Co-ords and Matching Tops & Bottoms: a Trend for Fall
I've raved about the matching top and bottom trend, also known as co-ords, which exploded on the fashion scene this summer. Looking forward to fall, the trend doesn't seem to be disappearing anytime soon. Are you just warming up to the look and hoping to make it work when temperatures drop below 80 degrees? Fear not, because co-ords have only just begun to be relevant and in style. Here are the styles you'll want to wear come fall. Style 1: Crop-tops and culottes or flares. Whether they're palazzo pants, flared trousers, or the coveted culotte, so many retailers are matching swingy pants to cropped tops in a fall-ready version of matching shorts and tops. If you want the simpler version of this style, go for matching solids, but if you're bolder, try a printed pair of flared pants for a super-70's vibe, complete with matching cropped top. Get the look here, here, and here. Style 2: Tunics and trousers. For a sleek and almost 90's style, try a sleeveless silky or knit tunic that hits mid-thigh and a matching pair of straight-leg or flared trousers that drop down under the tunic. It's a more fashion-forward version of the aforementioned crop top and pant, but will still look sexy with bare arms. Add heeled booties to complete the look, and throw a moto jacket over. Get the look here, here, and here. Style 3: Knit skirts and crop-tops. For a bodycon co-ord that you can also wear out at night, try a knit pencil skirt that reaches to (or just past) your knee and a matching top that shows just a sexy sliver of midriff. Transition from summer to early fall with sandals, and then add booties and a jacket when fall is in full force. Get the look here, here, and here. Style 4: Long sleeved tops or jackets and mini skirts. The flirty classic co-ord is a miniskirt and matching top or jacket. It's not like miniskirts cease to exist when the temperatures drop. Most simple a-lines or skirt that are fitted through the hips and flares out will look good year-round over tights. This is a fun and playful style, and you can always seperate the pieces and wear them with other combinations. Get the look here, here, and here.
Style 6: Modest and simple (but still chic).
Another co-ord for fall (and maybe even winter) is a more covered-up look that swathes you in fabric of one color or pattern. It's a super-sophisticated look that's still cool and fresh. If you want to get this look without buying anything new, try a simple black-on black top and bottoms pairing, match your colorful pieces, or wear a canadian tuxedo with denim in the same wash. Get the look here, here, and here.