I was one of those kids who grew up watching the Olsens in “Full House,” “Double Double Toil and Trouble” and “To Grandma’s House We Go.” As I got older, I watched the Olsens evolve and was drawn to Mary-Kate’s boho style. Her style, more than anyone else’s, influenced me while I was in college and bumming around New York City. Even today, I can see how I’m still subconsciously emulating Mary-Kate Olsen’s style.
Before I left for my first year at The New School, I closely followed Mary-Kate’s struggle with her eating disorder and her subsequent rehab stay. I worried about the girl I felt I grew up with. Later that summer at the same time I started college, Mary-Kate was taking classes at New York University, just ten blocks away. Though I never saw her out and about, I frequently heard from people who had seen her around the city.
As for her style, I love her layering of pieces whether it’s summer or winter. She’s evolved from her so-called “granny chic” days into a style all her own that incorporates layering jewelry, sweaters and scarves. As someone living in a cold climate, I look the Mary-Kate for fashion inspiration once winter rolls around. Lord knows we all get tired of the leggings and need ideas on how to make winter a little less dreary.
Another thing I admire about Mary-Kate is her anonymity. After spending almost her entire childhood on screen, she came out of it wanting a private life more than ever. She’s even so vague in her press interviews that it took me 45 minutes to find just quotes that fit this post! In the age of overexposure, she doesn’t have Twitter or Facebook. When she’s spotted, she’s usually just walking around with coffee. You never see her doing anything crazy and probably never will.
p.s.: If you love Mary-Kate as much as I do, you should check out Olsens Anonymous, a blog dedicated to the Olsens and their style.