The Fashion Memo

The Matching Sets To Wear For Chic Summer Style

Top, and pants, Faithfull The Brand

A smart, co-ordinated look offers multiple options when dressing for warm summer days, says KARA KIA. So if you’re looking for an effortless outfit with maximum polish, discover our edit of the best sets to shop now…

‘Love Square’ cropped crocheted top, and long skirt, Alix Pinho; ‘Endless Sunset’ cropped crocheted top, short skirt, and bag, all Paco Rabanne

The key to styling co-ords is matching the set to the occasion. Vacation outfits call for breezy and knitted fabrics like linen, cotton and crochet. Faithfull The Brand’s ‘Glenda’ linen cropped top and ‘Rupina’ wide-leg pants layer beautifully over a tonal bandeau bikini. Pair with neutral sandals and a raffia bag.

For golden-hour dinner and drinks, go for bold, tropical colors instead, like the red, green and yellow crochet stripes seen on Paco Rabanne’s ‘Endless Sunset’ cropped top. Dress it up with the label’s matching midi skirt or dial it down with high-waisted jeans. Then there’s Totême’s orange silk shirt and shorts set – go from garden lounging in flats to a chic brunch paired with an elegant pair of heels.

If you have a party in your diary, try slinkier pieces with eye-catching details, such as cutouts in energizing colors. A.L.C.’s lime-green ‘Ana’ tank top and ‘Jamie’ skirt feature minimal, ’90s-inspired spaghetti straps and a sultry keyhole along the neckline. To complete, dress the set up with a sleek shoulder bag and chunky patent shoes.

For a lunch reservation or daytime event, look to Nanushka and Zimmermann. Nanushka’s ‘Caisa’ cropped shirt and ‘Beata’ pants come in on-trend bubblegum pink with flared hemlines that gives the set a ’70s spin. Perfect for dancing in on warm summer days, the pieces are made from cool linen, and look perfect styled with tonal sandals and a colorful bag. Meanwhile, Zimmermann’s ‘Lyre’ co-ord is another dreamy option. Also made from lightweight linen, the coral-red fabric is printed with shells and tropical motifs, while its voluminous sleeves lend a bohemian spirit that suits mules and nautical accessories.

Consider tailored pieces by Chloé for a summer-workwear update, too. The label’s washed-linen shirt and co-ordinated belted pants are exceptionally chic. Designed in a deep navy to resemble relaxed denim, the casual fabric looks great with terracotta accessories and layered gold jewelry. On casual workdays, Matteau delivers purposeful and elegant clothing that is ultra-flattering and effortlessly cool. Crafted in Australia from a low-impact linen blend combined with Lyocell (a synthetic fabric made from wood pulp), the Matteau + NET SUSTAIN linen shirt goes with everything – think neutral, elevated staples to match the high-waisted pants. Wear with fresh sneakers and chunky silver jewelry for a trans-seasonal look.