Style Icon: The Olsens

Mary-Kate and Ashley

By Marne Orenich

Every girl has that one celebrity she looks to for fashion inspiration. She pores over magazines and websites, squealing excitedly at the glimpse of her style muse in a new pair of heels or handbag, forwarding links to her friends to check out how amazing her idol looks even just out at the grocery store. For me, there are two, and their names are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. I admit they’ve made questionable choices that have made them unpopular in some circles, but it’s undeniable that their style is contagious.

Keep reading to learn more about the petite Olsen girls’ big style!

The Olsens and their SHOES

Even when MK and Ashley are just grabbing a coffee, I am in awe of their style. As a recovering tomboy, I marvel that with no effort, they can create outfits that are comfortable and cute, while still being fiercely feminine. They are the queens of the “over-sized-shirt-with-leggings-paired-with-tall-heels-and-obscenely-large-bag look,” which I cannot deny my love for. Blazers with long cardigans underneath, soft chunky sweaters with a cropped leather jacket, and the shoes, oh the SHOES! If there’s one thing those ladies have taught me, it’s that you can just throw on a pair of teetering high heels and have any old t-shirt and jeans ensemble turn girly.


The Glamorous Olsen Girls


Though the twins always look glamorous when out at an event, they are never over-done. Never too many accessories, or too many pieces mixed together. They keep it simple and elegant, with just enough eyeliner and perfectly messy hair. They look more like runway models than the pint-sized poppets they are (which is quite inspiring to a 5’3″ girl like me).

The Row, the girls' clothing line

Not only can these girls dress, but Mary-Kate continues to act (see: Weeds and The Wackness) and the pair have graced us with their own line, The Row, which is produced almost solely in the U.S. Ashley said that it comes down to “simple, clean lines and beautiful fabrics.” Sounds like the perfect line from a pair of perfect Style Icons!

About the Author

Marne is the image specialist here at ModCloth. When she’s not retouching all the lovely photos on our website, she’s carrying on about the Pens and clothes that she’s obsessed with on her own blog. She loves sandwiches and reading about serial killers. She hopes to one day afford a Bottega Veneta handbag and meet Jarkko Ruutu so they can get married and have a thousand babies.



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    Liz 12/30/2008 at 5:14 pm #

    Love it! You’re totally going to get married and have a thousand babies – 500 poppet sized – 500 Ruutu sized!

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    lucie beluga 12/30/2008 at 5:20 pm #

    well I’m not a huge fan of the olsens but I’d eagerly get a cute pittsburg penguin t like that one!

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    Madalynn 12/30/2008 at 6:50 pm #

    I love their style. But who can compare to Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw? ESPECIALLY in Seasons 3 and 4? Nobody!

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    Rebecca 12/31/2008 at 12:20 am #

    someone who loves mk and ashley AND the pens! THANK YOU!
    so glad im not the only one anymore!

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    Marne 12/31/2008 at 12:35 am #

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Liz! 😉
    2. I love scouring local thrift stores (& ebay) for vintage Pens gear! (My favorite style jersey is the alternate/road jersey circa 96-00. <a href=”” rel=”nofollow”>Check it</a>
    3. SJP is hard to beat, but the Olsens are in a different league!
    4. Not everyone loves the twins & the Pens? Say it ain’t so!

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    Polly 12/31/2008 at 2:41 am #

    I dunno. They always just look ridiculously messy to me.

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    Polly 12/31/2008 at 2:46 am #

    And which one is which in that top picture where they’re together? Anyone? Thanks. 🙂

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    Jen 12/31/2008 at 7:43 am #

    Hairy Kate and Trashley?

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    Lena 12/31/2008 at 9:05 am #

    Ashley on the left, Mary-Kate on the right. I always prefer Ashley.

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    Lindsay 12/31/2008 at 9:30 am #

    I’m a mary kate fan. i wish i could look so ill put together yet glam. she may not be the best role model…but i don’t need a role model.

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    WolfGirl21 12/31/2008 at 10:19 am #

    I never really was a fan of them…but now I really don’t like them cuz they wear real fur :/

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    Polly 12/31/2008 at 11:39 am #

    Thank you Lena. I think I too prefer Ashley.

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    Alicia 01/05/2009 at 5:42 pm #

    This is a wonderful blog that’s all about the Olsen girls and even shows you how to easily recreate some of their outfits. I like scrolling through and trying to determine which twin is which.

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    Arry 07/17/2010 at 11:40 am #

    they look so sweet I like there styl it’s really cool 😀


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