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The New Summer Uniform: Matching Print Tops and Bottoms

matching sets, spring 2014

Michael Kors, House of Holland, Sass & Bide; images: imaxtree

For years, an unofficial style rule existed that being too matchy-matchy was a huge fashion faux pas, but the latest look the stylish set is adopting is the game of matching separates. Be it a cropped or boxy top and matching midi skirt or a tank and shorts, the same print from top to toe creates a mirror effect that is nothing short of a showstopper. The look is effortless in the sense that it's the easiest thing to throw on without wondering if you clash, yet sleek and sophisticated as one linear structure. And since you can mix and match your style your way, you can double your wardrobe and wear the pieces separately once the trend has died down.

Browse through our culled collection of runway interpretations and shopping picks for coordinated inspiration and take the stress out of putting together a picture perfect look with these dynamic duos.