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Tegan and Sara: How to Tell the Twins Apart

Hollie is from the south of England and is a fan of Tegan and Sara.


The Quin Twins

Canadian indie/pop/rock duo twin sister act Tegan and Sara have a large following on the internet and have critics falling over themselves with admiration. Their album, Sainthood, came out in October 2009 and has been a huge hit with fans and reviewers alike. Their music has wowed fans and earned them respect in their industry from fellow artists and record producers.

And yet, I find my friends asking me, "Which one's that? Is that Tegan, or Sara? It's Tegan right?" And no, it isn't—it's Sara! The fact these two share a face has come to my attention as I'm sure it has yours, and so here I have produced—for new fans and fans that just find it hard to tell the difference—a guide to which twin is which!


Fashion Sense

The first—and possibly simplest—pointer I have is their differences in fashion sense.
This is a generalisation, but that's all I can work with! Generally, Sara wears sleeves more often, smart shirts, and straight cuts and trousers. Her look is rather smart-casual.

Tegan on the other hand, is more likely to wear a band shirt, a shirt with a logo on, jeans, a plaid shirt (as above) or something with stripes on (as below). Her style is a lot less 'mature' then Sara's.



Although both twins have a number of images inked on their arms, I'm going to talk about two main ones that stand out and show which twin is which.

Sara has on her upper right arm a large square tattoo of a wave and a ship.
Tegan has on her lower right arm a tattoo of a tree. When photographed together, Tegan often has her arms on display so it'll be easy to spot that tattoo and know who's who.


Facial Differences: Eyes and Jaw

Tegan and Sara's faces differ more than you at first may realise.

  • Eyes: Tegan's eyes seem bigger, somewhat rounder than Sara's.
  • Jaw Lines: Sara has a narrower jaw than Tegan, whose whole face looks wider than Sara's.

Labret Piercing

Below, you can see not only the harsh difference in jaw shape but also the fact that Tegan wears a labret piercing. In some photographs/interviews, she does not have it in, but in a vast majority, she does.

Close-up of both twins' chins

Close-up of both twins' chins


In most of the pictures, Sara has her hair straightened. Tegan is sometimes wearing her fringe wavey, as below.



Sara not only has a narrower face and jaw than Tegan but also has more harrowed cheeks. In the photo below you can really see the differences in their face shapes.


Can You Tell Them Apart?

Well, that concludes my little article about how to tell Tegan and Sara apart! I hope now you can find it easier to tell which is which in photos, or know which name to yell at who when you're at a gig!

Below is one more picture of them. In old photographs, they look more similar style-wise than in more recent photos. I hope you can look, apply my tips, and agree that they look different from one another!



Polly Anne on July 10, 2016:

Thank you. I learned so much.

SheilaH on October 25, 2014:

I adore them .... saw them at World Pride 2014

ZERO on October 22, 2013:

I think there both cool and it is pretty hard to tell them apart.I think tegan has a little bit deeper voice then sara does.

lalala on March 15, 2013:

I think that sara is prettier in some pictures but cant really tell them apart

Noemi c; on March 10, 2013:

I'm such a huge fan of Tegan & Sara there are my role models! I already knew how to tell them apart. But it's helpful.

Salty Bill on February 01, 2013:

Thanks for helping us out on this subject. It was driving me mad!

Riaan on October 23, 2012:

Thanks for the article. I've been listening to their music for years and for the life of me could never tell them apart. I can now...thanks!

Drew on May 28, 2012:

This was a great post! I usually had to listen to them speak or sing before I can tell them apart, but this guide is awesome!

I don't think the hair is a good identifier though... they keep changing their haircuts!

amy on May 11, 2012:

i want one.

Leesh on December 30, 2011:

Savannah, wtf??

Savannah on December 16, 2011:

They are both hot and when my gma died in 08 I must have listened to the con a million times,still cant tire of it (great shower song) but anywho Tegans hot, I want swag like that and Saras cute (graa)...who woulda tht shes the one who came out first? Love u guys! Good post and btw Saras just plain skinny Tegans this ubber rad thicky thick! Do I sound lesbian, eh.

Tanguera on November 10, 2011:

Las parto en 40! ...kisses from Argentina

dENy on July 14, 2011:

Woww! Geniales sus grandes differencias e igualdades que tienen las mejores gemelas 'Tegan and Sara' creo que en algunas de ellas no me daría cuenta pero gracias ah ustedes ahora lo se! Thank you firned's! :)

TeganSaraMax on June 20, 2011:

Another way is that the top of saras head is more oval and rounded, whearas tegans is much more flatter.

NicoleYO on May 27, 2011:

Thanks! I had one of them in my work today and I couldn't figure out which one it was!! Her tattoos helped me identify it was Tegan :)

Kendall on January 04, 2011:

Sara's prettier. I like her better.

I'd want to be Tegan though.

miss t on September 16, 2010:

good job :) awsome outlook

Trisha on June 16, 2010:

Nice!! Really good dude

tristam15 on May 30, 2010:

This is the most interesting post I've read today. Nice post.

MaryRenee on May 29, 2010:

Nice hub! I'm a huge Tegan & Sara fan. I always thought Sara had a bit more of a softer, feminine look in her face. This was very intresting! :)

mr.poet on May 28, 2010:

your a very good writer, hope u can take a look at my writing somedasy.