#7 - Hey, honey! Cool shirt…
Korea is a country that values the romantic relationship very much. It is a symbol. Of what, I don’t know… but nevertheless, it’s a symbol. Maybe just something to show the rest of your peers that you’re not a complete loser. It seems that all of the Korean’s I meet are either already involved in a serious relationship or they are searching desperately for that one person to settle down with. Women definitely have it the hardest as they are placed on a time frame that the men have the luxury of not abiding by. If you are a woman over the age of 30 and you are not married, you are classified as a “Gold Miss”, a term referring to the fact that you are a single, college graduate who earns an annual income of 40 million won (about $35,000 USD). To be classified as a “Gold Miss” sort of limits your options of viable male candidates. The majority of men aren’t exactly jumping over fences, looking for the next gold miss and because of this cultural phenomenon, most of the ladies here are looking hard, holding on tight, and hoping for a ceremony… one that referably allows them to wear a white dress and invite their friends and family.
Creatures from all walks of life find ways to mark their territory. This is known. Dogs use scent, birds use song, men and women allover the world use rings, and Koreans use clothing. Shirts, backpacks, sweaters, shoes, hats, shirts & shoes, backpacks & shirts & shoes, or maybe let’s just dress exactly the same from head to toe.
This is what I’m talking about.
It’s called “couple t’s” but in my experience, it stretches far beyond just t’s, as I mentioned. I do have to admit that it’s kind of cute. And I also have to admit that I just don’t have what it takes to be able to publicly display this excessive amount of cuteness.
There are actually stores that cater to the plethora of Korean couples that are aching to hop on this train and the manikin’s in these store windows are all dressed as matching couples just to avoid any confusion as to what is being sold.
I have to think that this public statement of ownership is more than just a cute way to be a couple. Given the pressure that rests on Korean shoulders to find an acceptable partner, this mirroring act seems to shout out “look what I got!”
Now, it’s not like every couple in Korea is walking around matched from head to toe. But this phenomena does cross my path at least once or twice when I decide to brave the outside world.
Heaven help the girl that ever tries to make me dress like her twin. Not happening.