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Taylor Swift wore a patchwork dress for Selena Gomez’s birthday

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Gomez turned 30 on July 22 and her longtime friend Swift, 32, helped her commemorate the major milestone. The Rare Beauty founder shared two fun photos of the duo celebrating in what looks like an intimate gazebo decorated with twinkling lights. She captioned the silly snaps, “30s, nerdy and dignified” on Instagram.

The birthday girl dressed up for the occasion, wearing a pleated $5,400 Gucci dress with balloon sleeves, while Swift opted for a more relaxed puff-sleeve midi dress – although still dear to $498 – with a tiered skirt and patchwork design. She paired the breezy number with Cathy Waterman earrings and loose pigtail braids to complete her signature cottagecore aesthetic.

Swift has flipped between many styles throughout her time in the spotlight, from sparkly dresses and cowboy boots to cat-eye sunglasses and bold red lips to all-black during her Reputation the era of dip dyed hair Lover. But for the past few years, the songwriter has stuck to his folksy, prairie-girl vibe, and this latest sighting is no exception.

The “All Too Well” singer is on to something with the patchwork print on her midi dress: unlike traditional patterns like stripes or polka dots, patchwork garments look completely different from piece to piece. Each patchwork dress, top or skirt is completely unique, so there’s an option for everyone – and you’ll always stand out.

Take this $60 pick, for example: With soft orange, blue and white floral patches, the A-line midi dress is retro and perfect for making a statement in the office.

With a brown, cream and blue patchwork print, this satin slip dress from Free People exudes western spirit, and the cutout at the back makes it on-trend. But if mini dresses are your thing, this balloon-sleeve pick from Banana Republic is romantic and flattering with a sweetheart neckline and twist detailing.

Whichever patchwork dress you choose, you’re sure to turn heads in one-of-a-kind style. Enjoy this rare sighting of Taylor Swift and copy her summer look by shopping more patchwork dresses below. Then you can go back to wondering what she got Selena.

Buy it! River Island Metallic Patchwork Maxi Dress, $108; nordstrom.com

Buy it! Lucky Brand Patchwork Print Midi Dress, $129; nordstrom.com

Buy it! Banana Republic Ramie Twist Dress in Patchwork Blue, $129.97 (orig. $200); bananarepublic.com

Buy it! Anna Corrinne Butterflies Patchwork Smock Dress, $158; freepeople.com

Hazel J. Edmonds

The author Hazel J. Edmonds