Getting ready with your best friend(s) is one of life's greatest small pleasures, and although it's not as common an occurrence as it was during those teenage years, we relish the chance wherever and whenever possible. It's also an experience—or literal mode of dressing—that looks set to be further enhanced by next year's pre-fall collections.
This year put many a fashionable friendship on the map (see this Italian style squad or Gigi and Kendall for starters), and we know from the street style snappers that two outfits for the price of one is a dream shot, but it looks like designers may also be partial to the theory that those who style together, stay together. (Or the createurs simply want to show off more ensembles per season; either way, we are happy customers). Just think: Alessandro Michele's new Gucci would be nothing without it's full kooky girl gang in action, each one repping their own strand of mismatched attire. Equally, the purists may want to pledge their allegiance to each other, too; see MM6 and the slouchy pinstripe tailoring below.
This doesn't herald the arrival of restrictive uniforms, or Mean Girls–'inspired Tuesdays whereupon you and your pals can only wear pink, but it does give you an excuse, should you want it, to get all matchy matchy with your main babe.
Scroll through the gallery below to get some double outfit inspo and you don't have to wait until 2016—you can shop similar looks now!
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel
Style Notes: What's better than one velvet suit? Two! Bring '70s-inspired tailoring into the here and now with pointed shoes (not platforms) and a jarring piece of knitwear.
Style Notes: Matching ankle boots, not remembering each other's birthday, is what definitely, obviously, cements a strong relationship. But what about also taking one microtrend—fishnet—and doing it in your own way?
Style Notes: Tonal camel—a good entry-level technique for a newly made friend or a process that just naturally falls into place when you meet up with your oldest, dearest buddy. Either way, it's eternally chic.
Creatures of the Wind/Ethan James Green
Style Notes: When you want to take a great Instagram shot (selfie together time!) rely on monochrome clothing and a red lip. This looks complementary rather than crazed style-jacking (if you are concerned about your secret matchy concept becoming public knowledge).
Style Notes: It's wacky versus wackier here. So if you and your mate are (happily) competitive, the Gucci route will be a wild ride. Pile on the extras, add in plenty of glitz and don't be afraid to raid each other's (anyone's, really) closets for final touches.
MM6 Maison Margiela
Style Notes: For the minimalists who like their suiting loose, their sleeves long and their glares to be just-so, why not mix and match a carefully edited lineup of separates into distinctly different proportions and concoctions each day? This makes for easy wardrobe time-shares.
Style Notes: Ladies who lunch, brunch, or grab flat whites in-between shopping—this is your look. Chanel's tweed pants, cosy knits and lashings of jewellery make for quite the head-turning daytime look, especially when you don't want to lug a coat around.
Let us know what you think of the pre-fall collections in the comments box below...