TWO TO TANGO

See­ing dou­ble ain’t no trou­ble when your best friend is your best ac­ces­sory

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When your best friend is your best ac­ces­sory

Ev­ery sea­son it’s some­thing new. Some hot-ticket item no style blog­ger or ed­i­tor worth her Mansur Gavriel mules will be seen at fash­ion week with­out. A few years ago it was a Kenzo sweat­shirt; shortly af­ter, a Chanel Lego purse. Then came the fluffy Fendi bag charms. Don’t let the ‘it’ item’s ubiq­uity in street style gal­leries fool you – such pieces typ­i­cally carry a price tag only the Chiara Fer­rag­nis and Anna Dello Rus­sos of the world can af­ford. Un­til now. This year, the ul­ti­mate street style bait is some­thing money can’t buy – your BFF. It’s a trend that can be traced back to a pho­to­graph of Caro­line Vree­land and Shea Marie at New York Fash­ion Week last Septem­ber. All long limbs and blonde locks, the great­grand­daugh­ter of Diana Vree­land and her fash­ion de­signer friend stand arm in arm out­side the Cush­nie et Ochs show, a ‘Best Friend’ mo­tif graf­fi­tied across the back of their match­ing Veda leather jack­ets, like a $3600 ver­sion of the Two Dol­lar Shop neck­laces we all wore in pri­mary school. It was a defin­ing mo­ment for the pair, who con­tin­ued to co­or­di­nate their looks for the re­main­der of fash­ion month, blaz­ing a trail that other fash­ion-for­ward BFFs would quickly fol­low (Ken­dall and Gigi we’re look­ing at you).

Gone are the days when a “what are you wear­ing?” text was mo­ti­vated by the fear of turn­ing up to an event dressed the same as some­one else. Now the matchy-matchy mo­ments are or­ches­trated. It makes per­fect sense. You think of your bestie as an ex­ten­sion of your­self, and you wouldn’t carry a clutch that didn’t gel with your out­fit. How is en­sur­ing that you are on the same style wave­length any dif­fer­ent?

Just be­cause it’s in to twin, doesn’t mean you should take in­spi­ra­tion from Mary-Kate and Ash­ley circa 1995 – the idea is to be co­he­sive, not clones. Wear­ing one iden­ti­cal item is cute. Dif­fer­ent items in iden­ti­cal prints? Also cute. Other than that, stick to sim­i­lar sil­hou­ettes and an agreed colour pal­ette, then work within those pa­ram­e­ters to ac­cen­tu­ate your best fea­tures and play up your per­son­al­ity.

As for in­stances of ac­ci­den­tal twin­ning? Though not ideal, there’s never been a bet­ter time to pre­tend that you did it on pur­pose. Make like Sa­man­tha Jones and Mi­ley Cyrus in Sex and the City 2, find the near­est pho­tog­ra­pher, and em­brace your style soul sis­ter. No­body will put two and two to­gether.

STYLE TIP:

Pro­ceed with caution when co­or­di­nat­ing with your sig­nif­i­cant other. Kim and Kanye is hot, Kath and

Kel is not.

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