As they move into their third decade as trendsetters, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have discarded more styles than most of us will ever try — who could forget Ashley’s lady-tux phase, or Mary-Kate’s flannel-covered hipster years? But, the twins’ talent is that they have the finesse, not only to break fashion rules and pull off even the most ill-advised trend, but to make us all want to try it, too.
Ahead, we pay tribute to the countless times when the Olsen twins made a fashion don’t look like a major do. These trends are ones that I constantly wear currently but these girls were way ahead of the fashion world. What can we say? If it’s fine by MK and ASh then it’s fine by me! When you got it,you got it dude!
While the rest of the fashion world is taking on the minimalist approach, thhe Olsen twins are maximalists at heart and, while Mary-Kate’s layering finesse has come a long way since her everything-but-the-kitchen-sink college days, she’s still not one to let a fashion decree keep her from a style she loves.
“Leggings aren’t pants”. Well if the girls have paved the way thus far, I think it’s safe to say I’ll continue wearing more leggings.
Baggy Wear for Petite Girls
Their petite frame never stopped them from ever trying a style or a designer. By now, most of us are hip to the chic, oversized thing, but in 2010, skinnies still ruled, and if you wore a pair of baggy white trousers in the airport, you risked them being mistaken for sweats. Not that Ash cares — she’d been on the haute-XXL look for years prior to this.
They constantly wear the perfect combination of boyfriend and tailored. But there is no other style that I can appreciate more than the way they wear a simple tee. It’s versatile, it’s cool, and it’s a piece that’s able to be worn any day of the year, in any season. That said, there’s something about summer that makes the white tee especially necessary, as it can anchor statement pieces such as wildly-printed pants or that flirty black skirt.
Bandwagon fashion girls (cough, this writer included) picked up their first pair of Birks this spring, right around the time J.Crew started selling them and claimed to be first on the trend. Which we all know isn’t true because the Olsen’s have been rocking these sandals for years.
Hats That Keep You Warm
This one’s so self-evident it’s hardly even a rule. But, in the mid-2000s, the Olsen twins were way into the super-slouchy beanie — worn so far back on the crown of their heads we wondered how they stayed on. And then we all followed suit. And RIP to all the hats that were lost to the wind.
Sure they’re a huge trend now but heads were turning, in typical Olsen fashion, as close to a decade ago, Mary Kate stepped outside rocking these 60s inspired glasses. Now you can’t walk into a store without having these circular beauties adorn the shelves.
These head pieces are just one of the quirky pieces that have adorned the heads of the Olsen twins. With the rest of their bohemian style the turban just adds it all together.
They’ve managed to look not only shockingly good almost all the time, but to also see trends coming at least a year or two before the rest of the world cottoned on.There is something to be learned from our (well my) favorite fashionistas. Wear what you want, even if it isn’t in style. Trends suck most of the time because they’re gone just as quickly as they came. But if you wear clothes you love, your wardrobe will thank you.