There’s just something so statement about a matching co-ord. It’s also highly satisfying to have something in your wardrobe that you know works together perfectly, and therefore requires no thinking at 7am when you’re getting dressed. Co-ords are my safe, happy place – they remove the ‘I have nothing to wear?!’ panic while I scrabble in my floordrobe.
Rest assured not only are these matching sets easy and versatile, but they’re fashion-forward and on-trend right now. Gone are the days of the paisley prints and 80s-style neon patterns. No, the stylish new wave of co-ords are elevated and chic, and look super-luxe in a range of fabrics.
I cannot wait to show you the three different co-ords I’ve picked this month to get you through every summer event you have. Promise you’ll thank me later…
The dressy, but not too dressy, set
I swear the dress code ‘smart/casual’ can instill fear in me like no tomorrow. What does this even mean?! How casual are we talking here? How dressy even?!
I’ve decided that every woman needs a few multi-tasking players in her wardrobe that will fill this gap for her. I’m talking about a co-ord you can dress up easily with a pair of heels and a nice clutch. A co-ord that’s created from a luxe fabric or even has a cool structured look. Let me introduce the set that has all three: a parachute trouser co-ord.
I love the parachute trend – it’s so comfortable and the structured look of the silhouette gives it that runway appeal. It’s the most perfect trend to tap into because it can go with many occasions. It’s also great at acting as one statement outfit, or the trousers and shirt can be split into two different outfits creating unlimited edgy combinations.
Personally I love to wear the set together as a statement look, in a super-casual vibe with some flip flops for comfort, but paired with an evening bag to elevate the look.
Read more on summer dressing:
- The high street’s most stylish silk PJs (and yes you can wear them out the house)
- The best linen co-ord sets on the high street for summer 2023
- Where to buy great summer dresses on the high street, a guide by team Eliza
The classic linen combo
Words cannot express my love for linen. Particularly Arket linen. Once you try it you’ll only ever want to wear Arket. I call it the Arket effect. In summer, I live in linen co-ords. They’re so effortless to throw on whether that’s running around the city doing your errands (Starbucks and ASOS returns, ofc) or packing it away as a beach cover-up set. This co-ord wins ’employee of the month’ in my wardrobe – I have it in black, beige and white in order to cover all summer bases.
There’s something about wearing a co-ord together that makes anyone outfit look super-considered and stylish. I love to wear this set with the shirt buttoned up, or if you have a basic top or a swimsuit you wish to show off, opening the shirt can give this look more movement and create a totally different feel.
The designer dupe silk co-ords
To me, there’s nothing more chic than seeing a woman with her hair pulled back, a statement lip and those silky PJ sets that were made for the slogan ‘underwear as outerwear’.
I’ve always loved wearing the PJs style outside as it toes the line between evening glam but not trying too hard. Using silk and satin fabric in a co-ord is my favourite: it’s super luxurious and wearing it as a block colour head-to-toe only adds to this luxe aesthetic.
If you want an elongated silhouette, this silky set is exactly what petite frames are made for. The movement along with the block of fabric creates the illusion of taller height. Double style points if you wear it in a monochromatic fashion.
If timeless style is your focus, a silky co-ord is the one that’ll stand the test of time year after year. It’s a style that isn’t concentrated to one particular time or place so its one that will see you through. I also feel that a lot of premium fashion brands like Vince and Toteme do silk and satin sets really well, but the high street can offer some very close contenders to achieve this effortless but glam It girl look.