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Have you ever imagined what it’s like to not have to coordinate an outfit at 7:30 a.m. while you simultaneously try to shower, eat breakfast and even possibly get your kids out the door? Heaven, right? Well, then this fashion trend is for you. Earlier in the spring and summer, designers showcased matching separates — shorts and tops, skirts and tops, and pants and tops — on fashion runways. And lucky for us lazy dressers, the trend has continued into fall. Simply look for matching tops and bottoms in the same pattern or same colour and fabric.

Why we love the trend: Besides making getting dressed ridiculously simple, co-ords (as they’re called in the UK) can also be easily integrated into your existing wardrobe because, of course, they are separates that can be worn on their own as well as together. The other bonus of this trend is the return of suits. Both pant suits and skirt suits look extra chic this season, meaning that office workers everywhere are looking trendier and more stylish than usual. Make your favourite suit even more fashionable by wearing a tone-on-tone button up or blouse under your jacket. If your suit is grey or black, try a grey or black patterned top underneath to add interest but maintain the monochromatic look.

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try a brightly patterned or embellished ensemble. A fun pattern adds sophistication to a more casual silhouette, while wearing a matching top and skirt gives you the elegance of a dress with mix and match options.

Matching separates
From left: Zara Top With Back Tie, $59.90 and Zipped Technical Trousers, $59.90, zara.com; H&M Beaded Sweatshirt Top, $49.95 and Beaded Skirt, $39.95, hm.com; DKNY Color Block Stretch Silk Shirt, $235 and DKNY Color Block Pleated Crepe de Chine Skirt, $195, net-a-porter.com