I Wear This Easy Outfit Every Week and Never Get Bored Of It

Hannah Almassi
·5-min read

You simply don't need to talk me into it: I'm obsessed with matching sets. Co-ords have become my go-to in times of fashion need for many reasons. First, they look pulled-together with minimal styling effort required. Then there's the fact that they magically manage to straddle the tricky smart-casual divide I struggle with. There's something about dresses that feels a lot more formal and something about mismatched separates that requires a great deal of consideration each morning. Such is the co-ord's popularity in the land of fashion that it's made the impressive transition from trend to wardrobe staple, and you'll now find that many e-commerce websites have entire category pages dedicated to them.

Hannah Almassi wearing her favourite set of knitted co-ords back in 2018.

When I tried my first co-ord (this red-and-black striped combo from Warehouse, pictured above), I fell for the idea hook, line and sinker. I rarely wear the pieces of my co-ords apart—they look so much better together in this instance—but that is an upside to buying a two-piece look rather than a dress: You do have infinitely more outfit opportunities to make the most of your investment.

Clockwise from top left: Blazé Milano, Emilia Wickstead, Nanushka, Rejina Pyo

Although this combination is now well established and around three or four years old, designers are still keen on adding matching sets into their latest collections. For spring 2021, you'll find myriad options across both luxury and contemporary brands: laid-back linen skirt suits at Rejina Pyo, ribbed loungewear-ready top-and-trouser sets from Nanushka, suiting across countless runways, and fancy formal options like flounced tops with swishy skirts at Emilia Wickstead. From casual weekend sets to smarter options for events or a return to work, keep scrolling to shop all of the very best designer co-ords available today.

RIBBED SETS

Alyssa Coscarelli wearing a set from Public Habit.

Particularly prevalent with flared trousers and matching neat tops, ribbed jerseys and knits are the most comfortable and effortless co-ords to wear in 2021.

Live the Process Marl Slit-Cuff Rib-Knitted Cardigan (£255)

Live the Process Kickflared Buttoned-Cuff Jersey Track Pants (£255)

The Row Cassiopea Ribbed Silk and Cotton-Blend Top (£1020)

The Row Carmine Ribbed Silk and Cotton-Blend Straight-Leg Pants (£1080)

Calle del Mar Ribbed-Knit Shirt (£345)

Calle del Mar Ribbed-Knit Flared Pants (£505)

Staud Ares Shell-Button Scoop-Neck Tank Top (£145)

Staud Artemus Ribbed-Jersey Trousers (£175)

DAY PYJAMAS

Ellie Delphine wearing feather-trimmed Sleeper pyjamas.

The most fun take on this trend has to be day pj's. Sleeper is the brand leading this charge (I'd adore a pair with the feather trim), but you'll find many more iterations out there in the luxury world.

Sleeper Party Feather-Trimmed Crepe De Chine Pajama Set (£245)

Liberty Pia Silk Charmeuse Pyjama Set (£425)

Richard Quinn Feather-Trimmed Floral-Print Silk Pyjamas (£1428)

Usisi Sister Roya Satin-Jacquard Wrap Top (£370)

Usisi Sister Jenna Cropped Bow-Detailed Jacquard Slim-Leg Pants (£295)

Sleeper Rumba Ruffled Linen Shirt and Pants Set (£200)

Valentino Feather-Trimmed Printed Cotton-Poplin Blouse (£1390)

Valentino Printed Cotton-Poplin Wide-Leg Pants (£980)

TWINSET 2.0

Imani Randolph wearing a knitted bra and cardigan from Paloma Wool.

Whether demure (a knitted tank and matching cardigan) or a little more adventurous (hello, bralette!), the concept of the twinset has been reborn for 2021. Perhaps first jettisoned into the spotlight via Katie Holmes in that Khaite combo, this trend rumbles on across the board in many different cuts and colours.

Khaite Eda Cashmere Soft-Cup Bra (£450)

Khaite Scarlet Cashmere-Blend Cardigan (£1310)

Reformation Gisela Recycled Cashmere-Blend Cardigan and Camisole Set (£180)

Loveshackfancy Lago Cropped Embroidered Knitted Top (£231)

Loveshackfancy Briallon Embroidered Knitted Cardigan (£361)

Frankie Shop Knitted Cardigan and Tank Set (£150)

SKIRT + CROP TOP

Chloé Pierre in a matching ribbed sky-blue set.

Matching skirt-and-top sets come in many guises, from prim (see Alessandra Rich's 1980s-style pairs) to laid-back and easy-going (knitted and stretchy versions are so simple to fling on), so pick your perfect partner and look sophisticated forevermore.

Alessandra Rich Navy Polka-Dot Silk Blouse (£1250)

Alessandra Rich Navy Polka-Dot Pleated Silk Midi Skirt (£795)

Christopher Esber Cropped Tie-Detailed Mélange Ribbed-Knit Top (£335)

Christopher Esber Tie-Detailed Mélange Ribbed-Knit Maxi Skirt (£415)

Acler Sutherland Checked Woven Crop Top (£300)

Acler Sutherland Checked Woven Full Midi Skirt (£384)

Dion Lee Open-Back Plissé-Crepe Halterneck Top (£345)

Dion Lee Tie-Detailed Plissé-Crepe Maxi Skirt (£610)

SUITS

Xiayan in a trouser suit from No Stock Paris.

The slickest of all co-ords, trouser suits haven't faded out despite the fact that they can be easily associated with corporate office wardrobes. Instead, designers are introducing more daring colours, looser silhouettes and unique styling ideas.

Rejina Pyo Ashley Tie-Detailed Linen-Blend Twill Blazer (£575)

Rejina Pyo Laila Linen-Blend Twill Wide-Leg Pants (£450)

Saloni Bibba Scalloped Cotton-Blend Twill Top (£350)

Saloni Walli Cotton-Blend Twill Wide-Leg Pants (£450)

Jacquemus La Veste Camargue Pinstriped Linen Blazer (£650)

Jacquemus Le Pantalon Novio Pinstriped Linen Trousers (£440)

Blazé Milano Midday Sun Cassis Double-Breasted Linen Jacket (£1230)

Blazé Milano Midday Sun Cassis Pleated Linen Shorts (£350)

Next up, what to wear to a picnic.

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