What Was She Thinking? Mary-Kate Goes Grunge

10/25/2006 at 05:00 PM ET

Mary-Kate Olsen seems to be in a fashion time warp — first the Eighties and now the Nineties. The petite star emerged yesterday in an outfit reminiscent of the Grunge look popularized by bands like Nirvana — oversize flannel shirt and all. But like some other starlets we know, she seems to have left her pants at home, opting for thin leggings and ultra-clunky Balenciaga boots (and bag) to complete the look. We think leggings are great as a layering tool under long (read mid-thigh) tunics or sweaters, but with just a buttondown, Mary-Kate looks a tad overexposed. Tell us: What do you think of Mary-Kate’s look? Love it or hate it?

To see more of Mary-Kate’s style, click here to read other Off The Rack stories about her.

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grace on

I think the look is great! she looks comfy. leggings are very in and plenty of people wear them by themselves. her bag is a little too big. but like someone said before it looks like she is wearing some kind of black short-shorts or a mini under so that is completley appropriate. I know this look is not for everyone but on MK it works!

Nicole on

If I may quote the Queens of Comedy on this one…”Eat a two piece and a biscuit”…I can’t even concentrate on the outfit because all I can think is “Hmmm, wonder how her legs hold her body up?”

laura on

obviously she doesn’t care about what other people think of her style so why are you even discussing it?

Sarah on

Just because they’re twins, I don’t think it’s fair to compare them. Ashley almost always looks nice and polished. MK, on the other hand, is a walking nightmare! I understand wanting to be a trend setter, but is this really the way to go? Yuk. She needs to take some pointers from her sister!

lisa's cat on

I think that if she wants to wear it, ok! i am not a fan of the plaid, but i luv the tights with clunky boots- and its better than some things shes been wearing.Also the bag is perfect- it looks like it would actually hold some stuff. Also, I think think that the media should get of of mk and go critisize somebody who ACTUALLY has style issues.

Mintie on

Money cannot buy good taste!! She looks awful, poor thing!

jennifer on

why is People contributing this “bringing grunge back” to her? this outfit has been walking around the East Village for a year now, it is classic nostaglic hipster. Come on, Urban Outfitters have already mass produced flannel for this season, so there is nothing new to this look. The next off-the-rack is going to be how some star is making the trench coach “reborn and chic.”

celebfan on

oh mary-kate, mary-kate, mary-kate!!! WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU??? what happened to the teen fashion ICON??? The one with all the cute clothes that EVERY SINGLE GIRL between the ages 11 to 22 would give their lives to wear??? Just because you’re all grown up now, doesn’t mean that you have to retire your sense of style? It doesn’t mean that you have to roam around chateau marmont looking like a zombie from the eighties!!! Just look at your sister ashley!!! She looks NORMAL! she dresses normal! she remembers to wear PANTS at all times!!! Next time, mary-kate, I hope you’ll make me proud.

lara on

Those shoes have been all over Vogue for months now. Plaid is huge. If you have tiny legs, leggings look awesome. Guaranteed people will be wearing some version of this outfit in a few months. MK is a fashionista-she wears the trends before they are in.

Mari on

Wow. She was probably thinking that we all have better things to do with our lives than pick apart her outfit or compare her with her sister or expect her to wear only the latest stuff that would make all you people go “oh she looks cute”. I’m curious to know where she was going or coming from. If she were at some high-dollar function then I’d also ask “what was she thinking?”. But for dashing around town or just hanging out who cares. Money or not she’s dressed the way she wants to be and I admire that. Even if I thought she looked like a clown I wouldn’t criticize because she’s obviously not somewhere where she’s expecting to pose for cameras. And oh horror the thought that she’s wearing something that’s not considered “in” right this very second. Are you people serious? Do you throw all your clothes away every season? Not everyone wears only what’s on the front pages of magazines. *Those* are the true fashion victims. Dress to express or dress for comfort, but dress to impress when you’re at a function and posing for cameras. As for critiquing the look itself, you can tell she actually is wearing something beside the leggings because you can see it peeking out under the shirt on her right thigh. I bet reaction to this would be more positive if over the leggings she wore a skirt that came to mid-thigh.

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