Earlier this year, actress Elizabeth Olsen was asked about her interest in fashion in an interview with Elle Girl. It was a valid question for the 22-year-old, who happens to be the younger sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, designers of the clothing lines the Row and Elizabeth and James. The actress said she had no interest in working in fashion like her older sisters, but did give a little insight into her style evolution.
"I used to be strictly Annie Hall in high school," Olsen said. "I would wear the hat and suspenders and all the button-up shirts and masculine pants."
Olsen has come a long way from dressing up like Annie Hall, evolving into a fashion-wise, elegant movie star. She appears alongside Hugh Dancy in the new film "Martha Marcy May Marlene," which opened last week.
Olsen attended a premiere for the film during the 55th BFI London Film Festival in a baby pink sequin boat-neck blouse and tiered tulle and lace skirt, both from the Chanel spring 2011 couture collection. She finished the pink ensemble with shiny, pointy-toed champagne heels by Christian Louboutin. Her pairing of the sequin and tulle textures was sophisticated and playful.
With holiday parties approaching, you'll need to start thinking about your winter party wardrobe. Olsen's look may make for fun gala or premiere attire, but her mixed textures can be the perfect inspiration when planning your holiday looks.
For a sequin top that sparkles, try the sequin tee from Topshop.com for $90, sequined knit top from Forever21.com for $19.80 or the one shoulder asymmetric sequinned top from Zara.com for $69.90. Or you can try a fun pattern with the Vince Camuto sequin animal boxy blouse for $78 from Dillards.com or Tiffany top from Alloy.com for $36.90.
For a textured skirt similar to Olsen's, try the long maxi lace skirt for $24.99 from Needsupply.com, Asos midi skirt in check for $71.88 from Asos.com or the Asos mesh and chiffon maxi skirt for $89.85, also from Asos.com. For a shorter version, get the Christin Michaels Florence skirt for $40 from Zappos.com.
There's a lot to do to prepare for the holiday season, but at least sartorially, you'll be ready.
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Photos, from top: Elizabeth Olsen attends the "Martha Marcy May Marlene" premiere during the 55th BFI London Film Festival at the Vue West End on Oct. 21 in London. Credit: Tim Whitby /Getty Images For the BFI.
Blouses, from left: Sequin tee, $90 / Topshop.com; Sequined knit top, $19.80 / Forever21.com; asymmetric sequinned top, $69.90 / Zara.com; Vince Camuto sequin animal boxy blouse, $78 / Dillards.com; Tiffany top, $36.90 / Alloy.com.
Skirts, from left: Long maxi lace skirt, $24.99 / Needsupply.com; Asos midi skirt in check, $71.88 / Asos.com; Asos mesh and chiffon maxi skirt, $89.95 / Asos.com; Christin Michaels Florence skirt, $40 / Zappos.com.