Matchy, Not Matchy

There’s no denying the pulled-together ease a stylish two-piece set brings to your wardrobe. Of course the matching set is not a new fashion concept. Think Coco Chanel’s timelessly aspirational coordinated jackets and skirts. How about Cher’s head-to-toe matching outfits in “Clueless.” But…what happens when you go beyond “matchy” to “not matchy?” Let’s find out!

I bet you won’t be surprised that at the height of the pandemic, searches for “best sweat sets” and “best pajama sets” hit an all-time high. So the fact that this trend is continuing, albeit now with a more “dressed up” attitude, feels only natural. But you know me…I’m never content to just wear something the way it’s originally styled. I always want to put my own spin on it, and see how much more mileage I can get out of a piece or look.

This coming Fall, I have a multi-city, multi-event trip planned, and you bet ya this set is coming with me. I will wear it in all its matched glory (probably with this bag, earrings and sandals, too) for welcome cocktails at a Palm Beach wedding. A few days later, I’m flying cross country to LA, then Palm Springs. My “not matchy” looks will be making appearances in both of those cities. And I’m already thinking the top will look great with white shorts or even unbuttoned and worn as a jacket over a white or orange tank, while the pants can be paired with a denim jacket or cashmere sweater and colorful sneakers.

How about you…are you set for something matchy? Or now on the hunt? Let me know!

Two-Piece Set: (Zara) Current irresistible sets here, here and here.

Jeans: (Mother, these photograph as white, but are actually chalk ivory — my new summer fave shade.)

Tee (Loft) Similar here and here.

Heeled Sandals: (Schutz, old) Loving these (on sale) and these (30% off with code SCHUTZ30).

Embellished Slides: (Zara, old) Fun alternatives here, here(under $50!) and here(on sale).

Bags (#1 vintage, #2 resale — both from Housing Works.) Check out current fab upcycle options here, here and here.

Earrings: (Roxanne Assouline, current) Coveting these and these, too.

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Photography by @artdirectthis.

2 thoughts on “Matchy, Not Matchy

  1. I love when 2 pieces create more than just the sum of a whole! And also, you can add a simple tee, so effortlessly! It’s a good pick for a versatile suit with a lot of pizazz. Definitely a statement maker! 💥

    1. I’m with you. The more wears, the better. And if one can make a statement, that’s the cherry on top!

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