How often have you walked into a store and been tempted to buy a matching top, skirt, and trousers? Or just couldn’t decide which one to take?
Many designers do matching patterns as a way of spreading the cost of buying the fabric. The minimum orders required by some fabric companies then lead the designers of high street chains to say – what else would this look good in? – whereas high end designers generally do this on purpose. Have you ever been in a store and fallen in love with the fabric first, which then leads to the harder decision of what to buy it in?
I had some drawstring silk pyjamas trousers from Zara that came with a matching shirt that I lived in. I had all three sizes and wore them for travelling, filming, and literally to go to sleep in. It was the perfection of the small geometric print of the fabric that sold me, but also that en masse the print was not overwhelming.
COS also tend to make tops and skirts from the same fabric, they don’t necessarily hang them together, and sometimes you will find that you see a shirt from one season and the skirt from the next. Here I have on exactly that, but with the addition of a belt, it morphs into a dress.
The fabric that I am totally in love with is this skirt and top from Maje. A mixture of whimsical chiffon and pulled out puffballs of fluff, don’t quite know how else to describe this fabric, but please feel free to tell me. I bought the top and skirt, and again with the right belt, where all semblance of a waistband is removed, voila it became the most perfect of summer dresses. A little princessy but not too mutton. The length of the hem giving a hint of more leg, but disguising the unwanted details.
Do look out for matching, but remember to make sure that you can wear the print on your whole body. I made the mistake last week of going back to buy a shirt for some grey patterned Stella silk trousers, and my boyfriend said ‘Too, too much…’ Having not tried them on together, I then had a good look, and thought ‘He’s so so right….’