Though not everyone can pull off the full Mary-Kate look, it serves as a great well for inspiration if you glean from it appropriately. Start with a somewhat oversized T-shirt and slim jeans and work from there. Mary-Kate piles on the accessories, namely scarves, chains, and rings. Too much is never enough. Try this Large Turquoise Vintage Ring for $16, which would go smashingly with a single gold band on the same hand, and this Lurex Printed Scarf for $18 (both from Urban Outfitters, add $5.95 for s&h). To highlight the dramatic accessories, be sure to paint your nails a dark, vampy color, like this Deep Berry-Burgundy Nail Polish from Sephora ($4, add $5.95 for s&h).
Just about everything Mary-Kate puts on her diminutive body seems large enough to swallow her whole – swing dresses, shawls, etc. – and her characteristic Balenciaga Boots with their massive platform and heel are no exception. She's been seen tromping all around town in them and now ankle "booties" are all the rage. Slip into the trend with these Report Ruby Boots for $110 at Piperlime.com (shipping is free). They're admittedly less clunky than Mary-Kate's version, but for the average non-celebrity, a bit of refinement may be necessary. Besides, our version is about a tenth of the cost. While Mary-Kate may pair her boots with grandma-chic shift dresses (and extremely large coffees) we suggest also wearing the boots with dark tights and a short skirt, or slim jeans.
Love it or hate it, Mary-Kate's got big style – sometimes literally. But the beauty is that you can play it up or down. Sport just one component at a time or go totally bold and wear the entire sha-bang. In due course, we can all become savvier with Olsen's distinctive accessorizing and eccentricity.
- Lindsay Sakraida