Matching sets make us feel powerful. It’s as if we were wearing a nice neat dress and then decided to pull out a pair of scissors and liberate our upper torsos in a display of stylish rebellion. With a high waist matching set, a hint of skin affords for new freedom to move around and each time you turn and twist, new angles give your look new dimensions. Emily Schuman recently wrote on Cupcakes and Cashmere that she prefers crop tops that are more loose than body hugging. She makes the case that “the most flattering crop tops are those that flare out a bit above your belly-button, because they create a more dramatic contrast with your waist,” and we couldn’t agree more! A matching set is like a dress’ cooler older sister who we all want to dress like because she doesn’t try too hard or take herself too seriously. We feel like we can conquer the world in a matching set, and the caped moto jacket and white sneakers keep this look casual while making conquering the world look easy.
We were recently walking in North Beach past the little bridal shop whose window displays we drool over on a regular basis and we were pleasantly surprised to see a two-piece wedding dress front and center on one of the four figures. Imagine, taking what’s traditionally the most proper item in any woman’s wardrobe (so much so that she wears it only once and retires it, for it’s no longer appropriate for any event less formal than black tie) and slicing it to reveal a long skirt and a beautiful new shiny while cropped tank top. That spells fun to us. The girl who slips into those two matching pieces knows how to have fun, and isn’t that all we really want, (according to Cyndi Lauper at least)?