Letizia, Queen of Spain, attended a reception in Mérida, Spain, earlier this month wearing the exact same dress as law professor Inmaculada Vivas Tesón, who was presented with an award by the Queen. Priced at £59.99, the dress was a black and white number from Mango and sold out less than a week after Letizia and Inmaculada were seen wearing it.
But what did the two women do when they realized their fashion misadventure?
They smiled, laughed and hugged – in short, they refused to treat it like a fashion incident.
Personal stylist and fashion expert Miranda Holder agreed that shedding light on the situation is the best reaction one can have in cases like these.
She then gave further advice, saying: “Wearing the same outfit as someone else in a gathering feels like the ultimate sartorial faux pas.
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“If we don’t feel overconfident anyway, it can sometimes trigger feelings of negative self-comparison, but sometimes it just can’t be avoided.
“If this happens, I advise my clients to take a few moments to collect themselves and center themselves – if necessary, go to the bathroom and repeat some self-love or confidence affirmations in the mirror.
“Then go up to the other person and give them a sincere compliment on how good they taste and how fabulous they look.”
Miranda stressed that “it will instantly break any tension and lighten the mood.”
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“If you feel the need, make a joke out of it and take some pictures,” she added.
“Having a little laugh will help you relax – and you never know, you might just have met a new close friend. Or at least a kind soul mate in terms of style.”
But what if the circumstance makes it hard to laugh and take pictures with the other person?
Unlike Letizia, Sarah, 29, from London, felt like she couldn’t even talk to the other woman wearing the same dress as her when she attended a party last summer.
She said: “I showed up to a work party for my new boyfriend in the same dress as her ex – she worked for the same company.
“It was also a bold glitter number, so no hiding. Mortifying.”
Sarah explained that the dress was “by Reiss and was kind of a blue, sequined, floor-length dress with a thigh-high slit.”
“I definitely tried to avoid her because there were still bad feelings about her being his ex,” she recalled.
“Luckily there were enough people that it wasn’t too awkward, but people commented anyway.”
But Sarah stressed that the comments were “definitely mild”.
“It was pretty funny looking back,” she said.
“They were kind of saying my boyfriend clearly had good taste in women.”
However, Sarah and Queen Letizia aren’t the only ones who have experienced this – many people have been there.
With both beautiful and affordable clothing available at the push of a button, it’s unavoidable.
Even actor Jared Leto and Gucci designer Alessandro Michele showed up in the same suit at the Met Gala earlier this month.
Their reaction to the situation? To take multiple photos with each other.