The Olsens Were Way Ahead of the Curve on This Fall Trend

Regarded as some of the chicest women in fashion, the Olsens are hardly a pair who follow the crowd. Over their years in the spotlight, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have developed their own unique aesthetic, rarely straying from a pared-back capsule wardrobe filled with perfectly tailored trousers, button-down shirts, lengthy gowns, and floor-skimming maxi coats. 

As a fellow petite woman, I have, for years, analyzed and admired the way the sisters dress, managing to balance proportions and throw the traditional "petite-girl rule book" completely out the window. And this autumn, in particular, I am feeling very inclined to draw from the Olsens' guide to style by trying a maxi coat of my very own. 

While a legitimately floor-skimming coat is not the most practical purchase—particularly during the wet winter months—a coat that hits your lower calf can become a wardrobe hero throughout autumn and winter. Luckily this season, there seems to be plenty of options around if you are looking to add a maxi coat to your current rotation. 

With an array of hues and shapes, investing in an Olsen-esque coat is all about tailoring and finding a look that won't entirely overwhelm your frame. From double-breasted iterations to coats that feature waist-cinching belts, opting for a tailored element will help create structure. Keep scrolling to see how the Olsens style maxi coats and then shop a few options below. 

How Mary-Kate and Ashley style maxi coats: 

Olsen Twins Style: Maxi Coats


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Style Notes: Seen in their coat style of choice, Ashley chooses to don a cream coat with a waist belt detail here, while Mary-Kate opts for an oversize iteration. 

Olsen Twins Style: Maxi Coats


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Style Notes: At another event, Ashley wears a double-breasted coat over a long black dress and stilettos. 

Olsen Twins Style: Maxi Coats


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Style Notes: Here, Mary-Kate adds structure to her maxi coat by pairing it with a statement, waist-cinching belt.

Shop maxi coats: 

I love how this is styled with trousers and sneakers.

An extra-long trench coat feels very Mary-Kate and Ashley. 

Leave it to H&M to make pieces that always look more expensive than they really are. 

Emphasize the exaggerated shape of the coat with wide-leg trousers. 

Camel coats will never go out of style.

Chicer than your average trenchcoat. 

I couldn't do a coat story without Burberry. 

Max Mara is famous for its high-quality coats. 

I love the chaotic layering situation happening here.

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This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.