Elizabeth and James' Fall Collection Teaches a Lesson in the Elegance of Basics

When it comes to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's fashion, they're not about smoke and mirrors, which is exactly why they're among my favorite designers and style icons. Yesterday, the brilliant duo presented their Fall 2014 collection, which encompassed their unwavering fashion philosophy — basic, no-frills elegance. Although some would call it boring, I call it effortlessly classic. Keeping in their signature neutral palette, the collection included midi skirts, chunky knits, striped blazers and cropped pants, all paired with basic leather loafers. Here's the best of the best.

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An oversized knit sweater layered over a white midi skirt is the perfect balance of cozy and chic.

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As expected, there were a lot of menswear-inspired pieces, this navy and red striped long blazer included.

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While they’re not one for opulent details, the gold zippers add the perfect pop of personality to this gorgeous forest green coat and skirt.

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According to WWD, the Olsens described this coat as “teddy bear woven,” which sounds like perfection for the unending polar vortex.

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The collection was filled with wearable pieces, like this beautiful fur-trimmed parka jacket.

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What’s an Elizabeth and James collection without a long, floor-length black coat?

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This shearling jacket has a definite ’70s vibe to it, especially with the fabulous fur at the collar.

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Presenting your new fall uniform: cropped sweaters layered over long, oversized crisp button-downs.

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And the lovely ladies themselves.

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