The ultimate cool-girl next door, Elizabeth Olsen has a calm, collected aura about her that noticeably permeates her style. Along with major acting chops, the younger sibling to her famous designer sisters is a quiet storm when it comes to dressing. Nailing effortlessly chic looks on and off the red carpet, Lizzie serves up unexpected ensembles from a menswear-inspired pantsuit to a glitzy embellished gown, proving she’s a sartorial force to be reckoned with.
In Melbourne, Australia, for the National Gallery of Victoria’s House of Dior: 70 Years of Haute Couture exhibition gala, Elizabeth sits down with us to chat all things fashion—her go-to outfit formula, what she’s learned from her sisters and how she navigates the pressure to look great all the time in our social media age.
In Dior at the National Gallery of Victoria's The House of Dior Gala in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Getty Images
On Her Personal Style
"My style is a bit masculine. I'm not really drawn to feminine prints even though I admire them—when I put them on I feel like I'm playing dress-up in someone else's clothes."
On Her Go-To Outfit
"Nice fitted pants and an oversize blouse tucked in—I wear the same three pairs of pants. If I want to feel dressed up I'll put on a kitten heel."
On Sartorial Lessons Learned From Her Sisters
"Style is long-lasting and timeless, and you have to make it work for you. My sisters' line is much simpler than these Dior gowns, but if they were here they would be so inspired by 70 years of beautiful clothes. They always look cool and I can never tell if they're wearing a piece they made or if it’s an interesting designer they've found. To me it all looks like it belongs in their world."
On Her Current Designer Obsession
"Rosie Assoulin. She’s great. Her pieces are all very sculptural. They're about feeling good and feeling special—not about bodycon."
On Her Red-Carpet Ritual
"I like to get a workout in any day I'm photographed. Your face looks more alive when you've broken a sweat."
In Dior on the streets of Melbourne, Australia, in front of the QT Melbourne Hotel. Photo: Courtesy of Visit Victoria
On Instagram Culture
"I have no idea what I'm doing. Don't put yourself down because you can't make your thing look like someone else's thing. Know who you are, and if you want to participate, feel confident that you're going to be your own person. Allow yourself to feel connected to whatever you're putting out or whatever you find funny."