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Compare & Contrast: Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen

Compare & Contrast: Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen

Forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but Ashley and Mary-Kate are serious style icons in the making. We should look to them for inspiration whenever we can because they really are designer muses; it is wise to follow their dramatic trends-in-the-making choices. Though there are favorite similarities (shoes!) between the avant-garde sisters, they do use different approaches to dressing. Ashley's look is more streamlined and modern, while MK's is more tousled and vintage-inspired. I thought it would be fun to compare and contrast the recent outfits they wore while shopping at Maxfields in Los Angeles. Both are edgy, both are Fab, but which do you identify with more?

Top: Leave it to Ash to make a black scarf and a men’s t-shirt look androgynous chic!

Bottom: Black cigarette jeans are always

Accessories: The Fendi bag reinforces her sleek look by adding clean lines. Those Alaia platforms are killer! The dramatic straps make the shoes the focus of the outfit. I’m guessing that was her intention. The bulky watch compliments her boyish look and her modern aviators are bad ass.

Top: It’s no surprise MK is wearing a voluminous cardigan as a dress; she can get away with it because it’s loose and she’s petite.

Bottom: Non existent. But props to her for letting her skinny stems breathe!

Accessories: Her Prada fringe bag adds some much-needed texture to her otherwise simple outfit. Her patent mule Loubs are very old Hollywood and the traditional aviators are classic.


mizzjen mizzjen 9 years
Can someone PLEASE ID her sunglasses :)
xredDKNYframes xredDKNYframes 9 years
I am not impressed by their fashion choices. The whole, "oversized" look is out. I don't understand why people like them, they aren't very good actors. I applaud them for taking risks, MK with a white puffy dress and pink heels. Talk about a risk.
igobykaitie igobykaitie 9 years
i love the way they dress!! t4p
girlie871 girlie871 9 years
I love ashleys outfit! the heels, pants, shirt and aviators. she looks great
killitded83 killitded83 9 years
um, they look kinda bag ladyish. their clothes are either too tight or too loose, and their bags are huge! i never follow these trends if i can help it.
MariaIsTipsy MariaIsTipsy 10 years
I agree with benne about MK but I like Ashleys Style
InfernalMari InfernalMari 10 years
Oh, God, make the Olsens stop. Mary-Kate is a rich unwashed--seriously, she's Howard Hughes without the eccentricities, or personality at large. Ashley just wears the most expensive of anything, of course it'll look good--when you can hire a stylist to put it together for you. They're not 'icons'. They used to be tween-market products, and now they're tabloid fodder. You need talent and grace to be an icon, and these two have neither.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
Damn they have lovely shoes!
carnabella carnabella 10 years
both. love them.
sophistiquer sophistiquer 10 years
love love ashley olsen. i do like mk, too. but ashley's clothes do much more for me, personally.
kaci8725 kaci8725 10 years
Really LOVE ashley's shoes!
Indrah Indrah 10 years
I like Ashley's style better...Love her shoes...
Rockerchic13 Rockerchic13 10 years
I like both of their styles. Both tastes are purely marvelous. I love them!
Phebevenus Phebevenus 10 years
ashley's shoes are ridiculously amazing. does alaia still make clothes? it's vintage, right?
fashionstar fashionstar 10 years
I've been in love with Ashley's style for a while I think it's chic without being stuffy or boring. Half of the stuff that Mary K wears isn't my style at all, but I've liked some of the things she's worn this year, like this pic isn't so bad. But I like that she has her own sense of style and isn't afraid to be an individual.
nikkipez nikkipez 10 years
great an ashley fan too
laurafox laurafox 10 years
I love their style, but it's so hit or miss. I'd like to see them take more color risks, but I totally support sticking with what works!
yoWassup15 yoWassup15 10 years
i like this post...more like this one in the future possibly?
rlveronica rlveronica 10 years
I like Ashley's style better.
betonit24 betonit24 10 years
i love love love their styles. and standing next to each other, the complement each other nicley style wise.
KateMossAddict KateMossAddict 10 years
they always look so fabulous. I love MK's style for being more daring and provking
Sylly-Ess Sylly-Ess 10 years
Some ppl tend to trash them, but I love them! My fave is Ashley, always liked her style. OK she doesn't always hit it 100% of the time but who does really?!?!
thisbulimicwar thisbulimicwar 10 years
they have the greatest style abround, i love it so much and them. they r a huge style inspiration for me
supedupe supedupe 10 years
Ash seems safer on the whole, and while that means she's less likely to wear things that make me go "errr.." it also means she's a lot more boring. I love MK's style because she obviously gets really into certain looks--like the balenciaga shoes or the fringed prada bag--and wears them to death. She gives the impression that she really dresses for herself.
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