The Secret to a Long Marriage: Matching Outfits

It’s a phenomenon I’ve been observing in my own home for the last 6 or so years of my 8+ years of being with Ivan. I buy a pair of shoes, and being as I’m a complete Tomboy, my husband always copies me. It started when I quit working and switched from high heels to Nike Shox… Next we switched to Adidas, then to white Converse hi-tops and now I’m back in the Vans I wore as a kid, expecting him to follow.

And we both wear dark-framed nerd glasses. And I’m sort of guilty too, I just got a pair of classic Ray Bans… Guess who had a pair first? Him.

And while we tend toward the same trends, I cannot imagine we will ever reach the amazing matchy-matchy status of this awesome couple that Gawker featured.

Meet Nebraska couple Mel and Joey Schwanke. They own 146 custom-made matching outfits.

And they’ve been married more than 45 years… So don’t knock it until you can top it!

About Joanna Schroeder

Joanna Schroeder is a feminist writer and editor with a special focus in issues facing raising boys and gender in the media. Her work has appeared on Redbook, Yahoo!, xoJane,,, and more. She and her husband are outdoor sports enthusiasts raising very active sons. She is currently co-editing a book of essays for boys and young men with author and advocate Jeff Perera. Follow her shenanigans on Twitter.

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