How Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's Styles Have Completely Changed Since Quitting Acting 15 Years Ago
By Liz Calvario
It's been 15 years since Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen shared the screen in their final film together, New York Minute.
The twins were just 17 when they starred as Jane (Ashley) and Roxy Ryan (Mary-Kate), two sisters with opposing personalities who find themselves in a series of misadventures when they both skip school for events in Manhattan. After the film, Mary-Kate went on to act in five more projects, while Ashley slowing took a step back from the camera.
After New York Minute, the Olsen twins changed careers, establishing themselves as fashion designers and launching their company The Row in 2006 and Elizabeth and James in 2007. With this new venture, they also switched up their style from color-coordinated, almost-matching, bright and girlie looks, to sophisticated, tailored and layered minimalist ensembles.
"When we were younger, being in the public eye was almost part of our role and responsibility -- to set the trends at that time or be ahead of fashion," Ashley said while talking to Porter Magazine in 2017, with Mary-Kate adding, "We would take adult clothing and cut it down to our size, change the proportions. I think from a young age we understood fit in a very different way because we’re so petite."
In celebration of New York Minute's 15th anniversary, let's take a look at how the Olsen twins' style has changed since starring in their last movie together.
At the film's premiere in May of 2004, MK and A's outfits were perfect for the times, laying long necklaces with frilly and girly dresses, yet keeping their looks classy and sleek.
A couple of years later, the two were already donning more mature looks, with a slight touch of their now-famous signature boho style.
By 2007, the twins were still playing around with their full-accessories looks yet beginning to wear their classic and simple maxi-dresses.
2010 was full of layered and elegant bohemian frocks, draping over their slim figures. It was also more noticeable that Mary-Kate preferred black ensembles, while Ashley enjoyed neutral and feminine styles.
But just when fashionistas thought they had figured out Mary-Kate and Ashley's signature style, the following year, 2011, they switched it up with an array of unexpected colorful looks.
However, between 2012 and 2015, fans saw less red carpet sightings and fewer events attended by the sisters. When they did step out for a special occasion, they clearly preferred somber and minimal outfits, regularly seen donning dark clothing with statement purses.
Thereafter, it was widely assumed that if the siblings made a public appearance, they would be doing so in oversized draping styles. However, one day out of the year they would fabulously step it up for the Met Gala.
Meanwhile, Mary-Kate and Ashley have only blessed fans with one public appearance in 2019. The fashion designers were twinning when they stepped out for YAGP's 20th Anniversary Gala "Stars of Today Meets the Stars of Tomorrow" last month. As for their looks that night, oversized black ensembles with purse and clutch in hand.
Now known for their conservative and neutral-hued looks, the Olsen twins have come a long way from their matching looks in different colors, overalls and preppy style. Continuing to make the trends, they have been honored by fashion critics and the Council of Fashion Designers of America on multiple occasions, winning Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2015.
And while their public appearances are few and far between, when the two do step out, fans know they will never disappoint.