How to Dress Up Like the Olsen Twins

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How to Dress Up Like the Olsen Twins
(Teen Vogue)

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are twin actors well-known in celebrity and public circles for their trendsetting fashion choices. They actively oversee their bohemian fashion line, Elizabeth and James, and the upscale minimalist-chic line, the Row. The Olsen twins' fashion ensembles have evolved over the years and, in recent months, the twins have been sporting more original and sophisticated outfitting. Their recent book, Influences, has become an international best seller, and touts interviews with their fashion inspirations. Although Mary-Kate and Ashley have some personal styling differences, a few key tips will help any woman channel their inner Olsen.

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    Embrace layers. Mary-Kate is well-known for her eccentric layering style, so adding a long cardigan and muted scarf are ways to layer up Olsen-style. Like a more sophisticated look? Ashley layers in a more tailored fashion--blazers over dresses, fitted sweatshirts over casual wear and cardigans over blouses. Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns and fabrics, proportions and silhouettes. Top off the look with an oversized coat or a ruffled scarf around the neck.

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    Wear statement sunglasses. Even if you don't experience the flash of the paparazzi's cameras, dark and dramatic sunglasses are a must when out on the town.

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    Channel the Olsen-twin bohemian look. Boho is a signature style that's easy to emulate with long, flowing skirts, turquoise jewellery, unconventional layering and dramatic belt accessories.

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    Wear boots over skinny jeans, tights or leggings. Mary-Kate recently told "New York" magazine, "I love how you can totally change your look by changing your shoes" (see Resources below). The Olsen twins often outfit with detailed boots as an ensemble's fashion statement. Wearing bold boots will accent special vintage-finds or designer duds.

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    Dress in neutral colours or pale shades. The Olsen twins are frequently spotted in shades of olive, cream, camel and grey. Sometimes Mary-Kate will add a pop of colour with bright earrings or layered bangles, while Ashley may lighten her cheeks with a rosy blush and a coral necklace. Dress à la the Row and embrace understated, muted outfitting.

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    Go vintage. Shopping at second-hand stores and vintage boutiques are great ways to score style the Olsen way. While Mary-Kate and Ashley sport some designer gems, they often mix-and-match the new with the old. Take a stroll through thrift shops and look for detailed clutch purses, stackable sterling rings and vintage stilettos.

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    Outfit with fur. Although the Olsen twins have been PETA targets for years, they are often spotted wearing fur during the winter months. Soft, vintage fur options are available at most second-hand shops (or go animal-friendly and spruce up your look with the widely available faux fur).

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    Check out the Olsen twin's clothing lines. A great way to learn more about the Olsen twins' fashion muse is to see the products they have inspired, created and branded.

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  • Check out the Olsen twin's clothing lines. A great way to learn more about the Olsen twins' fashion muse is to see the products they have inspired, created and branded (see Resources below).

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