By: Tinsley Tullos
To match or not to match? With such a simple question as that, one would think that the answer is also simple. The right answer is no, but in more times than others people attain the wrong answer. In today’s society, matching is not in the fashion handbook. Matching is not even in the Fashion forDummies’ handbook. It’s all about the art of “going:” a try at something, a successful accomplishment, an energy, spirit or animation.
“Going” has to be the most prominent of all fashion proposals. A girl walks down the hallway with a brown shirt and a brown headband, and I say “tasteless.” A girl walks down the hallway with a brown shirt, turquoise headband and gold shoes, and I say “serene.” A girl walks down the hallway with a brown shirt, turquoise headband, gold shoes, and a red pencil skirt, and I say “workin’” it. Designers go through great lengths to provide a variety of unique clothing, and someone is going to wear a brown shirt and a brown headband? No. The garments hanging on the racks of store after store were put on this earth for a reason. That reason was for the consumer to “go.” Use them and abuse them.
Matching is perfect for boys. In their disorganized and confused state of boyhood, matching gives them a sense of stability. Girls on the other hand are for the most part well intact, so matching does nothing to enhance these girls. When a girl uses the technique of “going,” she is resourceful, innovative and inspired. She uses different styles of clothing and all aspects of her closet. This girl uses shower hooks and transforms them into a necklace and then pairs it with an animal-printed top showcased in Vogue magazine.
If there is anything to learn about the sense of “going,” it would be to be bold. One should take an idea and run with it. Start with an article of clothing such as a loose-fitted crop top and then add a collar for a bit of vintage-edginess. Keep running and layer a few monochromatic necklaces and pair them with eighties-style cavaricci pants. Run some more and add a pair of lace-up booties with a bit of a heel. One should never walk with a brown shirt and matching headband but run with cavaricci pants that go with a pop of the collar. Whenever a female intends to match, she shall first ask herself, “What does this do for me?”