TOWIE copycats: Lauren Goodger and Frankie Essex step out in EXACTLY the same outfit just hours apart
08:39 GMT, 5 August 2012
They are best pals after having forged a close friendship on The Only Way Is Essex.
But it would seem Lauren Goodger and Frankie Essex have gone a step too far in terms of sharing everything.
The co-stars were both spotted wearing exactly the same outfit as they stepped out in Essex during different parts of the day.
Snap: Lauren Goodger and Frankie Essex were spotted wearing exactly the same outfit as they stepped out within hours of each other yesterday
Lauren appeared keen to mask the results of her recent 8lbs weight gain by dressing in head-to-toe black as she headed to work at her salon yesterday afternoon.
The TOWIE star looked as though she was trying to create an optical illusion by wearing an ensemble made up of the famously-slimming colour.
Teetering in super-high studded wedge heels, the 25-year-old reality star wore tight-fitting black leggings with a flattering peplum-style top, and accessorised her outfit with her favourite Chanel quilted bag and a pair of huge sunglasses.
Girls' night out: Frankie Essex, Lauren Goodger and Cara Kilbey were in good spirits as they spent the evening at Nu Bar in Loughton, Essex
Best pals: As well as sharing all their secrets, it would seem Lauren and Frankie are also sharing each other's wardrobes
After weeks of slimming in a desperate bid to get to a size 8, a friend of the reality star recently claimed she has piled on the pounds.
A source told Closer magazine: 'She's a size 12 now and says she's gained 8lbs, taking her to around 10st 10lbs – away from her target of a size 8.
'She said she's been trying to ignore it because she hates dieting, but she can now feel it going back on to her thighs and tummy.'
But just hours later, Frankie, 24, donned exactly the same ensemble as she headed out for a night on the town with Lauren and Cara Kilbey, 25.
Quick change: Lauren wore the same leggings and shoes she had on during the day, while Cara looked gorgeous in a bright red blouse
Except for a slightly different pair of shoes, the blonde reality star looked identical to her pal, and even swept her hair up into a chignon as Lauren had done earlier in the day.
As the trio hit Nu Bar in Loughton, Essex, Lauren kept on the same leggings and shoes she was wearing during the afternoon and swapped her top for a grey leopardprint blouse.
Meanwhile, Cara showed off her killer tan in a pillar box red sleeveless blouse and a red Chanel handbag.
The girls avoided a potentially awkward confrontation with TOWIE co-star Lauren Pope, who decided to venture out of Essex for Shaka Zulu's second birthday party in Camden, London.
Awkward: Lauren Pope avoided her formal pal Lauren Goodger by heading to London's Shaka Zulu nightspot for the evening
Wearing a bright yellow Zara jacket paired with a simple white vest and black jeans, the DJ looked chic and stylish as she partied the night away.
The two Laurens have fallen out in recent weeks over TOWIE hunk Tom Pearce.
Although he originally wooed Lauren Pope, he has now turned his attentions to Lauren Goodger, resulting in a confrontation between the pair at Joey Essex's birthday party.
Meanwhile, a number of the TOWIE girls put in a day of work at their respective shops yesterday.
Shop girls: Lauren Goodger and Lucy Mecklenburgh both put in a day's work at their respective Essex boutiques earlier in the day
Lucy Mecklenburgh, 20, showed off her stunning curves in a pair of tight-fitting jeans and a grey peplum top as she spent the afternoon at her Brentwood boutique.
Elsewhere, Billie Faiers, 22, opted for a casual look as she headed to work at Minnies, the fashion store she co-owns with her younger sister, Sam Faiers.
The curvy blonde teamed leather-look leggings with a grey car-motif jumper and gold flip-flops, but made sure to add a touch of Essex to the outfit with a grey oversized Prada handbag.
And Lydia Bright, 21, turned into a walking advertisement for her boutique, Bella Sorella, as she stepped out in a white vest emblazoned with the store's logo.
Advertisement: Lydia Bright showcased the name of her boutique on her top, while Billie Faiers kept it casual in leggings and flip flops