Here’s how your couple style can be more chic than cringe

Imagine this scenario: you’re gearing up for a special event and meticulously combing through your wardrobe, creating a chaotic scene with clothes strewn about your bed. After hours of decision-making, you’ve finally settled on the outfit that will make you feel fabulous. You step out, and to your surprise, your partner is sporting an eerily similar ensemble. It’s a classic couple style scenario – you’re either thrilled by the unintentional coordination or rolling your eyes, suggesting that one of you needs to make a quick wardrobe change.

Now, envision a different scenario: you and your partner embrace couple style coordination, intentionally matching your outfits for a fun look. Yet, despite your best efforts, you find that none of your clothing options fit the bill. If this resonates with you, you’re not alone – we understand the struggle!

I’ve always found couple styling to be quite fascinating. How do you maintain your personal style with coordinated outfits? What informs the purchase of these pieces? Are they coincidental, or do you need to possess the same style palette for it to work perfectly?  We are all for lovers proudly showing themselves off, and fashion is an excellent outlet.

Here’s a guide to effortlessly synchronising your outfit to create a visual masterpiece that celebrates your love and mutual fashion tastes. 

Here’s a guide to effortlessly synchronising your outfit to create a visual masterpiece that celebrates your love and mutual fashion tastes. 

Theme coordination in couple style

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Theme coordination is a delightful approach to creating a visual symphony with your partner. This fashion element involves selecting a theme or concept for your outfits that harmoniously fits the occasion. It’s a playful yet sophisticated way to express your shared vision and make a statement at any event.

  • For a romantic seaside date, consider a “Nautical Romance” theme, featuring a striped sundress and espadrilles for her while he dazzles in navy and white stripes, anchor motifs, and boat shoes.
  • For formal events like a wedding, cocktail party or charity event, “Classic Elegance” should be your theme of choice. To nail this theme, consider him in a sleek black tuxedo and you radiating timeless beauty in an elegant beige slip dress.

Selecting themes that fit the occasion can effortlessly elevate your style and connection through fashion.

Complementary colours 

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Couple style- Marie Claire Nigeria
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Let’s face it: wearing the same colours can get mundane. If you want to make a memorable statement without twinning outfits, embrace the art of complementary colours. This styling trick involves choosing hues directly opposite on the colour wheel, creating a captivating and visually harmonious contrast. Think purple and yellow, blue and orange, or red and green. These dynamic pairs infuse your outfits with an eye-catching contrast, ensuring your style stands out.

  • For a delightful brunch date: You dazzle in a sunflower-yellow dress with understated blue accessories while he rocks a regal royal blue shirt with crisp white trousers.
  • For a laid-back hangout: He sports a pastel pink crew-neck t-shirt paired with dark khaki trousers and fresh white sneakers. You opt for a mint green and white striped long-sleeved polo top, loose white trousers, white sneakers, and a sporty baseball cap.

Accessory coordination

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Accessory coordination is a personal favourite because It allows couples to synchronise their style without entirely mirroring each other’s outfits. The focus shifts from just clothing to the finer details, such as belts, shoes, and jewellery. Coordinating these elements elevates your fashion game while retaining your unique styles.

With accessory coordination, a theme or colour palette should be top of mind.

  • Stepping into a romantic evening affair, think black-tie elegance. You elevate your look with black strappy heels, a sleek metallic clutch, and delicate pearl jewellery that harmonises with your dress. As for him, classic black oxford shoes, a matching belt, and metallic cufflinks perfectly complement her refined style.
  • For a relaxed weekend outing, embrace the casual vibe. You complete your look with stylish tan ankle boots, a boho-chic statement belt, and a layered pendant necklace. He mirrors the laid-back charm with brown leather loafers and a coordinating belt and adds a touch of character with a casual leather wristband.

His-and-Hers wardrobe staples

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Do you know those TikTok videos where couples style the same piece differently? Now that’s genius couple style coordination. Investing in complementary wardrobe staples is a clever strategy for couples who want to coordinate effortlessly. Classic elements like a white button-down shirt, tailored blazers, or denim jeans are versatile foundations for this style coordination. These staples can be mixed and matched for various occasions, ensuring a synchronised look that’s both chic and timeless.

To embrace the his-and-hers wardrobe concept, start with the essentials.

  • If you both own white button-down shirts, he can pair them with grey trousers and a navy blazer, while you opt for an open shirt look on a sleek black dress and statement earrings.
  • For a casual lunch with friends, denim is an excellent choice. You choose a double denim look with a jacket and comfy pants, and he wears a tan jacket on his denim pants.

This approach makes dressing up for any occasion a breeze while maintaining a subtle yet powerful connection through your fashion choices. The key is to invest in quality pieces that resonate with your style.

Subtle details in your couple style

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If you are both into sports or fans of the same shows, it’s time to get creative with those: lapel pins, patches, merch, embroidered initials, matching hats and so on. To elevate your couple’s style coordination, focus on these subtle and impactful details to seamlessly sync your outfits. These elements can be personalised to reflect your unique style while projecting a charming connection between you.

  • Consider donning a t-shirt showcasing your favourite band or show for a casual day out. He effortlessly pairs it with dark jeans and comfy sneakers, while you style it with high-waisted distressed mom jeans and chic ankle boots.
  • Heading for a leisurely lunch or shopping spree? He’s effortlessly cool in a classic plaid flannel shirt with a custom embroidered patch on the sleeve, paired with jeans and sturdy work boots. You match his style in a coordinating plaid shirt adorned with a matching embroidered patch. Slip into pastel bootcut jeans and add some flair with stylish platform sandals.

Whether you’re embracing theme coordination, experimenting with complementary colours, or synchronising your accessories and wardrobe staples, your couple style can be a form of fashion expression that celebrates your connection and love.


  • Omotola Saba

    Hi, Omotola here, the human form of the 100 Emoji and the fashion and beauty writer at Marie Claire Nigeria. She started writing for fun and merged it with her love for fashion, and beauty. She's mostly at home, picking up yet another new hobby, scrolling through pinterest, laughing with her family or at dad jokes, or sleeping.

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