How Taylor Swift, World Princess of Pop, became an oh-so-elegant style sister with… the Princess of Wales!

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When she stepped out for the Grammys earlier this month, Taylor Swift wore an uncannily Kate-esque ensemble featuring a white Schiaparelli column gown.

Although the thigh-high slit and corset bodice were a little racier than the royal’s McQueen number, it was a clear echo of the princess at last year’s Baftas 

And if Taylor’s Lorraine Schwartz jewels more opulent than Kate Middleton’s Zara earrings, the show-stopping velvet opera gloves united the pair in regal style.

In fact Taylor Swift and Kate’s have been style sisters on a number of occasions. 

From a shared love of Jenny Packham embellishment and glittering gowns to pared back separates such as camel coats and chic stripes, there are real similarities in how the women approach dressing for their high-profile yet very different roles.

White Gowns and Gloves

Winner of the Best Album award at the Grammys, Taylor Swift dressed as Kate Middleton’s doppelganger in a strapless Schiaparelli gown.

Taylor turned up at the 66th Grammy Awards in a white column dress reminiscent of the one worn by the Princess of Wales  

Kate impresses in  Alexander McQueen at the Baftas in 2023

Kate impresses in  Alexander McQueen at the Baftas in 2023

The Princess of Wales wore Alexander McQueen with Cornelia James gloves at the Baftas last year.

Swift went for a similar combination but added more than 300 carats-worth of layered Lorraine Schwartz diamond necklaces.

Kate stuck with some purse-friendly Zara earrings.

Hands in Hearts

Honouring the start of Black History Month at a school in Wales last year, Kate suggested she’s something of a Swift fan when she flashed Taylor’s signature heart-hands move.

Catherine, Princess of Wales makes a heart sign with her hands during her visit to Fitzalan High School in Cardiff

Catherine, Princess of Wales makes a heart sign with her hands during her visit to Fitzalan High School in Cardiff

Taylor smiled at the cameras and gave them trademark heart in Madrid in 2013

Taylor smiled at the cameras and gave them trademark heart in Madrid in 2013

Wearing Holland and Cooper trouser suit in pinstripes, the Princess of Wales posed for photos emulating the famous move .

White Tailored/Taylored trouser suits

Arriving at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in all-white Alexander McQueen. 

Kate wearing a white tailored suit at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022

Kate wearing a white tailored suit at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022

A chic Taylor turned up to the MTV Music Awards wearing  this J Mendel suit

A chic Taylor turned up to the MTV Music Awards wearing  this J Mendel suit

The Princess of Wales mirrored Taylor Swift’s J Mendel suit seen at the MTV Awards in 2012. Both single breasted and cropped at the ankle, the versatility of tailoring was displayed by the fashion DNA sharing duo.

Sheer Embroidery

Kate and Taylor had another twinning moment in elegant blue designs featuring delicate embroidery and sheer sleeves.

A sheer jewelled dress by Jenny Packham in the video for Taylor's Blank Space video is  similar to the outfit worn by Princess Catherine to Ascot

A sheer jewelled dress by Jenny Packham in the video for Taylor’s Blank Space video is  similar to the outfit worn by Princess Catherine to Ascot

Catherine wore this blue sheer dress over a vest top to Ascot in 2019

Catherine wore this blue sheer dress over a vest top to Ascot in 2019 

 In 2014, Swift’s Blank Space music video featured the singer wearing a Jenny Packham gown with rows of crystal clusters and beading. 

Later, Kate would echoed the look with a powder blue Elie Saab dress featuring sheer panels across the chest and sleeves at Royal Ascot in 2019.

Breton Stripes

Stepping out in New York in 2015, Taylor Swift went for Parisian chic style in a Breton top with flattering high-waisted shorts.

It might have been New York but Taylor went for a Home Counties look with this striped Breton top and high-waisted shorts

It might have been New York but Taylor went for a Home Counties look with this striped Breton top and high-waisted shorts

Kate arrived in Plymouth wearing a Breton top and high waisted shorts in 2022

Kate arrived in Plymouth wearing a Breton top and high waisted shorts in 2022

The Princess of Wales chose these classic wardrobe separates for a sailing event in 2022, pairing an Erdem stripe top with Holland Cooper shorts which cinched in and accentuated her waist like Taylor.

Crystal Clutch bags

Taylor Swift channelled Kate with a touch of Jenny Packham at the 2013 Winter Whites Gala at Kensington Palace.

Taylor holding the Jenny Packham Casa Box Clutch at Kensington Palace in 2013

Taylor holding the Jenny Packham Casa Box Clutch at Kensington Palace in 2013

Kate was seen holding the exact same clutch at the James Bond Premiere in 2015

Kate was seen holding the exact same clutch at the James Bond Premiere in 2015

Wearing an ethereal gown by Reem Acra and an embellished coat over her shoulders by Packham, Kate’s style twin accessorised the dazzling evening look with a Jenny Packham Casa box clutch as she performed a duet with Prince William. 

Later in 2015 Kate dazzled at a James Bond premiere in a Jenny Packham gown with the same sparkly bag complete with crystal clasp.

Glittering in Gold

Bond girl Kate glittered in gold for the No Time to Die premiere in 2021. 

Kate in a sensational Jenny Packham gold dress with a beautiful 'up-do' to finish off the look

Kate in a sensational Jenny Packham gold dress with a beautiful ‘up-do’ to finish off the look

Taylor stunned at the Grammys with this gold dress and a similar 'up-do'

Taylor stunned at the Grammys with this gold dress and a similar ‘up-do’

Channelling the Tinseltown sirens of old Hollywood in jewelled Jenny Packham, Middleton wore her hair in her signature sleek up-do and kept the accessories minimal with bejewelled Onitaa gold earrings. 

The ensemble was reminiscent of Taylor’s 2012 Uhair Murad gown Grammy red carpet Z which was equally as plunging and embellished.

Together with a matching sleek hairstyle and simple earrings she also looked every bit a Hollywood heroine.

Matching in Monochrome

Sleek hair with flashes of shoulder and minimalist monochrome – that seems to have been the style memo for Swift and Middleton.

Jimmy Fallon welcomed Taylor in this gorgeous monochrome outfit in 2015

Jimmy Fallon welcomed Taylor in this gorgeous monochrome outfit in 2015

Kate arrived for the Top Gun Premiere in this beautiful monochrome outfit in 2022

Kate arrived for the Top Gun Premiere in this beautiful monochrome outfit in 2022

 For Taylor it was a Sachin & Babi jumpsuit when appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in 2015, while Kate chose a Roland Mouret gown for the Top Gun premiere in 2022. 

Showing how they can both master monochromatic dressing, a flash of contrasting white on both of their necklines gives just the right amount of detail to otherwise minimalist black looks.

Camel Coats

The camel coat has been the cover-up of choice for the style sisters – a timeless cold-weather essential. 

The Princess of Wales was seen wearing this timeless Max & Co camel coat in Slough in 2023

The Princess of Wales was seen wearing this timeless Max & Co camel coat in Slough in 2023

Taylor Swift wore a Stella McCartney coat out in New York in January 2024

Taylor Swift wore a Stella McCartney coat out in New York in January 2024

Kate stuck to her signature formula with a Max & Co coat layered over navy separates and a blue bag by Polène Paris in 2023, while Taylor wore Stella McCartney earlier this year and carried a Saint Laurent tote.

Twinning with Trains

Both choosing full length gowns with a twist, the stylish duo stepped out in high-low hem dresses that flashed their legs with the added drama of a full train.

Taylor's full length gown with a twist at the 2014 Grammys, made the high-low hem dress a big hit

Taylor’s full length gown with a twist at the 2014 Grammys, made the high-low hem dress a big hit

 

Kate was first to try the 'high-low hem dress' when she arrived for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards in 2014

Kate was first to try the ‘high-low hem dress’ when she arrived for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards in 2014

Kate was the first to try the trend, dressing in Jenny Packham for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards in 2014, followed by Swift a year later at the Grammys in Elie Saab. 

Pink sandals completed the looks for the pair, with Taylor in fuchsia Giuseppe Zanotti and Kate turning to the high street in her rose LK Bennett heels.

Jewelled Jenny Packham

Kate chose Jenny Packham for a dinner hosted by the British Embassy in Paris in 2017.

Her bejewelled blue floor-length gown was accessorised with chandelier earrings on loan from the Queen and Oscar de la Renta pumps. 

Kate wore this bejewelled Jenny Packham in 2017. Taylor wore hers in champagne a few years earlier

Kate wore this bejewelled Jenny Packham in 2017. Taylor wore hers in champagne a few years earlier

There was a sense of déjà vu as the same frock embellished with crystals in a floral motif had been seen on Swift a few years earlier in a champagne colour.

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