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Miss Match

Though I was brought up in the Garanimals Church of Matchy-matchyness (will the deacons in fuschia gators please say amen?), I soon learned that matching colors is not the only–nor necessarily the best–way to put together clothing that looks good. While there is something to be said for having shoes that match your dress that match your jewelry that matches your purse, it’s much more interesting and creative to wear things that don’t necessarily “go” together.

To wit, I paired a cream blazer (seen here and altered here) and green pants with an aqua, black, and pink “snakeskin” print belt and shoes.

Do aqua and pink and army green match? Eh, no. The Good Reverendbrotherpastor from the Church of Matchy-matchyness would’ve declared it a style SIN *fire and brimstone*, but it works. It doesn’t have to match to work. Or WERQ. Such as.

Vintage blazer and shoes, thrifted pants and belt

So, if you find yourself holding your shirt and shoes right next to each other in the light while squinting critically to make sure they’re the exact same color, please give your eyeballs a rest and just wear it. It won’t make a difference, and I promise I won’t tell.


  • Tamu

    October 13, 2010 at 4:41 pm


  • The Fashionista Next Door

    October 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    haha! lookin fabulous! the shape of that jacket is FIRE!

    Eboni Ife’

    • tamia

      October 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

      @Eboni The shoulders on the jacket totally hooked me.

  • Sasha-Shae

    October 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Absolutely love it!!

  • Joslyn

    October 13, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Beautiful outfit and beautiful colors! Very autumnal 🙂

    • tamia

      October 16, 2010 at 12:40 am

      @Joslyn Thanks!

  • Nathalie

    October 14, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Absolutely love your outfit. I am a fan of “mismatching”, too. It creates such intriguing textures and colour patterns. Great accessories!
    P.S.: Adding you to my blogroll now 🙂

    • tamia

      October 16, 2010 at 12:40 am

      @Nathalie It makes a look so much more interesting, right?

  • Susi Grady

    October 14, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Love this Tamia! The perfect blend of transition and early fall fashion-Susi G.

    • tamia

      October 16, 2010 at 12:39 am

      Thanks, Susi! You get it!

  • Andreea

    October 15, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Thank you so much for stopping by on my blog!
    You have an amazing style, so elegant and classy.I love it!


  • Christina

    October 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Why did I just realize you had a personal style blog! I am loving your style, Tamia! Fabulous! Love the matching shoes and belt in this look : )

    • tamia

      October 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm

      @Christina Thanks Christina!

  • Beauty Is Diverse

    October 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Love the belt and shoes adds such a nice touch to the outfit.

  • Kerissa

    December 31, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I’m late but thank you, thank you, thank you! This should be reposted for the 201. I’ve told my older sister this forever (well maybe NOT forever) but since I left the church of matchy-matchiness, lol. Happy New Year!!

    • tamia

      January 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      @Kerissa Some people are slower to convert, but once they do…