Head-to-toe dressing seems to conjure up images of strict suits and 9-to-5 tailoring, but the new wave of matching is all about laid back elegant and effortless chic. The silhouettes are less structured, the prints are a joyous mix of color and artisan inspiration, and each piece is equally bold whether worn as a set or solo. “The Johnny Was way to match from head-to-toe is much less structured and in keeping with our design ethos,” says Theresa McAllen, our SVP of Design. “These are sets that speak to relaxation, date night, and planning vacations than the traditional office suits.” With that in mind, here’s how to coordinate your weekend in the most beautiful way.

Beach to Black Tie

The key to casual sets is versatility—you want pieces that work separately as well as together. The Amalfi Tunic and matching Pant has a vacation-mode vibe with its relaxed trouser and longer, button-up tunic but, with its silk fabrication, both pieces easily have enough sartorial drama on their own. “If you pair the pants with a cami like our Edie or Calmé Basic Tank, and then top it with a sharp jacket, the look could be black tie,” suggests Theresa. You could also top the trouser with the matching Amalfi Kimono for a look that is truly head-turning. “My main tip is to keep your accessories to a minimum when you’re wearing a head-to-toe print this bold since you want that to be the star of the show.”

Get Set with Ruffles

A trend that’s perfect for spring and summer is delicate ruffles; they add a soft volume that is charming and feels perfectly bohemian. The Stephanie Tiered Maxi Skirt and complementary Claire Tiered Top are both crafted from layers of silk designed to drape to perfection. Our secret to wearing ruffles and frills is to look for a really lightweight fabric that doesn't add unnecessary bulk. While both pieces are beautiful worn alone, together the effect is truly stunning. When it comes to styling, we love this look with a simple slide sandal and a single, understated piece of jewelry like the Brass Cuff.

Unexpected Fabrics

 The other fresh way to wear an all-over print as a complete look is to switch up the fabrications. “In the same way that monochrome dressing feels chic--say white jeans and a white button-down--doing the same with prints becomes equally stunning but more fun,” says Theresa. The Rebecca Kimono is lightweight woven, whereas the Tokyo High Slit Knit Dress is a bamboo knit. Both have the same print (though the Kimono jacket gets bonus points for being reversible) but the play on textures adds an unexpected element. Even in the summer, we all want to bring a light jacket or cardigan when we go out in the evening, and this look feels like a nice update on that.

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