Stylish Synergy? How To Match Your Outfit To Your Partner’s

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Men will often coordinate their own outfits. But ensuring they match their partners always seems like a step too far. 

However, if you can get this technique right, it can make all the difference in the world. Suddenly you both “pop” in ways you never did before. 

So what’s the secret? How do you become stylish and match your partner’s outfit? Let’s take a look at your options. 

Coordinate

The first and most obvious step is to coordinate your attire. Matching clothes that complement each other is essential for sartorial splendour

“Couples will often shop for clothes independently,” says clothing brand JC London. “And that’s okay if they’re experts and know each other’s wardrobes inside out. But it can also create clashes and other issues if that’s not the case.”

“The trick is to buy items from the same retailer or brand. Companies often curate their men’s and women’s collections to give them a consistent theme across any given season. This way, buyers have more freedom, knowing whatever they purchase will probably work.”

Coordination can take many forms, including: 

  • Wearing similar colours
  • Wearing different shades of the same colour
  • Wearing colours that complement each other on the colour wheel (opposites, thirds, etc.)
  • Matching patterns, designers, or styles

Be Comfortable

At the same time, you want to be comfortable. Matching styles shouldn’t mean you suddenly have to be uptight in your fashion sense. 

Being comfortable can take various forms. For example, you might wear a tracksuit and match it to white leggings women can wear. Here, you aren’t sacrificing your personal style just because you think your partner might be wearing something else. Instead, you’re working with what you want and developing a style you love. 

“The number of online retailers offering loungewear and athleisure products is exploding,” JC London says. “There’s been an outbreak of interest in these garments ever since social media personalities popularised them. It’s a trend we want to see continuing for a long time.”

Once you feel comfortable, you should also feel more confident. Choose a coordination level that suits you and does just enough to make people notice and say “They were meant to be together.”

Be Subtle

Just because your partner is wearing a leopard-skin style outfit doesn’t mean you should too. That would look awkward (and a little cringe-worthy). Instead, focus on how you can be complementary. Matching your partner doesn’t mean copying them. 

The trick is to reflect their vibes subtly. If they are dressing ostentatiously, you might want to choose something more demure. Similarly, if their colours are bright, you might want yours to be darker. 

“Our advice is for couples to find an online retailer they both like and choose clothes that go together,” JC London explains. “Retailers will often group products by type, making it more straightforward to come up with pairings. Some even have “his” and “her” collections for couples looking for professional coordination in their styles.”

Making coordination subtle is an art and a science. It helps if you understand colour theory and subjective artistic concepts to get it right. 

For example, many celebrity couples use “accessory echoes.” This practice involves picking a colour from your partner’s outfit and then donning an item that matches it. JC London explains more: 

“Accessory matching isn’t an exact science, but most people know it immediately when they see it. For example, one partner might have a blue tie, and another might wear blue earrings to match it. The touches themselves don’t have to be overt or particularly obvious. Even little things can make a difference.”

Coordination can also occur on the textural level. For example, couples might both decide to wear denim or woolly sweaters. Even different colours can complement each other. 

Theme It

Another approach to matching your outfit to your partner’s is to align your themes. This tactic can work even if the underlying colours don’t match. 

For example, if you are both going to a formal event, one partner could wear a designer dress and the other a suit. This classic combination works every time and offers safety to those who don’t know what else to wear.

“When you think about red carpet celebrities, the most photographed couples are those where the man wears a suit and tie, and the woman wears a dress. Everyone loves formality combined with flamboyance,” JC London explains. “These days, the dress is the star of the show. Men need to be well-groomed and smart to help bring it out.”

Couples themes can also match the season. Changing weather can provide a unique opportunity to coordinate wardrobes.

For example, couples might opt for knitted sweaters in the winter and soft, flowing linens or silks in the summer. Airy fabrics work well during July and August when temperatures soar in the northern hemisphere, while woollen items work best during the colder months. 

“Layering is another theme many couples forget about,” JC London says. “When both partners do it to stay warm, it creates even more harmony. 

Go Bold 

Finally, some couples like to align their energies by being bold together. When both partners do something out of the ordinary, it creates a visual theme that eliminates the awkwardness of one going solo. 

For example, you and your partner might want to wear graphic tees with similar themes. These could promote an issue you care about or reflect a film you love – ultimately, it doesn’t matter. You could also both wear memes, sharing the funny side of jokes with everyone you meet. 

Statement jewellery is an option, too. For example, if you have a masculine watch, your partner might want to wear some chunky jewellery around the neck. 

In summary, you can match your outfit to your partner’s but it takes a bit of thought. Hopefully, this post introduced you to some of the basic concepts, helping you make your first move. 

Once you get it right, it can make a tremendous difference in how you feel and people’s perceptions of you. Try it yourself.