Couple Tee

November 7, 2015

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We started noticing a uniquely Asian phenomenon that is popular called the ‘Couple Tee’. At least i’ve not seen it outside of Asia yet. It’s where you and your girlfriend dress up in the same, or similarly styled, tee-shirts to let everyone know that you’re an item.

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That’s nice isn’t it. That was by the stream in the middle of Seoul’s Dongdaemun area. And there’s more, in Beijing.

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Some more innovative people took to wearing slightly matching patterns or some pieces of clothing that are similar in their outfit. You can see here with the matching hats!

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And here with the stripes in Guilin.

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The little big hero character was very popular for this in China. Here’s some tees hanging up at a market.

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You might have noticed that these seem to be customised to mother, father, and child. That’s because couple tee extends past couples to families, and even friends who want to show people that they’re close. I guess we could call these ‘Family Tee’ and ‘Friend Tee’. The tee is usually the same colour and has the same design, but it’s cut into a different style for each person. Genius.

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These matching tee’s are really popular at the tourist hotspots.

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This family went all out and even matched blue sunglasses with blue headphones, and red hat, with red shorts. I’m blown away.

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This family in Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan, are Family Tee’d up.

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These people are hanging out in traditional Korean dresses by the lake, in a temple.

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Some boys are dressed like their elder at Arashiyama, Japan. Notice the girl is also in similar colours.

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It seems to me that they take the idea of a uniform and extend it to show others that their together, family is very important in Asian culture and so I can understand why they’d want to show that off. Plus, you wouldn’t lose anyone in a hurry!

Speaking of uniforms there’s quite a strong presence of them here in east Asia especially. Like this festival in Tokyo.

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Or these Dzao women in Vietnam. Notice the H’mong men are also in a type of uniform.

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These kids at school use a neck tie to show that they belong to the school, this was in a particularly poor area of Hagiang province, Vietnam.

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If they didn’t have an uniform, it looks like they were told to all wear red.

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These girls are wearing a type of uniform for the mid-autumn festival. (And also posing for a photo with our friend Jonathan.)

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Some women wear traditional Vietnamese outfits with similar colours on the streets of Hanoi.

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This group of children on a school trip in China are wearing a uniform.

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These kids in Sri Lanka.

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But it’s not just tee shirts, there are all sorts of examples.

Dresses.

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Hats.

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Look at this one!

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Only in China.

Also this one.

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Only in China.

There’s was even some tourists getting in on the Couple Tee action on Huangshan in China.

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