I’ve always had a
style crush on the Olsen twins. However, it is Mary-Kate’s fashion choices that
are known to be daring and different, which automatically make her the most
stylish Olsen twin (sorry, Ashley)! Her thrown-together, laid-back look –
strongly influenced by the sixties bohemian chic – is lusted after by many (including
Mary-Kate and Ashley have been in the limelight since they
were babies, acting alongside each other in TV shows and films until they
decided to pursue fashion and launch their own luxury label – The Row – in
2006. But it is, in fact, Mary-Kate that has been given more of a name in the
fashion world due to often stepping out in controversial outfit choices. She
has been on both ‘best-dressed’ and ‘worst-dressed’ celebrity lists in the
media, but still continues to experiment and explore her love of fashion in
spite of this, which has resulted in her managing to uphold the utmost respect
in the industry.
Her style is grungy and edgy compared to Ashley’s, who tends
to look more polished and refined – yet they both still always manage to look
glamorous. I’ve worked out that there are certain steps that you can take to
get her look, so without further ado:
1. Hunt down vintage prints.
There is high demand for vintage in the fashion world at the
moment. Start channelling sixties bohemian chic by buying vintage pieces with
dated prints, like the ones you can see Mary-Kate wearing here, to add a sense
of history and heritage to your outfits.
2. Combine different textures.
Mary-Kate mixes fabric textures to create layers and add
depth to her look. She does this through wearing leather trousers and boots
underneath chunky knitwear – and then throwing a fur coat on top. Not only is
this look stylish, but it is practical for cold weather too.
3. Invest in key sixties pieces.
There is no doubt that Mary-Kate is influenced by the
sixties era when it comes to the way that she dresses. The retro bohemian look
that she channels for every day, casual occasions can be seen through her use
of denim, fringing, hats and oversized sunglasses – in addition to the vintage
prints mentioned previously.
4. Add oversized, tailoring for
comfy, smart casual looks.
For business meetings, Mary-Kate either wears fitted
dresses, or a shirt with smart trousers, and heels. Then she will add an oversized,
tailored piece through a knitted coat or blazer. Play with proportions and use
volume, like she does, to add an element of comfort to a long working day.
5. Up the glamour for evening
Mary-Kate’s daytime outfits do tend to give off a
‘couldn’t-care-less’ vibe, although her night time outfits are the complete
opposite. Efforts to dress up are always made, and Mary-Kate apparently can’t
resist a good, old fashioned sparkly dress. Put your own twist on it, like
Mary-Kate does through her retro stripe detailing and voluminous sleeves, to
tie in with your personal style.
Basically all you have to do is follow these steps with wavy
hair and a pout to ultimately get the Mary-Kate Olsen look. Also remember not
to take yourself, or your style, too seriously. Mary-Kate can be quite playful
with fashion; it might have led to some questionable fashion choices in the
past, but it has also led to some truly inspiring ones, which will continue to
influence a generation.
(What do you think of Mary-Kate’s style? Did you watch the Olsen twins when you were young? Katie-xo)