Couple Shirts – Endearing or Obnoxious? | Speaking of China

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  1. Svetlana
    Svetlana December 7, 2017 at 8:34 am | | Reply

    For me I guess obnoxious…but it’s because of my personal experiences.

  2. Sarah Gao
    Sarah Gao December 7, 2017 at 11:15 am | | Reply

    I’d say it depends on the t-shirt. My husband and I have a couple of items of matching clothes/accessories including similar t-shirts, and gloves which differ slightly in colour. These were purchased, as you mentioned, more because we both liked them than with an aim of showing off our couple-ness. If you think about it, even a wedding ring is usually a ‘couple’ object, with both parties sporting the same plain (or sometimes rather gaudy) ring in differing sizes. When we got married we actually chose rings that initially don’t appear to match too much,aside from the type of gold, but are infact kind of a pair. I personally find the outfits sometimes cute but they can get obnoxious when people are walking around in clothes that have a big arrow and the words “my boyfriend” and “my girlfriend” on them. But these can become hilarious when the couple isn’t standing in the right order or standing next to someone else.

  3. Heleen Van 'tveld
    Heleen Van 'tveld December 7, 2017 at 7:04 pm | | Reply

    We are both ZERT members so when in China we often wear the same T-shirt :p but that’s it, for the rest cosplaying Anna and the King is on my list :p

  4. Timo
    Timo December 8, 2017 at 1:07 am | | Reply

    I am not really a fan of them. However my wife loved them in the beginning so be bought a few. Well, we never really wore them more them once and by now my wife has forgotten them (thankfully)

  5. dan Yeh
    dan Yeh December 8, 2017 at 5:07 am | | Reply

    Back in Honolulu, we saw tourists wearing matching Hawaiian outfit all the time. We locals always thought that is something only the giddily enchanted visitors would do and we would never be caught dead in such an outlandish garb.
    Even though I’m now living in the casual life style of southern California, I still don’t see but a very small handful of couples walking around in such matching clothes.
    I presume that the rarity is an indication that most of the folks do think matching outfits are obnoxious

  6. Christine
    Christine December 8, 2017 at 2:55 pm | | Reply

    Haha I love this post because Junwen and I are a bit different…I’m embarrassed to be “matchy matchy”, but I discovered one day that he liked it and it made him feel special. I found out the wrong way though…I was wearing a certain color t-shirt and he came out wearing the same thing, and I think I made fun of the fact and said something about how one of us would have to change…Only to find out that it was intentional. Whoops. I wonder if it is a cultural thing? (Except that there are those matching American jogger suits from the 90s…)

    I try to be more sensitive now. I’m definitely okay with complementary attire…Like, if I wear a certain dress color to a wedding and he wears a matching tie, or a shirt color that complements. But I feel awkward if we are too matchy matchy. And I may slightly judge those couples that wear the exact same outfit. ;-P

  7. Charly
    Charly December 10, 2017 at 2:46 am | | Reply

    I like couple clothes – that aren’t sold as such. Better said, i like wearing similar or nearly identical outfit as my partner.
    we often wear the same colored pants, shirts, and even shoes. but n. o texts on any item. however for us it just happens – we never do it on purpose. This makes it nicer or cuter in my opinion. it just shows we’re connected and united.

    I’d find it over the top if things like ‘queen’/’king were written on them. half a heart on each would be kinda cute – depending on color, size, type, so on.

    but to each, their own. Maybe those who grew up in a society where there’s a lot of stress put on individuality [like in USA] are more against it…? i don’t know. but it’s OK to have different opinions.

  8. Eileen Huang 黃愛玲
    Eileen Huang 黃愛玲 December 12, 2017 at 11:49 am | | Reply

    Honestly, I am not all that concerned about couples like to match or not, it is weird to have a strong opinion about those trivial things such as that. If a couple wants to match, great. If they don’t, also great. My husband and I only match in color and if one of us are casual…then we both are. If one of us is dressy…then we both are. Funny, though, we both just got LL Bean active wear…they’re not identical but we still somehow match all the same now. 😂

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