Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s 32 Greatest Fashion Moments in Honor of Their 32nd Birthday
America’s most beloved set of twins (sorry Rumi and Sir Carter) turns 32 years old today and honestly we’re shook. Michelle Tanner is 32?! Where have the years gone!? We guess time flies when you’re shooting iconic straight-to-VHS travel movies, running two award-winning design houses and marrying the brothers of former French presidents.
So in honor of Mary-Kate and Ashley blessing us with yet another year of their existence on this earth, we rounded up their 32 greatest fashion moments. You’re welcome.
PROMOTING ‘FULL HOUSE’ IN 1991
Reminding us to keep it casual. No formal dress is complete without a sweatshirt tied around the waist.
Attending the 61st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in 1992
The trendsetting twins were rocking oversize sweaters, leggings and tall boots way before fashion magazines caught on to the flattering outfit combo.
Coordinating Ponytails in 1993
Rosie the Riveter meets ’90s-era Disney Channel.
Perfecting the art of the beret tilt in 1993
A sneak preview of what would later become the Olsens’ go-to look, i.e., long, black and shapeless.
Walking the red carpet in 1995
We are still personally offended by their Oscar snubs for ‘It Takes Two.’
Appearing at the 1996 Video Software Dealers Association Convention and Expo (as one does)
Honestly, we’d wear this exact same outfit right now. You know, minus the pigtails.
At the launch of their mystery book series in 1998
We can’t help but wonder if MK and A watched Saturday Night Fever shortly before this event.
POSING WITH THAT SWEET EARLY-2000S HAIR FLIP
Only the Olsens could make us want to buy a cashmere cardigan and midi skirt set. And then buy one for our sister/BFF and also wear them together.
Dressed to the nines in 2001
Remember when sporting a jersey halter top, tailored trousers and a french manicure was considered stylish? No? Just us and the twins?
Announcing to the world their Boss Lady status in 2002
Nothing says “We’re serious business women here to talk about business” better than matching pinstripe pantsuits.
At a charity event hosted by the BBC for Children in Need in 2002
Why thread your belt through the belt loops when you can drape it so elegantly on the hips of your low-rise, boot-cut jeans?
Fully embracing the questionable trends of the early 2000s
Unfortunately, no amount of adjusting will make that hat look acceptable, Mary-Kate.
Attending the Premiere of ’Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle’ in 2003
Upcoming starlets take note: This is how you rock a red carpet.
Stealing America’s heart at the 2004 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
Got it. So Mary Kate is coming from her pool club, and Ashley is coming from the Sex and the City bus tour.
Revealing their Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004
For this unforgettable moment in the history of cinema, we could make a catty remark about Ashley’s Jessica McClintock inspired flutter-sleeved number. But instead we’ll focus on Mary-Kate’s dope velvet peep toes…which are just as on-trend now as they were 14 years ago.
Supporting the arts with both their money and existence in 2006
Photographic evidence that it was Mary-Kate who first discovered what would later become the pair’s signature boho style.
Demonstrating the many ways to rock a scarf
Oh, and also promoting the launch of their über-successful brand Elizabeth and James at Neiman Marcus in 2007.
Embracing the power of the platform pump in 2008
Fun fact: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have “written” more than 20 books.
At an exhibit opening in 2007 at The Museum of Modern Art
We have an idea for a new Dualstar Productions original: a modern adaptation of The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe called The Young Women Who Lived in Their Matching Birkin Bags.
HOSTING THE CANADIAN SHOW ’MUCHONDEMAND’ IN 2009
Is it just us or does it kind of look like they stole Oliver Sarkozy’s coat and trousers, belted them and called it fashion?
Partying with Donatella Versace in 2010
We’re pretty sure the only people who truly understand everything that is happening in this photo are Mary-Kate and Ashley. Luckily, we trust them implicitly.
Showing off their impressive outerwear collection in 2010
They really know how to work a jacket, don’t they?
Posing at the The ELLE Style Awards 2010 in London
Few people can make a sheer maxi skirt over a fitted mini skirt work, but by god these girls are pulling it off.
Delighting their public at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
And here we see the beginning of their grandma-chic phase.
Attending the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards
One of the last recorded instances of the twins wearing color.
At the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards
This is the kind of glow that earns accolades like Accessories Designer of the Year and Womenswear Design of the Year.
Just before winning CFDA Accessories Designers of the year in 2014
The green drop earrings! The belted black-satin dresses! The tasseled clutches! A fabulous demonstration of how to match your sister without truly matching.
Crushing the Met Gala red carpet in 2015
MK and A casting their magical spell on all of the fashion world, once more.
Walking up (and down) the stairs at the 2017 Met Gala
If there was ever an occasion to break out your lime-green faux-fur-trimmed jacket, it’s the Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Giving their adoring fans what they really want: matching outfits
The frumpy ’80s librarian look…is remarkably chic.
Arriving at the ’Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination’ 2018 Costume Institute Met Gala
When Papal met Wiccan!
at the 2018 CFDA Awards
Please don’t ever change, ladies.