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Co-ords

Co-ords

Co-ords have risen up the style charts in recent months and become a firm fashion staple. Polished but effortless, on-trend but never-out-of-fashion, they require zero styling and comfort is king. What's not to love?

From casual to colourful, we've put together five of our favourite co-ordinated looks that sing with sartorial simplicity. Scroll down to find out exactly what makes them worth welcoming into your wardrobe...

Less twinset-and-pearls more dynamic duo, co-ords have risen up the style charts in recent months and become a firm fashion staple according to those-in-the-know, from the Duchess of Cambridge's stylist to trend-setters young and old.

Polished but effortless, on-trend but never-out-of-fashion, they require zero styling and comfort is king. What's not to love?

From casual to colourful, we've put together five of our favourite co-ordinated looks that sing with sartorial simplicity.


SILKY
SWEATS

SILKY
SWEATS

SILKY
SWEATS

SILKY
SWEATS

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this outfit; take a closer look and you’ll see the devil’s in the details... With a 100% silk back, delicately mottled from being garment dyed in an Italian mill, the sweatshirt is at the same time dressed-down and luxurious. The sweatpants are cut with discreet but ingenious panels at the bottom of the legs (take a look at the back), which adds interest, shape and a more flattering taper than traditional, straight-leg joggers. Roll them up, like Emma’s done, to enhance the shape and general ‘laissez-faire’-ness of the look.

If you’ve got a bigger bust or tend to shy away from a higher neckline, try sizing-up on top; the jersey is lightweight and the body not cut too long, so you can afford to give yourself a bit more room and the sweatshirt still won’t feel bulky.

Emma says: “I’ve gone for ‘high-low’ styling here, which is where you accent a dressed-down look with something more polished (or vice versa) – in this case, a pop of red lipstick, hair in an up-do and box-white trainers. The overall outfit feels well-planned and stylish but I can revel in its comfort, and in the fact that it took me seconds to put it all together.”



ANIMAL
INSTINCT

ANIMAL
INSTINCT

ANIMAL
INSTINCT

Leopard-print has been in fashion since Christian Dior put it on the catwalk in 1947 and has even been declared ‘a neutral’ by Fashion Editor, Erica Davies, giving it the rare quality of being a timeless staple and a chance to have a bit of fun.

The trick is to keep things simple, and resist the urge to over-accessorise. The print itself creates a strong focal point, so you don’t want to add unnecessary distraction. With pared-back make-up and flat, black boots or trainers, you’ll have an effortlessly confident outfit that requires very little work.

You’ve got the chance here to pick your perfect sizes for top and bottom (a blessing if you struggle to find dresses that fit in all the right places). The elastic waistband means you can play around with the length of the skirt and create the right fit for your body shape – as though you’re wearing one gorgeous, head-to-toe piece that’s been tailored to you.

Emma says: “Depending on how confident you are accentuating your waist, you can either tuck the top right in then relax it a little around the edges, or create a ‘French tuck’ by tucking in on side (the section between your belly-button and hip), which will define your waistline but still give the drape and coverage of a longer, looser top.”



CHECK
MATE

CHECK
MATE

CHECK MATE

The tweed-inspired print on this supersoft, velvet-touch suit captures a fresh, outdoorsy, life-in-the-country look. What keeps it current (less farmer, more fashion) is the gently nipped-in waist of the jacket, the tapered ‘banana leg’ shape of the trousers and the generous stretch of the fabric; details you won’t see down at the county fair, though for certain we’d warrant them Best in Show.

There are myriad ways to style the suit together with itself: try it simply, with an off-white t-shirt (like this) and pair of black flats or on-trend lace-ups; softly, with a blousy shirt (like this) and white pumps; smartly, with a black top (like this) and leather boots.

Emma says ”Once you know how comfy it is, and how easily the print blends with other colours – darks, lights, neutrals and earth tones especially – you’ll quickly invent a dozen more ways to split the jacket and trousers apart. You get a lot of bang for your buck with this suit.”



TEAL
TONED

TEAL
TONED

TEAL
TONED

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – satin belongs to the everyday, not just for ‘dressing up’ or special occasions. Get the fabric right (like we have here), and any fears about it being clingy or unforgiving are put straight to rest.

While dressing head-to-toe in block colour is already a great way to elongate your body, you can go one further by French-tucking the shirt, which will create a waist and give the illusion of even longer legs.

Styling-wise, go for trainers in black or white (a new-ish pair is best, to keep the look slick and polished) or black ankle boots (a sock-boot style or pair with a slim gusset, like Emma’s wearing, work particularly well). Emma’s softened the look by layering a semi-sheer shirt (see here) over the top, which you could just as easily do with a chunky cardi (like this). Fling on a floppy black jacket (like this) if you’ve got the occasion for a smarter look.

Emma says: “I love this bold colour – it says that you’ve made a deliberate decision about what you’re wearing, but the relaxed floppiness of it all shows that you’re not taking the look too seriously. It’s easy, comfortable, and it just happens to be absolutely gorgeous.



STITCH
PERFECT

A CUT
ABOVE

STITCH
PERFECT

There’s something powerful and elegant about a black suit. Soft-tailoring, like you see here, is altogether more comfortable, modern and versatile than traditionally-cut suiting, and has nothing of the stiff ceremony. Instead, you get a lightweight luxury and a look you can adapt for all year round.

Note the detailing on the jacket pockets, which gives it a tuxedo-like feel, and the tapered shape of the trousers that sit just above the ankle (turn them up, if you need to), creating a flattering, elongated silhouette.

The fabric is lightweight and has a floppy fluidity about it, meaning it’s flattering and great for temperature control. You can throw on a big coat when it’s chilly outside, a stripy t-shirt and a soft scarf for spring, or wear it right through the summer satin cami or simple vest underneath.

Emma says: “I’m a bit of a jacket-fanatic and tend to wear them in place of cardigans, which can sometimes make me feel too hot. Because this suit is so light, it’s really versatile and I’ve been wearing it a few times a week since it arrived with us before Christmas. I don’t look at this suit in the old-school, masculine, wear-it-to-work way – it’s got a lovely floppiness to it and feels very feminine… it’s sexy, almost.