Take a Tip From Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen and Stock Up on Chic Basics for Under $500

Much has been written about Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen’s singular style. Never forced or overwrought, even their simplest looks are the result of exquisite taste, keen self-awareness, and, we’d venture, an impressive archive of The Row and vintage treasures. That means “getting their look” is easier said than done—but don’t be intimidated. We’ve figured out the first step to dressing like MK & A, and it’s all about great basics.

Ashley’s white shirt isn’t your average white shirt—it’s artfully oversize, all the better to wear with skinny pants and kitten heels. Her vintage Levi’s weren’t haphazardly yanked out of a bargain bin, either; they fit like a glove and beg to be worn with a billowing jacket. Similarly, Mary-Kate’s classic black coat is polished—not boring!—with a graphic tee and air-dried waves. This fall, you’d do well to pick up similar pieces, then add a tangle of personal necklaces, comfy flats, and a white tee (from The Row, of course), and you’re golden.


The Polished Coat


Masscob double-breasted wool-twill coat, $425, matchesfashion.com;  Zara long recycled wool coat, $279, zara.com;  Whistles Nicks wool wrap coat, $468,johnlewis.com(Clockwise from top left)


The Leather Boot


Frye Jayden button tall boots, $398, thefryecompany.com;   Penelope Chilvers mid tassel boot, $452, penelopechilvers.com;   Ariat Scout zip Paddock boots, $90, ariat.com(Clockwise from top left)


The Chunky Knit


Vince nubby raglan-sleeved sweater, $365, Vince.com; R13 oversize sweater, $395, lagarconne.com; A.P.C. Stacy cardigan, $325, apc.fr(Clockwise from top left)


Personal Jewelry


Sophie Buhai petite classic hoop earrings, $375, theline.com;  Miriam Haskell yellow resin pendant necklace, $175, therealreal.com;  Saint Laurent burnished gold-plated crystal ring, $295, net-a-porter.com;  Elizabeth and James Aldona gold-plated topaz ring, $85, net-a-porter.com(Clockwise from top left)


The Classic T-Shirt


Chance cap-sleeved tee, $65, chanceco.com;  The Row Wesler cotton-jersey T-shirt, $320, net-a-porter.com;  Frame Le Crew ribbed cotton-jersey top, $220, net-a-porter.com(Clockwise from top left)


The Ladylike Bag


Cuero & Mor black cross-body bag, $395, cueroandmor.com; Everlane  The Petra cross-body bag, $311, everlane.com;  Barneys New York contrast-topstitched tote, $350, barneys.com(Clockwise from top left)


The Straight-Leg Jean


Citizens of Humanity distressed high-waisted jeans,  $439, stylebop.com; Gap Original 1969 vintage straight jeans, $55, gap.com;  Khaite Vanessa high-rise straight jeans, $290, theline.com(Clockwise from top left)


The Charming Flat


Derek Lam 10 Crosby piper velvet loafers, $295, saksfifthavenue.com;  SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Sashay suede Mary Jane flats, $295, neimanmarcus.com;  Arlotta cashmere slippers, $85, soma.com(Clockwise from top left)


The Crisp Shirt


 Totême Marseille shirt, $290, toteme-nyc.com;  Claridge + King the His Is Hers mandarin shirt, $145, claridgeandking.com;  Michael Michael Kors stretch-cotton poplin shirt, $125, net-a-porter.com(Clockwise from top left)


The Evening Clutch


 Ted Baker Lovie hard-case clutch bag, $173, johnlewis.com;  Mansur Gavriel Moon suede clutch, $350, matchesfashion.com;  Moschino triangle-shaped clutch, $365,farfetch.com(Clockwise from top left)


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