How to Master Chanel’s Bag-Matching Trend Off the Runway

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How to Master Chanel's Bag-Matching Trend Off the Runway

They say never to match your shoes to your handbag, but according to some of our favorite designers, matching your handbag to your dress is a styling must. With the matchy-matchy trend already taking over the red carpet, we weren’t altogether surprised to see some very well-coordinated ensembles coming down the runway at the Fall 2015 shows in New York, London, Milan, and now Paris. But this season, we’re not just talking about pairing a red dress with a red clutch for a monochromatic feel. No, no, no. This time around, it’s about exact matches in not just color but fabrication and texture, too.

Chanel was just the latest brand to showcase the look. From Marc Jacobs’s fur-and-houndstooth mashup to Burberry’s suede fringe set, and from Diane von Furstenberg’s rainbow-confetti printed wrap dress and top-handle bag to Victoria Beckham’s navy tweed trench dress and oversize envelope clutch, it seems designers are using every inch of fabric to create perfectly matched head-to-toe looks.

Read on for some runway inspiration and then check out these styling tips so you can try it out for yourself. Plus, we did some preliminary research on eight ready-to-buy matching sets to get you started.

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