I'm a Dress Girl at Heart, But These Co-Ords Have Won Me Over This Year

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The concept of uniform dressing has seen a resurgence lately, with matching ensembles flooding the runways. The same is true for maxi skirts and matching tops, so it was inevitable that we’d be seeing an influx of full-length co-ords this summer. It’s interesting how we’ve reverted to the simplicity of a two-piece when we have choices aplenty, but it’s a fail-safe formula for chic (not to mention time-sensitive) dressing.

I feel my best when I’m adorned shoulder to floor in flowing fabrics, so midi- and maxi-length dresses are always my first port of call. However, I’ve taken quite a shine to longer-length two-pieces. As a result, I’ve begun integrating co-ords into my frock-laden wardrobe. There’s something satisfying in having a uniformed get-up laid out in front of you. Plus, in my experience, it leaves you with more time to dedicate to accessorising. Having said that, they’re incredibly versatile, as you can also wear them as separates.

best maxi skirt co-ords:

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Next to dresses, the maxi co-ord has to be one of the most hardworking pieces in a wardrobe. It’s practical, low-maintenance, interchangeable and suitable for a whole host of occasions, from family gatherings and holidays to relaxed workwear. Maxis and co-ords dominated the S/S 22 runways, and we continued to see this style at Australia Fashion Week this May. There’s an understated charm to the two-piece maxi co-ord. Fabric-heavy styles can be broken up with cropped tops, as seen with most styles this spring. They can also be perfect for more formal dress codes too, as long as the material is opaque enough.

There are lots of beautiful saturated colours and prints around this summer. Although, it has to be said that co-ords shine most through pared-back classic cuts with intricate details such as pleating, shirring, crinkling or tiered skirting. Below, I have some options for maxi co-ords that I’m coveting right now. It may be a trend for now, but in my eyes, it’s a timeless staple.

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Style Notes: The texture of this Totême co-ord is amazing.

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Style Notes: The crop top looks amazing paired with the cut-out on the skirt.

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Style Notes: This Kai Collective co-ord is a real showstopper.

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The material lends itself to casual affairs, but the colour is anything but subdued.

I think this will get even better with age.

If you're short like me, this will sit like a maxi.

Tuck this into the skirt, and wear it with tan shoes. The colours will go brilliantly.

A slight fishtail style with cleverly positioned pleats.

You can tuck the peplum into the waistband of the skirt for a different styling option. Alternatively, pull the look together with a brown belt.

Embroidered stitching gives a bohemian feel.

My favourite cut is a high neck with rounded sleeves. Ruche them high to break up the outfit and show off wrist accessories.

In keeping with the Bohemian trend, but it's a style I've seen come back around many times.

A fitted bustier with puffed sleeves makes great occasionwear.

With this ruched detail and drawstring, you can wear it as high or low as you like.

The green mélange makes this skirt wearable for fancy occasions during the day.

Slits always work well with long styles, as they break up the fabric.

Cheesecloth is the fabric you'll want to wear in the heat!

Wear the peplum outside of the skirt. You can even belt it.

A ballooned top for added volume. With the elasticated hem, you can wear this as high or low as you'd like.

An elasticated waistband is always welcomed on dress-down days.

The panelling is a subtle play on the column trend.

There's been a surge of bohemian prints this season.

Tuck the shirt into the skirt, and tie the wrap detail.

The ensemble that will see you through summer evenings.

The tapered straps and square neckline elevate this classic style. This will look equally great with jeans.

If you're not quite ready to give up knits this spring.

A perfect ensemble if you're not too keen on midriff-bearing.

The double tie adds a fun twist to this classic style of skirt.

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