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Married Couple Has Worn Matching Outfits Every Day for 35 Years: Cute or Crazy?

SodaHead Living 2012/06/03 03:04:18
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We understand why a couple might want to coordinate outfits for a special event or a family photo. But wearing matching clothes for thirty-five years straight? We’re not sure if that’s incredibly cute or just plain weird.

One day in 1976 Mel and Joey Schwankes coordinated their attire. Whether they did it on purpose or by accident (they can't remember), they enjoyed the experience so much that they decided to continue doing so every day thereafter.

“We don’t go somewhere without having matching outfits,” Mel, 86, told local broadcaster KETV.

The Schwankes now have 146 custom-made matching outfits, which generally use the same fabric for Mel’s tie and Joey’s dress. Mel and Joey, 81, have run a flower shop for six decades—which explains the couple’s fondness for floral prints. The shop, which has belonged to Joey’s family since 1896, is one of the oldest businesses in Fremont, Nebraska.

The couple has been happily married for sixty-five years and they manage to work and live together harmoniously. So, couples who dress together . . . stay together?

What do you think SodaHeads? Are the Schwankes and their matching outfits cute or crazy?

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  • ladypatriot 2012/07/22 00:49:04
    Cute!
    ladypatriot
    My Hubby and I are unique. we don't dress alike, but, we prefer each other's company to that of others. He doesn't pal around with the guys. I don't like being around women much. We talk to each other, have real conversations, think alike, and are best friends. We not only love each other, we LIKE each other! If we disagree, we talk it over and compromise. I am much older than he is, but we are equals. This couple is unique and strong and is not afraid to let it be known. He doesn't have to be like or with the men to know he is a man. She appears to literally be his "other half" and is not lesser than he. They don't care what others think. They are not married to any others. They are stating they love, like and respect each other and put each other before others. She is so blessed to have a man who is not afraid to outwardly show to the world that they put their love for each other above all else. Kudos for them! May they continue to be blessed!
  • LunarRain 2012/06/30 09:14:25
    Cute!
    LunarRain
    +1
    Scince it's not the exact same outfit and it's just color/pattern coordinated its adorable.
  • kayla 2012/06/22 17:44:01
    Crazy!
    kayla
    but i like the passtion
  • Maddog 2012/06/08 00:44:08
    Cute!
    Maddog
    Well, it works for them, they're still together after all these years. That's more than I can say about most American marriages!
  • flyingseaturtle BN 2012/06/07 15:24:14
    Cute!
    flyingseaturtle BN
    ;-)
  • JD1980 2012/06/06 18:10:40
    Cute!
    JD1980
    Weird...but it seems to work for them...in a time when people(couples) don't make it past the 7-year itch these days!!!
  • BloodlessVeins 2012/06/06 02:30:21
    Cute!
    BloodlessVeins
    Luv luv. This is romantic not The Notebook or Titanic.
  • Royo 2012/06/06 02:17:22
    Cute!
    Royo
    Aww that's pretty adorable. Lol.
  • **weaselbee::StarkidJay* 2012/06/05 20:16:47
    Cute!
    **weaselbee::StarkidJay*
    That's super adorable:)
  • Tentimesinfinity 2012/06/05 17:22:48
    Cute!
    Tentimesinfinity
    Awwwwww
  • ruthannhausman 2012/06/05 04:00:26
    Cute!
    ruthannhausman
    I think it's a fantastic way of showing their commitment over the years. I do believe I probably would be driven crazy long, long ago were this me and mine, though. But it seems to have been just the right thing for this couple and I applaud their devotion.
  • Muver 2012/06/05 03:03:29
    Cute!
    Muver
    For them I guess it's ok,,,,but sort of silly....she must make their stuff, 'cause where ever
    would you find that stuff...
  • Call me Mark willya? 2012/06/05 00:48:39
    Cute!
    Call me Mark willya?
    A little of both really... It's so sweet I need to brush my teeth after reading it, but hey they've been married HOW LONG? They must be doing something right.
  • merslix. 2012/06/05 00:16:36
    Crazy!
    merslix.
    very weird.
  • Brother Bo 2012/06/04 23:44:44
    Cute!
    Brother Bo
    It's love,man. My first wife and I had matching outfits. (although some people thought I looked gay.)
    https://d1ij7zv8zivhs3.cloudf...
  • Walt 2012/06/04 22:40:14
    Crazy!
    Walt
    It's not really "crazy," but after a while what may have been cute for a day or two is just goofy. They both must have been terribly insecure people for years on end.
  • Sylvia 2012/06/04 22:21:21
    Cute!
    Sylvia
    It's cute because of their age (they started in their 50's)
  • Andre 2012/06/04 21:00:26
  • Incognito 2012/06/04 20:59:24
    Crazy!
    Incognito
    But than again, I wouldn't want to marry a copy-cat.
    copy cat joke copy cat matching cat and bunny
  • JJ 2012/06/04 20:50:38
    Cute!
    JJ
    I not only think its cute, but most precious indeed. And these people are still married...how about that?
  • snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cl... 2012/06/04 20:19:32
    Cute!
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    well, it popularly believed that love can make ya do some strange things......
  • HarleyCharley 2012/06/04 19:22:13
    Cute!
    HarleyCharley
    at that age you can get away with anything....
  • Deactivated 2012/06/04 19:21:52
    Cute!
    Deactivated
    So romantic
  • Marie 2012/06/04 19:12:46
    Cute!
    Marie
    cute crazy!!! but mostly CUTE!!!! ^-^
  • FineCut69 2012/06/04 19:07:09
    Crazy!
    FineCut69
    +1
    It's crazy, the only reason anyone thinks it's cute is because they are old, and they look "cute."
  • Incognito FineCut69 2012/06/04 21:01:43
  • squire 2012/06/04 18:51:04
    Crazy!
    squire
    crazy and cool
  • I<3Edward 2012/06/04 18:30:01
    Cute!
    I<3Edward
    why would it be crazy?
  • FineCut69 I<3Edward 2012/06/04 19:07:48
    FineCut69
    +1
    Why wouldn't it be...?
  • I<3Edward FineCut69 2012/06/05 17:22:29
    I<3Edward
    ...they are not following the norm and they are not hurting anyone.
  • stevie.luplow 2012/06/04 17:50:45
    Cute!
    stevie.luplow
    I love matching my family, maybe not EXACTLY, but at least looking good together. I don't force it all the time, but it's fun when we do :)
  • *flykid* 2012/06/04 17:36:32
    Crazy!
    *flykid*
    +1
    It's a little weird, and it must take time to look into shops to find matching gear also alot of money.
  • Miss Mayhem ✗✗✗ 2012/06/04 17:36:22
    Cute!
    Miss Mayhem ✗✗✗
    That's so adorable. I love them; it takes commitment. There were probably days that one of them thought, "I don't wanna wear this," but they still did.
  • Honeybuns 2012/06/04 17:35:59
    Cute!
    Honeybuns
    Thats really cute. Wow matching clothes for thirty five years straight.
  • Luver 2012/06/04 17:10:00
    Cute!
    Luver
    I love cute old people. Sometimes they're just adorable!
  • Abi 2012/06/04 16:47:49
    Cute!
    Abi
    I mean it might be weird for a couple that was just married but married for that long its so cute!!
  • Chonilla 2012/06/04 16:18:17
    Cute!
    Chonilla
    It's cute Now cause they are older? Cause let's admit it in there youth 20, 30's, 40's it a bit on the weird site...
  • wow-really 2012/06/04 16:05:34 (edited)
    Cute!
    wow-really
    Awe. They're so cute.
    Married 65 years, they work together, and wear matching alfits...
    WOW!
    Now that's what I call true love...Good for them : )
  • Mbyrd26 2012/06/04 15:38:43
    Cute!
    Mbyrd26
    Thats a sign that they have a very strong relationship!
  • frankmikey&unicorns 2012/06/04 15:13:45
    Cute!
    frankmikey&unicorns
    Awwwwww!
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