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Work Twinning

Work Twins

On my first day at Cup of Jo, managing editor Lexi showed up wearing a pair of dangly gold earrings that I suddenly couldn’t live without. But could I bite her style?

Although I felt sheepish about it, I bought the earrings two weeks later, and this was just the beginning of our twinning journey. When a group of women spend a lot of time together (and honestly, who are we with more consistently than our co-workers?), menstrual cycles aren’t the only things that sync up — our wardrobes fall into formation as well.

No matter where I’ve worked, a kind of uniform has developed. At Elle Magazine, it involved high heels and credit card debt, at Refinery29 a little more leather, and since starting at Cup of Jo, I’ve never worn so much Madewell. While I still hold true to my personal style, I can’t help but be influenced by the women I work with.

And I’m not alone in this mindset. Funnily enough, J. Crew merchant Dalila Shannon says on any given day at the office, you’ll find a handful of people wearing army jackets, chambray shirts and neck bandanas. “But we all wear them differently,” she says. “I love the idea of an office uniform in this sense, when you’re able to see how different people choose to wear the same item.”

Matchy-matchy dressing happens in places outside the fashion world, too. Michelle Peterson, a middle school teacher, says: “Living in San Francisco means being totally free to be an individual with style. So many of my colleagues wear homemade outfits, combat boots, tutus… It’s pretty awesome.” Yet she still sees certain items on a daily basis. “Everyone, including me, wears clogs — from classic Svens to locally designed Bryrs to Danskos.” For doctors who wear white coats, shoes can also help make a statement. Nardine Saad Riegels, a doctor in Oakland, California, says Tieks leather flats are both cute and comfortable. “I’m in a physician moms Facebook group, and they’re all about Tieks,” she says. “You can wear them to the hospital or a conference, and they fold up in your bag.”

In an article in The Independent, psychologist Karen Pine explains: “People feel safer when they dress alike. They are signaling their need to belong to the group. A team that chooses the same style of dress for work is indicating their cohesiveness, which may reflect a wider collaborative culture.”

It may be a bummer if your friend sees something you’re wearing and then buys it, but if it’s a co-worker, I just take it as a compliment. Since we have separate lives outside the office, there’s no risk of unexpectedly wearing the same dress to a social event (or god forbid, prom).

Yet in our office, Joanna and Lexi have a couple of the same pieces (say, this anorak and this sweatshirt), so they actually reserve certain items for the weekend to avoid being #twinsies. But just the other day, in the middle of a meeting, they realized they were wearing basically the same outfit. We couldn’t stop laughing, and the obligatory Instagram post ensued…

Hobes shoes

Busted, ha!

Do you twin with your co-workers or get style inspiration at work? What’s your work uniform?

P.S. A woman who always wears the same work outfit and a pretty blouse.

(Top photo by Maja Daniels. Bottom photo of Hobes shoes from Joanna’s Instagram.)

  1. Vanessa says...

    I work with a super tight group of ladies and we are constantly dressing in complementing outfits! I do think it reflects the cohesiveness in our group dynamic and our willingness/ eagerness to collaborate. We’ll all show up in varying scales of polka dots, or matching floral prints. The day after the election we all showed up head to toe in black…we realized we were all mourning together.

  2. B says...

    Hahaha this is so funny! And I love everyone’s comments! Does anyone remember the Scrubs episode where another doctor dresses identically to Elliott? Haha so great 😆

  3. I have met people whose style I look up to at work and I certainly bought clothes from where they shopped :)

    Shruthi
    http://nyambura.co

  4. I film weddings so I wear all black when filming and something cute in my hair to tie it back.

  5. Jen says...

    Not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet, but I thought you’d like to know that this post was discussed on the smart and thoughtful Canadian daytime talk show, The Social today 👍🏻

    • Sarah says...

      I was going to mention this too! :D

    • Megan Cahn says...

      So cool! Thanks for letting us know :)

  6. Emily S. says...

    An office culture definitely determines dress style! This is especially noticeable as an intern, because positions are shorter in length and the adjustment period is quick. At my last internship, within a few weeks I was dressing and speaking more similarly to my colleagues. Part of this must have to do with learning the expected ratios of formal to casual to artistic (in the museum field, these are the rubrics haha!) and adjusting accordingly. But I also get inspired by my awesome, stylish colleagues! and btw, your outfits and the j. crew one described are inspiring me today. :)

  7. Connie says...

    Love this! This happens in our office ALL THE TIME. Our department is comprised of a dozen people, fairly evenly split male/female. It’s amazing how many days we all end up wearing a similar color or color family. One day, 9 out of the 12 of us were wearing some shade of purple! It was hilarious. With the coworker I work most directly with, she and I end up very much synced stylistically. This season we seem to both be wearing a uniform of a throw-over-the-head dress paired with leggings and either ballet flats or short boots. The patterns we gravitate towards are very different, though, so while it’s similar, it reflects our personal aesthetic. :)

  8. My colleagues (of all genders!) all seem to gravitate towards the same kinds of outfits: skinny jeans, striped tops, loose jackets, blue sneakers. Lots of black and grey and cardigans and layers. We’re a small team in tech (11 people) but we come in wearing the exact same thing so often that we’ve started printing photos of our twinning and posting them on our Wall of Same.

  9. I am a teacher (I teach French in elementary school) and, as you might know, teachers usually have a pretty bad reputation style wise! I am not sure why but it is sadly the case. So at the beginning of this school year, I started an Instagram account where I post a daily picture of what I am wearing to school. My goal id to show that you can look professional (school friendly) without being boring!! ;)
    And here it is if you wish to check it out: https://www.instagram.com/pret_a_teacher/

    • karinny says...

      Cool! Love the Chanel “outfit” :)

    • Merci!! @Karinny

    • Alex says...

      Wow, I love this. I get bored dressing professionally, and I’m going to use this as inspiration :) Thanks for sharing!

  10. Julie says...

    I just wear what I like and what I feel good in. I honestly don’t even notice what other people are wearing most of the time!

  11. Sara says...

    I once twinned with my boss…who’s a male. I’m female, and I pride myself in my edgy but definitively feminine style. I came to work wearing cropped black pants and a blue button down with a grey sweater layered over it. He came in wearing black slacks, blue oxford, and a grey sweater. At first I was mortified, but we made light of it and so did others. As the black pant/blue oxford/grey sweater combo seems to be the uniform of most men during the colder months, I avoid that outfit now, just in case.

  12. Katie says...

    I have a work twin! Our styles are complementary, but not identical. Still, it’s not uncommon for us to show up to work wearing variations of the same thing. It’s so funny and always makes us smile. One thing I love is that our personalities and appearances are SO opposite. She’s confident and loud (in a good way!) and has very dark hair an an olive skin tone. I’m a bit more timid and feel more comfortable letting others lead…with very fair skin and dark blonde hair. Yes, we both own dark denim, chambray, and black boots! :)

  13. Gillian says...

    I love this. I too am a PMG (the physician mom group referenced in the story) and I too love the fashion finds from the group (like tieks!). Last winter the other female physician in my practice and I had the same blouse…except I have the maternity version.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes hahaha loved that feed.

  14. Elana says...

    I’ve been thinking about this since gaining a co-worker who’s led me to narrow my wardrobe choices. We have many similar tastes and though I think it’s kind of amusing and natural if our styles sync a bit after spending tons of time together, she’s an admittedly highly-competitive person and I don’t want her to get the notion I’m trying to encourage a “who wore it best?” competitive dynamic. Besides, she’s got a slightly different body type, so most things are probably going to look a little “better” on her, and I don’t need to be so directly compared to another woman in that way. Maybe it’s a sign that I need to shake up my style.

  15. Zoey says...

    My style is ultra-girly — think brightly colored dresses and heels/ballet flats — and my colleagues are all guys, so no, we have never twinned. :D I work in tech reporting so when I started out I used to wear the standard uniform of jeans and tops (even then they were dressier tops with maybe ruffles, or lace, or some other feminine accent) but my dress sense (ha) seems to have evolved away from that. Maybe as a direct reaction to all the dude vibes?

  16. Jessica says...

    Love this post! My former coworker and I used to unintentionally wear a lot of similar outfits and for a while got nicked named “Twinkie” at work. We are also friends so we liked the joint nickname and now we still call each other that!

  17. Rachel says...

    I am a nurse- so, obviously, my co-workers and I dress alike. But, whenever we are wearing the same color scrubs someone will demand a photo for our Facebook group. When I first started I was so happy whenever someone asked for a twinning picture. It really makes you feel like a part of the team, ha!

  18. Teri says...

    I love the thought of a work uniform! A life uniform! A going to the movies uniform (complete with red vines smuggling pouch)! I hope someone does 4 Fall Outfits again! I love the fashion features!

  19. One thing that I’ve noticed is that my Mum and I wear similar styles of clothes compared to what my youngest sister wears. We also wear similar colours so most days its not uncommon for us to match :)

  20. as a doctor you sort of naturally have a uniform. I definitely steal ideas from physicians who are more senior than me, and I’ve since noticed my class of resident physicians has started wearing more and more similar scrubs and shoes as the years have gone by!

  21. Mallory says...

    I work at a tech company in SF. We are all Madewell obsessed and are constantly twinning! Lots of chambray, plaid, Skinny Skinny denim and Billie boots.

  22. Ed says...

    My hilarious friend Millie works at Saatchi and Saatchi in London and has started a hashtag to chart the matching outfits…#maatchiandmaatchi !

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha that is so cute!

  23. nicole says...

    I recently started teaching in a new school and my coworker was hired around the same time, people kept calling me a different name and even students started asking me if I had a twin. Turns out my coworker and I really look alike, dress basically the same way every day and our personalities are very ‘synced’. Every time we walk around together, someone will say “here comes trouble…” hehe :)

  24. Years ago when I was working for the Government I remember that the BIG boss and I used to frequently buy and wear the same clothes (though hers were a far more expensive label but looked the same to anyone else)… right down to the unusual tights we would buy on the internet or on holiday in Europe. The weird thing was, she was the BIG boss, the boss who met with the Premier of our state every week. But she was ok about it, and would jokingly call by my office if we had to be in a meeting together later in the week and check in about what we might not both wear.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is fascinating!

  25. My friends styles are all so different from me but I would love to know someone who dressed similarly so we could twin together!

    Abigail Alice x

  26. Rachael says...

    So funny, I work as a health visitor in Somerset in England and pretty much my whole team wears stripy tops and jeans. In fact, if one of us isn’t it gets mentioned.

  27. Those blush-colored shoes are great! Where are they from?

  28. Meghan says...

    I’ve noticed that my friends who also have 3 year old daughters all tend to dress our kids the same. Here’s a little video of my daughter and 3 friends at Irish Step dancing who all showed up in gray tops and black pants
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BNXyynkDjcc/

  29. Julianna says...

    Im in a sample fashion test group and I cited Sup of Jo as one of my major style influences. My gal co-worker and I, as well as our male boss twin all the time – think navy blue t shirt on the same day with converse, gray sweatshirt with dark denim another day. Too funny.

  30. Elisabeth says...

    Women’s cycles don’t actually sync up, it’s just a myth that could never be scientifically proven – it has, however, been proven that don’t sync up. I figured it’s relevant to mention this, also it’s quite an interestng topic to read up on.

    • Rachel says...

      Might not be proven, but I’ve seen it happen. At my all girls boarding highschool, the cycles did sync up. Made for a heck of a week, every month…

  31. Erin says...

    I actually did wear the same dress as a friend to the prom, and she was crowned prom queen! But we decided to make the most of it and took a picture together to document it:)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s so cute!!

  32. Anne says...

    As a female professional who also loves fashion I find this topic quite interesting. I know several people in my network who don’t believe what you wear has much to do with the impression you give other people. My opinion though is the opposite. I am a council politician (and entrepreneur), and for the most part I dress professionally for politics. I love that I actually have a proper “exuse” to wear mens inspired clothes while still remaining my more feminin (and personal) style. My day to day uniform is mostly mens inspired trousers (chinos), colored pussybow shirt and a pair of either Oxfords or loafers. I walk a lot around town during the day so heels won’t go. In generel, Denmark, where I live, has a very relaxed clothes culture. No one here really wears a “uniform”. Most people just dress causual (jeans, shirt, flats) which I think is a bit boring. However at times, it is also really nice that you are not judged (too much) on your clothes and outer look. As a politican and entrepreneur I am talking to a lot of different people, and I am very conscious about my clothes not appearing too fancy (it might send a wrong signal to some people). At the same time though, I do come in more formal settings where I need to wear a blazer, dress and heels. Overall, I love I get to dress the way I want, and that is the (work) clothes culture here in Denmark. So to some extent there is a twinning culture in my work network, but then again everyone pretty much dress the way they prefer.

  33. Talia says...

    My sister and I just talked about this yesterday! She has a co-worker who goes out and buys the exact same outfit as her – drives her crazy. She lives and works in a very small town, so having a work twin is not ideal for her. It maddens her even though I’ve tried to tell her that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – she’s having none of it!

  34. Kate says...

    My junior high and high schools required a uniform, and it was always like this! People would always put their own personal spin on things: socks high or socks low, skirt length, shoes, bracelets, barrettes…

    It really inspired creativity, and it helped corral the socio-economic diversity in the school, since people weren’t trying to show each other up with entire outfits, just accessories and the standard-issue uniform pieces.

  35. Love that you have a work twin for style! I just started working at home because I started my own business, so lately it’s been a mix of athleisure or my favorite skinny jeans with a striped top. I don’t have anyone to copy… yet! ; )

    http://hyggewellness.com/blog

  36. Ashanti says...

    I live in a compound in Ivory Coast and come from a far away country. The first year I was there I met my new neighbour and we were surprised to find out that we came from the same far away country. We started hanging out a lot and we got along really really well, after a few weeks she asked me where my cool shoes were from (avarcas) and I told them that I got them from a site online, and she said she wanted to buy some, we browsed the site together and she ended up buying the same colours as mine. I thought it was flattering at the time. Then she asked me where I got my cotton floaty pants which I had been wearing forever, which I told her and before I knew it, she bought ‘same style’ pants. She also started copying what my kids were wearing for her kids or toys that I had, she would buy the same. At the end of the day she was just copying my style. i used to wear big African beads and she would go out of her way to get some. We were really twinning as our kids go to the same school, expat community is just so claustrophobic sometimes and we would meet the same people who would ask her where she got the cool shoes, necklaces etc. She has a more extrovert personality than mine so when we are together, people will notice her. What started as a friendship, ended up with resentment and I must admit it jealousy on my side. Sorry I’m telling such a long story and I hope it is coherent but this twinning story compelled me because having one of the same thing is okay but if your style is being taken from you, it can certainly break a friendship or your self-esteem. We are still friends because I started to have many other activities on my own and so we were not going out every where together anymore…

    • Kim says...

      This reminds me of high school and college. In high school, I started noticing that a teammate of mine had many of the same outfits as me. I thought it was a coincidence (many times over) until she got green contact lenses just like mine! (Colored contacts, I know. This was the early 90s.) Then in college, my roommate started doing the same thing (!), but with slight variations on my clothes/shoes (i.e. same brand/color jacket, but hers with a belt). When I pointed it out, she’d say, “No, look, mine has a belt, so it’s different.” Looking back, I guess I should’ve been flattered, but I thought everyone was getting Single White Female on me!

    • Teri says...

      I actually defended a shy friend who just bought a new red coat when our more vivacious friend said, “Where did you get that coat?! I NEED a red coat!” I laughed and said, “Don’t you dare! That’s HER red coat and she looks amazing!”
      Our beautiful friend just laughed and shrugged and let her have it. I guess it’s us shy girls who sometimes feel like we’re having our style taken from us? Interesting thought!

  37. Lisa says...

    Normally I work in an investment bank and our team has quite diverse tastes in clothing, but even so we end up with matching items a lot. There’s one person in particular who has the most amazing taste so I periodically shamelessly copy her.

    I’m currently on maternity leave and often end up (unintentionally) in matching outfits with my son. I don’t know if it’s cute or a bit too Buster/Lucille at mother boy competitions. That being said, Lucille Bluth is one of my idols, so not all bad

    • I intentionally dress up myself and my young boys (I work from home but I do it on the weekends too) and do so shamelessly as I joke I don’t have a daughter to do this with. I am now referring to this as my Buster/Lucille habit! I think you just have to own it. Thanks for the reminder – god I miss that show!

  38. Emma says...

    My boss and I find ourselves twinning way too often. He’s a man in his early 40s, and I’m a woman in my early 20s. I don’t know who this is less flattering for. Essentially we both dress like Justin Long in the old Mac commercials. Solid colored button downs, v-neck sweaters or fitted t-shirts paired with dark wash jeans. We both wear loafers or Keds nearly ever day. *sigh* I would tell him to stop copying me, but that’s probably insubordinate, and I suppose he is older than me and cultivated his style before me.

    • Megan Cahn says...

      This is hilarious and amazing! I can so picture it :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha i love you, emma!

    • Sadie says...

      I used to work in an office with a woman exactly my age, height, and size. We twinned ALL the time. The awkward thing was that our 71-year-old boss ALSO often wore the same outfit. What do you call twinkies for three people??? It was ridiculous and awkward, but we eventually made a joke of it. “Didn’t you get the memo, Eric? Today was purple shirt day!”

  39. Jane says...

    Where are your jeans from Joanna and Lexi? They’re the perfect colour!

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Joanna’s are Citizens of Humanity and Lexi’s are AMO :)

  40. My husband and I are caught twinning way to often!! We both have the same favorite colors, olive green and burgundy – so especially in the fall it’s constant! We both have a basic wardrobe of olive green jackets and burgundy sweaters, so we’re constantly twinning on date nights when we dress up a little. I need to actually make an effort to step out of our color palate sometimes lol!

    Xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

    • Sadie says...

      Oh, yes. My husband and I are the worst about this, especially because I like menswear-inspired shoes and button-down shirts. We even got almost the exact same glasses once, from different stores, at a time when we were both wearing peacoats (but in different colors! And different lengths! we protested). We are one of THOSE couples.

  41. heather says...

    Can we talk about COJ twinning? Tell the truth: how many of my fellow COJ readers are wearing something right now that you bought after seeing it on COJ? We are all happily SWFing all of your outfits, COJ team! :-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg that is so cute, heather! awwww ;) ;) ;)

    • Sadie says...

      For real. Wearing the Sojo hoop-post earrings right now. I once asked a friend if she read this blog because she was sporting one of the hair tutorials, and she totally did.

    • Grace says...

      Yep! I’m wearing a camel cardigan (with pockets!) after I read Jo’s Things I’ve Worn post and I realized I needed more neutral cardigan options. Ha!

  42. Years ago I had a co-worker who decided that she liked everything about me..she had her hair cut like mine, her clothing started to look like mine, she put her daughter in horse riding as I had done with my daughter years before…plus too many other things to mention in this response. The breaking point came when I heard her laughing like me (she used to have a guffaw that could make you jump out of your seat). Everyone took notice and it was too much “Single White Female” for me to be comfortable with, so I moved my office space to another floor and avoided her as much as possible. Imitation is not the greatest form of flattery when someone wants to be you…yikes!

    • Teri says...

      I could not agree more. An old coworker of mine began coloring her hair to match mine, going to my hairdresser, buying my clothes and shoes… and then urging me to change my hair, etc. I found it very Single White Female, which is exactly who she turned out to be! Lol! I think this is one of those situations where you should definitely err on the side of caution. There’s admiration and then there is wanting to be someone else!

  43. This happens occasionally at work, but more often at home. My husband and I wear similar color palettes and have certain nearly-identical items (lookin’ at you, gray cardigan and tan blazer). But he absolutely hates matching and will change if we are wearing something similar. Once he even asked me to wear a sweater instead of a blazer because he didn’t want us to both be wearing blazers – and they weren’t even the same color!

  44. Brynna says...

    A coworker and I used to have a lot of the same items, so we would text each other before work: “I’m wearing the purple sweater today!”

  45. This post made me giggle so much! I used to work in youth theatre facilitation and the kids we worked with identified our wardrobe as leggings and tunics… in the summer with sandals and in the winter with boots and a big chunky cardigan… super stylish, I know!!!

    http://www.englishgirlinnewyork.org

  46. Clara says...

    This is so funny because today of all days, 2 of my three coworkers and I are matching. We’re all wearing some form of berry or burgundy with black and gray. My other coworker is wearing black and gray too, so she’s not too far off!

  47. Jessica says...

    I work with one other woman (it’s a small office) and we couldn’t be more different. She has always worn a lot of florals, wrap dresses and ballet flats while I’ve always been on the edgier side, clunky boots, ripped jeans, biker jacket. But over the last few months I’ve noticed her slowly dressing more like me. Even our other male coworker noticed! I know I should be flattered, but it’s honestly kind of annoying… I guess I’m just a jerk!

    • Karen says...

      I imagined an older (much older) woman when I read your comment. I even slyly giggled at the thought of seeing this granny-like woman dressing edgier with ripped jeans and biker jacket. hehe.

    • Teri says...

      I don’t think you’re a jerk at all! She must just be a little insecure to completely change her style to be your twin. 😕

    • Jessica says...

      Karen – the funny thing is, we have the SAME EXACT birthday down to the year! We’re both 33, but before I knew that I assumed she was a bit older because of the way she dressed. She used to work in TV news, so maybe that has something to do with it? Who knows! :)

  48. Katie says...

    I will never forget in 8th grade when I totally copied by best friend and bought the same blue parachute pants that she had….she never spoke to me again! HA!

    • Kitty says...

      When I was in 8th grade I was shopping for parachute pants with a friend. She told me this army green pair that I loved were ugly and I didn’t buy them. Monday morning she showed up wearing them! I was crushed. She did that to me many more times until we went to different schools and our style evolved away from each other. So funny how your comment reminded me of that story from 20 years ago.

  49. emily says...

    My true style twin is my mother. I leave for the office as my husband is getting into the shower and about a third of the mornings, he will say, “Oh, good morning Susie!” My best friends tease me about it endlessly, but there is a certain comfort in knowing I’m 3000 miles away, but dressed just like her.

    • Deanna says...

      I feel the same, but I used to work for my mom, and it never failed that on days we were heading to the same meeting, we’d be dressed alike. I’d wear and orange dress with a blue jacket, and she’d show up in a blue dress with an orange jacket.

      We had to come up with a custody agreement for stripes and polka dots. I got the former, and she took the latter.

  50. Emily M. says...

    My team has been going in on online orders a lot lately “to save on shipping costs”. It was inevitable that just today, three of us showed up in colour coordinated outfits!

  51. Mary says...

    Because I tend to wear dark jeans and button downs, I often find myself twinning with the older guys at my workplace. We all find this hilarious but I do make a mental note to dress less unisex (which never happens!).

  52. I have a work twin for sure, and in more ways than just clothes. We work in an arts university where half the staff have the same uniform – mainly black with white canvas trainers, and we do end up wearing virtually identical outfits sometimes. But we’re also the same height, build, age. Her name is Georgia, mine is Georgina. She’s the Archives Assistant, I’m the Assistant Archivist. This weekend, I had a hair cut, the stylist didn’t listen to me, but being British I just accepted it anyway, and the result is we now have the same hair too.

    • Heather says...

      Wow. The position titles are killing me.

    • Yeah. It’s pretty funny when we give students inductions to the archive together! We work in the Stanley Kubrick Archive and we joke that we’re like the Grady twins from The Shining!

  53. Katie says...

    OMG Yes! I teach 8th grade and almost all of my female colleagues swear by some form of this uniform: comfy shoes (a must.) like flats/clogs/or boots; skinny pant or skirt (tights w/a skirt & clogs or boots is pretty reg in winter); loose comfy top; watch; earrings; lanyard w/badge. Cardis WITH POCKETS or jean jackets are also popular (you never know when you’ll be out in the rain for a fire drill). But mostly: it’s gotta be both professional and comfy, cuz you’re on your feet all day & on your knees a lot kneeling at students’ desks & pockets CARRY EVERYTHING from extra eraser toppers to writing utensils to paper clips to kleenex. We all look alike! Plus, we’re all hardcore budget shoppers, so there’s a ton of Old Navy, Target, H&M, and outlet scores. We’re always sharing coupon codes & hooking each other up with friends & family discounts at the same places, too!

  54. lexi says...

    It’s also possible that self-selection is happening at the level of hiring. In my hiring experience, many managers subconsciously hire potential “twins” — people who are similarly situated to them in terms of race, class, educational background, and style expression.

    • Blandine says...

      That’s a very good point!

  55. Nicky says...

    My guy and I are starting to dress and even talk alike now. We also share so many articles/interesting links with each other during the day that we constantly reference the same things at dinner parties or just conversations with friends and family. At Thanksgiving we both separately exclaimed, verbatim, “I usually don’t like cranberry but this one is pretty good!” It’s starting to annoy me, haha.

  56. Heather says...

    Living in DC I feel like the entire city has the same uniform. Every woman seems to shop at j crew, Ann Taylor, and Boden, and there was one year when it looked like Tori Burch’s personal infantry on the metro every morning: same black logo flats up and down the train platform.

    • Kate says...

      Yessssss total DC uniform. No other city in America has so much Ann Taylor or Loft. Not knocking those companies! DC has a weird office-wear culture for women. I used to work in the Senate and every staff assistant was dressed the same, right down to those Tory Burch flats. We are possibly the least fashionable major city in America.

      I started buying a lot of designer second hands goods to avoid the Ann Taylor/Loft trap. Unfortunately, I’m still limited in terms of “professional” clothes.

    • heather says...

      My best friend moved to DC from Brooklyn and said the DC fashion scene was kind of a relief. She’s an artistic type and loves fashion but she said in Brooklyn it was a lot of effort (and $$) to stay on top of styles and put together an interesting outfit every day, so coming to DC was the fashion equivalent of going from warrior 3 to child’s pose.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s so interesting!

    • Zywie says...

      Yikes!
      I live in DC and my top 3 favorite stores are JCrew, Ann Taylor & Boden!!

    • Mara says...

      Couldn’t agree more. You can’t go more than a mile in DC without hitting either an Ann Taylor or a LOFT. We are twinning when we don’t even want to. Thank goodness for a few secondhand stores to add interesting pieces to my wardrobe. Any suggestions from other Washingtonians on unique places to shop would be much appreciated!

  57. Naomi says...

    This happens with me and my real twin sister all the time. Not only do we own all the same items but there have been numerous occasions where she has bought me something (from LOFT of course) and I already own it.

  58. Erica says...

    My husband and I both work in the music industry, and I leave the house before he even gets up, so it happens far more than I’d like to admit that we both come home at night and realize we’ve been wearing jeans and the same band tshirt or a very similar flannel and black hoodie. At least our Converses are different colors.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      This is hilarious, Charli!

  59. Kelly says...

    My best friend is a wedding photographer (full-time) and I am her second shooter (part time). We have so many similar dresses that we text each other before every wedding to make sure we don’t wear the same thing! We look very similar to each other anyway, so it becomes difficult for strangers at the wedding to tell us apart. In our daily life, we have shown up in similar outfits so many times, we tend to not even notice it anymore!

  60. I totally have a work uniform – black and white. It’s so easy. Everything in my wardrobe matches everything else. Love the simplicity and easy start to my morning.

  61. Dawn says...

    My sister lives 2000 miles away and we have distinct styles, but we end up buying a few of the same pieces. She just visited and we wore the same wool colored coat (same size and color, bought two years apart without the other knowing). We also discovered when she visited for Thanksgiving, that we have the same knee- ripped black jeans, too! Our Mom used to dress us the same when we were little, so we just laugh and embrace it!

  62. Yep, I often will say “Welp, it’s green pants day!” once I see a third person wearing the same pants. I like the feeling of my co-workers being like an alternate family. Luckily, I’ve always been blessed with co-workers who I have that feeling with.

  63. Trish says...

    This is endearing. I find that if I am inspired by the woman herself she makes things that she wears inspiring. It is like a reflection of them on you! I can think of several women in my life who I adored and totally replicated what they wore. It feels good to embrace the beautiful women in our lives!

  64. Jillian says...

    A delight when this happens at the office. We’ve started documenting with a photo on the Wall of Same. :) #wallofsame

    • Megan Cahn says...

      Haha, I love this! We definitely need a #wallofsame.

    • My husband’s office also has a twinning wall- in a dept of creatives, you get a lot of denim shirts. :)

  65. Lindsay says...

    I work for an online art company and there is sort of an office uniform for many that includes black dresses and tops in oversized and unique cuts with big, bold statement jewelry. It’s interesting to see this look worn amongst the various ages of my coworkers ranging from 20’s to 60’s.

    • Katie says...

      love this! style at every age. rad.

  66. Melissa says...

    I’ve had my current job for almost a year, and don’t have an office twin. Furthermore, I don’t think there are any office twinsies!!! I haven’t noticed anyone dressing alike, even those that are very close. Is that weird??

  67. Melissa says...

    Can u show us the dangle earrings???

  68. Our agency director and I had (I’m retired now) very similar styles and, occasionally, would wear the exact same top. Jeans, tunics, and Danskos were our uniform. We’d always have a good laugh about it, though.

  69. Kristin says...

    I work with a group of women and we do occasionally wear similar outfits, but my real twin is my sister (and we are not actual twins :)). We never shop together, have totally different body types and styles, yet for some bizarre reason, we will end up wearing the exact same color, or same shirt or something to every family event! It is actually a little freaky. Now we text each other about what we are going to wear before we show up for Thanksgiving!

    • Hannah says...

      This happens to me and my sister as well! We never shop together, live in separate states, have totally different jobs, and yet on vacation we both emerge in blue dresses or a black v-neck and patterned shorts. So creepy!

  70. My office is unusual, I guess! The men all have a uniform, but the women are all really different. I work with geoscientists and engineers and the men wear pleated dockers, boat shoes, and Hawaiian shirts (or fishing shirts, maybe an oxford shirt if they’re feeling fancy). This obviously won’t work for the women (not that I would say that look is working for the men, either), but the women in my workplace all tend to be really stylish and different. It’s funny, you don’t tend to think of engineers and geologists as being fashion forward, but the women I work with really are (one of our former engineers actually moved on to be a successful fashion blogger/Instagram star)! You’ll occasionally see a bit of J.Crew overlap, but there’s a lot of individual style happening here.

    • I am in the environmental consulting world and the “uniform” is similar here. Everyone in jeans, guys usually in some sort of tee and the women in stylish tops. I LOVE that jeans are acceptable in our field.

  71. SN says...

    At my first job, I sat next to a girl who started on the same day and we kind of looked alike… people confused us for at least a few weeks. A month in we showed up in the same red blouse, long black cardigan, skinny jeans and ballet flats. Of course EVERYONE pointed it out and we had to pose for one too many photos together. We’ve gone on to become best of friends, but I noticed neither of us wore that blouse again…. That said – I still can’t give it away because it makes me think of a funny bonding moment with a dear friend.

  72. Liz says...

    I’m one of seven females in a mostly male office – we all get a clothing allotment from a major athletic wear company, so it’s hard to avoid twinning when we all have the same gear! Many times, I unintentionally wear the same color scheme as one of my female office mates in regular clothes. #TwinningHappens but usually I try to dress up to be different.

  73. Judy says...

    On a related note, I sometimes inadvertently dress very much in the same style as my 10 year old daughter! #mother/daughtertwins

  74. Emily says...

    I love this topic. A group of my co-workers were all into Stitch Fix at the same time, and three of us ended up with the same striped shirt. Only once did two of us wear it on the same day, but I was even tempted that morning to text her to make sure we didn’t both wear it that day. We did the obligatory #twinsies photo as well! I remember saving the shirt for the weekends too. Now that she’s left the office, I am sad that we don’t have an opportunity to match anymore. It’s a fun way to connect with one another, when the regular workday is so monotonous.

  75. Lily says...

    I’m just glad to hear that I’m not the only one!

    My mother used to say the ‘copying’ is the sincerest form of flattery. I’m super flattered when someone wants to buy what I’ve chosen, and when I’m the copier, I just try to respect the person who had it first, and not to wear it around them to make sure they’re not ‘inconvenienced’ by my purchase :)

  76. Annie says...

    I work with a lot of (male) software engineers, whose uniform is a graphic tee, hoodie, jeans and sneakers. On one hand, it’s hard to resist conforming, but on the other, I’m not accustomed to dressing so casually for work! Wearing a dress or skirt means really sticking out.

  77. Stacey Angel says...

    Funnily enough, though I don’t have a work twin, my husband and I dress the same a lot of the time–especially on the weekend. It’s jeans a plain t-shirt and sneakers. We both like the same color palette, as well.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is so funny! we do the same. we have the same winter jacket and will often wear the same sweater or chambray shirt! :)

    • Kelcey says...

      Ha! My partner and I do too. We tend towards the same color palette, and I like slightly tomboy-ish style, so it happens pretty frequently.

    • Lauren E. says...

      Me too! I think my husband does it subconsciously. He’ll see me choose an outfit and ten minutes later he emerges from the bedroom wearing almost exactly the same thing. And I’ll have to say, “Okay, which of us is going to change?”

      And, funny enough, last weekend while visiting my family for Thanksgiving my dad and I both showed up to Sunday breakfast wearing blue jeans and our red and black buffalo plaid button downs! Maybe I just dress like a boy…?

  78. I work in the home office of a restaurant group, not only do we frequently have this happen but we actually started a shared photo stream for everyone who is an “office twin” to see.