The Olsen Twins’ Yin and Yang Fashion

After years of matching outfits, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have made quite a stink about being “individuals,” which often means that their style choices are entirely different. Such was the case at last night’s premier of “The Hangover” in L.A,. with Ashley looking glam and sleek in a floor-length black dress and Mary Kate looking like a particularly fashionable, ’70s-influenced bag lady. That said, Mary Kate’s multi-textured, heavily-accessorized outfit certainly did have a look to it, even if everything together felt like a little too much. Learn how to steal their respective styles after the jump… Ashley
More often than not, Ashley goes for a polished, sleek look. Though her black dress above is plain in style, the outfit still boasts some bad-ass details, like the hot side slit and a haircut that we’re crushing on hard. The look is pretty standard Ashley Olsen fare: classic but a bit daring.

  • Glowing Skin: Ashley sparkles all on her own, no shiny accessories to be seen for miles of tan skin. If you want to sparkle without the rocks make sure your skin is moisturized and paparazzi ready. [$10.49, Dove Energy Glow Beauty Body Lotion,]
  • Slinky Silk Dress With Simple Stilettos: Silk and stilettos, ’nuff said. [$105.30, KORS Michael Kors, BlueFly and $169.99, Laundry by Shelli Segal, BlueFly]
  • No Jewelry: I think it was Coco Chanel, or maybe Calvin Klein, but somebody who mastered simple-chic once said that before you leave the house always take one accessory off. It takes guts to carry off a look without the help of distracting bling, but the classic and effortless look will get all the people looking at you, and just at you.

Mary Kate
Decidedly less classic in her dressing, Mary Kate seems to operate under “The More The Merrier” theory, piling layers with jewelry, hats and glasses on as often as possible. Sometimes it works out—her look above ain’t bad—and sometimes it’s difficult to know whether you’re looking at a person or a walking mound of scarves. Stick with a few cool Mary Kate-esque layers and accessories though and you can’t go wrong.

  • Black Tuxedo Jacket: The tuxedo jacket is the fashionista’s version of the jean jacket: the exclamation point of a look that also protects you from a slight breeze. The length is especially cute and edgy with a mini dress or skirt. Two hem lines that are close but distinct, just like the twins. [$35.98, Talbots]
  • Statement Rings: Diamonds may have been Marilyn Monroe’s best friend, but Ms. Mary Kate shows us that a spin on traditional rings adds a surprising twist to this fashion staple. Mary Kate’s big and bold rings are more attention grabbing and higher up on the fashion food chain than traditional rocks. [$54, Kenneth Jay Lane, BlueFly]
  • Patterned Shoes: Every style babe loves shoes, but many fear wearing patterned shoes with another print. Mary Kate boldly wears a print dress with, gasp, patterned shoes. The overall look is brilliantly pulled-together rather than discombobulated. Really, who wants to be matchy-matchy anyway? [$171, Stuart Weitzman, BlueFly]