and purple ruffle socks my mom dressed me in when I was a little girl that scarred me, but as a rule, I avoid matching my outfits too perfectly. Many women stray away from this trend as it defames the effortless illusion we try so hard to create. I do, however, love seeing one color styled throughout an outfit in understated ways. These hints of a uniform color can create an interesting combination of patterns while maintaining a consistent look—effortless, yet thoughtfully chic.
So, pick a color, any color. Try to find it in little details: a decorative patch on your denim jacket, the charm on your bracelet, or the tongue of your sneakers. Get creative with it! If you want to go further, try a monochromatic outfit. The monochromatic trend is when you mix separates of different patterns and textures that are all the same color. A full matching outfit using this technique can be a very good thing.
This Auburn University Fashionista perfectly exemplifies the subtle color-matching technique. Her look is feminine and edgy as she mixes an on-trend traditional button-down with a fierce red leather skirt. The red of the leather skirt emphasizes the red embroidery on the preppy button-down. This Fashionista chose red lips to bring all the styling together.
I love that this Fashionista opted to keep the rest of her styling simple. Her high pony shows off the cool embroidery on the button-down. Her dainty, silver triangle earrings are just enough to make an impact. I am obsessed with her velvet calf-high booties that have become the shoe to have this season. She is proof that you can be fun and show off your personality with pops of color while still being sophisticated.