Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen's Most Iconic Outfits Prove The Twins Were Destined For Great Fashion From The Beginning
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are two of the most notable duos out there. From the early stages of their careers on the set of Full House to their roles in the fashion industry as influential designers behind the minimalist movement with their luxury label The Row, the Olsen Twins have no doubt become household names in Hollywood and beyond. Of course, it would be remiss to say that a large part of that isn’t because of their sartorial decisions. Over the years, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s most iconic outfits have only gotten better — and there’s no doubt there will be more to come as time goes on.
Through every era of the Olsen twins’ style evolution, Mary-Kate and Ashley have always managed to create looks that, while indicative of the trends at the time, still hold up today. And yes, that includes the ensembles from the ‘90s and early aughts. Case in point: their coordinated cardigans, slip skirts from the premiere of Anna and the King in 1999 — a look that could easily be spotted on an It girl in 2020. They also championed iconic wardrobe staples like Balenciaga's City Bag, oversized sunglasses, and more recently, oversized tailored silhouettes in neutral hues.
As they’ve gotten older, the famous sisters have streamlined their style into what it’s become known as today: timeless pieces with thoughtful tailoring, artistic draping, and luxurious materials. But, they still add bohemian details that defined their style of earlier decades, especially when it comes to jewelry. Their luxury label The Row has mirrored their style evolution and has earned the duo four CFDA Awards: American Womenswear Designer in 2015, and American Accessories Designer in 2014, 2018, and 2019.
Whether they're on the red carpet at the Met Gala or they're taking a break outside of their NYC office, there's plenty of inspiration to be had from fashion's most iconic duo. Scroll down to see how the Olsen twins’ style has evolved into what it is today.
At the 12th Annual Video Software Dealers Convention in 1991, the young stars made an appearance in matching outfits featuring denim overall dresses, red button-down tank tops, and bandanas hair accessories.
It Takes Two Premiere 1995
For their premiere of It Takes Two, the Olsens wore coordinated Chinoise skirt sets with Mary Jane shoes to complete their ensembles.
Spice World Premiere 1998
The sisters wore coordinated looks to the premiere of Spice World in 1998. The shiny blazers and piecey updos were peak '90s style.
Anna And The King Premiere 1999
Mary-Kate and Ashley wore coordinated ensembles for a "similar but different" look to the Anna and the King premiere in 2000. The pair sported fitted cardigans with slip skirts and strappy sandals, an outfit that's still on-trend today.
Album Release 2001
The Olsens embraced the trend of low-rise bottoms for the album release party celebrating NSYNC's "Celebrity" in 2001.
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Premiere 2003
The Charlies Angels 2: Full Throttle premiere is where the two sisters show their love for the bohemian style. Ashley wears a tropical-inspired floral print dress, Mary-Kate dons a flowing kaftan dress.
At the opening of Fox Sports Grill in Irvine, CA the sister opeted for coordinated looks that included baby doll tops, flared jeans, and flats. Mary-Kate layered up the look by adding a blazer, scarf, and printed hat.
Kids' Choice Awards 2004
The sisters walked the orange carpet for Nickelodeon's 2004 Kids Choice awards in looks that while all their own, still managed to be coordinated. Mary-Kate accessorized a black dress with oversized turquoise earrings, jelly bracelets, and gold gladiator sandals. Ashley went for a more streamlined look with a striped halter and gold strappy heels.
Tribeca Film Festival 2004
Wearing coordinated brown ensembles, the duo walked the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
Vanity Fair Party 2004
For a night out in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival's Vanity Fair party, the sisters chose polished yet playful ensembles. Ashley chose a polka dot top with wide leg pants, accessorizing with an orange clutch and green pumps. Mary-Kate kept to a black and pink theme.
Hollywood Walk Of Fame 2004
To receive the honor of having a star on Hollywood's iconic Walk of Fame, Mary-Kate and Ashley went for more classic ensembles. However, both ensembles carry notes of the boho style the pair loved at the time.
Marc Jacobs 2004
In Sept. 2014, the duo attended Marc Jacobs' fashion show in New York City. Ashley chose a more classic ensemble including denim and a white button-down. Mary-Kate contrasted colors with a pink slip dress and green coat.
Met Gala 2005
For 2005's "The House Of Chanel" Met Gala the sisters got creative. Mary-Kate continued to channel her bohemian style with a floor-length vintage white cotton dress and layered jewelry. Ashley chose a gold high-low dress from Oscar de la Renta.
amfAR Gala 2005
For the 2007 amfAR "Cinema Against AIDS" Gala at the Le Moulins de Mougins in France, went back to wearing bohemian-inspired ensembles with long, flowing (and in the case of Mary-Kate, tiered) dresses.
CFDA Awards 2006
For the 2006 CFDA Awards in New York City, both Ashley and Mary-Kate chose colorful floor-length gowns.
Met Gala 2006
For the Anglomania themed event, Mary-Kate chose a black dress with lace sleeves by Badgley Mischka. Ashley also wore the designer to the event. "These were custom looks, so we went through fabrics together and they gave us an idea of what they liked," designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka told Page Six in 2018. "This was around the time that they were always photographed running around with their Starbucks, so it was fun to glam them up."
In Oct. 2006, Mary-Kate entered the Ritz Hotel in Paris dressed in a punk outfit that included knee-high leather boots and an Alexander McQueen skull-print scarf.
Pre-Golden Globes Reception 2007
Ashley and Mary-Kate channeled old Hollywood glamour at a party at LA's iconic Chateau Marmont. Though both wore a bold red lip, Ashley kept the rest of her look monochromatic while Mary-Kate chose an emerald gown.
Met Gala 2007
The 2007 Met Gala theme was "Poiret: King of Fashion," an ode to french designer Paul Poiret. Ashley chose a Grecian white column gown which she belted with a thick patent waist belt.
Met Gala 2007
This dramatic gown, a design from Lily Et Cie by Rita Warnick, was a dramatic choice for the 2007 Met Gala.
Ashley and Mary-Kate sat front row at the Dior fashion show in Paris. Mary-Kate chose a black ball gown which she contrasted with a red knit beret. Ashley chose a furry white coat, black tights, and black heels.
Met Gala 2008
At the 2008 Met Gala, which was themed "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy," the pair took on sleek silhouettes. Both sisters wore gowns by Diane von Furstenberg and heels by Christian Louboutin (who accompanied them for the evening).
The duo sat front row at Chanel's 2008 fashion show, both wearing YSL's signature oversized sunglasses. Mary-Kate opted for leather leggings, a grey sweater, and tan platform sandals. Ashley chose a white Chanel coat with black tights and booties.
Met Gala 2009
For 2009's Met Gala, which was themed 'The Model As Muse," Ashley attended with then boyfriend Justin Bartha. She chose a white gown from her label The Row complete with long sleeves and an open back.
Met Gala 2009
Mary-Kate again chose to opt for a vintage look on the red carpet, donning a silver tiered gown by Christian Lacroix.
Lincoln Center 2011
Ashley exited a car at Lincoln center in a texture black dress and pumps wrapped in an ink green furry stole for a pop of color.
Met Gala 2011
Ashley chose a monochromatic look for the evening, wearing a black Dior gown with billowing white sleeves.
Met Gala 2011
For 2011's "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" theme, Mary-Kate chose a sweeping red Givenchy gown.
CFDA Awards 2012
The Olsens received the Womenswear Designers of the Year Award at the 2012 CFDA Awards for their label, The Row. Both sisters wore a sleek dress with classic handbags to the ceremony.
Ashley touched down in Los Angeles wearing an ensemble true to her classic style. She layered a cozy brown coat over a black skinny jeans ensemble and finished off with two-tone flats.
Met Gala 2012
In 2012, Mary-Kate attended the Met Gala solo. For the year's "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" theme she chose a black draped gown from the Row and a metal clutch.
Met Gala 2013
For the 2013 Met Gala, themed "PUNK: Chaos to Couture," Mary-Kate dipped into her extensive vintage collection. She wore a drop-waist dress by Chanel which she wore with an embroidered silk robe layered on top. She finished with bohemian accessories including layered necklaces and crystal earrings.
Met Gala 2013
In 2013, Ashley got creative with the Met Gala's "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" theme, choosing a floaty vintage Dior dress for the occasion.
In Oct. 2013, Ashley arrived at Lax in her signature black-on-black combination, this time with an added pop of color thanks to a plaid flannel tied at the waist and a red croc bag slung over her shoulder.
Met Gala 2014
In 2014, Met Gala honored designed Charles James, who was known for his ballgowns. The Olsens paid homage to the designer with vintage gowns from Chanel and Gianfranco Ferré.
Arriving at LAX, the sisters showed off their polished yet cozy airport style. Mary-Kate wore a brocade coat which she styled with flat sandals and an oversized scarf. Ashley threw a grey pashmina over her shoulders, and wore croc loafers and an oversized black bag.
Met Gala 2015
In 2015, the Olsen Twins attended the event, titled "China: Through the Looking Glass," wearing coordinated vintage Dior by John Galliano gowns.
At Work 2015
In September 2015, the duo were spotted outside of their Soho office. Mary-Kate's wie-leg pants and simple sweater are worn with flip flops and layered necklaces. Ashley chose skinny jeans a button down which she finished with taupe flats.
CFDA Awards 2015
At the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards — where the Olsens received another award for Womenswear Designers of the Year — the sisters each wore black silk ensembles, accessorizing with white diamond jewelry.
Met Gala 2016
For their appearance at the 2016 Met Gala, which had the theme "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology," the designer duo stayed true to their personal style in sleek, neutral-hued floor-length dresses.
CFDA Awards 2017
The Olsens attended the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards in outfits featuring qualities they maintain in their designs: timeless silhouettes, crisp tailoring, and neutral tones.
Met Gala 2017
At the 2017 Met Gala, which highlighted Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, the Olsens returned to their bohemian roots and wore lace-adorned dresses, which were accompanied by pops of color in the form of beads and fur.
CFDA Awards 2018
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen proved their penchant for classic style at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards — where they won the award for Accessories Designers of the Year — wearing structured jackets and skirts. And of course, they finished off their look with top-notch accessories.
Met Gala 2018
The sisters embraced their love for flowing dresses at the 2018 Met Gala in dresses that combined their past and present senses of style. Ashley sported a colorful metallic gown by Paco Rabanne while Mary-Kate wore a gown by the Olsens' own line, The Row over a Paco Rabanne tunic.
Vanity Fair Party 2019
Ashley Olsen walked the carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in a floor-length belted black dress that she accessorized with strappy heeled sandals and a small envelope clutch.
Met Gala 2019
The Olsens donned head-to-toe leather for the 2019 Met Gala's "Camp: Notes on Fashion," putting an edgier spin to their classic style with leather gowns from Chanel.
NYC Gala 2019
The duo stuck to their signature black color palette at the Youth America Grand Prix's 20th Anniversary Gala in New York. Mary-Kate contrasted her sleek coat and croc bag with a pair of red Manolo Blahnik kitten heels
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