Co-ords — matching pants, skirt and shorts sets — are having an on-trend moment. They were fringe last season and are mainstream this year. Most sets are patterned, but solids are also coming through. The vibe is a nod to late ‘90s fashion, and a practical one at that. It’s super easy to have separates ready to wear as a set. No fuss, and good to go with the addition of shoes and a bag. 

I love wearing co-ords! Their matchy-matchy vibe is fun and dramatic to my eye, and a super simple way to look pulled together and feel comfortable in hot weather. They were my favourite ‘90s look that I’m milking again today. In breathable 100% cotton and linen, shirt and pants co-ords form part of my Summer uniform.

I have four pants sets for hot Summer weather. They keep me cool, covered, and are ideal for my style. I also have a skirt and top co-ord. It’s not as breezy and covered as the pants co-ords but a goodie I wore lots last Summer nonetheless.

1. Top and Skirt Co-ord

A long-sleeved patterned shirt has a matching flared maxi skirt and is worn as a set. Instead of buttoning up the shirt and wearing it tucked or untucked with the skirt, it’s layered over a white tee and knotted in front as a tie-top. The white tee breaks up the expanse of the pattern. As a further nod to ’90s fashion, the look is completed with flat black slides and earthy straw tote. I’d have preferred to see brown or white slides, although the black is dramatic.

Top and Skirt Co-ord

More examples of skirt co-ords across a range of silhouettes. Some sets are knitted and solid.

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Bow Print Top
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Tie-dye Pleated Skirt
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Satin Tie-dye Skirt
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2. Blouse and Pants Co-Ord

Here’s a dressier match of patterned blouse and pants, with the blouse worn fluidly over wide pants. Gold heeled sandals and clutch add a dressy touch, and further match the gold snakes in the pattern. A chuncky shell necklace adds a tropical and beachy integrity.

Blouse and Pants Co-ord

More examples of top and pants co-ords across a range of silhouettes.

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Bow Printed Blouse
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Satin Tie-dye Shirt
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Plumeria Twill Shirt
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Floral Print Jumpsuit
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Wide-leg Pants
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Pleated Floral Pants
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3. Tunic and Pants Co-Ord

Here’s a patterned tunic worn with matching full-length pants. The sleeveless silhouette and vibrant floral look particularly Summery. Dressy tan pumps and big turquoise earrings complete the look. I see a tan bag to match. Or alternatively, white shoes and bag.

Tunic and Pants Co-ord

More examples of tunic and pants co-ords across a range of silhouettes. In some instances, dresses are worn over matching wide or very wide pants. Some of the pants are cropped.

4. Top and Shorts Co-Ord

Last, there’s a matching top and shorts set in patterns and solids that looks particularly casual, and feels super breezy. Shorts are beach and resort friendly. They can also be worn in very casual settings, or at home if that’s more your preference. Here’s a solid lime version with the shirt tied at the waist. Comfy slides and a beach bag complete the look.

Top and Shorts Co-ord

More examples of top and shorts co-ords across a range of silhouettes. The lengths of the shorts vary, and there are dressier versions too.