The Easy Outfit Combo That I’m 100% Here For This Summer


It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of a co-ord or any outfit that takes less than a minute to style, for that matter. When time is of the essence or, you know, you just don’t have the brain capacity to make any decisions (same), a matchy-matchy pairing is a godsend. If you find yourself nodding in agreement, it’s my happy duty to tell you that one of this summer’s key trends falls neatly into the low-maintenance co-ord category.

We’ve been seeing more and more comfy shorts co-ords making the rounds on Instagram over the last 12 months. Initially, they came in cosy jersey fabrics via brands like The Frankie Shop, but as we move through summer 2023, we’re seeing more refined iterations come to the fore that look a little more Sunday-brunch-in-the-sun and a little less Friday-night-Netflix-binge.

That being said, this is by no means jumping into the dressing-up deep end, and while the shorts set 2.0 often comes with a tailored fit, it will still feel relaxed enough to suit our lazy summer selves. My favourite way of styling this look has been relatively simple: gold jewellery, chunky sandals and oversize sunnies (a minimalist’s dream). But there are also a number of brands embracing joyful prints, be it colourful checks, stripes or abstract florals—all guaranteed to put a smile on your face. 

I have to say that the high street has really pulled it out of the bag with this trend, with premium-looking pieces coming from COS, Nobody’s Child and H&M. I personally have my eye on COS’s gingham iteration in navy and ecru, which will add a soft touch to my summer capsule. At the other end of the market, it’s Deiji Studios delivering the goods, with clean-line linen co-ords in both faded hues and monochrome shades of black and white.

I would also recommend checking out what is currently in your wardrobe, as you may well be able to re-create the look using pieces that you already own, such as a classic white tee with white cotton shorts or a button-up denim shirt with fabric-match denim cut-offs. Trust me—when the mercury rises, this is all you’ll want to be wearing. Scroll down to see and shop my edit of the best warm-weather shorts sets.

T by Alexander Wang Appliquéd Striped Cotton-Poplin Shirt

I love how Net has styled the co-ord with heels in this model shot. 

T by Alexander Wang Striped Cotton-Poplin Shorts

Boxer short, but make it chic.

H&M Silk-Blend Twill Shirt

Every editor on our team is obsessed with this shorts set. 

Deiji Studios The Double Loop Shirt and Shorts Set

If in doubt, try a simple black set. 

COS Cropped V-Neck Linen Shirt

The bright orange hue adds a playful touch to this two-piece. 

COS Linen Drawstring Shorts

The perfect bikini cover-up.

Reformation Asher Knit Two Piece

I’m into this more fitted silhouette.

Pangaia Pineapple Collared Short Sleeve Shirt

Crafted from an innovative blend of organic cotton and pineapple leaf fibre. Yes, you read that correctly.

Pangaia Pineapple Long Shorts

This boyish fit is so versatile.

COS Gingham Linen Shorts

Gingham is an essential print to have in your summer wardrobe.

River Island Plus Pink Oversized Shirt With Linen

This chic set comes in sizes 18 – 28.

River Island Plus Pink Shorts With Linen

This will look the stylish part worn over a black one-piece for the beach. 

Deiji Studios + Net Sustain the Halter Striped Organic Cotton Top and Shorts Set

Deji Studios’ collection is more on-point than ever.

FeMereina Relaxed Button-Down Shorts Set

This striped set also comes in pink and light blue.

COS Cropped Denim Shirt

A little something different for those days in the city.

COS Pleated A-Line Denim Shorts

You could also wear the shirt open with a white tank top underneath.

Me+Em Toweling Swing Top Short Co-Ord

This set is perfectly cut. 

Reformation Will Oversized Shirt

If you like your shirts relaxed, try this Reformation number.

Reformation Willow Short

It doesn’t get more classic than blue-and-white stripes.

Betrodi Two Piece Linen Co Ord

This will pair beautifully with straw accessories. 

Reformation Billie Linen Vest

Reformation is delivering with its smart co-ords this season. 

Reformation Mila Linen Short

Smart but comfy, thanks to the elasticated waistband.

Deiji Studios + Net Sustain the 03 Floral-Print Linen Pajama Set

I love this ditsy floral print. 

Nobody's Child Red Button Up Cotton Short Sleeve Shirt

For those who favour bolder hues…

Nobody's Child Red Cotton Jet Shorts

This shade will be so eye-catching in the sun.

Arket Short-Sleeved Linen Shirt

Arket’s linen is the best on the high street.

Arket Linen Shorts

I wear these over a swimsuit at the beach too.

The Easy Outfit Combo That I’m 100% Here For This Summer

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