Rock the matching sets trend with these versatile styles

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Throw on these convenient co-ords for an instantly put together look.
Throw on these convenient co-ords for an instantly put together look.

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Tired of pulling out every piece in your closet while trying to assemble an outfit? Matching sets might be the perfect, ahem, match for you. The style, which—you guessed it—consists of matching tops and bottoms, is as convenient as it is fashionable. The trend took off during COVID lockdown in 2020, when cozy athleisure became a work-from-home uniform for many.

But the buzz surrounding pairable pieces has hardly gone away as of late. In the March Madness bracket of Reviewed’s Style Check newsletter, matching sets came out on top of every fashion trend, beating out strong sartorial contenders like high-waisted pants and the hair scrunchie. Plus, now that in-person events are creeping back onto calendars, you can find matching sets featuring everything from polished suits to, of course, loungewear. If you’re thinking about trying the trend, consider these eight sets. (But if you fall in love with one piece, don’t be afraid to shop a single style on its own.)

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These comfy, coordinated PJs from Target

Chill out at home in this soft set.
Chill out at home in this soft set.

If you’re tempted to stay in your pajamas while working from home, try a put-together pair like this bestselling Target set from Stars Above. Reviewers rave over the Perfectly Cozy Lounge Pajama Shorts, calling them the “softest ever”—and after our own reviewer tested styles from the Stars Above pajama line, she was eager to stock up on more.

The casual style, which includes convenient pockets, is available in light gray and charcoal in women’s sizes XS to XXL. For a cozy co-ord you can wear while catching up on Zoom calls—or catching up on Netflix—pair it with the Perfectly Cozy Lounge Sweatshirt, which comes in the same range of colors and sizes.

These matching Lululemon designs

These soft pants are a must for a comfy casual vibe.
These soft pants are a must for a comfy casual vibe.

With so many athleisure options in similar colors, Lululemon offers several styles you can combine to create a matching set. Try the brand’s bestselling Align High-Rise Jogger, which is available in women’s sizes 0 to 20. Our tester called the “buttery soft” pants an “absolute must have'' if you’re looking for comfy, casual pants.

Pair the versatile leggings with the Loungeful Hoodie in black, which is also available in women’s sizes 0 to 20 and is made of what the brand describes as “soft, premium fleece fabrics.”

And if you want to rock matching Lululemon from head to toe, complete the ensemble with a pair of black Blissfeel running shoes, the company’s first-ever sneaker that touts a “women-first” fit.

This shacket and shorts combo

Opt for something easy and breezy.
Opt for something easy and breezy.

High-end basics brand Madewell offers a plethora of two-piece options. Try two trends in one with this set featuring a shacket, a shirt/jacket combination, that’s all the rage. The vintage-inspired Drakefield Shirt-Jacket is perfect for layering and is available in off white in women’s sizes XXS to XXL. Pair it with the Garment-Dyed Pull-On Utility Shorts, which include a stretchy waistband for comfort and four deep pockets for convenience. They come in women’s waist sizes 23 to 33 in the matching off-white shade.

This striped tank and shorts set

The perfect set for lounging.
The perfect set for lounging.

When you find a matching set that is stylish to be worn out and about, but comfy enough to wear for lounging, that's when you've hit the matching set jackpot. Ban.do's Breezy Tank and Chill Shorts feature an eye-catching lime green stripe print and are made with a lightweight, rayon fabric, ideal to throw on and go when you're in need of something breezy and effortless. Both pieces are available in women’s sizes XS to 2XL.

This cottony set from Tkees

This set provides all-day comfort on hotter days.
This set provides all-day comfort on hotter days.

Just as easy to throw on as Tkees super popular flip-flops and slippers? This cotton gauze lounge set from the brand, which features side split hems, pockets and an elastic waist. As versatile as it is comfortable, this set can be paired together or worn separately thanks to its classic, clean look. It's available in sizes XS-XXL and comes in three shades: white, putty and black.

This sweat-ready style from Athleta

Ready, set, sweat!
Ready, set, sweat!

When it comes to athleisure staples, two is better than one. Try the Ultra High Rise Elation 7/8 Tight from Athleta, available in white and purple in women’s sizes XXS to 3X. Our tester tried a version of the fitness brand’s popular Elation 7/8 leggings and found the tights both supportive and squat-proof.

Pair the high-waisted style with the Exhale Bra, which comes in 11 colors—including the same shades of white and purple—in XXS to 3X. Over 1,000 reviewers have raved about the style, which features removable pads. “There's enough coverage in the front and the back detail is really pretty,” one writes.

This Free People set that’s both coordinating and convertible

Go for something casual and stylish.
Go for something casual and stylish.

What could be better than two ways to wear your fave outfit? Three, of course. Free People’s Sunray Set features harem-inspired pants with a foldover waistband that can be pulled up to transform into a strapless bandeau jumpsuit. The set also includes a long T-shirt to toss on for anything from a day at the beach to a trip to the grocery store. It’s available in women’s sizes XS to XL in olive, bronze and black.

Get the Free People Sunray Set at Free People for $98

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This classic tie-dye set from Old Navy

This soft-fleece tie-dye set comes in 13 colors.
This soft-fleece tie-dye set comes in 13 colors.

Would a list of matching sets be complete without some tie-dye? Several reviewers called Old Navy’s Mid-Rise Vintage Street Jogger Sweatpants “the most comfortable jogger I’ve ever worn.” The soft-washed fleece style comes in 16 colors in women’s sizes XS to 4X. Several of the shades match with the brand’s Vintage Specially Dyed Crew-Neck Sweatshirt, which comes in 13 colors in the same size range. Reviewers also commented on the sweatshirt’s comfortable fit, with one remarking that it “wears like a hug.”

These mix-and-match pieces from Girlfriend Collective

The Float High Rise Leggings passed Reviewed's squat test.
The Float High Rise Leggings passed Reviewed's squat test.

For a make-your-own matching set, find any two of Girlfriend Collective’s athleticwear styles in the same color—you’ll find a range of both “essential” and limited edition shades. Reviewed’s tester found that the Float High Rise Leggings pass the squat test—no show-through when you move and bend—and don’t pill easily. The style, which the company claims is made from 17 plastic water bottles, is available in women’s sizes XXS to 6XL and in a very current shade of burgundy called “berry.” For a matching top in the same hue, try the Luca V-Neck Tank, which the brand says is made from 90% recycled bottles and 10% spandex. It comes in sizes XXS to 6XL.

This tie top and pull-on pants from Express

This set shows a little bit of skin.
This set shows a little bit of skin.

While the trend of high-waisted pants may have come in second in our style bracket, that doesn’t mean they can’t play nice with matching sets. Try the High Waisted Linen-blend Pull on Wide Leg Pant from Express, which comes in both bright yellow and classic white in women’s sizes XXS to XL. For a coordinated look that shows a tiny bit of skin, add the brand’s Linen-Blend Tie Front Puff Sleeve Cropped Top, which comes in seven colors (including those two) in the same size range.

This elevated sweatsuit from Amazon

These tapered pants are available in 20 colors.
These tapered pants are available in 20 colors.

For sweatpants with a stylish twist, try the Terry Cotton and Modal Jogger from Amazon’s Daily Ritual brand. The tapered pants boast over a thousand 5-star ratings, with one reviewer pointing out that they’re “warm but also breathable” and “cute in a relaxed way.” They’re available in 20 colors in women’s sizes XS to XL. If you opt for the camel, black or lilac colors, you can pair the pants with Daily Ritual’s Ultra Soft Cardigan and Crop Top Sweater knit set, which comes in the same shades and sizes. Wear the crop top on its own to show off the cute criss-cross detail in the back, or layer with the matching sweater for a twin set that pulls together your three-piece (sweat) suit.

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