This week, the matching outfits of brand new quizmasters Julie Van den Steen (30) and Jens Dendoncker (32) caught our eye. Stylist Farah El Bastani is responsible for this successful look. She told us how she put together the outfits and that there’s more. Our fashion editor gives three golden tips for those who want to try such a fitting look for themselves.
“Finally a big brother!” Julie writes excitedly on Instagram. Jens and Julie really almost look like brother and sister, because until now on ‘Even Good Friends?’ they always appeared with almost identical outfits. Not by chance, because in this quiz they put together two well-known Flemish people who don’t know each other, but who they think will complement each other perfectly, just like the outfits of the quizmasters.
“What the hell I thought?”
When Julie and Jens came up with the idea ‘Even good friends?’ soon the idea came to do something with matching outfits. The creative brain behind those carefully selected looks? Stylist Farah El Bastani. “At one point I thought for a moment: what the hell was i thinking It had to match sixteen times in a row. It all came together nicely and we are extremely satisfied with the result. And the best ones are still on the schedule.”
Sometimes the duo wears almost exactly the same outfits, other times they work with contrasting or similar shades and color combinations. “Even though I’m bringing them together, I wanted to add personality to the look, so I added different details and accents. Although it certainly wasn’t always easy. Julie and Jens are so different that it never comes across as, “Oh my god, look at those two cute pinkies.” They just look hot. (Laughter)”
Inspired by Gucci, scouts and twin influencers
When we ask Farah where she gets her inspiration from, she doesn’t think twice. “We see a lot of twin influencers these days and Gucci also gave me a direction with their ss23 collection.” The luxury brand unveiled the identical twins on the catwalk during Milan Fashion Week.
For example, Jens was thinking about scouts and I understood that. And so, for example, a look with beige jackets was created
Julie and Jens also had something to eat themselves. Farah: “We brainstormed together and discussed some ideas. For example, Jens had Boy Scouts in mind, and I took it because of the look and feel that filmmaker Wes Anderson gives off. And that’s how, for example, the look with beige jackets from Rosie Antwerp was created.”
(Read more below the post where Jens and Julie wear beige jackets.)
“There were several fittings where we ‘fitted’ together all the looks I had prepared. They were successful and we got along very well. It was really fun.” At no point were the outfits too cute, says Farah.
Gone are the days when skirts signified femininity and men were only allowed to wear trousers
Even more strikingly, both ‘male’ Jens and ‘female’ Julie get away with the same pieces. “Gone are the days when skirts signified femininity and men could only wear trousers. We are moving towards a society where gender is fluid, not binary. The fashion world – where you often see the androgynous look – plays a very important role in this movement.”
“I like to emphasize the connection even more after people have spent a long time disconnected they were,” concludes Farah. “I wanted to emphasize equality because I like it.
Do’s and don’ts
Whether it concerns Jens and Julia or a couple who wants to get the best out of the same closet? Our fashion editor will advise you on how coordinated outfits can show off. Because sometimes it means balancing on a fine line: you don’t want to look too similar and avoid the twin effect.
“Clothes that are exactly the same don’t work. Then you are exactly Tweedledee and Tweedledum from ‘Alice in Wonderland’. It’s important that you keep your personality,” says Devriendt.
“Clothes with matching slogans like ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ or ‘I’m his’ and ‘I’m hers’ also feel a bit cheesy. You really can’t go wrong with the rest. The most important thing is to still wear something you feel comfortable in so the ensemble doesn’t feel forced.”
Anyone who wants to coordinate in style can experiment with color. David: “Earth colors like beige or blue are easy, but you can also wear the same pastel colors or bright shades like fuchsia. For example, a woman can wear a pink dress, a man a pink sweater vest. Or it can be more modest, with accessories. For example, a tie and a handbag in the same color.’
“Another option is for the couple to dress in one color. Same colors but different clothes. Like a nude skirt with a blouse and a safari suit. Or work with complementary colors.”
“Then you wear similar clothes, but not necessarily the same colors. A similar suit, or cargo pants with a sweatshirt, or you both wear a hat, sneakers or gloves.” Or of course, a cool denim jacket like Jens and Julie.
The same prints are a bit bolder. “Do you know the Japanese couple Bon and Pon? They are known on Instagram for their fitted outfits and often choose the same patterns, such as stripes or checks. It’s more in your face, so you have to go for it.’
Last tip from David: “Always go for classics from both men’s and women’s wardrobes. A leather jacket like a perfecto, an oversized vest or a trench coat, all three are very good choices.”
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