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.
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.
Style Notes: The crop top looks amazing paired with the cut-out on the skirt.
Style Notes: This Kai Collective co-ord is a real showstopper.