Why Matching Separates Are A Must-Try Look This Summer

The fashion world is filled with matchmakers, and we’re not talking about the kind who set up their friends! Muse-worthy fixtures—including Rihanna and Rita Ora—are upgrading their summer style in coordinated outfits, like graphic blouse and skirt set and monochromatic jacket and trousers combo.

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    Perfect for the sartorial risktaker and guaranteed to produce show-stopping results, these dynamic pairings are, well, a match made in heaven. Keep reading to see how the look is being addressed both on the runways and the streets, plus shop our picks.

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    Rihanna

    The songstress brought new meaning to luxe loungewear while leaving her London hotel last month in Christopher Kane’s Floral Printed Cotton Sweatshirt ($534) and matching Cotton Sweatshirt Pants ($469).

     

    Similar Essentials:
    Clover Canyon Graphic Flowers Top ($198) in Multi and Graphic Flowers Pant ($215) in Multi.

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    Rita Ora

    Check mate! The British singer kept all eyes on her arriving at Heathrow airport a couple of weeks ago in an orange and black checked crop top and trouser combo.

     

    Similar Essentials:
    ASOS Blazer ($34) and Pants ($36) in Ponte Check.

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    Beyonce

    At a birthday party in New York last month, the singer showed off her svelte figure--and penchant for spring’s bold black and white stripes trend--in Topshop’s Variegated Long Sleeve Crop Top ($15) and Varied Stripe Tube Skirt ($44).

     

    Similar Essentials:
    Nasty Gal Vertical Limit Crop Top ($20); MICHAEL Michael Kors Ponte Stripe Zip Skirt ($64).

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    Kenzo S/S 13

    Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim prove too much of neon leopard print is a good thing with their Full-Length Jacket ($778) and matching shift dress. 

     

    Similar Essentials:
    Giles Embellished Collar Broken-Jewelry Print Coat ($1139) and Broken Jewelry-Print Shift Dress ($436).

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    Chanel S/S 13

    Chanel offered the perfect makings of a high-impact look: the Emb Silk Tweed Jacket ($16,445, 800.550.0005) and Emb Silk Tweed Shorts ($6710, 800.550.0005) styled with the Cashmere Pullover ($2480, 800.550.0005) in a windmill print and finished with chunky pearl jewelry.

     

    Similar Essentials:
    French Connection Rainbow Boucle Jacket ($200) and Shorts ($90)

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    Giambattista Valli S/S 13

    With the same motif featured on the Embroidered Bomber Jacket ($20000), Embroidered Pant ($15445), and Mesh Pumps ($1500) Giambattista Valli showcased a literal interpretation of head-to-toe prints for spring.

     

    Similar Essentials:
    Marni Printed Crepe Top ($450) and Printed Crepe Tapered Pants ($480).

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    Michael Kors S/S 13

    The sportswear designer gives workwear a stylish promotion with his Black/Optic White Deck Striped 3-Button Jacket ($1895, 866.709.KORS) and Mini Shorts with Pockets ($595, 866.709.KORS).

     

    Similar Essentials:
    BCBG Hendrix Striped Ottoman Jacket ($228) and Pia Casual Short ($138).

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    Chloe S/S 13

    At Chloe, designer Clare Waight Keller’s moody spring florals took center stage on a boxy popover top and voluminous matching trousers, which were sadly not produced. 

     

    Similar Essentials:
    Stella McCartney Wool-Blend Jacquard Top ($835) and Fluted Wool-Blend Jacquard Skirt ($900).

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    Chiara Ferragni

    At the Missoni S/S 14 show during Milan Menswear Fashion Week, Ferragni of The Blonde Salad found her match in a Roberto Cavalli printed jacket and shorts combo. 

     

    Similar Essentials:
    Joie Mehira Print Blazer ($298) and Merci Print Shorts ($128).

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    Lawren Howell

    Who says today’s look only works with prints? Not stylist/Vogue contributing editor Howell, who showed up at a Los Angeles dinner hosted by Bon Appetit late last month in a matching set of army green, specifically Band of Outsiders’ jacket and pants

     

    Similar Essentials:
    TEXTILE Elizabeth and James Kelsey Parka ($295); SNAP x Urban Renewal Tapered Army Pant ($79).

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    Ella Catliff

    Catliff of La Petite Anglaise celebrated #DKNYARTWORKS in London in a Topshop suit, Zara blouse, and Kurt Geiger clutch and heels.

     

    Similar Essentials:
    Erdem Quimby Venice-Swirl Print Jacket ($894) and Esmeralda Venice Printed Trousers ($557).

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    Rag & Bone

    Peak Lapel Silver Blazer ($795) in Tangerine and Harper Shorts ($395) in Tangerine 

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    J.Crew

    Desert Floral Racer Tank ($138) and Desert Floral Shorts ($90) in Camel Multi 

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    Joie

    Mehira A Blazer ($288) and Merci B Shorts ($124) in Chambray Blue

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    Clover Canyon

    Old Cow Hand Jacket ($346) and Old Cow Hand Pants ($181) 

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    River Island

    Bead Embellished Cross Back Top ($80) and Embellished Pattern Smart Shorts ($90) in Beige

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    Urban Outfitters

    Reverse Floral Two-Piece Skirt Set ($60) in Black Multi

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    Theyskens' Theory

    Multicolor Pattern Top ($430) and Multicolor Pattern Mini Skirt ($378) in Military Green

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    Lashes of London

    Floral Print Crop Top ($60) and Floral Print Skater Skirt ($68) in Multi

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    Tibi

    Transit Tank ($245) and Transit Yoked Skirt ($325) in Black Multi 

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    Reformation

    Spider Top ($98) in Daisy and Peru Pants ($158) in Daisy 

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    Proenza Schouler

    Printed Cotton-Twill Jacket ($1,350) and Printed Twill Wrap Skirt ($715) in Blue 

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J.Crew Desert Floral Racer Tank

J.Crew Desert Floral Racer Tank

J.Crew, $138
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Desert Floral Shorts

Desert Floral Shorts

J.Crew, $90
SHOP
Printed Cotton-Twill Jacket

Printed Cotton-Twill Jacket

Proenza Schouler, $1350
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Printed Twill Wrap Skirt

Printed Twill Wrap Skirt

Proenza Schouler, $715
SHOP
Reverse Floral Two-Piece Skirt Set

Reverse Floral Two-Piece Skirt Set

Urban Outfitters, $60
SHOP
Bead Embellished Cross Back Top

Bead Embellished Cross Back Top

River Island, $80
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Embellished Pattern Smart Shorts

Embellished Pattern Smart Shorts

River Island, $90
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Multicolor Pattern Top

Multicolor Pattern Top

Theyskens’ Theory, $430
SHOP
Multicolor Patten Mini Skirt

Multicolor Patten Mini Skirt

Theyskens’ Theory, $378
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Spider Top

Spider Top

Reformation, $98
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Peru Pants

Peru Pants

Reformation, $158
SHOP
Peak Lapel Silver Blazer

Peak Lapel Silver Blazer

Rag & Bone, $795
SHOP
Harper Shorts

Harper Shorts

Rag & Bone, $395
SHOP
Transit Tank

Transit Tank

Tibi, $245
SHOP
Transit Yoked Skirt

Transit Yoked Skirt

Tibi, $325
SHOP
Floral Print Crop Top

Floral Print Crop Top

Lashes of London, $60
SHOP
Floral Print Skater Skirt

Floral Print Skater Skirt

Lashes of London, $68
SHOP
Mehira A Blazer

Mehira A Blazer

Joie, $124
SHOP
Merci B Shorts

Merci B Shorts

Joie, $124
SHOP
Old Cow Hand Jacket

Old Cow Hand Jacket

Clover Canyon, $346
SHOP
Varigated Long Sleeve Crop Top

Varigated Long Sleeve Crop Top

Topshop, $15
SHOP
Varied Stripe Tube Skirt

Varied Stripe Tube Skirt

Topshop, $44
SHOP
Vertical Limit Crop Top

Vertical Limit Crop Top

Nasty Gal, $20
SHOP
Ponte Stripe Zip Skirt

Ponte Stripe Zip Skirt

MICHAEL Michael Kors, $64
SHOP
Floral Printed Cotton Sweatshirt

Floral Printed Cotton Sweatshirt

Christopher Kane, $534
SHOP
Floral Printed Cotton Sweatshirt Pants

Floral Printed Cotton Sweatshirt Pants

Christopher Kane, $469
SHOP
Graphic Flowers Top

Graphic Flowers Top

Clover Canyon, $198
SHOP
Graphic Flowers Pant

Graphic Flowers Pant

Clover Canyon, $215
SHOP
Blazer and Pants in Ponte Check

Blazer and Pants in Ponte Check

ASOS, $70
SHOP
Wool-Blend Jacquard Top

Wool-Blend Jacquard Top

Stella McCartney, $835
SHOP
Fluted Wool-Blend Jacquard Skirt

Fluted Wool-Blend Jacquard Skirt

Stella McCartney, $900
SHOP
Hendrix Striped Ottoman Jacket

Hendrix Striped Ottoman Jacket

BCBGMaxazria, $228
SHOP
Pia Casual Short

Pia Casual Short

BCBGMaxazria, $138
SHOP
Full-Length Jacket

Full-Length Jacket

Kenzo, $778
SHOP
Embellished Collar Broken-Jewelery Print Coat

Embellished Collar Broken-Jewelery Print Coat

Giles, $1139
SHOP
Broken Jewelery-Print Shift Dress

Broken Jewelery-Print Shift Dress

Giles, $436
SHOP
Printed Crepe Top

Printed Crepe Top

Marni, $450
SHOP
Crepe Tapered Pants

Crepe Tapered Pants

Marni Printed, $480
SHOP
Mehira Print Blazer

Mehira Print Blazer

Joie, $298
SHOP
Merci Print Shorts

Merci Print Shorts

Joie, $128
SHOP
Quimby Venice-Swirl Print Jacket

Quimby Venice-Swirl Print Jacket

Erdem, $894
SHOP
Esmeralda Venice Printed Trousers

Esmeralda Venice Printed Trousers

Erdem, $557
SHOP
Kelsey Parka

Kelsey Parka

TEXTILE Elizabeth And James, $295
SHOP
Tapered Army Pant

Tapered Army Pant

SNAP x Urban Renewal, $79
SHOP
Rainbow Boucle Jacket

Rainbow Boucle Jacket

French Connection, $200
SHOP
Rainbow Boucle Shorts

Rainbow Boucle Shorts

French Connection, $90
SHOP
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