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Best fashion trend: matching and patterned sets

Photo Illustration by Auden Yurman | Assistant Photo Editor
Matching and patterned sets are ideal for a put-together look that takes little to no effort to plan, and you can mix pieces to expand your outfit options.

Readers pick: Claw clips

After about a year and a half of quarantining, online instruction and postponed in-person events, the fashion industry’s outlook on spring 2022 fashion has circulated around one underlying mindset: if we’re finally going out, we’re going to look bright and bold doing it.

This trend takes the win for our fashion category for its convenience, vintage inspiration and potential for variation. While trends like knitwear and claw clips have definitely gained popularity in recent months, they don’t present as many fashion possibilities as matching and patterned sets.

Spring 2022 fashion will be full of eye-catching bold patterns and color palettes. And unique to this trend, you also won’t have to sacrifice convenience and comfort to achieve eccentric style. That’s why the resurgence of patterned and matching sets have made its way to the front of fashion shows like Versace and Maison Margiela and onto the streets of New York and D.C.

Matching and patterned sets are ideal for a put-together look that takes little to no effort to plan. Items are not limited to one outfit, as you can mix tops and bottoms with other items of clothing while still looking chic and trendy this spring.

Get ready to rock matching gingham or checkered crop tops and oversized pants sets and see bright color palettes reminiscent of Jennifer Garner’s famous “13 Going on 30” dress this spring. Colors like grass green, soft lilac and canary yellow, which have found their way onto the backs of celebrities like Ariana Grande and Anne Hathaway, are popping up everywhere in D.C. stores stocking for the season.

Most recently, rapper and actor Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, and actor David Oyelowo wore bright yellow-green suit sets to the 2022 Oscars while actress Zendaya wore a matching suit set to an Oscars after party.

Patterned sets have event found their way into the White House. Singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo wore a pink plaid Chanel skirt suit set to the White House last year after she was invited to serve as a celebrity ambassador to encourage teenagers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Matching and patterned skirt suits or pantsuits are a chic way to look stylish in both professional and casual settings, since this trend can be dressed up or down. As matching sets make their way onto the spring 2022 runway, they’ll soon make their way into your closet hopefully awaiting that coveted Hillternship debut.

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