Style Icons: Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen

Image: Melanie copying MK&A's big sunnies.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen prove fashion isn't one-size-fits-all. These tiny twins sometimes wear oversized clothing. It's either so they look bigger, or simply as a fashion statement. They also squeeze into jackets that slim the arms. Or skinny jeans that elongate legs. These girls always know what they're doing.

Their experimentation with size is something anyone can emulate. I have fitted into a wide variety of sizes through my adult life. And that means some pieces are really little or really big - my wardrobe has turned into a story of Goldilocks and the 3 Little Bears.

But that's ok. Maybe fellow readers are in the same boat. Or maybe you want variety. So let's take a look at what we can learn from the world's most famous twins.

This image from Talking Pretty gives great Olsen Lessons.
  1. Fluffy fake fur is ultra-dressy, and comfy as a snuggie.  
  2. Pants can be baggy. It's hard to tell if Ashley is wearing a skirt or pants. But whatever it is, she gets a break from skinny-jeans.  
  3. Puffy sleves are ok if deliberate. The regal black and gold jacket looks generously loose.   

Mary-Kate proves in this Pop Sugar pic that big sleves can say a lot. It's Little Red Riding Hood meets Anna Wintour. The belted waist is really important for a shapely figure. Without it, she would look like she's living in a tent.

Both sisters appear in Fab Sugar with good old skinny jeans to balance the baggy jumpers.  

I was determined to find the girls in something fitted. As great as jumbo jumpers are, there must be more. Here's College Fashion to the rescue. Here, Ashley uses versatile tight black blazers. These flatter her slim arms.

Let's leave this post with a video from Moving Image Content. MK&A talk about fit and silhouettes.


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