Justin Bieber and lady love Selena Gomez wore matching outfits to both Vanity Fair’s Oscar party and his movie premiere. Is that totally cheesy or totally cute?
There is one moment in time where it’s totally acceptable to match your ensemble to your boyfriend’s — and that’s called ‘prom.’ Celebrity couple Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, who are both teens, have taken this high school dance-themed style to another level by constantly appearing in matching outfits on the red carpet. Does this trend transfer over to adult life, or is it too cheesy to be believed?
Here’s the thing: I can’t really knock Justin OR Selena for their fashion naiveite because they are both of an age where a homecoming dance or a spring fling would be normal (she’s cutting it close at 18). But these kids are both famous, and therefore, haven’t had the same opportunities to live commonplace teenage lives like the rest of us have (or are doing now, for those of you teen readers). In other words, by going matchy-matchy on the red carpet at Vanity Fair’s Oscar party or his own movie premiere, Justin and Selena are acting out their high school fantasies.
However, if you’re an adult, this look isn’t anywhere near ‘cute.’ Do you remember how Brad Pitt and then-wife Jennifer Aniston used to match their red carpet looks? They just looked silly — and like they were trying too hard. They were too slick, too fabricated and completely un-original.
If you don’t want to be completely out of sync with your boyfriend at a fancy event, find out what he’s wearing beforehand and try to wear something that complements his outfit. If he’s got on a black tux, you’ve pretty much got license to do what you want. If he’s wearing a solid suit, spice up your own outfit with a daring print. If he’s in jeans, go casual, too. However (for you elders) do NOT make your man wear a red flower in his lapel to match your red dress, like Justin and Selena did. That’s going way overboard.
Look at it this way: you and your boyfriend are not the same person, nor do you need to prove that you’re a unified couple by wearing matching outfits. Outsiders need only see that you’ve got your arms around one another, or that you’ve shared a lingering kiss to know you’re together. That, my friends, is more than enough. And although the Biebs tells you to ‘never say never’, I’m going to leave you with this one, sage piece of advice: NEVER let your man say yes to a cummerbund. That is all.