One of the perks of having a sister is being able to raid each other’s closets and share clothes. But for twin sisters Kathy Heffernan and Rose Coles, sharing clothes has a completely different meaning.
Identical twins Rosey Coles and Kathy Heffernan on vacation in 2013.
The sisters have been dressing alike for nearly 15 years — and they’re in their 60s. “The reaction is very good actually, and we get lots of nice remarks,” Coles told the UK’s Express. “People always say it is unusual to see twins that are our age dressing the same.”
The identical twins began dressing alike when they were teenagers but stopped when they got married and no longer lived together. Then, in 2000, both of them became single again. They decided to move closer to one another in Aldershot, England and to start dressing identically again.
Rosey Coles (left), and Kathy Heffernan, both age 10 in 1963.
Every day since then, the duo wear the exact same outfit when they go out, whether it’s to work, to go on vacation or to hit the town for a night out. And it’s gotten them both quite a bit of attention. “When we are on our own separately, people don’t take notice of us. But when there are two of us, it is like a magnet,” Coles said, adding that people often ask to take pictures with them. “It makes me feel like a celebrity a bit, I think I know how they feel a little bit now,” Heffernan said.
The pair say it was an easy decision as they have similar tastes in clothes and have become closer since their marriages ended. “We just got close again. It just happened sort of automatically … It made us feel very close again,” Heffernan said.
It’s not uncommon for twins to dress alike, especially as children. Occasionally, adult twins do as well. One photographer even made a photo series of twins of all ages dressing alike.
As for Coles and Heffernan, they now live next door to one another, which we can only guess makes choosing outfits much easier.
“We’ll do it forever — as long as we can,” Coles said. “We just enjoy it.”
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