Features Frequent Fashion: Matching separates

Matching separates would be the child of crop tops and rompers. They are the middle ground between the two this season. These sets used to be strictly suits, but now prints and crop tops have taken this work staple and turned it on its head into a style trend. The matching separates of today’s young adult crowd include a skirt, shorts or pants paired with a top in the matching print or color. For summer, a crop top paired with matching bottoms are all over the streets and runways. The best part of matching separates? You can mix and match them for a work or a casual look.

For a more casual look, I recommend a set with a fun print and a cropped top, such as Forever 21’s Romantic Rose Skirt Set, $24.80, which is a throwback retro-inspired black and white rose print. The cropped top brings this look to modern day, and you can switch out the matching skirt for a pair of black cut-off shorts to change up the look. The missguided.com Alfine Spaghetti Strap Crop Top In Palm Print, $17.98, and the matching skirt called the Palora Asymmetric Mini Skirt In Palm Tree Print, $26.98, are a perfect pair for summer. The black and baby pink print can take you from the day, to a night out. Once again, you can pair the skirt with a plain black cami or the top with lacy or denim shorts.

For a combined look, one that can be more casual or can be paired with other accessories for work or an internship, I would suggest finding a style that has longer shorts/skirt, pants or a suit styled with a blazer. Some of my picks are ASOS Soft Shorts With Scallop Hem $34.81 with the ASOS Blazer Scallop Hem, $48.92. I would wear this bright pink set to a more creative internship or job. Otherwise I would pair the blazer with black or white dress pants. The pop of color shows individuality, even in a more corporate setting. The Check Yourself Textured Crop Top from ASOS, $23.93 and the matching skirt for $26.93 are a great black and white staple. The crop top hits low enough that if you pair it with high-waisted trousers and a blazer, it will be office appropriate in more casual settings. The skirt can be worn with a classic button-down blouse for the office. Wear them together with a pair of heels for a night out.

This trend is perfect for summer as it shows a bit of skin and sophistication. I think these styles will be easier to find once the warmer weather hits. The best place to find the most styles is missguided.com. If you are looking for in-store options, I would try Express and Forever 21. Mixing and matching is all about creating new looks to get the most use out of your pieces.

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