The other night I went to a dinner party, because that's what people my age are supposed to do.
My friend Yemisi, a girl that I like because she looks uncannily similar to Lionel Richie, pitched up late (poor form) wearing an identical jacket to me (very poor form). And even though I was there first, wearing the jacket, it was still me that took the brunt of the collective mockery. Now I should point out that the jacket is lovely. A Nike Destroyer bomber jacket, with leather sleeves, in all black. I don't think it's available any more. Sorry about that.
Anyway, to be fair to Lionela, she looked good in it, too. Which made me start wondering whether the thing to do is start buying and wearing clothes-for-two. As in, if I have a load of items that both my girlfriend and I can wear, not simultaneously, we would save money and wardrobe space (which is at a real premium in our flat). The danger is obviously that we end up looking like smug pricks who've stepped out of a Kooples advert. And no one wants that.
So which clothes are potentially unisex then? This will partly be determined by the relative size of you and your partner. My girlfriend is tall, but not as tall as me; she's not as bulky either. This shouldn't be a surprise, because I'm not dating Brigitte Nielsen or one of those statuesque female wrestlers. Yet. So anything that we can both wear will be oversized on her – which I like, and can certainly guarantee is better than it being skin-tight or doughy-midriff-revealing on me.
Currently we only share a few jumpers and cardigans, but I feel like blazers might cut it if she rolls up the sleeves a bit. And although I haven't worn a checked shirt for a while – as I'd worn them constantly for five years, it felt like a clean break was needed – they also work well as an overshirt for the lady.
I'm going to draw the line at skirts. I think I saw some images of boys in "modern kilts" recently, but I have neither the legs nor the confidence to pull them off. Also, the waistband would need to be extremely elasticated. In fact it's probably worth accepting that a boy/girl wardrobe share isn't going to be successful below the navel. Footwear will be a disaster. A funny disaster, but a disaster nonetheless.
The only thing I haven't worked out is how to avoid squabbles over who is going to wear what and when. A rota doesn't seem that sexy.
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