In Mary-Kate Olsen's World, the Shoes Are Getting Smaller and the Bags Are Getting Bigger

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Mary-Kate Olsen
Mary-Kate Olsen. Photo: Backgrid

Mary-Kate Olsen, one half of The Row's founding team and its creative director, evidently loves fashion so much, she tends to wear all of it at once. On a rare sighting — she and her sister Ashley are notoriously private — MK was spotted positively draped in clothing and barely identifiable behind her signature sunglasses and face mask while shopping on Melrose Place this week.

Olsen and her celebrated label The Row are famously minimal, with the exception of her more-is-more mentality when it comes to piling on reams of fabric. Despite the forgiving weather Los Angeles has been enjoying lately, she wore an oversized black suit, a long, flowy blue scarf, and a bag so big we're actually stumped by what she could be carrying in it.

This is a pretty classic MK move: carrying a bag capacious enough for a two-week vacation, just for a casual bop around town. But on this particular occasion, her bag seemed ever larger than life. Either her bags are truly growing (sunshine and water every day?), or its size was exaggerated by the fact that her shoes were practically nonexistent.

Her sandals, just a whisper of a foot covering, were simple black flip flops with no heel, platform, or apparent embellishment. The thong sandal is the true minimalist's move, especially outside the context of a beach or pool, and no one knows the impact of a totally stripped-down pair better than Mary-Kate herself.

The two extreme accessories have the power to lend a very fashion-girl finish to any outfit, whether sized like a circus tent or not. And while neither of Olsen's exact items has been identified by brand yet, the beauty of the big bag-little shoe formula is that it can lean on any article of your choosing.

Shop some of our current favorite oversized bags and minimal sandals, below.

Get the look:

Madewell The Oversized Shopper Bag
Shop now: $168; nordstrom.com

Mansur Gavriel Oversize Lambskin Leather Tote
Shop now: $695; nordstrom.com

Medea Eco Shopper Leather Tote
Shop now: $595; nordstrom.com

The Row TR611 Canvas Shoulder Bag
Shop now: $1,990; nordstrom.com

Havaianas Slim Flip Flop
Shop now: $26; nordstrom.com

Tkees 'Liners' Flip Flop
Shop now: $55; nordstrom.com

Birkenstock Madrid Big Buckle Slide Sandal
Shop now: $140; nordstrom.com

Balenciaga Logo Slide Sandal
Shop now: $350; nordstrom.com

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