If you asked me to name a single style icon who's had the most influence on what I wear, I'd be hard-pressed to come up with just one name. The fact is, I pull my style inspiration from many different people, places, and things, save for one exception (okay, two exceptions): Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The sisters have set themselves apart from the rest of the celebrity crowd through their unwavering approach to clean, pared-back style that's redefined minimalism for so many.
I'm certain I'm not the only one the Olsens have held a strong influence over, seeing as their successful brands The Row and Elizabeth and James have both earned cult followings. Since their style is talked about and analyzed to no end, I tried my hand at putting all that influence to the test. I decided to give myself a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen–inspired makeover, complete with clean lines, a monochrome color scheme, and classic wardrobe staples.
Ahead, see the Olsen-inspired outfits I wore and then shop pieces to get the look, too.
The inspiration: long belted coat, structured handbag, and sleek ankle boots
The sisters have honed in on their uniform of dramatic coats accented by sleek, structured accessories. I wanted my version of the look to have the same overall effect, but short of sourcing their actual pieces I instead put together the same key silhouettes. I was particularly inspired by the combination of a belted coat with heeled ankle boots and artful jewelry.
While I admire Olsen's adherence to all-black ensembles, I mixed black accessories with dark green to make the look my own and because head-to-black tends to look too severe on me. I certainly felt much more polished and my look much more restrained than how I normally dress.
The inspiration: black skinny jeans, ballet flats, and croc-effect bag
After my fair share of Olsen outfit research, I realized how consist Ashley is in her combination of skinny jeans with oversized pieces and simple, classic shoes. If we're being honest, the actual inspiration for my below look came from this exact image of Ashley Olsen I found late one night on Pinterest. In it, she's wearing black skinny jeans, loafer mules, and a white button-down shirt that seems to all but swallow her whole. Something about the dramatic silhouette of her shirt next to the fitted jeans just felt right. (For logistical reasons, I was not able to include it in this story.)
But alas, I was inspired to give her skinny jeans styling idea a go and paired mine with ballet flats and an oversized men's button-down shirt. I took a cue from the above image where Ashley chose a croc-effect bag and finished off my outfit with a similar top-handle bag I own from Staud. It was much too warm in Los Angeles for a coat that day, but as soon as the weather permits, I'll be topping my look off with a long wool coat as she did here.