Free-spirited sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen turn the grand (fashion-wise) age of 31 today, marking another year into the decade of knowing their signature style inside out. The dynamic duo have honed their look over time, becoming experts in how to daze, confuse, and delight with eccentric ensembles that disrupt the tone – and set a new one.
In honor of their birthday, Savoir Flair recalls the seven lessons in boho-chic that every eclectic girl should learn – as illustrated by the twins – proving why the Two of a Kind really are one of a kind.
Oversized Over Everything
This particularly applies when it comes to coats. Large lapels, rolled-up sleeves, and floor-length hems are details you’ll see time and time again on the twins’ outerwear. The key to wearing larger sizes and still staying chic? Not compromising on the quality of fabrics.
More Is Always More
As seen at the 2017 MET Gala, the two are not afraid to clash prints, tone, and silhouettes, and the results are mesmerizing. Mixing textures instantly gives an artistic make-do-and-mend vibe, especially when it comes to lace, fur, and suede.
If in Doubt, Button-Down
Chambray, fine-striped, or classic white – a quality button-down shirt is the key to looking effortlessly put-together. Pair with denim for off-duty days or wear as a chic alternative to the cocktail dress. It’s even better when borrowed from the boys (note the supersize cuffs).
Jacquard Is Basically a Basic
Thought white cotton and blue denim were your fabric staples? Think again. For the girl who isn’t afraid to experiment, leopard-print furs, jacquard velvets, and silk florals are your new go-tos. Wear them all at once or mix them with your simpler pieces.
Trust Your Inner Magpie
Sequins, embellishments, and feathers for the win. For the Olsen twins, all that glitters really is gold – and silver and shiny and sparkly. The general rule here is: if you can’t take your eyes off it, you need to own it.
All the Trimmings, All the Time
Accessories are not an afterthought. Seeing an Olsen twin without lashings of jewelry, a pillowcase-sized clutch, or conversation-starting heels is a rarity. If you’re big on costume jewelry (mismatched earrings are huge for SS17), use it to make a statement. And if dainty is more your vibe, pile it up!
Black Is the New Black
Black does not mean boring. Switch up the classic color with surprising details like interesting neck and hemlines, luxurious fabrics, and statement accessories. If it feels too sleek, gently tousled hair and makeup is the Olsen secret to looking just the right amount of undone.