Sometimes all you want from your wardrobe is a ready-made, 2-piece outfit to do all the hard work for you. But unlike a patterned jumpsuit or a printed dress—which can quickly feel like you're sporting on repeat after just a handful of wears—co-ordinated separates are just the ticket. In fashion speak, the term "co-ord" covers a multitude of options, from single-colour suits to patterned skirts and tops that provide the option of being worn separately. It might be obvious, but this does provide plenty of bang for your buck.
This season, many brands have gone floral where the co-ord is concerned, painting orchids and over-sized palm prints across tees, blazers and skirts–and always with an impeccably identical wardrobe companion.
Most retailers sell their co-ords separately, making it all too easy to shy away from a head-to-toe look. But how many times have you admired the pyjama-esque appeal of a silky, printed two-piece on a street style star or wish you had a coordinated suit to pair with a slogan tee and a pair of sneakers? Arresting and unexpected, the beauty of co-ords is that they take the effort out of making the effort…
Scroll through the gallery below to shop our favourite co-ords, and prepare to wow.
and Vera Velvet Trousers (£160)
So chic it hurts. The perfect desk to dance floor look—style as shown with embellished slippers.
and Contrast Trim Mini Skirt (£275)
Wear with a sophisticated black roll-neck by day and a slogan T-shirt at the weekend.
and Laverne Pinstripe Co-ord Trousers (£88)
The perfect workwear ensemble or wear the jacket with luxe silk joggers and leather slides.
and Leopard-Print Blazer (£585)
Make a real style statement this party season by wearing these pieces together. Wear the blazer with a slogan tee, jeans and trainers on the weekends.
and Flowing Trousers With Side Stripe (£30)
Make a statement in pyjama-esque attire that's loungey but luxe.
and Metallic Suit Trousers (£45)
This shimmering combination is certain to be a conversation starter at any event.
and Velvet Wide Leg Trousers (£110)
Go all-out '70s with this flared combo, or wear the top with jeans, snakeskin boots and a teddy bear jacket for a real swinging look.
and Striped Velvet Trousers (£20)
Not really a party dress kind of girl? This is the easiest, quickest look to pull together for instant glam. Style the top again with an oversized tux jacket and jeans for the office.
and Cut Out Check Trousers (£220)
Two trends in one here with one of this season's biggest prints and styling tricks. Wear as shown if you're feeling particularly "fashion," or style out the separates.
and Printed Red Silk Trousers (£139)
We seriously heart this mesmerising geometric print.
Now that your statement pieces are sorted, here's how to build a capsule wardrobe that will last a lifetime.
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