Matching outfits — The stereotypes

THE debate over couples who wear matching outfits has been going on for long with several stereotypes being attached to them.
Some allege that women actually force men to wear the matching clothes to stamp their authority, more like demonstrating girl power.

Most women alleged that men are not loyal even with a wedding band hence the matching clothes are a sign that he is off the market.

Others are of the view that for a man to wear matching outfits with his better half, the spouse would have used love potions on him.
Pictures and videos of couples in matching outfits being abused by haters have emerged with one such couple enduring humiliation at Joina City in the capital while another couple went through hell in Kwekwe.

In the videos, people could be heard shouting “wakadyiswa” at the man who, despite being in a matching outfit with his wife, also had a baby on his back.

Kudyiswa is a shona word which means being enchanted through the use of black magic.
The Daily News on Sunday ran an opinion poll over the outfits with people expressing different views.
Despite all the talk around the matching clothes, a Harare couple is proud of their matching outfits, which they wear without hesitation.

Pastors Duduzile and Antony Nyirongo even share pictures of themselves on social media as a response on the Daily News opinion poll.
“My husband does not mind at all. At times he is the one who initiates it. When we buy material, my hubby rushes to get his shirt done and he gets pics taken before I even get my outfit done,” she said.

On claims that women force their husbands or use love portions for them to wear matching clothes, Duduzile said everyone is entitled to their opinion and she is not in any way bothered.
“That is their view. As for us, we love each other, we are a team and at times we just want to dress the same way,” she said.
She said the outfits can be worn on different social occasions, adding that the clothes have a meaning and portray an image of oneness.
“We wear them for church, weddings or other social events.
“They just show that we are a team and we are one flesh,” she said.

“We have a tailor that designs my husband’s shirts and when it comes to my clothes, I describe to them what I want,” she said.
“I think it is all in the mind. Those people who wear the matching outfits seem to love what they wear,” she added.
Duduzile said everyone should be free to do what they want in as far as clothing is concerned.
She said those who do not like matching outfits should not make it a crime for those who like them.

“To those that don’t like them, let those who do wear them freely. It’s their marriage or relationship and they can express their love in the way they see fit.

“To those who wear matching outfits, don’t be distracted by those that do not understand. Continue to do what matters to the two of you. You look absolutely amazing!” she said.
Her husband Antony even shared pictures of himself in African prints and, at one point, he was hailing his tailor for a job well done.

Some who spoke to the Daily News on Sunday said the design of the outfits matters the most. 
They say it is important for someone to be given an outfit that suits or fits them well, adding that it is undesirable for one to wear an oversized outfit.

“Not everything that is trending suits you. Some things are not meant for you and you should accept and let go. If you see someone well suited it does not mean the same for you. Again matters of dressing are sensitive and should not be matters of force. Don’t force you partner into wearing them if they are not comfortable,” wedding consultant Danai Majaha said.


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