Sunday, May 07, 2006

The Twins Effect

Why do majority of twins (children specifically) dress the same? I've always been curious. I recently made the acquaintance of a pair of near-identical twins. The two attend the same school and not surprisingly, dress similarly too. Unable to resist, I posed the following questions to them: Why do twins tend to dress similarly? What're their thoughts about it? I was rather surprised when they told me it didn't occur to them to even think about it. They wear whatever their parents buy for them. I told them my stand that twins, although looking alike, are still two persons and have different personalities. I asked them whether they felt "out of character" dressing alike. The two shrugged their shoulders and replied they're indifferent about it.

That brings us back to "They wear whatever their parents buy for them". Why then, do parents of twins want to dress their children alike? You might say "it's easier and cheaper to buy the same clothes what...". Do you know what I honestly think? I say the parents relish on creating CONFUSION as a novelty.

Let me paint a scenario. Imagine a visit to the relatives during Chinese New Year. "Emily" and "Evelyn" are presented before the crowd and the usual "Wah! Can't tell them apart. Who's who ah?" And the parents go: "GUESS LAH!".




Anonymous said...

Yeah..i think is about the confusion thing.At least there is something to talk about during gatherings.An ice breaker as i put it..=)

samuraibunny said...

some people do it because they think it's "cute".

Hoi Yean said...

Even though my boys are a year apart, when they were younger, I did dress them alike. 2 reasons - 1. yup, it is easy on the brains but the more important 2. is that they would be upset if I didn't get the same - they will both think the other shirt/pants/shorts is better than what they have.

A.O. said...

That's an interesting point about ENVY, Hoi Yean. Thanks for dropping by :)

Mickell said...

Indeed. Parents of idential twins relish in the fact only they themselves can tell apart their identical twins :)

Identical twins can be used to cheat in exams, races, etc. The possibilities are many if you really think about it ;p

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