Zěn Me Shuō “Sadie Hawkins”

Midwesterners who went to high school in the last century likely know from experience the traditions surrounding the “Sadie Hawkins” dance.  Not only is it the girls’ job to ask the boys to the dance, the couple also may choose to wear matching outfits.

Well it appears that the “Sadie Hawkins” costume tradition may have migrated across the Pacific to China.  Much to my surprise, however, couples don’t actually need the excuse of a special day to dress the same.  It is not uncommon to see couples walking on the street with the same design of jacket or shirt, regardless of the time of year.

Looking good.

Looking good.

Even a big red backpack and awkward camera angle can't disguise this trend.

Even a big red backpack and awkward camera angle can't disguise this trend.

Matching jackets AND pants!  Now that's really taking it to the next level.

Matching jackets AND pants! Now that's taking it to the next level.

For the record, Sadie Hawkins may not be the ultimate source of this Chinese trend.  But it is a humorous correlation, if nothing else.  And for those of you who may be wondering, Tian and I have not purchased matching outfits…yet.

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3 comments

  1. now I finally know what to get you guys for xmas! tehe

  2. Dan, did you really just use “tehe”? Stunning

  3. W-O-W! Although this is a unique part of Chinese culture, I’m pretty sure your engagement legitimizes your & Tian’s relationship enough- no need for matching outfits too! 🙂

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