So You Want to Dress Like the Olsen Twins?

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For true fans of the Olsen twins, it’s Ashley and Mary-Kate – not the other way around – in  reference to their proper birth order. The influential sisters have turned elusiveness into an art form, which has only served to fuel the cult-like obsession that surrounds their every (brief) public appearance. With dozens of fan accounts dedicated to dissecting their sartorial preferences, their habits, and even the members of their group of friends, the Olsen twins’ personal style is one of the most sought-after celebrity looks, even though they prefer to remain behind the scenes.

It also happens to be an incredibly well-defined look, honed over years of experimentation that has finally resulted in a uniform of oversized silhouettes, menswear, casual footwear, bulky layers, and a distinct preference for monochrome and neutral colors. While they stay cloaked in mystery, appearing occasionally at high-profile events like the Met Gala and then disappearing again like the fashion mystics they are, their style imprint is felt throughout their two brands: The Row and Elizabeth & James. The Row is where their longline, monastic, heavily draped, and incredibly expensive fabrics are rendered into dreamy, minimalist creations. Elizabeth & James – named after their siblings – is their mid-range brand, one that is built on the same kind of minimalist excellence at more affordable price points.

While both brands reflect the twins’ fashion tastes, they also offer a broader point of view that aims to appeal to the multitudes. To really get a handle on how to dress like an Olsen twin, you have to dress like you’re trying to disappear – and look effortlessly stylish while doing so. Here, we help you get started with a shoppable edit of our current favorites.

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