We’re not talking about co-ordinates on a map, okay? Nope, we’re talking about matching clothes. Suits…of a sort. Skirts and tops that match. Trousers and tops that are, well, co-ordinated.

And wearing them together, in this brilliant trend for spring/summer, that we guess you will love or hate.

Not everyone will want to wear a floral print dress with a jacket on top. But we say why not? In for a penny, in for a pound, and all that.

That’s the point of the new co-ordinates – wear them together, bright and bold.

Polka dots, tropical prints, or abstract patterns – get the matching pair! We adore this trend the most in a midi skirt and crop top, if you can get away with it. Bold patterned trousers with a matching vest are for the brave!

co-ordinates twoClockwise, from top left: Abstract pattern trousers, £75, cami top, £60, both French Connection, leaf print crop top, £17.99, matching midi skirt, £22.99, New Look, Louche polka dot top, £35, matching skirt, £35, JOY

Florals look great on black for spring. Ramp up the floral with a dress and matching jacket, or a full midi and that crop top again. Or maybe subtle white lace is more your style?!

co-ordinates fiveClockwise, from top left: Star by Julien Macdonald floral dress, £60, matching jacket, £55, Debenhams, white lace top, £75, matching skirt, £80, French Connection, big floral crop top, £32, matching skirt, £35, Red Herring @ Debenhams

Jumpsuit and matching draped kimono style jacket? Yes! Bright digital printed dress and matching jacket? Absolutely. These co-ordinates will certainly make you the centre of attention!

co-ordinates threeClockwise, from top left: Floral jumpsuit, £35, matching jacket, £26, Red Herring @ Debenhams, bold floral dress, £52.50, and matching jacket, £52, Preen Edition @ Debenhams

Trouser suits in bold summery prints make the boldest statement in co-ordinates. Or is that a dress, slung over matching trousers? Yep, we think that’s it!

co-ordinates sixl-r: Floral dress, £55, matching trousers, £38, both Butterfly by Matthew Williamson @ Debenhams, wide legged blue tropical print trousers, £tbc, and matching jacket, £tbc, Debenhams

How adorable is New Look’s three piece co-ordinates in a cute daisy print? We love the wide legged trousers, cropped top and slouchy kimono jacket, all at once.

co-ordinates oneClockwise, from top left: Daisy print kimono jacket, £19.99, matching top, £14.99, matching trousers, £19.99, all New Look, bird and floral print top, £35, matching skirt, £39, JOY

For summer, a shorts and top combo makes the perfect co-ordinates. We adore the fringing on this Butterfly by Matthew Williamson kimono jacket.

co-ordinates fourClockwise, from left: square pattern top, £29.99, matching shorts, £29.99, H&M, fringed sleeve kimono jacket, £55, matching shorts, £40, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson @ Debenhams, tropical print shorts, and matching top, £tbc, Floozie by Frost French @ Debenhams

Bold or not, make sure your co-ordinates are one thing – co-ordinated!

Co-Ordinates Trend

Now, we’re not talking about map co-ordinates, were talking about the co-ordinates trend which is happening in fashion this season. The fashion world has come over all matchy-matchy, in this new take on the suit – matching separates in the same print, or separates designed to be worn together.

The co-ordinates trend is actually quite an easy one to get the hang of, and it can look fabulous. It also eliminates the need to think about what matches what, so that’s a bonus, no?

It’s a great trend for wedding outfits, just add a contrasting hat, bag, shoes and other accessories, and you are good to go.

The key style in this co-ordinates trend seems to be the matching skirt and short-line top trend. Great if your abs are toned, but not overly flattering for everyone else. Make sure the skirt is high-waisted, if the top is cropped.

coordinates patternsl-r: Butterfly floral print top, £28, skirt, £35, both Red Herring @ Debenhams, coral lace top, £22, skirt, £24.99, both New Look, snake print top, and matching skirt, £tbc, Dororthy Perkins @ BHS

This look works brilliantly in trousers and loose tops too. Try top and trousers in one plain colour, or a pattern for a simple daytime alternative to jeans.

Co-ordinates french connectionl-r: Argan rose print shirt, £50, and peg leg trousers, £70, Melrose Avenue trousers, £65, boxy shirt, £55, all French Connection

Tops and slouchy trousers make this co-ordinates trend the simplest tend for the long hot summer we are hoping for. Just throw them on, add a big slouchy bag, some shades and sandals and you’re good to go.

coordinates trousersl-r: Aztec print crop vest, £17.99, and trousers, £17.99, both New Look, zebra print blouse, £36,zebra print trousers, £45, both JOY

Another trend this summer is city shorts. So combine the co-ordinates trend and the shorts trend with a cute shorts and top combo. And if they’re in a floral print that’s three trends in one!

Coordinates florals shortsl-r: print Tee, £30, matching shorts, £28, pastel floral short-line Tee top, £32, shorts,£30, both Red Herring @ Debenhams

Keep it more old-school with a matching jacket and skirt, which is essentially a suit, so a bit of cheating here. Or be brave and bold in matching monochrome striped top and bottom.

co-ordinates black and whitel-r: Tribal jacquard print jacket, £35, matching skirt, £25, both BHS, stripe top, £35, matching pencil skirt, £38, both Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams

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