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|13 Feb|5 mins

Accidentally On Purpose: Why We’re All For Couple Dressing

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Elle Glass
13 Feb
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In 2006, the UK’s Daily Express ran the headline: ‘Brad: the man who likes to look like his girlfriend’. The cover showed the blonde-haired blue-eyed heartthrob with Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The cover was picked up again by the magic that is Instagram. Paltrow was quick to reply:

Advice
|13 Feb|5 mins

Accidentally On Purpose: Why We’re All For Couple Dressing

Must be love?
Elle Glass
13 Feb
Share:

In 2006, the UK’s Daily Express ran the headline: ‘Brad: the man who likes to look like his girlfriend’. The cover showed the blonde-haired blue-eyed heartthrob with Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The cover was picked up again by the magic that is Instagram. Paltrow was quick to reply:

Thanks to @commentsbycelebs

And who can blame them? He is, after all, Brad Pitt.

But these three are far from alone in their clone-like efforts.

And couple dressing is not just for the romantically linked (... although the effort made by Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake does deserve a very special place in history). Cases in point: The Olsen twins, that crowd you ran with in high school, your best mate.

Some will say this push to likeness is tied to a sense of belonging, driven by a need to fit in, or the subconscious need to create a collective identity. For many, though, it’s sheer convenience.

The borrow (read: steal) factor is high when it comes to dressing like the one you love. When clothes aren’t your own they weirdly seem more appealing of a morning. And if your special someone is really into white shirts then, by default, you most likely are now too.

We date / mesh with our partners in crime, in part, because we like the same things. So it should be no surprise that you’ll occasionally buy the same style and then, often, even if only accidentally, wear them the same time. Think: really being into the same colours, the same fabrics, loving the stripe tee, the all-black look, the all-white look, wearing the same shoes and going to town with your whole squad...

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When it comes, then, to the question of to change or not to change, we like to run with the answer of too much is never enough.

After all, in the romance stakes, it’s kind of like dating yourself. Never a bad option.

Thanks to Getty Images

Elle Glass
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