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Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen's Style Evolution, From 'Full House' To Fashion Icons

The Olsen Twins have gone through plenty of fashion phases over the years.

To say Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have created a fashion empire is an understatement.

The twins have spent pretty much their entire lives in the public eye. In 1987, the then-9-month-old sisters captured America’s hearts as Michelle Tanner on “Full House.” (The two shared the iconic role and were often credited as Mary-Kate Ashley Olsen.) By age 6, they became the youngest producers in Hollywood when they launched a company they named Dualstar.

In the early 2000s, the twins dominated popular culture for a whole generation of kids and preteens, releasing books, a magazine, multiple movies, a beauty line and a Walmart clothing collaboration. When it came to their fashion choices, they were often spotted wearing typical trends of the time ― think colored lens glasses, short, choppy haircuts and shrunken cardigans.

Once the Olsens turned 18 in 2004 ― an event that was highly anticipated by the media ― their rise to fashion fame was on the horizon. (That same year, their first big-screen film, “New York Minute,” was released.) By that point, the two were surely already a source of fashion inspiration for young fans. In 2005, The New York Times dubbed Mary-Kate specifically a “fashion star” and called her boho-inspired style “ashcan chic.”

In 2006, the sisters established their luxury fashion line The Row, which has since won five Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, including two for Womenswear Designer of the Year. The twins also founded the contemporary lifestyle brand Elizabeth and James, which sells clothing, accessories and fragrances, among other items, in 2007.

The sisters’ shift into the roles of serious designers became reflected in their wardrobe. They seemingly ditched most colors and these days opt for black, black and more black.

The sisters turn 33 on Thursday. So, in honor of them and their influence on fashion, we’re taking a look back at their own evolving styles through the years. From frilly matching outfits to boho chic to now, keep scrolling to see it all:

1988
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A press photo of the twins.
1991
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Mary-Kate and Ashley at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City, California.
1991
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The sisters at the Pasadena Civic Center in California for the annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
1991
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The twins attend the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade at KTLA Studios in Hollywood.
1992
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A year later, the pair again attend the Hollywood Christmas Parade at the KTLA Studios in Hollywood.
1993
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A press photo of the sisters from their Mother's Day TV special.
1993
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The twins in matching stripes and hats.
1993
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The Olsens attend the annual Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) Convention and Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
1993
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The sisters again grace the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade at the KTLA Studios.
1994
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The stars attend the annual Writers Guild of America Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
1994
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Mary-Kate and Ashley attend the ABC Fall Season Kick-Off cocktail reception at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
1995
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The twins attend the "It Takes Two" premiere at the Mann National Theatre in Westwood, California.
1998
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The sisters celebrate the release of their self-titled book series at Barnes & Noble in New York.
1999
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They attend the "Anna and the King" Los Angeles premiere.
2001
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The sisters attend a Jive Records Party for NSYNC's album "Celebrity" at Moomba in West Hollywood.
2001
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They attend the "Rush Hour 2" premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
2002
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Ashley and Mary-Kate at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.
2002
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The sisters arrive at The Avenue in London to launch their lifestyle brand in the United Kingdom.
2002
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Mary-Kate and Ashley during the annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York.
2002
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Mary-Kate and Ashley in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
2003
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The sisters walk the red carpet at the "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" premiere in Hollywood.
2003
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The twins attend the MTV Video Music Awards in New York.
2004
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The sisters are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2004
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Mary-Kate and Ashley arrive at the premiere of "Starsky & Hutch."
2004
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The twins walk the orange carpet during Nickelodeon's annual Kids' Choice Awards in Westwood.
2004
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The sisters attend the Los Angeles premiere of the film "New York Minute" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
2004
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The sisters during an appearance on "MTV: TRL" at MTV Studios in Times Square in New York.
2004
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The sisters arrive at the screening of "New York Minute" during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
2005
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The twins at the Costume Institute's gala celebrating "Chanel" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
2005
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The Olsens arrive at "Cinema Against AIDS," the annual event benefitting amfAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research) at Le Moulin de Mougins at the Cannes Film Festival.
2005
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The two stars arrive at the annual Ace Gala Awards at Cipriani in New York.
2007
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The sisters attend HBO's annual pre-Golden Globe party at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
2006
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The sisters wearing Badgley Mischka at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
2007
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Mary-Kate and Ashley attend Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.
2007
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The sisters attend fashion week in Paris.
2007
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They attend the Chanel Cruise Show L.A. in Santa Monica, California.
2007
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The twins pose during the annual CFDA Fashion Awards at the New York Public Library.
2008
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The fashion icons attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala "Superheroes: Fashion And Fantasy" at the museum in New York.
2009
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The sisters attend an event for their label Elizabeth and James at Holt Renfrew in Toronto.
2009
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They attend the Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit: A Tribute To Tim Burton at the museum in New York.
2010
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Mary-Kate and Ashley attend the amfAR New York gala co-sponsored by M.A.C Cosmetics at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.
2010
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The Olsens arrive at the Elle Style Awards at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.
2010
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The sisters attend the opening night of "Lend Me A Tenor" at the Music Box Theatre in New York.
2010
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They attend the annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Skylight SOHO in New York.
2011
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The twins attend the Metropolitan Opera's gala premiere of Rossini's "Le Comte Ory" at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
2011
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The Olsens attend "The Union" premiere during the annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
2011
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The fashion designers attend the CFDA Fashion Awards at the Lincoln Center in New York.
2012
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The twins attend the CFDA Fashion Awards at the Lincoln Center.
2012
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The sisters attend the Awards at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
2013
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Ashley attends the Costume Institute gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
2013
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Mary-Kate attends the Costume Institute gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
2014
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The sisters attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
2015
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The twins attend the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute benefit gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
2015
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The sisters pose backstage at the CFDA Fashion Awards at Lincoln Center.
2016
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The Olsens attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
2016
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The twins, with their sister Elizabeth Olsen, attend the CFDA Fashion Awards at the Manhattan Center in New York.
2017
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The Olsens attend Youth America Grand Prix's Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow gala at the David H. Koch Theater in New York.
2017
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They attend the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
2017
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The sisters attend the CFDA Fashion Awards at the Manhattan Center.
2018
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The Olsens attend the YAGP Stars of Today Meet The Stars of Tomorrow gala in New York.
2018
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Mary-Kate and Ashley attend the "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination" Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art .
2018
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The CFDA award winners attend the group's fashion awards ceremony at the Brooklyn Museum.
2019
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The twins attend the Met gala celebrating "Camp: Notes On Fashion" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
2019
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The designers attend the CFDA Fashion Awards at the Brooklyn Museum.
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