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article imageMatching apparel takes the place of wedding rings in China

By W. Mark Dendy     Oct 12, 2013 in Lifestyle
You can usually recognize identical twins by their exacting features, and often, they are dressed identically — at least when they are young. And occasionally you will see non-identical twins showing their connection through their matching outfits.
But in China, a new trend has sprung up in which romantic matches are symbolized by matching duds. They say diamonds and gold tell true love, but not so among the younger generations in the Far East nation.
In a culture where “parents and grandparents parsed out family trees, calculated dowries and read astrology charts to arrange marriages,” times are changing according to the Oct. 10, Wall Street Journal, and romance is no longer taking a back seat to traditional arrangements.
Now the fashion world has taken notice of a trend that has come out of these changing traditions.
One married couple cast out the idea of wearing wedding rings, and instead, wear “matching turquoise shirts decorated with yellow and black hearts” to symbolize their vows of matrimony to the rest of the world.
Another couple began wearing look-a-like ensembles shortly after dating; they said that it made them official — or in western terms, they were going steady.
As more and more non-traditional romances rev up in China, fashion marketers have wised up and created "couples sections" — not for intimate wear, but for wardrobes that identify couples as couples.
From a westerner’s viewpoint this may seem odd, but in a society that has been steeped in tradition, a couple wishing to symbolize their relationship with matching clothes is no different than someone driving a Mercedes to give the appearance of status.
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