Mary-Kate Olsen Wears a Huge Beanie Hat Despite the 80-Degree Heat

She wears whatever she wants, when she wants—weather be damned.

The Olsen twin wearing a similar-sized tan beanie, black coat, black pants, and red scarf in New York City on January 1, 2023.
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When you think of summer hats, the usual candidates—floppy buckets and straw flat-brims to wear while lounging at the seaside—come to mind. But Mary-Kate Olsen thinks slightly outside the box. Ever the fashion iconoclast, The Row's co-founder accessorized with a giant knit beanie on a late-spring, almost-summer evening, despite Los Angeles's uncompromising heat.

On Monday, June 3, Olsen dined with Canadian hockey player Sean Avery at the Beverly Hills restaurant E Baldi. (The meal was reportedly not a date night: a source confirmed to Us Weekly last week that the two are just friends.) She wore a maroon velvet top coat over black split-hem trousers with dark slip-on mules, with a plaid scarf wrapped around her neck.

The pièce de résistance was a towering hat fit more for a ski weekend in Aspen than dinner in Los Angeles. The sand-colored knit beanie towered almost a foot into the air, adding significant height to her humble five feet and two inches. Clearly, Olsen will wear whatever she wants, when she wants—weather be damned.

Mary-Kate Olsen wearing a tan beanie, red coat, black pants, and mules in Los Angeles.e

Behold: Mary-Kate Olsen in her anti-summer outfit of a red coat, trousers, and a large beanie.

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As for her other accessories, Olsen went incognito mode in rectangular black sunglasses. A chunky gold signet ring added a metallic pop to her finger. Exact credits for her look weren't available at press time.

There are a few explanations for Olsen's topper of choice on the warm June night. Maybe Olsen is getting a jumpstart on the upcoming fall 2024 hat trend, as seen on recent runways and largely influenced by The Row's eclectic headwear. Or, perhaps the air conditioning inside the restaurant was too frigid, and the accessory helped her stay cozy.

There's also the fact that beanies have long been a staple in Olsen's style file. Her affinity for the casual hat dates back decades, from walking '00s red carpets and city sidewalks with slouchy crochet caps hanging off the back of her head.

Mary-Kate Olsen in New York City wearing a large tan hat on January 1, 2023.

The Olsen twin wearing a similar-sized tan beanie, black coat, black pants, and red scarf in New York City on January 1, 2023.

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Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen during Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen Sighting in Paris - October 4, 2006 at Paris in Paris, France.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen both wearing slouchy beanies in Paris, France on October 4, 2006.

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Olsen's position as a powerful trendsetter has long been documented. She and her sister Ashley epitomized the "boho chic" archetype during the aughts with their billowing maxi dresses, flower-print caftans, and feathered accessories. Most recently, the twins ignited the far-reaching quiet luxury movement through their pared-back fashion brand, The Row.

So, the question remains: Can Olsen launch a summer 2024 accessory trend of wooly beanies? It wouldn't be the first time she started an unexpected fashion moment and it certainly won't be the last. She and her sister are responsible for today's jelly sandal revival, after all.

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Emma Childs
Fashion Features Editor

Emma is the fashion features editor at Marie Claire, where she writes deep-dive trend reports, zeitgeisty fashion featurettes on what style tastemakers are wearing, long-form profiles on emerging designers and the names to know, and human interest vignette-style round-ups. Previously, she was Marie Claire's style editor, where she wrote shopping e-commerce guides and seasonal trend reports, assisted with the market for fashion photo shoots, and assigned and edited fashion celebrity news.

Emma also wrote for The Zoe Report, Editorialist, Elite Daily, Bustle, and Mission Magazine. She studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University Lincoln Center and launched her own magazine, Childs Play Magazine, in 2015 as a creative pastime. When she's not waxing poetic about niche fashion topics, you'll find her stalking eBay for designer vintage, reading literary fiction on her Kindle, and baking banana bread in her tiny NYC kitchen.