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.
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.