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Fashion

how to dress like mary-kate and ashley

with styling tips from elizabeth & james and the row

It's not often that you get not one, but two chances to get inspired by the Olsens...so when the occasion arises, it should go without saying that you'd better take both. That's exactly what happened during New York Fashion Week, when Mary-Kate and Ashley made appearances at their presentations of The Row and Elizabeth & James. 

The clothing itself may have been decidedly different--but we did notice some key common threads running between the two collections, which we've rounded up below. (You know, the besides the fact that both were effortlessly understated and practically oozed coolness....).

Get 10 Olsen styling ideas here and get ready to test them out now. After all, there's really no better time to bust out the oversized turtleneck than in the middle of winter, and you know MK&A would approve. 

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When in doubt, tuck your hair into your XXL turtleneck.

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Instead of skinny jeans, pair your oversized sweater (or sweaterdress!) with a below-the-knee skirt.

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Goodbye, color- blocking....hello, pattern-blocking.

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Parkas look better when layered over a black dress.

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It might sound weird on paper, but pairing a swingy below-the-knee skirt, a turtleneck, and a cropped moto jacket together looks surprisingly fresh. The key? Load up the peekaboo layers in similar color palettes. 

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The recipe for the easiest (and chicest) outfit ever includes an all-black baseline (in this case, trousers, top, and shoes) and a statement coat. Very Ashley, don't you think?

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When in doubt, belt your jacket.

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Throw your cashmere blanket over your outfit as a pseudo-coat. Hey, it's totally what Mary-Kate would do...

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The bigger the turtleneck collar, the better (bonus points if it doubles as a neck-warmer).

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Go head-to-toe in menswear--the trick is making sure everything is slim fit.

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Pare down your flowing dresses with shoes from the men's department.