Why Chic Co-Ordinates Are The Savviest Style Choice This Season

Forget all notions of stuffy work suits, the new wave of corresponding separates are worthy of a place in your wardrobe and we've got ten reasons to prove why...

Once upon a time, dark drab trouser suits were the reserve of city women only and matching your separates was to be avoided at all costs. The news for spring/summer 2014 is that those rules have finally been broken! Which is music to the ears of us all.

Fashion has taken a sensible turn and deemed it relevant and modern to work a trouser suit at the office – whether the business dictate requires it or not. The key? Steer away from charcoals, navy and black and navigate towards clean whites or pastels, colourful prints and colour block bold brights. The beauty of this trend is the bang for your buck; team the blazer alone with denim or contrasting trousers or choose a plain blouse to wear with the print trousers – it’s not simply a one-outfit investment. On those days when you do choose to match up, slip on a smart court heel and dress your look down with a simple tee, rather than a stuffy blouse or shirt.

But what if tailored trousers aren’t for you? Rejoice in the knowledge that co-ordinated separates as a whole will be everywhere this season. A pencil skirt with an overlaid matching top is a super-chic choice and once again, you can break away from the matchy-matchy style whenever the mood takes you, teaming your separates with contrasting pieces instead. Breathe new life in to a black pencil skirt with the print top or ramp up a simple navy trouser with a stand-out patterned upper.

For inspiration and tips on how to work the look for you, simply click through our favourite pieces from the high street…

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