Every so often we’re gifted a trend that’s just so wearable and effortless that it makes getting dressed a pleasure and a breeze. Enter the matching set. Love them. Can’t get enough. I’ve got a matching set in various iterations, from shirts and pants to tops and shorts to pyjama-style slinky numbers to beautiful breathable linen. It’s so easy to incorporate it into your wardrobe repertoire and it always helps an outfit look ultra polished. Here are a few other reasons why this is definitely one trend you can’t afford to miss.
There’s so much you can do with a matching set. It makes for such a versatile addition to any wardrobe. They’re easily dressed up or down as the co-ordinating factor makes it just feel dressy without having to do much at all. You can dial it up with some glam accoutrements like a statement necklace or earrings, or you can make it casual with the addition of a pair of sandals or slides and understated accessories.
It’s an antidote to a wardrobe crisis
If you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the sartorial bed and absolutely nothing looks right in your closet, it’s a matching set to the rescue. You don’t need to think about styling it or fussing around with separates and you’re ready to walk out the door in minutes. When I’m having one of those days, I throw on some gold jewellery like a necklace or statement earrings, a great sandal or heel and I’m set.
Wear it in place of a dress
If a dress if usually your go-to for an event, then consider swapping it out for a dressy co-ordinating set (kinda like this one). Opt for a set in a beautiful satin or silk, pop on a pair of heels and great jewellery and you’re done. The upside of this is that you have two dressy pieces that you can wear separately and repurpose into another outfit.
It’s a great travel go-to
As I said above, worn together a set looks perfectly put-together but you can also turn it into a different look by pairing it with something else in your closet. The beauty in this is that you can bring one set, but wear it with a basic you’ve already packed like a t-shirt or tank or a pair of pants or shorts and you’ve got yourself a new look.
Check out my edit of co-ordinating sets below, and tell me how you’re styling this trend in the comments below!
The basket bag trend has been around for awhile now but this season, it’s certainly cementing itself as the bag to have. As far as accessories go it’s certainly made for an Aussie summer. It’s lightweight, it has a relaxed look and feel and it adds a bit of lovely texture to resortwear. I have a few different basket bags in my collection, ranging from small top handle bags to a roomy Loewe bag (see above) which has been everywhere with me from the beach to holidays and each has become an integral part of my summer wardrobe.
I think the appeal in a basket bag is that it is quite versatile; you can totally get away with wearing a basket bag to a nice lunch or dinner while carrying it with you to a day of running errands or grabbing coffee. Personally, I like its perpetual holiday feel, there’s something about the earthy texture of a basket bag that instantly transports me to being on a summer getaway. And who doesn’t want to feel like they’re on holiday all the time?
Having spent some time looking for a new basket bag to add to my new collection, I’ve come across some really great pieces that I just had to share. They’re all at various price points and in different styles. There are a few that are the traditional basket bag silhouette like the Loewe bag above and some slightly slouchier styles that are perfect for toting around your essentials to the beach. I’ve also rounded up some smaller styles which would make a great addition to a summer outfit for a dressier occasion. The fact is, you’d be hard pressed not to find one to suit every wardrobe!
The one thing about trends is that all of a sudden you may discover something you never knew was missing from your wardrobe. In this instance, many of us over summer are going to discover we’ve all had a Bermuda shorts-sized hole in our life and now is the time to fill it. After so many years of short-ish to super short shorts dominating the scene, it’s now about embracing a slightly longer silhouette. The Bermuda shorts trend is gaining some serous traction, so firstly, what are they? Bermuda shorts will generally hover somewhere at the knee or just above and they’ve got a sense of polish that shorter shorts may not always have. There’s a slight nod to traditional suiting about them (albeit just with less fabric) so they’re a sleeker way to do shorts this season.
So, what are you supposed to do with all that extra length? Well, embrace it! Don’t be daunted by the shift in silhouette. You can still totally mix and match Bermuda shorts with what you’d usually wear regular shorts with. They look great with a vest, a button down shirt, a t-shirt, a tank… the list goes on. When it comes to shoes, they work well with a slingback block heel a la the Chanel style two-tone shoes, slides, or a great sandal. It’s just about experimenting and learning to get used to the new length, as at first, it’s going to look a little weird because you may be used to seeing shorts looking a certain way. Don’t give up though. They’re a fun, on trend way to do shorts this summer and can really help to refresh your warm weather staples and give them a new look and feel.
Hemlines have moved a lot in the last few months and while the mini will always be a mainstay, the current silhouette is one that has a bit more fabric! Maxi skirts are definitely having a moment whether it’s in a formal sense at the races or as a floaty resortwear staple it’s all about a more demure silhouette. One way to dip your toe into this trend is via the denim skirt.
A denim skirt has always been one of those staples that can be found in most women’s closets as it’s always such an easy piece to wear. I know I’ve got a few iterations of it and I always get plenty of wear out of each of them. However if you want to give the trusty denim skirt a refresh this summer, consider a denim skirt in a midi or maxi length. It looks a little more polished, and gives a more elegant feel compared to the more casual, playful vibe of a mini. A word of warning to my fellow petite women out there about length: often a midi is a slightly easier silhouette to wear on a smaller/shorter frame rather than a maxi. A maxi can look like a lot of fabric on a petite person so if you’re not sure, it’s best to try on in store rather than just purchasing online. There are some longer silhouettes that can work, but not all so you want to give it a roadtest before committing.
You can dress a denim skirt up or down (see below for examples) so it’s a good one to have on hand if you want to add an on trend piece to your current summer wardrobe. With all that length to contend with, it’s a good idea to keep things quite streamlined at the top. Think a tank or tee and then you can layer pieces on top such as a blazer. Alternatively I’ve also seen it worn in a more dressy way with a button down shirt. As far as footwear goes, a pointy flat slingback is a great match or a chunky sandal or thong a la The Row Ginza shoe. Equally as good is a sneaker like the Adidas Samba or a delicate, minimalist heel like this.
The new denim skirt is one way to take your skirt game in a different direction this season. It’s such an easy way to refresh a look and so easy to mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe. Why not give it a try?
Who doesn’t love an outfit shortcut? One of my faves right now is a matching set. They’re about as one and done as a dress—no fussing around, just add shoes and accessories and you’re ready to go. I’ve embraced the co-ordinating set in so many different ways, from a floaty linen shirt and shorts, to a silky PJ-style top and bottom to a denim two-piece ensemble. What they all have in common is that they’re easy as you can get. So as you can imagine, I jumped aboard the printed set trend immediately. Wearing a set takes away having to think about what top you’re going to pair with which bottom, plus the vibrancy of a great print really makes a statement.
I wore a number of printed sets during my trip to Europe this year because I love no-fuss outfits when I’m travelling. Living out of a suitcase means only pieces that are going to get worn get to come along as I hate to overpack. So, it speaks volumes that I brought the sets above and below with me. Both allowed me to have fun with my look given the bold and bright prints of each, but they also looked polished. Plus if I wanted to wear them separately I totally could.
This summer, if you’re wanting to have a fuss-free time getting an outfit together I highly recommend trying a printed set. They’re so in line with the more playful vibe of summer dressing, but have the polish required to ensure you look put together when you walk out the door. I don’t know about you but there’s so much to love about that.
Ready to embrace a printed set? Check out my edit below.
I’ve always been a big accessories girl and one of my must-haves is a great necklace stack. I generally wear my gold coin necklace almost everyday but I’ll often want to create a touch more drama so stacking different necklaces is my go-to. One of the best styles is definitely a chunky gold chain necklace. It adds some interest and works well against a more delicate chain. I’ve built up quite the collection as I find they are a great stacking piece, but also looks great worn separately. I’ll often wear a gold chain when I want to dress up a casual look or add a statement piece to an event outfit.
There’s definitely a great range of options when it comes to gold chains out there, all at various price points. I’d say look for something with a touch more weight to it as you don’t want it to look too flimsy. You want a great piece of statement jewellery, rather than something so lightweight it wouldn’t look out of place in a kids’ toy box! There are so many jewellery brands out there who have some iteration of a chunky gold chain, but some of my fave mid-range brands to check out include Aje and Manning Cartell, who often have some great designs in their seasonal collections.
I’ve rounded up a few necklaces to check out below, because doesn’t your jewellery stack need a little update?
I’d be willing to bet that most millennials, at some stage, had a favourite going out top. What’s the going out top you might ask? It was the fancy top that you’d most likely wear with a pair of jeans when you were heading out and it was absolutely a wardrobe must-have for ever so long. It was a red carpet staple too with the hottest ‘it’ celebs such as Christina Aguilera, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Aniston all rocking it at everything from awards shows to movie premieres.
The beauty in the going out top is that it can be whatever you want it to be according to your look. Popular styles ranged from a sleek minimalist cami, to a backless halter top to a cowl neck faux chainmail top or the ever popular handkerchief top, but it was more than likely paired with denim, because well, that’s just what we wore it with back then! The new incarnation of the going out top still has all the fun happening up top — you can embrace embellishments, a sexy crop style, a simple strapless number or an off the shoulder style (I’m a big fan of these) but the aim of the game is to make it the focal point of your look. Consider it the statement piece of your outfit.
While I wouldn’t suggest pulling out the top you wore clubbing back in the day (unless you think it holds up, then by all means!) definitely embrace the spirit of it. Remember as the showpiece element of your look you can afford to go as glam as you want, with everything else designed to hum along nicely in the background so your going out top can take centre stage. Heels are also most definitely a must, and a nice pair of jeans (ideally not the skinny kind cause it was all about bootleg jeans back then).
So, are you ready to embrace this new type of occasion dressing? I’ve rounded up a few options below to help you get started on your trip down sartorial memory lane.
As is the nature of fashion, trends come and go and have always been a bit of a revolving door situation. So, it’s no surprise that here we are, welcoming back the return of the early aughts fave: cargo pants. These had such a grip on everyone in the early 2000s – they were dressed up or down, worn back with heeled boots a la Jennifer Lopez in the video for her hit song Jenny from the Block and were a red carpet fave of many a celebrity at the time. It was really only a matter of time before they made a comeback.
Thanks to celebs like Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Rihanna and Hailey Bieber who has really made it one of her street style faves (as you can see below) they’re quickly becoming one of the go-to pants this season. So, how can you style them?
Dress them down with a tank and sneakers (Sambas if you really want to be right on trend),
Worn with tee and open button down shirt and sneakers or flats
Wear it with a tee and a trench and paired with ballet flats
Pair them with a lightweight sweater and flats or sneakers
Dress it with a tee and oversized blazer with flats or heels
A cropped tee and heeled pointy boots
Either way you can dress them up as much as you want or dial it down for one of the comfiest casual looks you can wear over the coming months. If you’re ready to jump aboard this trend, I’ve rounded up a few of my style picks below.
One of the things I get the most DMs about whenever I wear it is my antique gold coin necklace. It’s something that’s very sentimental to me as it was a gift from my dad and it’s a piece of jewellery I wear almost daily. It also goes with pretty much everything and can be dressed up or down so I honestly can’t live without it. I’ve often worn it back with just a plain white tee and jeans or dressed it up here with a three piece suit! I think that’s always the sign of a great accessory — if you can wear it in multiple ways then you have a winner on your hands.
While I unfortunately can’t give you an exact match for my necklace as my dad had it custom made, there’s definitely plenty of style adjacent options out there to fill that coin necklace shaped gap in your wardrobe! I’ve been doing the rounds of some of my fave sites and have found some great options, with some having a special meaning behind them to make your necklace feel even more special.
My tips for choosing a necklace is to make sure you get a long enough chain that you can wear it with various necklines. Also, a long-ish chain means you can layer it with other shorter necklaces to achieve the perfect jewellery stack. I’ve rounded up gold options in my edit, but I did come across some silver versions in my search if gold isn’t really your thing. I do tend to favour gold though as it has a certain warmth to it that works well with most skin tones. Happy accessorising!
The ballet flat has had a bit of a resurgence of late and it’s very much the ‘it’ shoe to have. From the classic two tone Chanel ballet flat to the various iterations of the Alaia ballet flat, there’s definitely no shortage of options as far as this shoe style goes. The great thing about it is that it not only delivers on the style front, it’s also the perfect way to do a polished shoe that doesn’t sacrifice comfort. I love that it looks so effortless and you could wear it to so many different occasions. So, how do you style ballet flats?
If it has been awhile since you’ve done a ballet flat, and are a little lost on how to style it, never fear because there are so many different ways to wear it. You don’t need to bookmark it for occasions when you need something dressy, because the 2.0 version of the ballet flat is all about wearing it as you would sneaker. Pop it on with jeans and a tee, pair it with a casual spring dress or event wear it with a suit — the options are endless and you can really have fun with it. This is particularly the case when it comes to colour and embellishments. The black ballet flat will forever be chic, but don’t be afraid to be a little more adventurous. There’s everything from a fishnet style, to a vibrant colour (Valentino fuchsia anyone) to embellishments… this is definitely the ballet flat but with a fun, modern spin.
As with any new shoe, it’s always a great idea to have some inspo up your sleeve when it comes to how you’re going to wear it. That’s why I’e rounded up the below outfits for you to bookmark and call upon for when you’re stumped on ways to wear a ballet flat. Check it out below!