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!


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About Joanna Schroeder

Joanna Schroeder is the type of working mom who opens her car door and junk spills out all over the ground. She serves as Executive Editor of The Good Men Project and is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on sites like Redbook, Yahoo!, xoJane,,, and more. Joanna loves playing with her sons, skateboarding with her husband, and hanging out with friends. She just finished her first novel. Follow her shenanigans on Twitter.

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