What a pair of Minnies! TOWIE couple Sam Faiers and Joey Essex dress in matching outfits as they jet off to Marbs

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By Emily Sheridan

They've only been dating a matter of weeks, but it appears The Only Way Is Essex couple Sam Faiers and Joey Essex are already dressing like each other.

The glamour model, 21, arrived for the cast's group flight for their annual trip to 'Marbs' wearing a Minnie Mouse T-shirt and denim shorts.

Despite arriving at Southend Airport in Essex separately, the pair had clearly discussed their outfits after club promoter Joey, 22, rocked up in a Mickey Mouse T-shirt and black denim shorts.

Dressing alike: The Only Way Is Essex couple Sam Faiers and Joey Essex arrived at Southend Airport in Minnie and Mickey Mouse T-shirts and shorts

Fortunately, he didn't follow suit and wear heels like his girlfriend - who opted for nude Christian Loboutins, and kept to green and yellow trainers.

The couple joined their co-stars at Southend Airport in Essex this morning for a flight out to Malaga - 30 miles away from their beloved Marbella.

However this time, the action will be filmed by the ITV2 cameras for a special one-off, entitled The Only Way Is Marbs.

Cosy: The couple quickly rushed to each other's side after spotting each other at the airport

Disney fan: Sam dressed as Minnie Mouse for Mario Falcone's fancy dress party this year, and named her Brentwood clothing boutique Minnie's

Despite the early start, female castmembers Billie Faiers, Jessica Wright, Lauren Pope, Chloe Sims, Lydia Bright, Billi Mucklow and Cara Kilbey all looked suitably glam in their summerwear.

And the boys James 'Diags' Bennewith, Tom Pearce, 'Little Chris' Drake, Charlie King, James 'Arg' Argent and Bobby Norris looked ready to party in their shorts, vests and T-shirts.

Already at the resort are TOWIE couple Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario Falcone, who arrived on Monday, and Frankie Essex and Lauren Goodger.

Not exactly travelling light: The Only Way Is Essex stars (L-R) Sam Faiers, Jessica Wright and Billie Faiers arrive at Southend airport for their flight to Malaga

Although previous visits to Marbella haven't been filmed for the five series, fans of the show will remember Lucy shared a kiss with Mark Wright at the resort last year, when he was engaged to Lauren Goodger and she had just started dating Mario.

The gang were flying out of Southend Airport - recently re-branded as London Southend Airport - despite being by the Essex seaside and 42 miles away from the capital's centre.

And it appears Chloe was struggling with some last-minute packing as Arg complained the chaffeur-driven cars were waiting outside her house.

He tweeted: '@Chloe_Sims I have been called a 1000 times saying your cars outside, Hurry up and get on your way. Your late! #WrongNumber.'

Can't wait to hit the beach: Lauren Pope (left) and Chloe Sims (right) looked glamorous in their flight outfits

No chance of missing these two! Best friends Billi Mucklow (left) and Cara Kilbey wore some bright colours

The wedding singer then revealed that club promoter Joey was struggling to get into his luggage.

He wrote: That awkward moment when @JoeyEssex_ Can't remember the code to his suitcase so he cant close or open it and were checking in! Sorry but lol.'

Joey was clearly excited about their annual pilgrimage to Marbella, despite having packing issues.

He tweeted: 'Not much sleep for me last night. Don't matter tho. Guess why? ? When I say porta you say Banus!!! PORTA BANUS ! PORTA BANUS!!!

Here comes the boys: James 'Diags' Bennewith, Joey Essex and Tom Pearce look like they're dancing into the airport

The other boys: Joey's rivals Ricky Rayment, 'Little Chris' Drake and Charlie King were in high spirits

'Don't have scales. My bag could be 15kg maybe even 20-30kg! This is gona be a larf #onlyforalarf #justalarf

'When I say marbs! U say bella! Marb-bella ! Marb-BELLA!'

His friend Tom Pearce was teased on Twitter after he showed off his suitcase - which included a leather jacket - despite the weather being 27C.

He wrote: 'Just weighed in at 26kg .. sorry @LaurenPope gonna have to do this on ur own ✈ #mighthelpyoucarryitthough.

Faking it: Lydia Bright ditched her usual pale complexion for a fake tan, while Billie covered up her ample cleavage in a playsuit

In the pink: Jessica wore a salmon mullet dress

'Leave it out people... the leather jacket is coming alright.'

Lydia Bright admitted she was going to wear fake tan after burning herself during a recent holiday to Dubai.

She wrote on her Twitter page: 'Also big thank you to @thetanexpert for my @fakebakeukltd spray tan now there is no excuse for this burnt ass haha x.'

Missing out on the trip was Gemma Collins, whose mother Joan is currently ill in hospital.

New couple: Lauren chatting to her new toyboy boyfriend TOm

On the phone to Gemma? James 'Arg' Argent (left) and Bobby Norris are ready for take-off

What a punch of posers: Joey, Tom and Diags in the back of the taxi on the way to Southend Airport

A leather jacket... in the summer... in Marbella? Tom Pearce came under criticism for packing a leather jacket