{Giveaway} Luxe Leather Handbag from Barr + Barr

FOF fashion designer, Helen Barr, is giving away a luxe, calfskin hobo. To enter, answer this question in the comments below: Do you match your bags to your shoes?

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.


FOF Helen Barr had “former lives” as an artist, fashion exec and magazine editor. Then, in the late 90s, she decided she wanted to get into the booming business of bags. “I took a deep breath, rented an office, and began designing and manufacturing private label bags for Spiegel and Bloomingdales until I had a bit of money in the business,” says Helen. After three years designing private label, Helen launched Barr + Barr in 2000. Her bags were an instant hit, with her first designs selling to Neiman Marcus and Saks. “I grew it bag by bag,” she says.

Now, just a decade since it launched, Barr + Barr has received accolades from InStyle, Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar editors and has been picked up by the Home Shopping Network (where the bags have been known to sell out in minutes). They’ve been toted around Tinseltown by Kim Cattrall, Sharon Stone and Debra Messing, and have made appearances on prime time shows including Sex and the City and Will and Grace. One of Helen’s bags was even worn by first lady, Laura Bush. “I keep the letter from her hanging on my showroom wall,” says Helen.

More details about the bag you could win:

  • Value – $289
  • Genuine calfskin leather
  • Inside zip, cell phone and multifunction pockets
  • Top zipper closure
  • Two outside pockets
  • Handle with 8 3/4″ drop
  • Removable, adjustable crossbody strap
  • Signature removable key fob
  • Dust bag
  • Signature love letter lining
  • 12 1/2″ (L) x 13″ (H) x 6 1/4″ (W)

Enter to win a luxe leather bag designed by FOF Helen Barr. Comment below and answer: Do you match your bags to your shoes?

Plus! FOF Exclusive Discount: Receive 15% off any bag from Barr & Barr when you “like” them on Facebook. (Mention on their wall that you came from FabOverFifty and they’ll send you a discount code valid until June 2, 2011.)

(See all our past winners. See official rules. One winners is chosen at random from all those commenters who answer the question. Contest closes May 26, 2011.)

452 Responses to “{Giveaway} Luxe Leather Handbag from Barr + Barr”

  1. PATRICIA KRAFT says:

    No, I do not necessarily match bag and shoes unless it’s a special event. For work or casual I use the same bag no matter what shoes I’m wearing. ~ LOVE this bag, it’s a great color and the style/shape is wonderful!

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  2. Mariana Duran says:

    Sometimes, but I know that rule-match shoes, purse, and belt-are old rules that can be broken. Being somewhat in style is more important.

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  3. Dawn says:

    My shoes and bag never match. Black goes with everything.

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  4. Rose says:

    I wish I had that many bags! Sadly I do not 🙁
    That is why I stay with neutral colors. It makes my life a whole lot easier!

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  5. Margarida says:

    No I never match my shoes to my handbag; it takes an effort for me to look moderately presentable.

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  6. slbennetti says:

    I do not match my bag with my shoes. I like to buy a bag with color for that “pop” factor.

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  7. Beverly Young says:

    When I was young, I absolutely had to match purse and shoes until one day I had my clutch purse stolen because I had set it down to look at some merchandise. Then I started carrying a backpack purse and didn’t care if it didn’t match anything I wore. Now, I change purses once in awhile but I am very, very careful. I love purses and have a large collection to look at but rarely use.

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  8. ogden kruger says:

    i am not a matcher!!! i have a number of bags and too many shoes, they are all eclectic! that is who i am, matching sort of bugs me, makes me feel like i am trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. i guess for a very very fancy occaision i might consider it, but it still hasn’t worked for me, i would need help in that department!!

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  9. Sheila Kerschner says:

    I Confess. I never match my purse with anything. I pick a purse that with go with anything , is durable and that will last a long time, and that will carry all my “must have” things.

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  10. Lisa Eskridge says:

    I try but I am not always motivated bcuz I keep coming back to my neutral hobo bag. I only make a special effort on special occasions.

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  11. marie says:

    I TRY to match them, especially in winter

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  12. Pattie Medeiros says:

    If I am dressing!!! I match everything. On a daily basis I like to have a bag that will go with anything as I just am in too much of a hurry to move everything from bag to bag. But oh! how I love my bags!!!

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  13. Diane Popper says:

    I do not always match my shoes and handbags. I usually use just one neutral colored bag for almost every occasion.

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  14. Iris D. Blackledge says:

    I always match shoes and bags–even hat when possible. Even showing horses, I try to color co-ordinate. You are so much more “put together” when you take time to match!

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  15. KAREN COGBURN says:

    I used to match my bags & shoes. Now I just keep them in the same color pallette.

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  16. Wendy says:

    No, but I used to. I am more creative thanks to fashion magazines and noticing what other women are doing on the street.

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  17. Annemarie says:

    Not everyday, but I love it when I do!!

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  18. Deborah McLean says:

    I am unable to match all of my bags with my shoes because it’s too expensive. But I do try to coordinate the bag with the outfit.

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  19. Colleen says:

    Rarely. I sit behind a desk most of the day, with my purse in a drawer. Maybe on the weekends I’ll coordinate.

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  20. KAREN COGBURN says:

    I used to match my bags & shoes but now I keep them in the same color pallette.

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  21. LORI KODIMER says:

    Not always do I match bag and shoes. It depends on where I am going, the dress code. I usally do what I like and what I think looks good

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  22. MG says:

    I don’t as often as I would like, but I love a nice roomy bag to carry all ‘essentials’.

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  23. MG says:

    Not as often as I would like, but I love a nice roomy bag to carry all ‘essentials’.

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  24. Kellie Morris says:

    I NEVER match my shoes and bag. I like to have fun choosing me shoe and bag colors. I usually stay natural with my shoes and pick a bright colored bag that contrasts with my outfit. The bag is my pop of color. I have green, yellow, teal, pewter, copper, red, black and white handbags.

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  25. PatB says:

    I do not generally match my bag to my shoes. Too much matchy matchy is too granny, or so I have heard.

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  26. Becky says:

    I don’t match shoes to bags but I do try to cordinate the look. I’ve been known to change a bag because it wouldn’t work with the rest of my outfit.

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  27. Diana says:

    How funny I have always matched my bag with my shoes for years, I read a while back that it’s OK if they don’t match, but I still match them most of the time.

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  28. barb volker says:

    I do not match the shoes and bags, I have lots of colors of bags but not as many in the shoe catagory.

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  29. Pauline Morales says:

    I used to match my shoes and bag when I was working. Since I had stopped working don’t really match them, unless going someplace special

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  30. Jaye Mathews says:

    I do try to match my habdbag with my shoes. Sometimes whatever bag I use on Sundays, I will continue to use until Saturday.

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  31. Christy H says:

    I love to match my shoes to my bags ~ and if I can’t find a perfect match then I coordinate. 😉

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  32. Betty N says:

    I like to combine colors and patterns, not really a “matcher” of shoes and bags, but like to look put together. Awesome bag!

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  33. Bonnie says:

    Matching use to be one of my big things, but lately not so much. Now I grab what is really comfortable and just go, I worry how I look, but I now dress more comfortable then fashionable.. besides, my big outings are grocery store and the local restaurant… Haven’t been really out on the town in years..

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  34. Rebecca Parada says:

    One persons “Match” is another persons “Mix”. I prefer they compliment one another.

    My recipe is:
    1 Great bag
    1 pair Fantastic shoes
    equals an outstanding look to everything you wear

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  35. KAREN COGBURN says:

    I used to match my bags & shoes. No longer do but keep them in the same color pallette.

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  36. Kathleen says:

    Never matchy matchy,but must not clash…at least not too much.

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  37. sylvia says:

    no i never match bag to shoes.

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  38. Shirley Macrides says:

    I don’t match shoes and bag, but both shoes and bag have to relate to my outfit. Today is black and white, using a black bag and red shoes. This bag is gorgeous and would go with pretty much all shoes and outfits!!

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  39. Lisa McKinney says:

    Not usually. I have one go-with-anything bag. I may trade casual for more dressy, but would love to have the flexibility to match with shoes!

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  40. Jo says:

    I don not match my bag with my shoes. I wear lots of black, navy and kahki so my bag is usually RED!!!

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  41. Sondra Brady says:

    No. I do not match my bag to my shoes, but I coordinate the shoes to the outfit. Comfort is the most important thing about shoes. Quality material and pockets, open and zippered, inside and out, so there is some kind of organization. Thats the most important thing about my bags.

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  42. Sue says:

    Love this bag! Back in the day, I used to do matchy-matchy, but haven’t worried about that in a long time. Fashion rules have relaxed a lot over the past 20 years (but who’s counting?)

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  43. Jeanette Chapman says:

    No, I do not match my shoes to my bag. I do select my bag to match my style, dressy vs casual. This is a beautiful bag. Would love to win it.

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  44. Donna Washburn says:

    Never, unless of course it is a gorgeous set from the 50’s or 60’s! This is a lovely bag. Best of luck to Barr & Barr.

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  45. Peg Viola says:

    I would love to win this purse. The most I have ever spent on a purse my whole life was $30.00. I just never splurge on myself. I just carry a basic black purse so it matches everything.

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  46. KAREN COGBURN says:

    I no longer match my bags & shoes. I just keep them in the same color pallette.

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  47. linda says:

    No, I don’t match shoes to bags. I love both, especially soft leather, but do try to just put together things that complement the outfit and the use.

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  48. Kristine P says:

    I love to match my bag and shoes and I have a lot…but would love to add this one to my collection

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  49. Karen Hanchar says:

    Occasionally, but I have too many shoes I love, to change everyday. I do change, especially for evenigs out! I like to match my outfits.

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  50. Karen Hanchar says:

    Occasionally, but I have too many shoes I love, to change everyday. I do change, especially for evenigs out!

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  51. Peggy says:

    No matching but coordinating is a must. Love the bag

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  52. Elaine Gasaway says:

    I’m too lazy to match my shoes with my bag. I use the same bag with all my shoes until it literally falls apart. The only exception is when I’m playing a symphony concert. Then I need to use a small black bag that sits under my chair while I play.

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  53. pat wade says:

    I try to match as closely as possible. As long as I get in the neighborhood. I do however do that splash of color thing. The shoes and bag are matching no matter what color I have on. And I’m a leather snob. So what ever bag I have is always leather, which makes me feel good whether the shoes match or not.

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  54. Rennie says:

    I LOVE it!

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  55. Sandra Crispo says:

    I tend to use a bag for a long time and is usually one that goes well with whatever of my limited shoes I wear; and this bag is just my style, love neutral colors and lots of compartments!!!

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  56. Susan Herlands says:

    My daughter often tells me not to be too matchy. I find myself to be inherently matchy- probably a throwback to my mother dressing me in “outfits” as a kid. Today, we all know it’s about mix and match.
    However, I must still answer your question with a big fat YES. My shoes and bags must match!

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  57. shewalk says:

    I don’t match, but I try to coordinate.

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  58. dell says:

    No, I do NOT match shoes to clothes. I feel there should be some difference in color. Too much of the same color is boring.

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  59. Patricia L. says:

    I do not match my shoes and pocketbook. I like a mix it up look.

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  60. KAREN COGBURN says:

    I used to match my bags & shoes but longer do so. I keep them in the same color pallete.

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  61. Tricia Douglas says:

    I might not “match” shoes and purses exactly, but they’d better blend and not clash!!! Most of what I wear are basic shades and go with about anything. I also have my very favorites that, like a child’s blanket, I feel comfortable and stylish having next to me! The older I get, the more I feel secure in the fact that I look good, no matter what and I won’t necessarily scare anyone away when I walk down the street.

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  62. jeanie says:

    usually

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  63. Liz Anselmo says:

    I would love to win this Italian bag i’m Italian and have never had an Italian hand bag.
    Thank You,
    Liz Anselmo

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  64. Darrellyn Stephens says:

    When i wsa in my 20’s and 30’s i didn’t care about shoes or handbags because my husband and i was raising 4 children, i had little time to think about shoes and handbags. It was all about what the children needed, but now with the chidren grown and gone, and now 7 grandchildren later, and in my 50’s, Look Out!!! It’s my turn to shine! I just started collecting a few handbags, and some of them given to me as gifts, i don’t have a lot of shoes, most of my friends have i know at least 200 pairs or more, i’m not there yet, but i will be one day! I Love big handbags, because i can carry my Business Tools(small laptop, dayplanner,calculator, and etc. So, i don’t have to carry a briefcase and a purse. I also, like a bag that you can wear with a business Suit or Casual attire.

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  65. Darrellyn Stephens says:

    When i was in my 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s i didn’t care about Shoes or Purses. But, now that i’m in my 50’s Look Out!!! I’ve just started collecting a few handbags, and shopping for Shoes. I don’t match my shoes and bags, it depends on what i’m wearing that day. I love a big handbag to carry my business tools(small computer, dayplanner, and etc.)

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  66. Vicki Wurgler says:

    I do try to match my shoes and bags-my bags are usually pretty neutral in color and go with most any color shoe

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  67. Beth Lowe says:

    I like to coordinate my outfits but I do not think your shoes have to match your handbag, just not clash.

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  68. sunchicka says:

    No. I seldom do.

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  69. Kane says:

    As a teacher I don’t make the time to match bags and shoes although I have recently made the time to switch from a black to a brown to white bags depending on shoes. While like bags changing the contents slows me down.
    This white hobo bag looks perfect for summer travel which i will be doing!

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  70. Debbie W. says:

    It depends on the occasion whether I match my bag to shoes. For everyday, I usually don’t, but when I dress up, I do try to do so.

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  71. lalexoff says:

    only if they coincidentally match!

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  72. Suzanne says:

    I would never deliberately match my bag and my shoes. That is very 80s. I just carry whatever bag I happen to be in the mood for at the moment. Given all of the options we have today, matching is just not necessary. Bags are a great way of expressing yourself, particularly in the corporate world where you can’t do so as much with your clothes.

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  73. Toni says:

    Love matching bag to shoes!

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  74. KAREN COGBURN says:

    I used to match my bags & shoes but no longer do so. I keep them in the same color scheme

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  75. Deb says:

    I actually do match them when I can and to the outfit, as well. It must be grandma’s influence.

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  76. Ginny Kelly says:

    Yes.
    I do think it is important to match my shoes with my bags! It is iconic to do so. I think it makes the outfit complete!
    I also buy the shoes from the same designer that made the bag! It simply is a must for me.
    Thanks… ♥

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  77. Rebecca Jones says:

    nope, don’t match them.

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  78. hofken says:

    I do not match my bags to my shoes – way too much trouble

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  79. Susan says:

    Not match exactly, but I do like my shoes and handbag to mesh and create a sense of belonging. Depending on the item, a unique handbag, piece of jewelry etc. can be highlighted as the signature piece of the outfit.

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  80. Gail Armstrong says:

    When I’m purchasing a bag, I try to buy one that will go with my winter and summer wardrobe. So the answer would have to be no, I don’t match my bag to my shoes. I know a good rule of thumb was alway buy a black bag for the winter because most people wear dark shoes in the winter. That old rule seems so stifling because it keeps one from going for a peacock blue bag for the winter which would knock the socks off of people. Or in the summer instead of buying a basic neutral bag, why not try a sparkling gold bag that would show total glamour all the way around no matter what color shoes one wore.

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  81. Linda says:

    most of the time, but not always. depends on my mood ( and how much time I have to dig through my closet

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  82. Carmen L. Kern says:

    I try to stay in the same family but after looking at the Avon models in the books it doesn’t seem to matter and I love the styles and accesories. I’m going to start doing some of the same color schemes. It seems colors are really in now.

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  83. Kathy says:

    I have very few possessions since losing everything in 2008. I am still unemployed so winning a gorgeous bag would make me feel good. I don’t get into self pity slumps, but I do hope for a better tomorrow!

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  84. Kim says:

    No, I used to try when I was younger,but now that I am older and wiser and heels have ruined my tootsies,I wear my most comfortable sneakers with arch supports.Kinda cute,allways comfortable!!

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  85. merrill plumlee says:

    Bags are the TOTAL accessory! It can make or break your look! It’s the first thing I notice on a well-dressed woman.

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  86. Tannis says:

    What a beautifuln bag! I’d use it a lot. I coordinate my bag with my outfits – style, colors to match the dress mode of the day. Not necessarily my shoes.

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  87. Hope says:

    First let me say how gorgeous this bag is. It is something that can go with almost any outfit for daytime and casual evenings. I do not match my bag with my shoes. I think that it dates someone when they do this. I like to use my pocket book as a fashion statement. If you like to walk into a room and impress then always carry a signature piece on your arm in the form of a pocketbook!

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  88. Jeanene Pennington says:

    I do not match my purse to my shoes. I consider a bag a very important accessory!

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  89. Louise OKeefe says:

    I do not match bags to shoes on a regular basis

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  90. adrienne z says:

    I don’t have time to match every bag to every pair of shoes. When I’m all decked out, then I make sure I match, but on an every day basis I just don’t have time.

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  91. Irene H says:

    I like to carry a dark bag in winter and a light bag in summer. For special occasions I have some small clutches that I like to use. This bag is beautiful and stylish, yet seems very functional!

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  92. Carol Segal says:

    I have bags that I coordinate with my shoes. But I also have bags that I coordinate with my outfit. I believe that either way can make me look well-dressed. I love a bag that goes with anything and still makes a girl look well-groomed.

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  93. Suzanne says:

    Years ago I used to be crazy about matching but now my tastes have changed and I like to mix it up.

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  94. Norma Axel says:

    When I was much younger, I always matched my bags and shoes (changed bags almost daily). Now, however, I do not like the “matchy, matchy” look and usually have a bag (or two or five) that will go with whatever I am wearing and look good with the shoes, too. And, this bag is absolutely gorgeous and will look perfect with my clothes and shoes!!

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  95. Janet says:

    Usually I match them, but not always. I tend to carry one bag in the fall/winter and one in the spring/summer and use them until they fall apart.

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  96. Peggy Gleason says:

    Never, way too many pairs of shoes!!

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  97. amy says:

    It sounds like a great idea to match my shoes and purse but I work 2 jobs and I’m happy to get to work with 2 matching shoes!

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  98. Linda Owens says:

    I try to match my shoes but I have so many that its hard sometime to change every day.

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  99. Linda S says:

    never matchy. Just try to coordinate with the seasons.

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  100. Patricia Assanowicz says:

    First, this bag is beautiful, I love big bags, my grandson seems to think he can fill it up with toys and whatever he needs when we go somewhere, so usually I live in my sneakers to keep up with him. I do not own alot of shoes or bags, even though I would love to switch out when we have plans. I like to dress comfortably after the workday is over. This bag I would love and OH BOY I can only imagine what my grandson can put in this. As long as there is room for my wallet, I let him have priorty on the rest. Have a fab day.

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  101. roneifeld says:

    I collect bags of all colors and sizes and I love to coordinate with my whole oufit. If I am wearing a lot of black or neutrals, I will probably use a colorful, maybe red bag, for a pop of color to the outfit. It’s so much fun to accesorize, so the bag can become a focal point of the outfit. The Barr + Barr is fab-fab-faulous and would be a bag to show off and accessorize with so many outfits.

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  102. Dee Slagle says:

    I am not 100% on doing this. There are times when changing bags is not an option. For special occasions, I definitely do.

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  103. Debbie says:

    I do love to match bags and shoes when I go out after work, I have a summer bag and a winter bag….love the bags

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  104. Vera J says:

    No! I like to carry a bag that compliments my outfit but not matchy, matchy. I like to carry unusual bags.

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  105. KAREN COGBURN says:

    I used to match my shoes & bags but no longer do so. The trends I see no longer require this.

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  106. Fran says:

    Heavens No!- I use one for everything all season ( xcept for the rare dress-up etc.).
    My Winter half year one is a coach rom mid 1980’s ( gift from mom and my Summer half year is an animal rescue buy.

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  107. Kate says:

    I usualy match my shoes and bags if I go out or to work… other times I like to have a sighnature bag that looks great with everything 🙂

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  108. Kim Cage says:

    I do not match my bag to my shoes, but I do have a light bag for spring and summer and a darker one for fall and winter. If I could afford it I would have a zillion handbags!
    I love them!!!!!1

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  109. Lynn Lozano says:

    I don’t worry about my shoes and bags matching unless I’m going out somewhere special. Helen Barr’s bag is GORGEOUS!

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  110. JoAnne D. says:

    No, I do not match my bags to my shoes all the time, but sometimes I do. What a gorgeous bag, I would love to own this! I have never owned an expensive bag.

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  111. Jeni says:

    I do my very best to match my bag, shoes and coordinate my jewelry. However if i found the perfect purse that will meet all my needs, then that is the one I use from now on.

    Nothing beats the perfect bag!!

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  112. Natalie says:

    Thank you for entering my name into your generous giveaway. I just love this bag and have been wanting a new one for summer.

    No, I don’t match my bag to my shoes. I have a dark color bag that I use for winter and then use more colorful ones in the summer. I really do like this one!

    Take care, ~Natalie

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  113. pinksade says:

    Nope, I don’t match them!!

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  114. ROSEANN says:

    I have been strict about being matchy in the past but now I’m getting away from it. Especially since seeing fashionistas in the know not be matchy, matchy.

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  115. Eugenie says:

    I have a bag for the winter and one for the summer. I don’t match them to my shoes.

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  116. Lorraine Curtiss says:

    I buy all my purses at thrift stores and I would be very happy with a white purse to go with all my summer clothes. I would especially like this bag to go with all my dressy dresses.

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  117. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    No way! That would be very “old lady” and I’m a “NEW Woman”!!!

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  118. Linda Kish says:

    I change bags twice a year whether I need to or not. Summer and winter. So, no, I don’t match my bag and my shoes. But then I wear me black New balance in winter and my lighter ones in summer so maybe I do.

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  119. judith youngblood says:

    Sometimes I match the bag and shoes; sometimes I match the dress and bag; sometimes I make a statement with the bag; e.g., vacation sites, cats.

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  120. Alice Forbes says:

    No, I don’t match my bag to my shoes

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  121. Jules says:

    Only if i’m dressed up like in a cocktail dress!

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  122. Anne-Marie Tvete says:

    I will match shoes and handbag for special occasions.
    On a day to day basis though, it is what ever is easiest.

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  123. Nikki Cengic says:

    I sometimes match my bag to my shoes. Other times, not.

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  124. Leilani Reed says:

    Beautiful handbag I’d love to make it mine. I do feel it necessary to try and match my shoes with my handbags as close as possible

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  125. Jan says:

    No, I don’t intentionally match my shoes and bag, but I do make sure my shoes and bag match my outfit.

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  126. Debbie says:

    I not only don’t have the times or the money to always match my shoes and handbag. I have basic black and white clutches for weddings and special occasions
    .

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  127. Claire says:

    I have pretty basic colors in my wardrobe, so they all end up matching. 🙂

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  128. Victoria says:

    Usually it is in a complimentary color scheme-gray, or denim with sneakers, a white and green, or maroon bag with flip-flops, black with everything else. I don’t own a white bag!

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  129. susan brand says:

    sbrandname@gmail.com No,did that in the 50’s—-now I opt for a bag that offers “a pop of color” not one that’s matchy matchy with my shoes

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  130. Patti says:

    No, I no longer even consider matching my bag to my shoes. I now try to be a “free FOF spirit”, and just go with a bag that I like and fits me. As far as the shoes – it’s all about comfort most days. For special occassions though I will put up with suffering toes for a few hours, if needed.
    By the way – this bag is awesome!

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  131. Patrice says:

    I do not make a point of matching my purse to my shoes. Sometimes it just happens with black, but I don’t like to be too matchy.

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  132. chris says:

    no i do not match my bag to my shoes. would love to win a beautiful handbag like this one. such luxury! have a plain white leather & plain light beige bag for summer and a plain black leather one for the fall. would be so exciting to win this bag – it would be simply fabulous!!!

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  133. Alene says:

    I really try not to match. Matchy matchy is not my thing. I’m beginning to think that one of the two, bag or shoes, should be an eye-popping color or pattern, and not necessarily matching your outfit. (I think fashion magazines are getting to me!! Oh no!!) This bag, though, is gorgeous!!! I’d wear it with anything, just to wear it.

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  134. Berti says:

    Hi,

    I grew up in the Fifties and my Mother made sure that my shoes and bag matched. That fashion “must” stuck with until I left for college in the late Sixties and broke free from many conventions. I have never matched my shoes and bag since.

    Berti

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  135. Michele says:

    Sometimes I will match my bag to my shoes, it really depends on what I’m wearing and where I’m going but mostly I let the bag speak for it’s self. I love a nice bag!!!

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  136. Donna Witiak says:

    I have a good bag for each season…I rarely try to match shoes with the bag…..I like complementary colors.

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  137. Tina-Joy says:

    As an artist and abstract thinker, I never “think” about matching bag to shoes. Color, pattern, texture and their interplay are more important to me. I enjoy the scent of new leather and can imagine the soft, supple feel of the calfskin–a treasure!

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  138. Peg says:

    Nope! I keep too much stuff in my bag to be changing it everytime I change shoes. I love a great ‘goes with everything bag’ and this hobo is fabulous!

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  139. Hilary says:

    No. A great bag goes with any pair of shoes.

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  140. Elyse says:

    I don’t think shoes and bag have to match. I find that matchy, matchy look sort of boring.

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  141. Jo Galamback says:

    absolutely not! I have a luxe orange leather bag, a turquoise and brown bag, a white leathr with bamboo handles. I pull out whichever one suits my fancy, not my shoes. Always lots of “where did you get that bag?”

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  142. Gwen says:

    It’s pretty easy to do when you have 1 black purse and 1 pair of black shoes.

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  143. Kai W. says:

    I don’t match my shoes and bags all of the times. But then again I keep my bags in conservative colors which go with everything.

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  144. carol says:

    I do not match my shoes and bag anymore. Instead I have a signature color for my handbag which is RED. I love this color and my handbags are almost all this color.

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  145. Candice Hopkins says:

    No I do not match for every day but if going out on the town or a dress up event yes I do match them. Very polished look !

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  146. Joann Bally says:

    Yes, I do the best I can to match bags with shoes 🙂
    Thank you so much 🙂

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  147. sydney85 says:

    Not too matchy, matchy. I have a tan and dark brown bag that goes with my tan shoes and also my dark brown shoes.

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  148. Fran says:

    No, no, no…..I like to wear things that complement each other but not since the 80’s have I matched my shoes to my bag. If you have a great bag (like the Helen Barr hobo) you can wear any shoes, sandals or boots. I love that bag.

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  149. Carole Penner says:

    I definitely try to pick a bag to use that matches my outfit, and sometimes I like to use my lime green suede with just about anything!

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  150. Frances says:

    I don’t match w/ shoes – and a light bag would be my spring/summer bag. White goes with everything I have!
    I love the cell phone pockets – that’s an important factor in my bag.

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  151. mary says:

    i match them if I have something dressy that I have to go to.

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  152. Rosemary says:

    I am lucky to have a “summer bag” and a “winter” one. Usually get them from GoodWill so I really wouldn’t know what to do with one this fabulous. But I could try to figure it out.

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  153. linda townsend says:

    sometimes i do match, but most times i don’t.

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  154. sara says:

    No, I haven’t matched bags to shoes specifically in years, but on occasion they match because the styles work together. I love the pop of a bag whose color accents!

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  155. Paula DelGiudice says:

    Not so much for the shoes as the seasons. I tend to change my purse with certain times of the year; unless I’m going out to a special event, then I might change my purse.

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  156. Susan Hersh says:

    Matching bags to shoes exactly is very contrived. I find it is much more interesting to mix textures. For ex: if you have a Peau de Soie shoe of course you can go w/ the obvious & pick the same for your evening bag. I would try a beaded bag or fabric mixed w/ a beautiful ornament making a fashion statement. I will wear a black studded bag w/ suede boots & jeans for a “tough” chic look. Mixing it up creates interest & always makes an individual statement.

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  157. Kayce says:

    When I find a bag I like, it becomes the accessory I want people to see!!! Sometimes shoes compliment it but most of the time I like my bags to stand alone and let the compliments start rolling in. Helen Barr’s bag is a great color AND a great style!!

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  158. Margo says:

    If I like it, I wear it! I have several bags in several materials (cloth, leather, suede, macrame). I honestly don’t have shoes to match to match them all, because my bags last longer than my shoes. Regardless, I wear whatever I feel like for the day/evening. Life is too short to to be Obsessive/Compulsive. This is simply an outstanding bag, that would accent anything I wear and I would flaunt it!

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  159. Chris says:

    Not usually. Try to have them compliment each other rather than match

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  160. Debbie Fine says:

    No I don’t match bags to shoes but I do match handbags to type of outfit- dressy, sporty, work etc

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  161. Gina Wiget says:

    I only have one bag. So I try and ware the shoes that match it when going out.

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  162. Toni says:

    I haven’t matched my shoes and bag since the 80’s

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  163. Jina Rappaport says:

    I do not. I carry a bag for the season then switch to a different bag. In the winter it is usually black, in the summer it is lighter colored.

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  164. kathy says:

    I usually try to coordinate my bag and shoes but sometimes I like to “pop” the outfit I’m wearing with a different color handbag.

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  165. Reva Shader says:

    I do not always match my shoes and my bags, but make sure that my attire and accessories blend well.

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  166. mary says:

    I don’t coordinate shoes with my bag. I coordinate my bag with my life! I have “pouches” for various events and activities that I add to my bag as I need to. Everything get cleaned out on the weekend.

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  167. Charlotte Smith says:

    Don’t usually match bag and shoes, as I have a Totes, Tote that I love, ‘casue it has a nice outside pocket (with velcrow closure) that my cell phone fits in perfectly and so easy to get to. I do make sure the shoes I wear are correct color for what I am wearing at the time. I would love to win this bag, as I read it has two outside pockets and it is beautiful.

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  168. Charlotte Smith says:

    Don’t usually match bag and shoes, as I have a Totes, Tote that I love, ‘casue it has a nice outside pocket (with velcrow closure) that my cell phone fits in perfectly and so easy to get to. I do make sure the shoes I wear are correct color for what I am wearing at the time. I would love to win thts bag, as I read it has two outside pockets and it is beautiful.

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  169. Charlotte Smith says:

    Don’t usually match bag and shoes, as I have a Totes, Tote that I love, ‘casue it has a nice outside pocket (with velcrow closure) that my cell phone fits in perfectly and so easy to get to. I do make sure the shoes I wear are correct color for what I am wearing at the time. I would love to win ths bag, as I read it has two outside pockets and it is beautiful.

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  170. Marilyn Montague says:

    I try and match as closely as possible.

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  171. JoAnn says:

    I am so lazy, I never do! I don’t really think it’s necessary anyway…is it? 🙂

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  172. Tina C. says:

    No, I don’t match my bags to my shoes/sandals. I love the look of this bag and would love to be the lucky person it was given to.

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  173. Christa L. says:

    No, I don’t match my bags to my shoes. I usually always carry the same black bag!

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  174. KATHRYN says:

    Always match handbag to shoes and especially to outfits, were a small town and people stare when you dress up or try to look nice, but i dont care let them look.

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  175. Judyebn says:

    I match not color but casual with casual, dressy with dressy etc. also I go by where I am going and the size bag I need for the occasion and what I need to carry, and the shoe for the comfort of how long I will be on my feet.

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  176. Susan Lockwood says:

    No matchy-matchy for me!

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  177. Lucy says:

    I don’t match my bag and shoes anymore. I think it’s nice to do this when your dressed for a special occasion. I have an olive green handbag and a purple bag. A handbag that’s black with red cherries and a white one with red cherries. I’d love to have shoes to match them all.
    makeupgirl21@comcast.net

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  178. jeanine davis says:

    No, I don’t match my shoes to my bag, except by chance once in a while by accident! Thanks for the chance to win this great bag! I love it! Good luck to us all!

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  179. Janet says:

    I like a great bag that can go with everything. If you need to dress it up add a pretty pin to the zipper pull or the handle, or a scarf. This is the bag. I never match the shoes to the bag gets to stiff looking.

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  180. Melinda says:

    No, I don’t. I remember my Mom used to & it seems old-ladyish to me.

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  181. Jason Young says:

    I don’t but my wife does. Our closet is more like her closet & I get a spot in it. Ha,ha!

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  182. Cynthia Teer says:

    When it’s a special outing, yes. But just to go to the store, no.

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  183. Susan says:

    Would love to see this bag. It’s been ages since I had a new bag – about 10 years and it was a Coach. Also would be great for when I continue to interview for a new job.

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  184. Pamela Button says:

    When I was much younger I always matched my purse with my shoes as that is what I was taught to do. Then the 70’s came and I only used the tassled suede purse all the time. Now I collect purses of many different colors but rarely match the colors to my shoes. The reason why? I am usually so busy that I do not like to take the time to switch everything over…so in the winter I tend to use a black purse that has color to it and it the summer almost anything goes as long as it is big and bright!

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  185. Tammy Keeney says:

    Depends on the day and how dressy or casual I dress. Sometimes I pick a bag that matches my mood that day, not my shoes! Love the bag, thanks for the opportunity to enter!

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  186. Marilyn says:

    I live dangerously. I match my shoes to my outfit, but I don’t change bags every day… Too much stuff! But to save face, I do try to have a bag that will pretty much go with everything, is attractive, and as comfortable as my shoes (Ok, the bag is usually more comfortable than the shoes, but it looks nice!)

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  187. Carol says:

    I choose them both according to outfit stye and destination. Colors sometimes match, sometimes complement.

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  188. Marcia Robinson says:

    What woman woulnd’t want another handbag, especially one this lovely. I’m no exception to the rule. This handbag would go beautifully with my summer wardrobe.

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  189. Jude says:

    NO! So many bags, so little time!

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  190. laurie summa says:

    Yes always !

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  191. ROSANNE BUGAI says:

    No, My shoes and handbag are never matching. Why bother? I will be taking my things out of one bag to put into another each day! Yuck! Don’t have the time or energy to do that! I would love to win this bag!

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  192. maryann says:

    No, I learned from Stacy and Clinton- no matching required!

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  193. Sharon A Cracchiolo says:

    You don’t have to match, but I think its a cleaner, more polished look when they do, especially black with black & brown with brown. But with all the brilliant colors purses come in now, matching doesn’t necessarily need to happen.

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  194. Holly says:

    My husband and I have been helping our daughter raise her beautiful children (ages 4, 7, & 9) just until recently and they haved lived with us until about 6 months ago and then we were supporting 2 households. She just got a full-time job so until it everything settles we will still be helping. I would love to be able to match ALL my accesories, and most of all my bags and shoes. I LOVE purses and it has been the one guilty pleasure that I treat myself to when I can but haven’t had the funds to match the shoes too. Maybe now that she is working full time I can add the shoes too which are also a passion but not affordable. Hobo style bags are my favorite and the one in this offer is beautiful. Since I am recently fifty ; FabOverFifty is one of my favorite sites. The best part is now that I will actually have some extra funds I can start doing things for me.

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  195. Dottie Wyatt says:

    It seems to not bother me as much now that I am older but no most of the time I do not match shoes and purses

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  196. Jennifer Wade says:

    I am color blind so it is very difficult for me to match things myself. Thank God for sisters and girlfriends who watch out for me. They don’t let me leave the house unmatched. I would love to own one of your bags. I would be the talk of the neighborhood. My girlfriends are handbag addicts.

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  197. Darlene says:

    I have many shoes & only a few purses, so no, they don’t always match perfectly!

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  198. Kathleen P. says:

    Usually. But I got a big red bag that I love but have to wear other than red shoes with sometimes.

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  199. Mick says:

    Only by happenstance – a good bag goes with the entire outfit & compliments it. I like an eclectic look that is on the Artsy looking side. Too. “match-match” is so June Cleaver! Too 50’s for me!

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  200. Donna Blair says:

    No, Don’t change bags that often..but am more of a shoe-inestia. Lots of shoes..lots of sandals. I would LOVE a neutral leather bag..jut never seem to have the wiggle room in the budget for an awsome leather bag. If I have spare money..it usually goes for treats for the 26 Grandkids !!

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  201. Beth says:

    I do the best I can with what I have. It’s not always easy because I only own two bags, but I try to work it. I twould be such a great honor and priviledge to own one of your bags. Especially one that is so versitile. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  202. Carmen says:

    I don’t match exactly but the style and colors go together always!

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  203. Anna Margaret says:

    I try, but I have more shoes than bags, so I’d love to win this one!

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  204. Trina says:

    I used to – now I match my bag with my mood. And this bag matches my mood perfectly!

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  205. Shellie says:

    No I don’t. But that’s the beauty of an eclectic style! I carry a Celine clutch while wearing Old Gringo cowboy boots!

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  206. cindy says:

    I match my purse to my clothes…..on “REALLY GOOD” days, it all matches…LOL

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  207. Denise Tremaine says:

    I don’t normally match my shoes to my bag, but I do try to at least have them in the same color family. Usually I’ll carry a black bag if I’m wearing black shoes, but if I’m wearing brown sandals, I might carry a cream colored bag….if I have a yellow purse, I think it’s a bit much to wear yellow shoes, but I might wear a navy shoe…I think it’s more about how the bag compliments the outfit as a whole rather than worry about matching…a purse can be the best accessory…and there is nothing like a well made, beautiful purse. Thank you!

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  208. Renee says:

    No, not at all. For me, it’s more of a “what bag am I feelin today?” question I ask myself. I love quality, unique handbags, and I change mine at least twice a week, sometimes three times (LOL!). What can I say – I get bored easily. Besides jewelry, a great bag makes an outfit POP!

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  209. Ruthie B says:

    Never!

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  210. Sherry Maddox says:

    Not like I did years ago – used to be that I was constantly changing handbags to match my shoes. Now I go for something neurtral (like this pretty handbag) and only do the matchy thing for very dress up occasions.

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  211. Marilyn McAlister says:

    I love beautiful leathers in a handbag. The structure of classic elegance is very appealing to me. To top this handbag off, it was outside zippered pockets for easy access to my keys and business cards. This is a wow bag!

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  212. Ingrid Wingate says:

    I do not match my bags with my shoes, but I do change bags every season.

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  213. Shirley T says:

    I would love to be able to match my bags and shoes but I dont have that many bags and keep so much in them I dont always feel like moving it.

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  214. Lauren Jones says:

    I am old school…so yes, I love to match my shoes and bags. But of course not everything matches – so then, anything goes! (Love the bag!)

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  215. Marilyn Goran says:

    I have a basic wardrobe-black, brown, neutral which I
    match to shoes. On occaision I ill use a red or other cicolor to bick up a color in my outfit

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  216. Jill Landefeld says:

    Nope, never.

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  217. Eddy says:

    No, for everyday, I use the same bag with everything.

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  218. susan says:

    match my shoes to my bag to my shoes? not for about 20 years!! just like I wear gold and silver together, it is about how you mix it up rather than match it out.

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  219. AJB says:

    Sometimes, but I also coordinate with my clothes since the style and color of what I’m wearing is influential too.

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  220. Danna says:

    No, I do not match my shoes with my bag. I used to but now that I am no longer a slave to every trend that comes along, I really appreciate the very good handbags that I do own and enjoy carrying them whenever I am out and about. This would appear to be a lovely bag to own.

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  221. Rose says:

    I try to match my shoes and purse whenever possible. I can mix and match, however, according to my outfit.

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  222. marcia heinz says:

    no, i do not match my shoes and bags. most of the time the shoes are for comfort and the bags will be the color or style that i like for the month.

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  223. Lynda C says:

    I try to match colors as much as possible or at least coordinate it so I don’t have a black bag and brown shoes, but I don’t have that many bags.

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  224. Hannah B says:

    No, I match my bag to the season. I have 2 bags- a beige one I wear for spring & summer and a black one I wear for fall & winter.

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  225. jcscott says:

    LOVE THE COLOR, SHAPE, AND THE LOOK OF ROOMINESS IN THIS BAG. DON’T USUSALLY MATCH SHOES WITH THE BAG BUT IF IT GOES WITH THE OUTFIT, IT (THE BAG) GOES WITH ME. IT IS THE BEST LOOKING HANDBAG I HAVE EVER SEEN AND THE COLOR IS OUTSTANDING.

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  226. katie says:

    I am a handbag lover. They always fit. And yes I do try and match my handbag with my shoes but I am not always successful. Love this bag.

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  227. Pat says:

    I only match the color of my bag to my shoes for formal occasions, day to day I don’t.

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  228. starsmom says:

    I really haven’t done that for years. Usually my bag’s color harmonizes with what I’m wearing and so do my shoes, but no matching of the two.

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  229. linda says:

    Yes, I do match my bag to my shoes whenever possible. I think it just looks more polished 🙂

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  230. Anita Morrow says:

    No i dont match my bags and shoes but id really love to have that bag. It looks great!!

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  231. Lee says:

    Do you match your bags to your shoes?
    No. I do try to use a purse that complements some part of my outfit but it doesn’t necesarrily have to match my shoes.

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  232. Barbara Flournoy says:

    I generally select neutral colored bags that I can use with most of my shoes. Sometimes my bags match my outfit more than my shoes. I have strange feet in that some times they fit different sizes in shoes so I tend to wear the most comfortable fitting shoes more often and switch up the bag to co-ordinate my entire look.

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  233. Mary W says:

    I rarely try to match shoes and bags.

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  234. Barbara Blackmar says:

    Do not match shoes and bags. Think it an old idea to do so. With busy, active lives for all, believe bags should corolate to what is being done that day. Surely running around on business dictates a large tote type bag, while going out for dinner requires only a small clutch bag.

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  235. Cindy Fox says:

    Great looking bag!

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  236. Barbara R. says:

    No, I usually like to blend my bag with my outfit.

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  237. MK says:

    sometimes they match but not always – I’m more concerned that the whole look looks right

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  238. Tamika Wilks says:

    Sometimes I do. If going out on the town, I Always do. But, for work days, not normally. Love, Love this Bag!!

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  239. PAULINE says:

    Sometimes, but not usually, depends on occasion.

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  240. StChienne says:

    I know there are regional differences, but hereabouts, matching bags and shoes went out with white gloves and tasteful barrettes! There are lots of black clothes in my closet, but shoes and bags are in a rainbow of colors and they make everything else look really fresh.

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  241. lorraine says:

    I never think about matching my bag to my shoes. I don’t like matching jewelry (ie: earrings that match necklace and bracelet) either.

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  242. Angela Mogin says:

    I, almost always, match my bag to my shoes, which is the reason for my having so many handbags.

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  243. Sheila Brennan says:

    Really? Are you kidding? I’m lucky to change my bag every couple of weeks much less match shoes and bag on a daily basis.

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  244. Arleen says:

    NEVER! It’s a cardinal sin to match your bag to your shoes. However, I make seasonal and evet changes all the time! This bag would be used by me anytime!

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  245. Cjetski says:

    Would love to win this bag. I do not match my bag to my shoes.

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  246. Vicki says:

    On occasion I match my bag to my shoes – but this gorgeous bag looks like it would match any shoes!!

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  247. Robin W says:

    I only try to match on very dressy occasions. Otherwise it’s just too time consuming.

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  248. Chinchilla says:

    Not always. I am too busy for matching shoes and purse. However, I do try to coordinate the shoes and the purse in either mood, or material, or something. But, mostly, I choose One Main, Classic Bag per season, and wear it to death. This Purse looks like Just the Ticket for this Summer. Aside form being classic Summer White, it’s GREEN. (Leather is Biodegradable!) Please let me win!

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  249. MaryMates says:

    I would love to match my shoes & bags if I could afford too.

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  250. Shawna says:

    I tend to match my bag more with what I am doing and where I am going. For example, a day trip requires more of a larger bag than going to church. I have also found that my bags have sure changed as my children grew older. I can try nicer bags now than when they were small! I have never, however, paid more than $50 for a bag. This beautiful bag would be a real treat!

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  251. mell says:

    Yes, I try to match my handbag to my shoes, but it is not always possible. I do, however, always coordinate my handbag with my outfit.

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  252. Robyn Ely says:

    OK guys, you have me wooing forever this prize.
    I have a pair of high heels similiar to this color in need of a matching bag .
    And yes, normailly 9 out of 10 my shoes and bag match ! But when I am running around town with sweats & sneakers I am not a match .
    Thanks for the chance ! It is an awesome & sweeet handbag !

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  253. Sue says:

    I don’t match my shoes and bag for everyday, but if I am going out at night somewhere special, then yes I do try to match them.

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  254. Edie says:

    No i don’t match my shoes with my bag. this bag is absolutely beautiful, thanks so much for the opportunity to win this. I love Bar & Bar bags, but have never been fortunate to own one.

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  255. Penny Morgan says:

    Not any more! There are a lot of those antiquated fashion dos/don’ts that fortunately I have moved away from, including no longer feeling the need to match my purse with my shoes…just like don’t wear white after Labor Day! Sometimes my purse is what adds that extra oomph, or pop of color needed! And, a white leather purse….I’d use it every day, and quite probably in any season! 🙂

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  256. Anita Dukes says:

    Love the bag! Would, of course carry it if I won it but I couldn’t afford to buy it. Money is SOOO tight but carrying that bag might make me feel like a million bucks.
    No, I do not match my bag to my shoes. I match my shoes to my clothes & carry the same bag all the time. I only change the bag about every 6 months. If I am dressing formal for a special occasion then EVERYTHING matches. 🙂

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  257. Donna says:

    sometimes I do match but not always

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  258. Leslie Petersen says:

    I DO!…….most of the time……or I match my bag to my clothing….ugh! I just can’t get out of my generations’ ways sometimes…….

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  259. Kim Lencsak says:

    No I don’t match my bag to my shoes….that went out long time ago, no…..and my sister where’s open toed shoes all year round and it’s very cold where she lives…..

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  260. Ellen says:

    I can never find anything in my bags and this sounds perfect. Do I change my bags to suit my outfit? Periodically. I try to wear a bag with brown overtones if I am wearing brown; otherwise, I tend to wear the same copius bag evry day.

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  261. elr says:

    No I let my outfit determine the purse

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  262. elr says:

    No I let my outfit determine the purse.

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  263. Ivy Pittman says:

    No I stopped doing that so many years ago. It’s not about color, but texture and style that makes the bag & shoes work together.

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  264. Valerie says:

    Unfortunately, I am a fashion flop and do not manage to match my shoes with my bags. I am a bag fanatic and this one is a classic beauty!

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  265. Jennifer says:

    The last time I remember doing that was a 7th grade dance in the gym: black patent maryjanes and a black patent purse. I felt I was quite the height of fashion. Now the matching thing seems a bit too “fixy,” don’t you think?

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  266. Susan Bradley says:

    No and this bag will go with anything, anytime, anywhere.

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  267. margara says:

    i usually wear the shoes i like and whatever handbag goes best… other times i dont quite feel like changing everything from one bag to another, but allover, both my shoes and bags are neutral enough to wear together without clashing

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  268. Diane says:

    I used to now i Like to contrast my colors. It adds a dimension to my outfits.

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  269. DOTTI says:

    NO MATCHY,MATCHY FOR ME. I AM TOO INDEPENDENT AND PREFER TO “DO MY OWN THING” WHEN IT COMES TO FASHION 🙂

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  270. Konajanet says:

    I don’t match my purse and shoes. I like to mix things up, but I love my basics, too.

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  271. Jacky Saulnier says:

    I coordinate my bag with my entire outfit, not just my shoes. I tend to keep the bags in the same “family,” though, and probably wouldn’t carry a brown bag with black shoes, although a grey bag would work. And If I’m wearing a very neutral outfit, I might carry a bright red bag – and would never wear red shoes at the same time.

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  272. Jane Nelsen says:

    I used to when I was younger, now I generally use the same bag until it dies.

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  273. Lily says:

    I used to be that girl who had a purse to match nearly every pair of shoes, after all that is how our generation was taught! No longer. Now I choose a neutral to carry for a month at a time, or the ever wonderful black. I currently carry a faux leather silver bag. I would love to carry this luxurious leather bag, it would go with every pair of shoes I wear!!

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  274. zoe lee says:

    Yes, I do match my shoes to my bag and they are usually black.

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  275. terry says:

    nope

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  276. Libby Moore says:

    For just bumming around during the day, shopping,getting my car washed,delivering my Avon and visiting with my customers no I do not match my bag and shoes. In the summer you have on sandals, fall you are in sneakers and winter maybe boots,so they are not matched.
    For evening and special occassions if I carry a bag then yes I will match them. Usually an evening bag,something small like an envelope bag or clutch.

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  277. Jill says:

    I choose a purse that will go with the outfits I’ve picked for the week, but beyond that I don’t worry about it. That’s so grandma to think your purse has to exactly match your shoes.

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  278. Ruth says:

    I used to; however, in the fashion magazines it is stated that it would be more fashionable and show more creativity if the handbags do not match the outfit. It sure does save a lot of trouble when I just want to grab my purse and go.

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  279. annette says:

    No…should they…opps…I don’t always follow the rules. ;o)

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  280. Carla says:

    I usually do not match my bag and shoes. A beautiful white bag would be wonderful for the summer months!

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  281. BethD says:

    No, I match my bag to the occasion.

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  282. Linda F says:

    I try not to, but sometimes it can’t be helped. By the way, the bag is great looking!

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  283. Shari Bennetti says:

    Do I match my my bags to my shoes, well not lately. My bag is an accessory and if I can make an outfit pop with a splash of color to make my bag blend in sophistication, that is my style. As a FOF lady, I enjoy being noticed and having my bag noticed with me. I say, let them stare and I always answer the questions and compliments.

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  284. Judy Brenner says:

    Oh, heck no! Um, what is a purse?

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  285. Linda says:

    I still try to but not always.

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  286. jfscott1948 says:

    I love Hobo bags and this one looks fabulous. I’ve actually never had a really expensive bag because others things for either the children or the home always came before my wants or needs.I would be so proud and happy to have a beautiful bag like this.

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  287. mabrei says:

    I do not match my bag to my shoes. Being a rather frugal person I have a limited number of both bags and shoes. As I am on call for work and must leave home quickly, it is more practical to carry essentials in one black bag and wear comfortable shoes.

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  288. Cassi Jensen says:

    Sometimes! I tend to carry a neutral bag year around, and don’t worry if it’s not matchy-matchy with my shoes.

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  289. Teresa says:

    No-only for a special occasion.

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  290. MrsK says:

    I’m breaking FREE finally from this habit!! I do like the easiness of having a black bag to go with my largely “b&W” wardrobe. I would LUV to win this bag–need a new one so bad and this looks perfect!!

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  291. Mare F says:

    I do try to match, but it was easier when I wore heels daily.

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  292. norma edlemon says:

    no

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  293. Kathy says:

    I don’t match my bag & shoes if I am just running around town. If I’m going someplace special I do like to make an attempt to match shoes & outfit with bag for a special look.

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  294. Christine says:

    Sometimes. Really depends on where I’m going and what I’m wearing.

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  295. Ogden Kruger says:

    On rare occasions my shoes do match my bag! I am a seasonal person with both and have addictions for both! I always try to get a somewhat neutral bag so it doesn’t look to weird, my whole style is pretty eclectic so whatever happens…….happens!
    One unfortunate thing is for sure, I never have enough of either!!!!!

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  296. Brenda M says:

    When I first began purchasing my own shoes, the shoe stores sold the matching handbags. Now, however the handbag is a stand alone fashion statement, not just an accessory to match your shoes. I have purchased a hangbag, and then, gone home to see how it looks with my entire wardrobe. So, for me the only thing a handbag has to match is my style, and serve the function I am buying it for.

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  297. velder dixon says:

    i try to on special occasions-but i dont have a lot of bags but this would be DEFINTELY A KNOCK OUT

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  298. Kathy W. says:

    No, I don’t match my bag to my shoes. I usually wear a different color shoes everyday and don’t have time to change my bag to match.

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  299. velder dixon says:

    very special occasions i try to match-dont have a lot of purses-but this would definitely be a KNOCK OUT

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  300. Marjean Cunningham says:

    I used to be very particular about matching my bag with me shoes, but with all the fun new trends that have come along in bags and shoes I don’t do it any more. I do however try to coordinate with colors and styles as it gives a more pulled together look, for example a a funky black and white houndstooth bag would really stand out with a pair of hot pink or red heels. I like my accessories to be fun.

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  301. omiobabbinocaro says:

    I used to be soooo concerned with this, but over time…I decided that I would use the bag that fit my day the best and not my shoes…

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  302. Cynthia says:

    No – and I wear white after Labor Day, too!!!

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  303. anna says:

    Who has time to change your bag on a regular basic?
    I like my bag for just about everything, except made a formal affair. Would love to own that bag.

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  304. Anne Rylander Watson says:

    Sometimes I match my bag with my shoes and sometimes I match my shoes with my bag:-)
    Sometimes I like to match my bags with my gloves as well . It is fun to match your bag with something. Even a scarf can do miracle:-) All the best from a Bagaholic:-)

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  305. Darcy B says:

    Nope–those days are long gone!

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  306. Melissa says:

    Yes and no. I’ve always just bought s few basic purses that won’t clash with what I’m wearing, but this question came at a good time. Yesterday I just bought my first yellow purse that matches a pair of shoes I have!

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  307. Melba Marshall says:

    Not always, if I have a beautiful bag, it is a statement in itself. I love beautiful handbags. I would love to win this one, it is really nice!

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  308. Phylis says:

    Yes I do. Not always in the summer though because of the different color sandals I wear.

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  309. Kathy says:

    I don’t even try to anymore. I wear what I want.

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  310. Portia Asher says:

    No; matchy, matchy is so 50’s. I should know because I lived through those days..with white gloves, too. Today I own bags that I like and if they don’t match my shoes, so what!

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  311. Jane Moore says:

    Never, but I can understand the concept, however old fashioned it might be…

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  312. Julie says:

    I do try to match somewhat but sometimes I just go with what I like myself.

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  313. Thilde Peterson says:

    Now that I’m “mature”, I’ve thrown out all the rules! Wish you could have seen me as a child, everything matched. But handbags at the time weren’t great, they weren’t fabulous. Now, I let my handbag speak it’s truth and most times, if I play my cards right, I get stopped, “Where’d you’d get that bag?” That’s when I know that the rule is now to express myself. Thank God, bags are BEAUTIFUL!

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  314. Andrea C. says:

    Hardly ever.

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  315. Deb says:

    Sometimes, it depends on the occasion.

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  316. michelle mayor says:

    Depends. Most days I do not but when I am dressing to go out then I do try and match my bag with my shoes.

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  317. Mary Caliendo says:

    I do for weddings and black-tie- used to think that one had to but now It is okay not to match a thing! I love to wear what I love first! And that’s me!

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  318. lynette beres says:

    I guess I have gotten lazy over the years, as I now find a bag in a basic black (or tan or white for summer) and stick with that on a daily basis. I will change it out if I have a special occasion.

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  319. Nancy says:

    No, what’s the fun of that? I just make sure that they don’t clash!

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  320. Mary says:

    usually its a happy accident

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  321. roxyvictoria says:

    In my imagination I do but in the real world, who has the time? So I swear by my LL Bean black waterproof teardrop bag.

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  322. AliHayden says:

    Bags match shoes? Well yes, sometimes; or it matches some part of the ensemble.

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  323. Louise M. says:

    I probably would more for special occasions but I just go with the same shade of colors most of the time.

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  324. Beverly says:

    Match? Generally not. When I have one good bag I go with it.

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  325. Nancy Monts says:

    I do not match my shoes and bag. I go with what I want and do not worry about details like that!

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  326. Debbie Vavoudes says:

    Almost never do I match my shoes and bag

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  327. Sandram says:

    I do not match my bags to my shoes anymore. I do try to coordinate my style of bag with the outfit I am wearing though. Handbags have become so much more fun and can be a great accessory.

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  328. Maureen says:

    Never! What fun is that?

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  329. Ruth says:

    I do not match my handbags and shoes. If I did, I’d be in deep trouble. I love shoes and have a lot more than I really need. And what would I do with all those purses? Do you know of a closet purse rack?

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  330. Julia Lawrence says:

    Yes, I match my shoes with by bag.

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  331. patricia says:

    Not usually. I do try not to clash though. Most of my bags are neutral and earth colors. For summer I use straw bags.

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  332. Lori says:

    I don’t always match them. Sometimes I will, depending on the outfit I am wearing.

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  333. cheri warnet says:

    When I have a fabulous looking bag like this one I only match it to the season and wear it with everything!

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  334. Kathy Basler says:

    No, I don’t usually match my bag with my shoes–once I find a bag I like, I just keep using it–I am not one to keep changing with outfits–guess I just never find the time. Love, love, LOVE this bag!

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  335. Jeri says:

    I USUALLY MATCH MY BAG TO MY OUTFIT AND ALSO BASED ON WHERE I AM HEADED. I HAVE THE PERFECT OUTFIT FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL BAG!

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  336. BritGirl says:

    As a busy working woman, I definitely don’t match my shoes to my bag. I change out my bag summer and winter and for special occasions/evenings out only. Both my seasonal staples are good quality modern classics that are neither too big, nor too small. They’re both worth their weight in gold and look appropriate in all situations. This Helen Barr bag would be a perfect addition to my purse wardrobe-love it.

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  337. Patty says:

    I match them, yes, but it’s not always easy. I am not a shoe person; I am a pocketbook person (85 and counting). But it’s work to shift things every morning from one to purse to another, so I limit the changes.

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  338. Doris Hamilton says:

    Sometimes, depending on the occassion. I do if it is formal.

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  339. Sharon says:

    Since most of my bags and shoes are black it’s hard NOT to match. I absolutely love this bag, so beautiful, but also practical with everything that’s included in it.

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  340. Mary Jane says:

    no, i use a beige, white, print purses for the summer. black, red, blue for the summer.

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  341. Teresa Behl says:

    I do match my bags, but not to my shoes. It can depend on the outfit that I wear also

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  342. Lin S says:

    It’s not necessary to match bag to shoes. That being said, I wouldn’t wear Frye cowboy boots with a patent leather clutch. The only time I actually try to get a perfect match is at a formal occassion. Anything goes as long as you’re comfortable and don’t look totally ridiculous.

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  343. Lil Phillips says:

    I do match/coordinate my bags to my shoes, especially if i am dressing up.

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  344. Roz Rickman says:

    Really do not match my shoes and bag. I’m a really “eclectic” person — like to show how I coordinate my accessories with flair and my own “style”.

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  345. Rene Woodburn says:

    When dressed to the nines, yes my purse has to match my shoes. Pretty much even when I am wearing casual my shoes have to match my purse, except when I am wearing tennis shoes for shopping. Then I don’t. I just bought a canvas bag in blue, which matches my jeans and it has brown trim so I wear my brown White Mountain mules. Love them.

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  346. Karren says:

    Never!

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  347. Helen Reid says:

    Not anymore – beautiful bags are more of an accessory than just a “bag” to carry one’s necessities.

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  348. Fay Swenson says:

    Most of the time I do not match my bag to my shoes – especially if I am using a bag I just love. This bag that is to be given away reminds me a lot of one of my favorite bags that I had to throw when we had a water main break – water is relentless and I had to throw many of my bags away.

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  349. katie says:

    no

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  350. Hollywood Lin says:

    Matching bag and shoes went out with “hats and gloves.” I believe modern fashionistas want to show their individuality and creativity by “mixing,” not matching.

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  351. Diane says:

    I am nearing 70 and I came from a generation who seemed to always match shoes and purses. Sometimes it meant making a purse or actually covering a pair of shoes with fabric. I have done both so that I was stylish. Over the last twenty/thirty years attitudes have changed greatly about what one wears with what. I now have purses that are patterned as well as different shades of one color and the usual solids. I carry them with whatever makes me happy that particular day and I have fun. You are never too old to change and never too old to have fun. I’m doing both!!!!!

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  352. Janice Neal says:

    Sometimes I do. Depends on the colors I am wearing.

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  353. carolyn says:

    There are times that I do match my shoes and bags, but most of the time I don,t feel the need to match. I have two bags I really care about and those are the ones I care the most.

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  355. Bette Butcher says:

    I don’t match color, but I coordinate the colors of my shoes and bag with my outfit.

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  356. Peg says:

    Don’t match– just try not to clash!! 🙂

    LOVE this handbag!

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  357. ann heffner says:

    almost never..it’s too matchy-matchy. Most of the time, one will be neutral and the other will be a color that pops

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  358. Phyllis says:

    No, I grab the bag that fits my feel for the day! This is a Fab Bag!

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  359. Deborah says:

    Do it when I can so keep mostly neutral color bags, but not always possible as I don’t have that many bags or shoes! 🙂

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  360. Jill Parkhurst says:

    Sometime I match my bag with my shoes, however it is more fun to have a different colors. It can add a pop to an outfit and it’s fun not to be conventional!

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  361. Maureen Clothier says:

    Sometimes I like my bag to match my shoes and sometimes I don’t depending on the color of the bag and shoes of course. It’s more fun not to match and be more creative. As in maybe the color of the bag is somewhere in the shoe or vice versa. Thanks again for this opportunity FOF and Helen Barr.

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  362. Laurie says:

    I try to coordinate the bag with my outfit, not necessarily the same color as my shoes.

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  363. Wendy says:

    No I do not match my bag and shoes…

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  364. sandy haber says:

    not any more. i tend to carry one ‘main’ bag each season – i.e. black or dark for the fall/winter, something more colorful for spring/summer.

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  365. Joanne Levine says:

    I try to keep the look in the same family. For instance, if I was wearing black, I would not wear brown shoes. I do have some “fun” shoes which can dress up a laid back out, though. The Helen Barr bag is lovely and would go with any summer outfit.

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  366. Jackie Barham says:

    Never. I like fun and functional purses, and don’t really think about that they match my shoes. Sometimes carry a purse that goes with (but not neccessarily matches) my outfit. I love this this handbag and would love to win it!

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  367. De Jenkins says:

    I don’t match them anymore. Who has the time to do this? I take a bag that meets my needs…plenty of room, compartments and pockets. One that stays on my shoulder and not constantly falling off or having one strap fall down. And it has to be durable. We are constantly on the go with the kids and our flower shop. I need a purse that will last.

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  368. Katie Q says:

    My handbags and shoes tend to match by default. For everyday wear I tend to rely on tried and true comfortable shoes and the same goes with my handbag. I hate switching everything from one bag to another, so I do it as rarely as possible. When I was younger, I would never have left the house without my handbag and shoes matching.

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  369. Anita Heykants says:

    I like coordinating rather than matchy, matchy. Sometines just a fun bag.

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  370. Judy says:

    I usually just use a black purse, it goes with everything, right? I like big purses with different compartments. I’m not the best at fashion.

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  371. Flo Zoltanetzky says:

    I don’t match them perfectly anymore – I just make sure they don’t clash.

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  372. Madeline says:

    I used to, but don’t usually anymore. It seems I use one handbag for everything. Sometimes I will change it out.

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  373. Kim says:

    I would like to, but unfortunately my bag usually has too much stuff in it, and it makes it difficult to change bags.

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  374. Charleen Dowell says:

    I do not match my bags and shoes because I wear shoes to help my arthritic feet. Not realy beautiful shoes but it helps relieve the pain if I wear shoe inserts from the doctor. I like Ecco and Joseh Siebel shoes. I hate that I lost my sense of fashion for comfort. However, it is better to walk than sit and be fashioable.

    Your bags are beautiful, maybe people will look at the bag and not my feet. Just a thought.

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  375. Shirley Hughey says:

    I don’t really match my bags to my shoes. The bag that is being given away is really cute and would go with lots of what I wear.

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  376. A. C. Johnson says:

    I haven’t done it for sooooo long. I have every desire to do it but it just isn’t happening. I am off to work in a flash and oh my!!!! Same bag as yesterday.

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  377. Jacquie says:

    Almost always, but occasionally I buy a pair of shoes that are an off-the-wall color that I can’t match to a bag. Then I go to a neutral, usually bronze for fall and winter and straw for spring and summer.

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  378. Joanne Bernard says:

    Not too much anymore

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  379. Patricia N says:

    I used to when I had a “real” job, but I tend to just use one bag per season.

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  380. Karen Fucito says:

    I don’t match my bags to my shoes — but it’s a painful transition for an old lady! Growing up, you HAD to match everything. It’s just not easy to pass on the “rules” that were driven into our brains. It’s nice to have fewer rules, but it takes a lot of willpower for an OC person to overcome the old rules.

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  381. Jeanne says:

    I do not match my purse to my bag for my normal routine. For special occasions such as weddings, I do coordinate them.

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  382. Pam says:

    It depends… on a everyday casual basic hand bag is fine.
    But for going out to a special event or the evening… the handbag must match the shoes!

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  383. Laurie Sholinsky says:

    I absolutely try to match my bag with my shoes whenever possible. The lovely thing about this bag is that it is neutral and will go with everything! I try to stick to neutral colors with my accessories.

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  384. judy says:

    not any more .

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  385. Bettie Claxton says:

    I make no effort at all to match my purse and handbag. That went out with not wearing white until after Memorial Day.

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  386. Susie Kerner says:

    What a beautiful handbag! I’d be the envy of a lot of people I know if I won that!

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  387. gbugz says:

    no,i don’t match my shoes to my bag,”live a little”

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  388. Mel K. says:

    No, I don’t match my bags with my shoes. However, I’d love this white bag to go with my white watch! 🙂

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  389. Jeannie Cook says:

    No matchy — takes too much precious time to change contents of bag from one to another and costs too much. I just aim for a nice neutral bag that blends with everything.

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  390. cyndi goldfarb says:

    Not always necessary to match everything anymore! I never win anything, but am trying here as my husband says that I am always looking for the perfect purse

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  391. caryl says:

    If I had LOTS of money I would! LOL BUT, I just have one bag I use-yes, just one! It is purple so it doesn’t go with everything, but it has to!
    Now my shoe wardrobe? Don’t ask! Also pathetic!

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  392. Diana Verner says:

    I always match my shoes to my purse. I do not feel put together if they do not match.

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  393. beth w says:

    definitely….if you are colorblind.

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  394. Karla Baker says:

    Sometimes but I don’t feel it is necessary. I don’t think there are hard fast rules with fashion.

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  395. Phyllis Zeitlin says:

    No, I do not match my bags to my shoes, although I often wear black shoes and carry a black bag.
    But a fabulous bag can make its own fashion statement and no longer needs to matched to shoes.

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  396. Becky says:

    No, I do not match my purse and shoes. If they do match, it’s a miracle! I love my purses and I love my shoes, but I don’t feel the need to match. Coordinate, well, okay, more often than not. LOL!

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  397. The Nan says:

    I never match my bag to my shoes unless its a fancy dress up occasion. Don’t have too many bags anyway~~.

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  398. Renee' C. Reaves says:

    I can’t leave my home unless my bag matches my shoes and of course, they both match my outfit.

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  399. PAULA NITZKE says:

    I use to match my bag with my shoes. In the past 10 years I’ve used neutral color bags so it will go with any color shoes..

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  400. Lura Pieringer says:

    Not normally

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  401. Francine ONeill says:

    Way back when you thought everything had to match, but not anymore.

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  402. Margaret says:

    Being old school and loving bags and shoes, I always matched my shoes and bags. One day I saw Barr + Barr presented on HSN. Gave me the push I needed to take a walk on the wild side!

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  403. Michaela says:

    Beautiful. I try to match.

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  404. Andy says:

    A great handbag is a long-term own/love. It can go with casual, club casual and even dressy with shoes not necessarily matching.

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  405. M depace says:

    I do at times, but it really depends on what color I am wearing and what looks best.

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  406. PAM HECTOR says:

    THATS FOR OLD LADIES IF I LIKE A BAG I WEAR IT

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  407. cheryl heisler says:

    I like the styles and colors to work together, but they don’t have to “match.” My current favorite bags are in shades of green (and green shoes are not an everyday choice!)

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  408. Erika Bradley says:

    To match or not to match…….
    Well,no, I don’t always but I do try to stay in the same color “family”. If I’m wearing gray with black, I don’t mind wearing black shoes and a deep gray bag.
    I love it when someone wears a bag as the focal point of their outfit; to me that’s someone who’s very put together.

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  409. Allie says:

    Nope, never do because that would require me to have a ton of handbags. If I wear black, I have a black bag or one that complements the outfit; same with brown. Come summer, I find a nude/beige shoe a great choice so I can wear any color of bag!

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  410. anne says:

    Not match, but co-ordinate so that they look good together.

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  411. Kim barnes says:

    No! Too contrived and can restrict a creative “I meant to look fabulous without planning it” result. I like having the freedom of expression to add a colorful bag as my accessory of the moment!

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  412. Linette says:

    No. I am too busy to worry about matching bags and shoes every morning; for everyday use I have one signature bag, usually red, that holds all my essential. For evenings or special occasions, I always match the bag to the outfit not necessarily the shoes.

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  413. Kathy Bophy says:

    When I’m going out, I match my bag to my shoes. Otherwise, I don’t. I grab a “seasonal” bag that I use most of the time.

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  414. Sandy Camp says:

    No, I just buy one great bag for each season to carry. This one is fabulous….love it!!

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  415. WOW -- WHAT A FEEDBAG says:

    I mostly wear black shoes and different color handbags. I love all the new colored handbags but on a budget its not too easy to buy every color. I love the color of the give away handbag. It matches most things.

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  416. Andy Lawley says:

    If you have a truly wonderful bag, they often go with many outfits, whether casual or club casual or even dressy. The bag by Helen Barr is clearly one of those pure works of art. I can see owning/carrying it for many years since it is quality and a basic design. How I’d lve to have it 🙂

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  417. Debbiet says:

    It really depends on the rest of the outfit. Sometimes they match, other times no. No hard & fast rules for me. I do what feels right.

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  418. Suzy says:

    Yes, I do match my bag to my shoes. Over the past couple of years, however, I carried a shoulder bag that was black AND brown and matched my shoes every day!

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  419. Karen says:

    Most of the time I do, but a white or black bag pretty much goes with anything! Have to stay Fab-U-Lous!

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  420. Amy "thetravelgerl" says:

    Not usually! I switch my shoes and bags so often, I’m more into matching my outfits!!

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  421. jenny hebert says:

    I always try to match My favorite colors are black and white
    I have a adorable black and white bag I use when i want to feel chic

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  422. Bj says:

    I try but don’t have matches for all so sometimes I just let my purse be the popping statement

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  423. Beverly Fedorko says:

    For work I don’t always match shoes to bag simply because my work bags are functional and not so awesome – but when going out I always match them – it feels so right! Although I’ve noticed a significant trend recently to not match but “coordinate” with entire outfit as opposed to matching shoes….

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  424. Pauline says:

    I never match my bag to my shoes unless its a fancy dress up occasion. Even then I might not, it really depends on the outfit.

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  425. Debra Stoller says:

    I try to match purse, belt, and shoes whenever I can but on those days when it just isn’t possible I prefer a neutral color that goes with everything. Honestly, I think there are two times when women notice your purse, when you make an entrance and when you’re having lunch and you pull your purse out to pay!

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  426. barbara wicklund says:

    I do not match my bags to my shoes! I don’t like “matchy matchy” in home decor or fashion. It seems old school to me.

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  427. Beth Surdut, Visual Storyteller says:

    This bag is so gorgeous–it matches everything here in the Southwest. For everyday purposes, I don’t match bag and shoes.

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  428. Laura Lanza says:

    Love this bag! Very cute.

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  429. Sandra Anderson says:

    No, I’m one of those people that doesn’t like to be too matched.

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  430. Diane says:

    I do not match my bag to my shoes. When I dress, it’s like decorating, very eclectic.

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  431. Jan says:

    I have never matched my shoes and purse — you rarely see them together anyway — unless you have a small cocktail purse – then you do see it along with your shoes – but I still don’t believe they need to match – I think it makes a better statement if they don’t.

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  432. Sara Jones says:

    If “dressing up, ” yes, I try to match them. For everyday, no, it’s grab and go!

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  433. Sue Ann Metzner says:

    I don’t match to handbag. I coordinate with the outfit I’m wearing.

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  434. F. Lans says:

    Never did. Never will.

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  435. Debbie S. says:

    I do not matchy-match my shoes and bag intentionally. Sometimes it just works out that way. My neighbor does it all the time. I call her the grown up Barbie doll!

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  436. KAREN COGBURN says:

    I used to match my bags & shoes but now I stay in the same color scheme & it works great.

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  437. joann says:

    How great it would be to match shoes and bag….. Times have changed that for now…a neutral “goes with everything” bag is what works for me.

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  438. Patricia S says:

    20-30 years ago, everything was matched and coordinated. Today, anything goes. Some may think that I am being trendy, I believe I am preparing for my senile days.

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  439. Mindy Watson says:

    Finally, after years of matching, I’ve thrown caution to the wind and don’t worry about my shoes matching my bag. Being over 50 is certainly liberating!

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  440. Lori Thorn says:

    For sure!

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  441. kathleen says:

    no….eeek!

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  442. Mary K. says:

    I only match my bag to my shoes for something really special like a wedding. Otherwise, I either don’t carry one or use my everyday bag bc it is too hard to change bags.

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  443. Vonnie says:

    Not exact matches, but general color, texture or material. I’m a shoe addict so I could never have as many bags as pairs of shoes.

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  444. Penny says:

    Are we in the dark ages?
    Compliment your colors, including shoes!
    Matching with bags and shoes is out of fashion.
    With the designs of purses you may actually look
    silly.
    NO I do not match shoes with bags! I compliment them.

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  445. Rina Red says:

    I try to match my handbags and shoes most of the time but the colors do not have to match. As long as the style is right for the bag I’m carrying then I’m good 🙂

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  446. Terri M says:

    No, I don’t match unless it is a special occasion. For day to day, I use the same bag because it has all the pockets and pizzaz that I want/need.

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  447. Nancy Doyle says:

    Never! More interesting to coordinate, not match.

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  448. Chei says:

    Most of the time.

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  449. Leslie says:

    I stay in the general color family – I am carrying the same, luggage colored B & B bag – have in black as well…for over a year – I simply go back and forth between brown and black – (I know, yawn)….that’s why I need a new B & B bag 🙂

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  450. DaenelT says:

    No, I don’t match them; I just make sure they go together.

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  451. Danielle says:

    I try to most of the time, but sometimes you have that one fab bag that needs to outshine the rest of your outfit so I wear neutral colours so everyone notices my amazing bag!
    x

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  452. eva kiss says:

    i do match them of course

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