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The best co ords for easy, breezy summer style

15 Apr 2024 | |By Zoe Gunn

Promising no-fuss impact, matching sets are the last word in effortless chic

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The late Queen Elizabeth II was a huge fan of co ords. And, while I’m not recommending a nonagenarian head of state should be your number one style icon, I reckon she was on to something. Common wisdom has it that the Queen’s preference for bright, matching dresses and coats helped her stand out in a crowd (important when hundreds of loyal subjects tend to follow in your wake) but I like to think there’s another reason Her Maj was partial to the look: co ords are just so easy.

Rendered in block colours or playful prints, pull on a matching set and you instantly have effortless impact. A look that feels put together but requires none of the thought. Hardly surprising, then, that they’re one of the major trends coming off the runways for SS24 – which means you’re spoiled for choice.

Beach day? A linen shirt and shorts equals envy-inducing casual cool. Garden party? A broderie anglaise blouse and floaty skirt is just the ticket. There are even tailored options to take your new low-stress, high-reward style to the office. Here are the best women’s co ords for summer 2024.

Black co ords

‘All black everything’ is a tried and tested style mantra – and the perfect way to dip a toe into the world of co ords. Ganni’s delicate tie-front top and mini skirt set is ladylike but versatile; wear with sandals, trainers or Doc Martens as the occasion requires. Sacai, meanwhile, pairs staple wide-leg trousers with a cropped print shirt primed for party time, the beach and everywhere in between.

White co ords

Nothing sets off a holiday glow better than a white outfit. Even if yours came from a bottle, rather than the beaches, of St Tropez, invest in a white co ord and you’ll never be wanting for something to wear this summer. Self-Portrait’s tweed tailored skirt and cropped blazer bring an on-trend Nineties vibe to classic workwear staples, while Sir’s frothy, feminine shorts and patchwork top have 'Ibiza beach club' written all over them.

Self-Portrait cropped blazer

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Self-Portrait midi skirt

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Bright co ords

You’ve been huddled under practical black and navy overcoats all winter. But now the sun is out and it’s time to let loose in vibrant hues designed to turn heads. While Claudie Pierlot’s blush trouser set may seem challenging at first, you’ll soon find head-to-toe block shades are actually the easiest way to work colour into your wardrobe. Feeling more confident? Turn up the heat in Galvan London’s figure-hugging scarlet co ord.

Claudie Pierlot pink satin shirt

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Claudie Pierlot pink satin trousers

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Galvan London Delia scalloped top

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Galvan London Delia scalloped skirt

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Print co ords

While printed co ords may seem better suited for Mediterranean beaches than the sticky Central Line, find yourself on a rooftop terrace sipping an ice-cold glass of rosé and you’ll wonder why you ever doubted your sartorial decision. Missoni’s signature asymmetric set works brilliantly when worn together or mixed and matched with denim, while Zimmermann’s floral Natura co ord is an ideal option for laid-back weddings.

Missoni one-shoulder top

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Missoni zig-zag shorts

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Zimmermann Natura shirt

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Zimmermann Natura shorts

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Pastel co ords

Patou swerves saccharine with a little help from sharp tailoring and quirky embellishment while Miu Miu leans into full-on femininity with sunshine yellow cashmere. Buy both so you’ll have something for every mood, event and occasion.

Miu Miu cashmere cardigan

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Miu Miu cashmere skirt

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