When it comes to relationships, it takes work and commitment when you're in it for the long haul. And while we can't tout the importance of happiness, compromise, and chemistry enough, let's not write off the importance of style. We're not suggesting that you and your S.O. need to be dressed to the nines at all times (we all need a day or two in sweatpants), but what you wear can play into the ways your relationship works out.
We tapped dating expert Bela Gandhi, founder of the Smart Dating Academy, to explain exactly what makes for a successfully stylish couple. Bela reflected on three major facets of style that factor into any great coupling. Armed with her advice, it's easy to take a moment to reflect on how fashion and relationships come together in perfect harmony in our own lives.
Read on for three things all stylish couples have in common!
1. Their Styles Are Compatible
Finding common ground in a relationship is important, and that includes what a couple chooses to wear. While there's no need to be equally obsessed with fashion, Gandhi notes, "if you're highly fashion conscious but you're with someone who prefers to look like they've been couch-surfing all day, that's gonna be tough on both of you."
2. They're Never Matchy-Matchy
While coordinating and complementary style is crucial to a good relationship, Gandhi warns against going for anything too matchy-matchy. She notes the importance of "taking into account what your significant other is wearing so you don't look too dressed up or dressed down," but suggests subtle coordination is better than full-on coordination.
3. They Remind Each Other How Good They Look
"Acknowledge when your significant other looks great," Gandhi says. "Ultimately, it's one of the secrets to a happy relationship and a happy marriage. Being nice to each other and acknowledging each other keeps that flame alive."
Shop pieces You and Your S.O. Will Love
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A denim miniskirt will always be in style.
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