LOWER EAST SIDE — Fashion has met its match this summer.
Midriff-baring outfits of identical tops and bottoms are bringing a new order to summer attire that buck the recent trend of clashing unlikely patterns, colors and textures.
Matching outfits can be "an easy way to try colors and patterns that would otherwise be scary," said stylists and wardrobe consultant of 10 years Sara Cooper. "It is flattering and a no-brainer in terms of getting dressed."
Stylist Dawn Del Russo also spotted the trend on starlets Selena Gomez and Emma Watson, as well as in the collections of Dolce & Gabbana, and Chanel.
"What's great about this trend is it is easy to find and you can start out with just matching the same colored top and bottom then try stripes, polka dots or floral prints," Del Russo said.
Both Del Russo and Cooper suggested adding a sheer top or open button down top for those not ready to bare their entire midriff.
"It is a way to do it tastefully," Cooper added. "I love the whole crop top with the sheer top over it so you just see a little peek."
Even though trends evolve, don't stop mixing prints and colors, according to Del Russo.
"It can work well when buying the matching pieces and wearing them as separates with contrasting pieces," she said.
Photography: Benjamin Oliver
Stylist: Serena Solomon
Model: Tara Crowl
Location: Lower East Side and Chinatown