I routinely wear my Valentino loafers and Dior Bobby bag at the same time. They are currently two of the most comfortable items in my closet. But for fashion die hards, it’s a faux pas. It got me wondering about where to draw the line on mixing logos? It’s clear to me when logos are blatant – GG Supreme, CHANEL letters, Dior Oblique motif – that it’s one and done, but what about subtle, signature hardware? Personally, a Gucci Horsebit loafer doesn’t bother me paired with a CD bag. Does it matter if the logo is not obvious, like on a Celine Triomphe loafer or the Loewe Anagram? I think there’s a balance to tastefully combine pieces with quiet hardware, but I’d stop with two. Obviously, silly things to ponder and really, who cares but I’d love to hear your take.
Celine Triomphe Loafer, Gucci Horsebit 1955 bag, Loewe Anagram Bag, Dior Bobby Bag, Gucci Horsebit Pump, Valentino VLogo Loafer
For me – I try to make sure I have pieces-between them-that don’t have “logos”. I recently saw a lady that had a designer label on everything she wore- I didn’t think it looked very classy. I think best to only have one (max 2) labels per outfit- including accessories. But I’m no fashion connoisseur.
Thank you for your comment. I agree. Anything over 2 is too much.
Karima – Speaking of a die hard “faux pas”, would you ever consider a post on tastefully mixing metal hardware/jewelry? Would love to know your thoughts!
Sure! I mix all the time!
Tricky one, especially when most designer clothing (and bags, and shoes, and coats) that’s not from The Row has some sort of logo, even if it’s only on a button. I think the rule of stopping with two, and only one if the logo is obvious, is probably a good approach. But I’ll wear a Chanel jacket with a Dior bag or vice versa.
I do wish more designers offered logo free pieces. I really do love my Valentino loafers but would be just as happy with them if they were embellished with a simple chain or buckle. The Row is the stand out in achieving sought after luxury pieces sans logo.
Also Loro Piana. I have a number of LP sweaters and coats – not a logo in sight and everything is beautifully made and lasts forever. I wish more designers did this. I want the clothes to be beautiful, not recognizable.
I have never been a fan of logos. Too much like wearing an advertisement.
I agree, the logo becomes the focus rather than the person wearing it. My grandmother used to say. “ A person should wear their clothes. Their clothes shouldn’t wear them.”
It’s just a matter of time I think until logos go away, and they are already becoming tacky. Go to any mall and every person is loaded with them. Keep a few nice pieces, but the logo look is not current or cool. Europe has figured that out a while ago.
I think it depends upon the logo. The Gucci horse bit is what I consider a “neutral” logo. It has no letters and is what I consider to be decorative. The Loewe logo, too. The Christian Dior logo you have pictured is subtle, but not the “CHRISTIAN DIOR”or “DIOR” that is in heavy use these days. The GG and Chanel logos are a bit too much to combine with another logo. That said, I detest overly-displayed logos so I avoid them. And, yes, I realize that I’ve spent too much mental energy on this subject.
I meant to say overtly-displayed logos.
I’ve always ascribed to the “IYKYK” approach to designer clothes and accessories. No need to advertise.
I go out of my way to find luxury pieces without logos. And I’ve passed on many pieces that would have been terrific if it hadn’t been for darn logos. I’m sure hoping that this trend is on its way out.
Thank you, Karima, for your lovely blog! You have a fabulous eye and your curated take on everything is such a treat to share in. I think logos can be utilized to communicate but they can also be a fun design element. In that sense, I only wear more than one logo or code at a time if they play well together. I wouldn’t wear the GG belt and carry the LV bag while wearing a Fendi jacket— too busy! But maybe a LV cap with all-black slacks and turtleneck, a Max Mara coat, and an Hermes bag? Sure. What fun to think about such things!