Matching two piece sets fall in the ranks of rompers and dresses when it comes to easy dressing. Coordinating separates, whether a skirt and top set, a short and top set, or a crop top and high waisted skirt set, are a one and done style. They look polished when worn together and are easily paired with other pieces in your closet.
Also known as co-ords, matching two-piece sets were popular fashion in the ’90s and have recently come back into style, and for good reason. In the spring and the summer, I want dressing to be as effortless as possible while still maintaining a pretty, feminine look that makes me feel confident. The sooner I can get dressed, the sooner I can enjoy spring and summer pastimes, like long evening walks, bike rides, and picnics.
I have several two piece outfits in my closet, and I’ve been keeping a close eye for pretty feminine options from various brands as summer approaches. Whether you’re looking forward to summer happy hours on the porch, boat rides with your family, ice cream cones, or a combination of all of the above, here are my favorite matching sets for the warm weather.
I adore all of the beautiful prints and patterns that Agua by Agua Bendita creates and this linen stamp-print top and skirt is no exception. A sliver of midriff adds to the allure of wearing this set for a romantic vacation evening out. The versatility of the lightweight linen also lends itself to a more casual look, created by pairing the skirt with a simple white tee and sandals.
I love the romantic pink and green vintage-inspired floral pattern of this top and skirt set from Thierry Colson. While they look perfect together as a set, I would also pair the top with denim and flats for a more casual look and the skirt with a blouse and heels for an evening out.
How to Style Two Piece Sets
Your two piece set of choice and accompanying accessories and shoes should be determined by where you’re going. There’s nothing worse than looking chic but not being able to participate in activities because of your outfit. Here are some two piece outfit styling notes to keep in mind this season.
Printed Two Piece Sets
If your set has a print or pretty details, keep all eyes on the set by choosing neutral and understated accessories. In the summer, woven bags and raffia earrings are a nice choice with sandals or comfortable espadrilles.
Casual Skirt and Top Sets
Matching sets come in both casual and dressy styles, with dressy options defined by their silhouettes, silkier fabrics, and darker colors. For a casual skirt set, look for linen, cotton, and light and airy colors and floral prints.
I prefer matching top and skirt sets that have longer skirts, as they’re a little easier to style. They can be worn with flats, slides, espadrilles, or sandals, depending on the occasion.
Short and Top Sets
These would be my choice for more active days. Shorts guarantee a little more modesty if you’ll be riding bikes, and they’re the most casual choice for backyard barbecues, running errands, and more. I like to pair mine with a simple sandal (opt for a fun pop of color if your matching set is neutral), my everyday jewelry, and this summertime tote.
Blazer and Short Set
This is such an overlooked style and I’ll never know why. I absolutely love a blazer and shorts to draw attention to the legs and dress up an otherwise casual look. Wear this to date night out or whenever you’re feeling a little edgy. I’d pair with pumps, a clutch, gold jewelry, and a high, curled ponytail.
Where to Buy Matching Two Piece Sets
Two piece sets have become commonplace, so whether you’re looking for a set to invest in at a luxury online retailer like Matches Fashion or Net-A-Porter, want an affordable option from Target, Zara, Topshop, or H&M, or want a mid-tier option that won’t break the bank, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for through a simple Google search or at your favorite local boutique.
These can be a little hard to find online, as the search term ‘two piece’ or ‘two piece outfits’ can return results like bikinis and beachwear. I recommend using search terms like “matching sets women,” “two piece outfits”, and “coordinated sets.” These will improve your chances of finding what you’re looking for. You can narrow the search further by searching “two piece outfit shorts,” “two piece outfits skirt,” or “matching two piece sets for women.”