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Coterie, Spring 2017


Seemingly straight out of Taylor Swift’s paparazzi-worthy wardrobe is one of Spring 2017’s key fashion trends: the two-piece outfit. Matching sets, in either shorts, skirts or pants, were abundant at Coterie’s Spring 2017 trade show. Envisioned in a slew of iterations, from printed pajama-inspired tops and bottoms to tweed short-and-jacket combinations, brands maximized on the trend’s popularity.

Invigorating the look were unexpected textures seen in exaggerated perforation and laissez-faire, fluid interpretations that float off the body. Combinations featuring shorts and skirts echoed the 1990s trend á la Cher Horowitz from “Clueless.” Meanwhile, matching jackets and shorts offered an alternative to classic suits for spring.

The look was best when brands infused their identity into the trend. Ted Baker incorporated sets into the spring 2017 collection for a youthful injection. Twin sets were seen in a prim lace duo that featured a boxy lace top and fitted miniskirt. A navy floral printed set appeared refined and feminine with bows attached to both pieces for an additional girly edge — true to the brand’s ladylike tradition.

Catherine Scorey, women’s wear director at Ted Baker, said, “The placement of the entangled enchantment print on the short and top make a perfect set and celebrate the femininity of the Ted Baker woman with the addition of formal bows on both pieces.” Luxe fabrications and weaves such as satin and tweed were incredibly prominent among brands, suggesting a more relaxed approach to professional dressing come next spring.

The trend has proved its staying power. The style has been championed by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Versace, Peter Pilotto and Calvin Klein in recent seasons. Celebrities have taken note of the look – it’s a mainstay for Taylor Swift, who has shown off the style on and off the red carpet more than a couple times. Other big-name fans include Victoria Beckham, Kate Bosworth and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, ensuring that this trend is going to stick around for some time.

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