Donald Featherstone, the creator of those famous pink flamingos often found on the lawns of warm-weather locales like Palm Springs, sadly passed away on Monday at the age of 79. Well, while reading up about his very unique life, we discovered something particularly strange about his style. He and his wife, Nancy Featherstone, have been wearing matching outfits for 37 years!
As she told The Guardian in 2013, it all began when she started making shirts for Donald and had so much leftover fabric that she began to make duplicates for herself, too. "Then Donald suggested I make our bottom halves match, too, so we started amassing a whole wardrobe of clothes," she told the paper. "Initially we matched only [on] weekends, but as I grew adept at making more complex garments, such as jackets, sweaters and coats, we decided to go full-time with our identical look. We never needed to go clothes shopping again."
The couple ended up with “four wardrobes of twin outfits, hanging two by two, organised by season and occasion.” Talk about streamlining your routine! But how did other people react? Well, according to Nancy, the approval rating was high: “We got lots of compliments and people who would normally just walk on by stopped to talk to us.” Whoever got to the closet first was responsible for choosing their day’s outfit, but Featherstone was adamant that this didn’t take away from their respective individualities. “We both have very strong identities … and wearing the same clothes doesn’t affect this; clothes don’t make your personality,” she argued. Well, as fashion-lovers, we’d probably grow a little bored of the repetition, but, hey, to each their own!
Read the full story over at The Guardian, and scroll down to see some pictures of the couple in matching outfits.