Tips and tricks for coordinated couple dressing this Christmas: From Chrissy Teigan, John Legend, Olsen twins, etc

Tips and tricks for coordinated couple dressing this Christmas: From Chrissy Teigan, John Legend, Olsen twins, etc

Twice the charm

Text: Gordon Ng

Editor: Jolene Khor

Dressing for the festive season is hard enough (we know, and we've got you covered), but throw in a hopefully coordinated spouse? Tough. There are, however, a few guiding tips and tricks to make it all easier and enjoyable, however you're paired up this Christmas.

First, let's tick off the predictable box: men. There's not a lot of room to navigate, especially if your man is a classic suit and tie type. What you can do is suggest (read: insist) that he choose a more visually arresting jacket for the occasion. Deep colours in velvet are infallible — think forest greens and burgundies — which sets you up perfectly for jewel-toned accompaniment. Better yet if the both of you bring your tailoring game. Think of Saint Laurent le smoking suits, or just look at some of the killer ones that Kristen Stewart wears to red carpet events for inspiration. Look to the little details to tie your looks together: things like lapel types and sizes, or the bagginess and fit of the pants.

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West

If the holiday party isn't that strictly dressed up, you may be guided more loosely by a mood of choice. Take Brad Pitt's style, which gets influenced by the woman he's dating at the time. The best of the bunch are clearly the Gwyneth Paltrow years. We're thinking particularly of the reversible sweater and leather jacket looks, a flip-flop they managed to parlay into two occasions. You might also consider the Olsen twins as inspiration — they're not spouses but their coordinating game is above and beyond most. Those two tend to pair their outfits by silhouette and an arching sense of understatement, such as oversized vintage suits with roomy pants and blousy floor length dresses. Gender notwithstanding, that opens up your options to a whole more than just colour.

Speaking of colour, don't underestimate the power that a few good choices in shade and hue can make. The easiest, theme-wise, is to pair from the pool of season-apropos greens, reds and whites. On one person, it might seem a bit much like Christmas tree cosplay (heh), but deconstruct it with a partner, and you've got a great match made. You could also take a leaf out of Chrissy Teigan and John Legend's recent appearance: she in a statement yellow jumpsuit; he in a more neutral and palette-cleansing lilac with sandy suede sneakers. The biggest takeaway here is that one of you should go bright, while the other more muted, though that doesn't have to mean neutral.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

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