A married couple who have dressed alike every day for 33 years say it is the clearest way of showing that 'we're together.'
Donald Featherstone, who made a fortune from inventing the plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament in the late Fifties, and his wife Nancy, told The Sun that they even phone each other when they are not together to ensure that their style is in sync.
Luckily the large Victorian home that they share in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, has enough closet space to house their unique fashion collection which includes 600 custom-made outfits and dozens of identical his and hers accessories.
Synchronized style: Donald and Nancy Featherstone from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, started dressing alike in 1980, four years after they married - they say it is the clearest way of showing that 'we're together'.
Mr Featherstone, 77, usually wears bold print shirts, while his wife of 36 years dons dresses cut from the same cloth.
Recalling the first time they experimented with the look-alike concept, Mrs Featherstone, 60, said: 'I made Don the same shirt I was wearing. We’ve dressed alike ever since. We love it.'
The former dressmaker, who started making her own clothes aged 12, has sewn hundreds of ensembles in an array of eye-catching fabrics over the years.
She said she is often drawn to tropical prints that remind her of her husband's famous molded bird, which was manufactured by Union Products and first hit the market in 1958.
Mrs Featherstone said that when she met her husband he was 'very prim and proper' and would only wear long-sleeved shirts, a tie and a suit.
But following her mother's advice, she started jazzing up his style by making him more colorful outfits.
'I made Don the same shirt I was wearing. We've dressed alike ever since. We love it'
She first had the idea to make duplicate garments after she remembered a tradition at Jennings Junior High School in Missouri, where couples wore matching shirts to the end-of-year dance.
It was in 1977 that the Featherstones first slipped into the same looks - a pair of polyester ‘play shirts'.
Then on Easter Sunday of the same year Mr Featherstone stepped out in slacks, a sport coat and pink silky shirt while his wife donned a pink, silky dress.
Their dressing-up habit soon became a full-blown obsession and in 1980 they went full-time.
'I recall Donald saying that when they were in the supermarket together he would still feel a little flutter of new love every time he looked down the aisle and saw Nancy.'
The Featherstones aren't the first two people to show they're together through matching outfits:
Husband and wife Mel and Joey Schwanke from a small city outside Omaha, Nebraska, have dressed alike for more than 35 years and never leave the house unless they are dressed in the same pattern.
'We don’t dare go somewhere without having matching outfits,' Mr Schwanke told KETV.
'Every day, my tie matches her dress.'
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