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7 Fun Ideas for Coordinating Styles with Your Partner

7 Fun Ideas for Coordinating Styles with Your Partner

You’re in love. Sometimes you just can’t believe how lucky you are to have him or her in your life, and you feel like you just want to celebrate it. Go ahead and show the world that you’re proud to be a couple by trying all of these fashionably fun matching outfit ideas. We’ve included seven of them to get you a week’s worth of envious looks from public bystanders.

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    1. Do the relaxed vacation look with fun shoes like celebrities Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl

    Each of you should grab plain cotton button-down, long-sleeve shirts in your respective perfect blue hues. Those with very dark hair or very tanned and dark skin tones should go with lighter, brighter shades of blue. Those with blonde hair or fair skin look best in medium to navy shades of blue. Whoever loves their jeans the most should wear them, and your partner can wear nearly any color and style of pants they like since this color scheme is very versatile. Finish the look with matching sneakers in the same bright color.

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      2. Take the best Christmas-morning photos with complimentary pajamas

      Just admit it: When you look at the sweet photos of actress Kristin Bell and her hubby Dax Shepard by the Christmas tree in their matching pajamas, you smile. How can you not? Recreate this joyful holiday romance in your own home by getting your own coordinating plaid or striped PJs. Rather than matching exactly, one of you can wear it in a green color while the other wears the same style in red. Now you’ve got the perfect outfits for your next pajama party too.

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        3. Be the classic “fashion-fabulous” power couple in spring or summer with coordinating white bottoms

        First, ladies can wear any white skirt of your choice; we prefer the perfect pencil skirt that flatters your body type and flares in the right places when needed. Then top it with a white button-down shirt or any neutral-colored casual shirt and finish with white heels.

        For him, first, it’s important for men to protect any long-sleeved polo or dress shirt from sweat or deodorant stains by wearing the best undershirts for men that fit and feel like a breathable second skin. For example, you can find undershirt options that help wick moisture away to keep men feeling dry and cool while also staying in place all day. Then, he’ll add his best business-casual shirt and top it with a navy-blue or neutral-toned sports jacket or vest. Finish with white pants, and you’re ready to hit the town together like James Bond and his favorite supermodel.

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          4. Rock the new “Grease Lightning” look together like Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik

          Ladies, plaid “jeggings” or skinny jeans are especially hot in patterns of red, white and black. Then pair them with your best-loved red shirt; the ’50s-style cut is optional. For him, it’s easy to match you as long as he sticks to white and black colors only in his complementary outfit. Of course, we love the final polish of a black leather jacket to bring out his bad-boy side.

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            5. Sunbathe in matching surfboard beach shorts

            Bring fun fashion to the beach with matching shorts that look cute on her and handsome on him. Both pairs have sexy and casual black waistbands with a comfortable drawstring fit that flatters every waistline, mimicking the common style of men’s briefs. While the fabric patterns are the same, hers are short and foxy while his are knee-length trunks for full coverage while surfing. All she needs is a matching bikini top, and he can wear his go-to tank top when you two stroll down the boardwalk.

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              6. Create custom-printed matching jerseys that make a clever sentence together

              Naturally, this idea is even more enjoyable when you both love the same sports team and get jerseys in your team colors. However, you can also just buy plain gray jersey shirts with black stripes, which look good on everyone. This alternative neutral color can also be a good compromise if you both like opposing sports teams too. Bring your shirts to a custom-printing T-shirt shop, and one of you should start the sentence of your choice on your shirt, and it will end on your partner’s shirt. A favorite for spouses is:

              Him: “I stole her heart … ”

              Her: ” … so I’m stealing his last name.”

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                7. Dress as the dynamic aviator duo

                Ever since the press caught Eleanor Calder and Louis Tomlinson from the band One Direction in these complementary casual outfits, we’ve fallen in love with this carefree-chic look that shows just how cute you and your partner can be together without overdoing it.

                Start by both of you putting on a pair of jeans, but pick different colors in medium-to-dark shades of blue, black, or even brown. Then for men, slip on a Raglan T-shirt with mid-length sleeves or any other T-shirt that shows off your pecs that’s in either white, blue, gray or beige. Ladies, slip on a button-down shirt that’s sleeveless or short-sleeved in any color that’s not neutral, a shade slightly brighter than your mate’s shirt. Finish it off with matching aviator sunglasses, and you’re ready to walk through the park with Starbuck’s drinks in hand.

                Now that you’re both cleverly coordinated with each other, you know what time it is. Pull out your smartphone and take those romantic couple selfies! You can also go old-school style and jump in a photo booth together because, after all, being in love makes everything more fun.

                Featured photo credit: Teenvogue.com via assets.teenvogue.com

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