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A Child’s Treasury of the Olsen Twins Wearing Enormous Coats

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We’ll have at least six more weeks of winter, according to the groundhog. That means six more weeks of cold, dark nights that start before you can even leave the office. The only balm for these depressing times is: several photos of the Olsen twins wearing enormous coats.

When I’m sitting at work watching the sun go down at 3 p.m., sometimes I think, “What if I was very small and wearing a huge coat?” Then I look at photos of the Olsen twins doing that, and I feel instantly cozy and cool. Maybe this will work for you, too.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, style icons from birth, have been regularly hanging great big coats on their tiny bodies for years now. There are approximately 4,000 Olsen-twin-coat photos currently in circulation; I’ve found a few really good shots to get you started. Like this one, of the Olsens breezing through airport security in oversize outerwear. Does it soothe you? Bonus points for Mary Kate’s hat; bonus bonus points for the twins’ matching socks and Birkenstocks. (This was taken in 2014.)

The Olsen twins. Photo: Ron Asadorian / Splash News

Here’s another one from a different day at the airport, when the gals were moving more quickly and also attempting to hide. Isn’t it fun to imagine them jumping on their plane and leaving behind a big pile of wool?

The Olsen twins. Photo: AKM-GSI/BACKGRID

It’s great to see Mary-Kate and Ashley together, but it’s perhaps even more satisfying to see just one Olsen wearing a large coat and standing next to a normal person or persons. Here’s Ashley, wearing a very long sleeve, at a 2017 comedy event that included Adam Duritz, for some reason:

Ashley Olsen with Adam Duritz and Bob Saget and others. Photo: Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Scleroderma Res

And here’s Mary-Kate standing next to a model at a Sotheby’s auction in 2014.

Mary Kate and a model. Photo: Mike Pont/Getty Images

It’s incredible how just one Olsen in a massive coat can make everyone else in the frame look ridiculous. What are these guys smiling about?

Mary-Kate, her husband, and other men. Photo: Mike Pont/Getty Images

Sometimes Mary-Kate and Ashley are photographed with people who are also wearing big coats. Here they are with their younger sister, Elizabeth, at the LACMA Art + Film Gala in 2016. Elizabeth is beautiful, but does a big coat look exactly right on anyone except an Olsen twin?

Mary-Kate, Ashley and Elizabeth Olsen. Photo: Donato Sardella/Getty Images for LACMA

I just don’t know.

The Olsen twins. Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images

Mary-Kate and Ashley have even figured out how to wear enormous coats to formal events.

The Olsen twins. Photo: Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Image
The Olsen twins. Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

And to basketball games with their French husbands.

Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy. Photo: James Devaney/GC Images

The best kind of Olsen-twin-coat photo, however, is the kind where the Olsen twin has a cigarette.

Mary-Kate and cigarette. Photo: Alo Ceballos/GC Images

Don’t you feel better now? Bye-bye!

The Olsen twins. Photo: AKM-GSI/BACKGRID
A Child’s Treasury of the Olsen Twins Wearing Enormous Coats