How many times have you looked back at Solange’s SXSW outfits or Katy Perry’s two-piece KCA steez and thought, “MAN, I really want to try the matchy smatchy top and bottom look, but have NO idea where to get that in my price range?” Welp, for a while, you were totally right. It was a style reserved for phresh-out-the-runway boutiques and a completely different tax bracket, but never fear, fellow non-celebs, we have located the look WITHIN our price range. Some retailers like Topshop and River Island make it easy with dedicated co-ordinates shopping sections, but other places require a little more digging to uncover a full set. Luckily for you, we did the dirty work already and organized our findings neatly by category, and we’re pretty sure we’ve found a printed co-ordinates set for every steez. Check it out!
CROP TOPS + SKIRTS
Get warm weather-ready in matching pairs.
Photo: Nasty Gal/River Island/ASOS
Have any dresses with cut-outs or sheer panels at the waist? These crop top + skirt pairings are basically the same thing but taken to the next level. A short top worn with a skirt so high-waisted only a subtle sliver of skin shows through. They work in sleeveless + bodycon combinations like this Tomorrow Land Crop Tank ($48.00) and Skirt ($55.00) pair from Nasty Gal or in short-sleeved + skater skirt looks like this polka-dotted top ($32.00) and bottom ($36.00) from River Island or this floral shirt ($54.30) and skirt ($67.88) by Minkpink from ASOS.
For the modern pin-up.
Photo: Topshop/ASOS/Nasty Gal
Generally the same idea, there are matching sets with bralet tops. These cut higher, usually right at or below your diaphragm, but the skirts hit at around the same spot at the natural waist. Paired with a skater skirt like this dainty floral print outfit ($112.00) from Topshop, yields a very similar silhouette as the crop tops, but with a pencil skirt à la this retro daisy print ensemble ($42.43 + $54.30), you get a distinctly more pin-up girl feel. Also, we think this mesh overlay top ($55.00) is worth noting, and this wave photo print skirt ($50.00) might be one of our favorite pieces of the summer.
BOXY AND LEGGY
It’s kind of like wearing a dress or a romper, but you know, not.
If you don’t want to, you don’t have to show any stomach to capitalize on the co-ordinates trend. We really like the look of this checkered pale yellow boxy tee and miniskirt set ($148.00), but we could totally also see ourselves mixing the pieces to make other outfits. Tropical florals are big this season, and this short-sleeve top ($140.00) and button-front skirt ($93.00) capitalize on just that. And the matching isn’t limited to just skirts, this banana leaf print set ($140.00) embraces all the charms of scalloped hem shorts.
CASUAL SUIT SETS
Matching jackets and bottoms put a casual spin on suit sets.
Photo: Nasty Gal/Urban Outfitters
Solange has made the biggest case for matching printed suit sets, but the style doesn’t have to be limited to tailored pieces. You can employ the same idea with matching pieces of more casual fabrics and construction like this Gerlan Jeans x Joyrich collab jacket ($168.00) and skirt ($95.00) set or this Della x Urban Outfitters bomber jacket ($69.00) and track shorts ($44.00) outfit. Will you be trying out matching co-ordinates? Which style do you like best?