Trend Trial | Co-ordinated separates (co-ords)

Co-ords: co-ordinating separates

Co-ordinated separates – or “matching sets”, as your granny might have called them – are not a new thing. Far from it, in fact.

At a time when the “matchy-matchy” look has been out of fashion forever, and very much looked down upon by the “edgier” dressers out there, the idea of intentionally wearing two items of clothing that are designed to match perfectly seems almost novel. We’re so used to hearing fashionistas extole the virtues of the “unexpected” while sneering at anything too predicable, that the popularity of co-ordinating separates (“co-ords”, if you will) has taken us slightly by surprise. Not that we’re complaining, of course: we’ve always been not-so-secret fans of the idea of matching items, and buying items designed to co-ordinate has a practical purpose, too. Tale the skirts and tops in our image, for instance: not only can you wear each pair of items together (in which case they’ll look pretty much like a dress), you can also wear each item with other pieces, thus allowing you to create multiple outfits out the same two items – much more versatile than an ACTUAL dress would be.

The current trend for co-ords encompasses just about everything. While we’ve focused here on skirts with matching tops, we’re also seeing a lot of trouser + top or trouser + jacket combinations, too. The true fashionista will wear the two items togther, sometimes with slightly alarming consequences: many of the these co-ord poeces make use of very bold or busy patterns, which we think look better in smaller doses. We submit the following into evidence:

co-ords from Zara

[Exhibit A and Exhibit B: Both Zara]

It’s a whole lot of look.  If you stick to smaller /more subtle prints, however, it’s a fairly easy look to pull off, and, as we said above, the mix-n-match aspect of it is pretty appealing.

What do you think of the trend for co-ords? Crime of fashion in the making, or something you’ve been doing all along, fashionable or not?

In the image (clockwise from left):  Warehouse skirt & top // Dorothy Perkins top & skirt // Zara top & skirt // Topshop skirt &  top


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