Matchy, Match Me

Co-ordinates are and easy glamour fix, proving that sophisticated doesn’t have to mean stuffy.

When it comes to choosing one, think outside the box. Crop tops and pencil skirts are the probably the most common combination you’ll find on the high street; but blazers, trousers, shorts and skater skirts with matching prints are options too. And of course, once you get any combo of matching colours or prints you can experiment.

Bold prints on crop tops and pencil skirt combos are perfect for pretty daytime looks and can also be so right for night. For a designer look on a high street budget go for matching prints on blazers and slim fit trousers or with a cute pair of matching print shorts.

River Island is one of the best high street retailers stocking this trend. They have every combo possible, and a variation of prints from cute and sophisticated to outlandish. For those of you not feeling the print there’s the good old plain sets too. H&M and Asos are great for combining the trend with sustainable fashion. In store H&M have great tropical print co-ordinates and plain sets too. Online Asos’ Africa collection features a great printed crop top and trouser set.

Aqua jacquard crop top and cream textured dip dye pencil skirt, River Island

Aqua jacquard crop top and cream textured dip dye pencil skirt, River Island

This Aqua jacquard crop top and dip dye pencil skirt is my ‘look of love’, my standout piece from the collection. It was featured on River Island’s homepage and is likely to be a sell out. With so many different takes on the trend-trousers, shorts, skirts, blazers and crop tops; you can pretty much pick and mix whatever your shape. The possibilities are endless.

Blue kaleidoscope print crop top and trouser, Green floral print blazer and trouser, River Island

Blue kaleidoscope print crop top and trouser, Green floral print blazer and trouser, River Island

Coral polka dot crop top and pencil skirt, Red textured long sleeve crop top and tube skirt, Cream polka dot crop top and skater skirt, River Island

Pair with…

Strappy heeled sandals-Probably set to be summer’s most ubiquitous female footwear trend, these will complete any matching set. In fashion popularity doesn’t always mean fabulousity (disclaimer: made up word, artistic licence and all that) but in this case it does. If you only buy one new pair of shoes this summer make sure it’s a pair of these! Miss Meem has picked the best heeled sandals around. Check them out on her blog.

Cute pumps or cut outs– You can’t get much cuter than cut outs, another huge footwear trend this season. If you’re not a heel type of girl, opt for these. They work especially well with the more relaxed styles such as the skater skirt and shorts co-ordinates. Fash Journal is a big fan of this trend. See her picks of the trend here.

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