The Plus size Coordinating Set- Not just sweaters anymore

 Illustration by Jordan Richardson

Below you'll find another blog post from Poplin contributor and plus size fashion guru, Jordan Richardson. This time, she teamed up with Poplin Style Direction Intern, Ellie Emoto to bring you up to speed on this summer's Must Have.  This week's Poplin newsletter includes Ellie's take on the LWD for straight sizes and Jordan's perspective for plus size women is below. If you aren't receiving the newsletter, make sure to sign up!

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Although I usually try and stay away from flash trends, opting instead for more classic pieces, sometimes I get roped in. I struggled against the coordinating set but then finally gave in to the matchy matchy patterned sets that felt fun and funky. Well, my jumping into this trend was my best fashion decision of the past six months. After acquiring a matching monochrome patterned sweater and skirt set I found a dozen ways to wear each piece separately, and another dozen ways to wear them together with various accessories and shoes.  Even better, I felt powerful, stunning and oh so cool every time I put them on together.

So I want to share that feeling with you. I've found some coordinating sets or co-ords that align with some keywords; making this trend accessible no matter what you are seeking to communicate.



Edgy, Youthful, Sporty:

 Raglan Crop Top. Forever21+. $7.80.

For those looking to dip their toes into the coordinated set, a color match top and pant, or skirt is a great way to subtly approach this new fashion challenge. This great crop top and pant combo allows for some spunky edgy vibes while still covering a bit. And yes, I know that is a crop top but just think of it as a tucked in blouse with more freedom when pairing it with high waist pants or skirts; where most of the time only a small amount of bare skin may show through.


Professional, Quirky, Energetic:

 Placed Lace Striped Top. $58.00                                                    Placed Lace Striped Pencil Skirt. $68.00

This adorable pastel striped set is demure enough for the office but fun enough for an energetic spirit. The great thing about this set is that it is just screaming to be worn with the rest of your closet. Think a blush silk top with a great wedge, or a textured white trouser with sleek hair and a chunky earring.


Feminine Street Edge:

 Monroe Bralette & Monroe Skirt. Zelie for She. $45.00 & $50.00.

This gorgeous set from new up and coming plus size designer Zelie for She is toting some major edgy sweet glam with this bralette and circle skirt set. I adore that this top has wide enough straps for a good busty lady bra. Styling for this could include a zingy colored cardigan, or a bold statement necklace in metals to add some more edge to keep this from feeling too sweet.

Classic, Standout, Tailored;

 Vince Camuto Lace Yoke Sleeveless Blouse. Sale $88.90. Regular $134.00   Vince Camuto Lace Panel Pencil Skirt. Sale $88.90. Regular $134.00

Probably the most demure of the sets, this amazing co-ord is not only on sale for Nordstrom's Anniversary sale, but is so wearable for anyone looking for a work appropriate ensemble. The beauty of this is that even in a conservative work place you can still find space for a hot trend.


Funky, Tailored, Glam:

 ASOS Curve Peplum Skirt in Winter Rose Print & Scuba T-Shirt in Winter Rose Print. $60.97 & $47.64

This is my current favorite co-ord up for grabs. I love the silhouette, the colors and the confidence exuded by a take notice set like this. To me a simple shoe and small earring finish off this ensemble assured to turn heads, in the best way.

Okay, hopefully this gave you a good little introduction to the wonderful opportunities that coordinated sets can offer. No longer does this mean sweater sets, instead a barrage of flippy skirts, sassy crop tops and work appropriate duds just waiting to meet your closet. Give it a try, they may become your new work horse.

Happy Shopping!

 Poplin Contributor and Plus Size Expert Jordan Richardson. Photo by  Emily Dymond Photography .

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