So you've got your fire outfit ready for a Valentine’s night on the town: minimal, monochrome, classic. But then your other half comes down the stairs wearing something multicoloured and directional and the whole scene has just turned into a confusing fashion mess. We feel you, but it needn’t be that way. As some of the coolest couples ever can attest, a little wardrobe coordination goes a long way.
STYLISH COORDINATED COUPLES
By Matt Glazebrook, 9 February 2017
Johnny Depp & Kate Moss
You've got a leather jacket. She's got a leather jacket. Why aren't you wearing your leather jackets together? Worried you might look a bit too awesome? Let's ask Johnny Depp and Kate Moss what they think... Oh no, wait, they're too busy being *the absolute coolest thing about the mid-90s* to answer you.
Nas & Kelis
Sorry Jay and Bey, Kelis and Nas were the original first couple of New York hip-hop/R&B. And when you're music royalty, it behoves you dress in the style your subjects expect. So that's bright white gangster (20s gangster) chic for him and S&M priestess from the future for her. Because sometimes couples coordination is more about matching attitudes than clothes.
David Bowie & Iman
Appropriately for 1990, David Bowie and Iman started life as sort of a Bizarro World yuppie power couple. She wore her bodycon dresses fierce and her hair high; he sported super-luxe double-breasted suits and slick smart hair. Basically, they were Patrick Bateman if Patrick Bateman was one part 7ft tall Somalian mega-model and one part sexy alien rock god. And didn't murder people.
Albert Hammond & Agyness Deyn
This might be most mid-2000s photo in existence. You've got a couple of skinny white kids in skinnier jeans, one's in the Strokes, and the other's bessies with Henry Holland and closest thing the decade has to a supermodel. They're both wearing complementary charity shop T-shirts, they're in a club in New York's Meatpacking District, and they're DJ-ing off their iPods. Slightly grubby indie chic never looked finer.
Kanye West & Kim Kardashian West
Come on, we were hardly not going to include them, were we? No one better demonstrates that the couple that gets dressed together, stays together than Kimye. And if that means bae sometimes wants to rock the Arabian princess look and expects you to be her loyal genie helper, so be it.
Zachary Quinto & Miles MacMillan
Matching Converse kicks, matching monochrome headgear, minimalist sweatshirt and timeless outerwear game, matching scrappy little fellas on leads (herro!) – it can only be ZacMillan, god’s gift to walking around New York while loved up and dressed similarly.
Luka Sabbat & Adriana Mora
Fashion Week brings a whole new level of couple coordination, with dozens of double-acts in identikit ensembles hoping to squeeze their way into street-style snaps and spare front-row seats via the power of their uncanny uniformity alone. If your V-Day plans include a visit to New York Fashion Week, make like scenester soulmates Luka and Adriana, and pair up a key on-trend element (like fuzzy textures) rather than going full twinsies. And practice those pouts.
Shia LaBeouf & Mia Goth
The best thing about a wardrobe built for two is that you can easily interchange androgynous items as circumstances dictate. Here, Shia has spotted his fellow thrift store normcore aficionado Mia Goth is suffering, dadcap-less, in the inclement weather. Quick as a flash, he’s whipped off his excellent oversized denim jacket and lent his best girl a toasty extra layer. What a gent.
Zayn Malik & Gigi Hadid
Some couples achieve complementary style organically, a happy accident borne of shared tastes and borrowed clothes. For others it's a more scientific process involving hours of planning and complex sartorial maths. Take Zayn and Gigi. It's a rock day, so they're both wearing ripped skinny jeans and chunky black boots – but look at the way Zayn's picked out the red of Gigi's grungy cardigan, and the blue of her light-wash jeans, in his vintage-style Rolling Stones T-shirt. Incredible work, and another example why they're our future fashion-robot overlords.
A$AP Rocky & Kendall Jenner
Are they really a couple? Or just a couple of cool kids with a mutual interest in looking ace in retro threads? Either way, as long as Kendall and A$AP keep stepping out like they’re co-starring in the sexy 70s gangster film of our dreams, we’re happy.