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Call them co-ords or matching sets, complementary outfits are on the rise. In fact, fast-fashion giant Zara is dead set on making matching sets happen for spring. Just one look at the brand’s site and you’ll be seeing double. Sure, you can technically flaunt the pieces as separates but the brand obviously has other plans since almost all the pics feature complementary styling.
But Zara is far from the only one taking part. In addition to sites like ASOS and & Other Stories that have dedicated sections for sets and two-piece outfits, the Spring 2018 shows were full of co-ords. Versace brought back some of its classic 90s prints and made sure to hit repeat as everything from shorts to bra tops to swimsuits synced up. Zimmermann was in full bloom mode for spring, presenting fresh florals on all manner of top and skirt or top and pant combos. And Sonia Rykiel had us dreaming of Mediterranean getaways with sets meant for catching some sun.
Christian Siriano’s co-ords featured tops with exaggerated sleeves and, occasionally, the bottoms boasted equally exaggerated hems. For going-out tops and skirts, no one beats Alexander McQueen where the sets were ruffle-centric. At Temperley London, the co-ords came layered with stripes covering stripes.
If you’re ready to try out the trend but worried about looking too one-note, just remember that not all co-ords complement each other to a T. Some sets have the patterns heading in different directions up top and on the bottoms or play with proportions so it doesn’t look like you’re rocking a one-piece. One of the best features of going matchy-matchy is you don’t have to spend time trying to decipher the fashion paradox of mixing prints (seriously, there’s a fine line between clashing and downright gaudy).
Make getting dressed a breeze this spring with these 16 matching sets.[ Next: 6 Fashion Trends You Should Invest in This Season, According to the Fashion Director at Bloomingdale’s ]