6 Spring Outfit Formulas I'm Stealing From the Olsen Twins

Zoe Anastasiou
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Since taking on the role of Who What Wear's social media editor back in November, I've noticed a few things about our audience. Firstly, there's unanimous agreement that bubblegum pink is the most on-trend shade for spring. Secondly, if Hailey Beiber reveals behind-the-scene info on her beauty routine, everyone wants to know about it. And thirdly, we're all is still completely and utterly obsessed with the Olsen twins, even after all these years.

Of course, when it comes to the latter, I can wholeheartedly agree that I too have an unrelenting interest in Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's aesthetic. Having grown up admiring the pair, I was as into their outfits in 2014 when they donned 'I Heart New York' T-shirts alongside red skirts for the film New York Minute, as I am today when I see them in dressed in casual oversize shirts and straight leg jeans.

The pair possess the unique ability to simultaneously look thoroughly contemporary while wearing timeless, classic outfits made up of the wardrobe staples we're all likely to own—albeit at a different end of the price-point spectrum. Often opting for simple colour palettes in shades of black, white and cream, there's nothing particularly groundbreaking about the way the Olsens dress, but it is this simplicity that makes their looks so appealing.

To illustrate exactly this, I've compiled a list of six spring outfit formulas the Olsen twins have down to a science—prepare to see a lot of button-down shirts—which you can copy using closet staples you probably already own. Keep scrolling to see all six looks below.

1. Oversize Shirt + Wide Leg Jeans + Sandals

Style Notes: To say that the Olsens are fond of button-down shirts would be an absolute understatement. Both twins wear oversize button-down shirts regularly, with a rotation of wide leg jeans, trousers and even mini skirts.

Arket Relaxed Poplin Shirt (£55)

& Other Stories Keeper Cut Cropped Jeans (£65)

Birkenstock Ramses Faux-Leather Sandals (£60)

2. White Shirt + Mini Skirt

Style Notes: This photo may have been taken in the September of 2011, almost ten years ago, but the outfit on the right is undeniably timeless. Pairing a crisp white shirt alongside a neutral-toned mini skirt is an outfit that will see you through years to come.

H&M Oversized Linen-Blend Shirt (£25)

Valentino Ivory Wrap-Effect Wool and Silk-Blend Shorts (£890)

3. Knit Vest + Wide Leg Trousers + Sandals

Style Notes: While the Olsen twins are known for their classic style, they aren't immune to seasonal trends. Here Mary-Kate opts for one of last year's most-popular items, the knit vest.

Arket Knitted Vest (£59)

Agolde Criss Cross White Straight-Leg Jeans (£240)

Álvaro Alberta Diagonal-Strap Leather Slides (£195)

4.Black Maxi Dress + Pointed Toe Heels

Style Notes: There's nothing more sophisticated than a black dress and pointed-toe pumps. A classic look that will work time and time again.

Co Belted Asymmetric Pleated Cotton-Poplin Midi Shirt Dress (£575)

Christian Louboutin Galativi 85 Suede and Mesh Pumps (£595)

5. Button-down Shirt + Black Trousers + Sandals

Style Notes: Another example of the Olsens affinity for shirting. Here each of the twins has paired a button-down alongside black trousers and sandals.

& Other Stories Oversized Linen Shirt (£36)

Jacquemus Le Pantalon Santon Black Wide-Leg Trousers (£380)

Jimmy Choo Brown Love 85 Croc Effect Pumps (£525)

6. Button-down Shirt + Hat + Jacket

Style Notes: While the twins often lean towards a more minimalist aesthetic, this look is made all the more interesting thanks to the addition of the burgundy hat. Make like Mary Kate and ensure you've got a jacket on hand incase the weather changes.

Maison Michel Virginie Grosgrain-Trimmed Wool-Felt Fedora (£435)

COS Cotton Boyfriend Shirt (£59)

Next up, the biggest Spring/Summer 2021 trends you need to know.

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