Elizabeth Olsen is a woman who knows what she likes. At least, that’s what her best red carpet looks and style evolution seem to indicate. Throughout her career, Olsen has developed a signature red carpet aesthetic you can spot from a mile away. Whether she’s attending an international film festival or jetting halfway around the world for a movie premiere, Olsen rarely deviates from her red carpet “big three”: V-neck gowns, gorgeously tailored suits, and opulent minidresses.
Of course, the WandaVision star does mix things up from time to time. She’ll occasionally step out in a floor-length gown with a slightly elevated neckline or an open back, or swap out a thigh-skimming mini in favor of a matching set. The actor and her stylist, Elizabeth Stewart, often play with proportion when it comes to suiting and mix luxe embellishments into Olsen’s go-to color palette — more on that later — but even so, this A-lister’s fashion opus is one of the most consistent in Hollywood.
The backbone of Olsen’s consistent red carpet aesthetic is a handful of elite designers — the Avengers of the red carpet if you will. Time and again, the MCU’s Scarlet Witch appears in Givenchy, Alexandre Vauthier, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Miu Miu, and The Row (conveniently designed by her very own sisters, Ashley and Mary-Kate). Along with her favorite luxury labels and silhouettes, she shows a clear color palette preference, often choosing ivory or black. When she’s not living her best monochromatic life, she dabbles in rich jewel tones and occasionally peppers in pastels.
We could wax poetic on the clearly defined — and regularly refined — look that makes Olsen such an understated red carpet icon, but instead, we’ve rounded up her 18 most iconic looks so you can see it for yourself.
Elizabeth Olsen in a Givenchy Gown at the Academy Awards in 2023
At this year’s Oscars, Olsen showed off her favorite neckline in the back as well as the front in a shimmering sequined Givenchy gown that had her topping best-dressed lists left and right.
Elizabeth Olsen in a Givenchy Gown at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2023
She may not have played a classic femme fatale in the MCU, but Olsen can certainly deliver classic femme fatale vibes on a red carpet. Dripping in Cartier diamond jewelry and wearing sleek and strappy Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, Olsen looked truly timeless in a curve-hugging Givenchy gown at the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Elizabeth Olsen in an Armani Privé Suit at a ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Photo Call in 2022
Olsen loves a suit, but she’s rarely spotted in a traditional one. You’re more likely to see this celeb in something unique like the vintage Armani Privé suit she wore to the premiere of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness than a basic black tuxedo.
Elizabeth Olsen in an Alexandre Vauthier Suit at the ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ L.A Premiere in 2022
When Olsen does opt for a black suit, she’s still sure to deliver exciting details. See: the Alexandre Vauthier suit she wore to the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness premiere in Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Olsen in Alexander McQueen at a London ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness’ Photo Call in 2022
Olsen’s red carpet style during the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness rollout made it clear that Wanda wears the pants. During a press event for the film in London, Olsen paired her signature sleek styling with a gorgeously embellished Alexander McQueen vest and matching trousers.
Elizabeth Olsen in a Giorgio Armani Jumpsuit at the Critics Choice Awards in 2022
We know what you’re thinking and no, it’s not up for discussion. The burgundy velvet number Olsen is 100% a jumpsuit and not a gown, but that doesn’t mean the custom look doesn’t meet all of the star’s red-carpet gown requirements. Designed by Giorgio Armani and accented with Cartier jewels, this iconic look serves everything we love about Olsen’s red carpet style.
Elizabeth Olsen in a The Row Gown at the Emmy Awards in 2021
Relationships between sisters can be complicated, but having two older sisters who also happen to be founders of a luxury fashion label can come in handy when you’re dressing for your first Emmy nomination, as Olsen was in 2021. For the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, Olsen tapped her sisters’ label, The Row, to create the V-neck gown with dramatic sleeves and a cinched waist.
“Elizabeth wanted to work with her sisters at The Row because who better to understand what is important to her and what will make her feel her best,” Stewart, Olsen’s stylist, previously told InStyle of the look. This gown definitely delivers on all of Olsen’s favorite red carpet elements, from the neckline to the color. Suffice it to say, her sisters know her well.
Elizabeth Olsen in a Miu Miu Skirt Set at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2021
We’re choosing to file this velvet Miu Miu matching set in our mental folder of Olsen’s most iconic minidress moments (even though it’s technically not one). In fact, if we didn’t know for certain that the ‘fit the Avengers star wore to the MTV Movie Awards was definitely a jacket and skirt set, we’d have assumed it was. The velvet jacket and matching A-line skirt weren’t just seamless, they were seamlessly accessorized with a pair of crystal-heeled Sophia Webster satin pumps and dazzling Van Cleef & Arpels emerald earrings.
Elizabeth Olsen in an Alexandre Vauthier Gown at the Premiere of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in 2019
Endgame, indeed. Despite not being black or white, the slinky Alexandre Vauthier beaded teal dress Olsen wore to the premier of Avengers: Endgame served up a showstopping interpretation of her signature vibe. All her go-to elements were visible from the Old Hollywood silhouette of her dress to her strappy Jimmy Choos.
Elizabeth Olsen in an Alexandre Vauthier Minidress at the Critics’ Choice Awards in 2019
Olsen seems to favor minidresses, velvet, and Alexandre Vauthier, so we expect she loved the look she wore to the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards as much as we do. Sleekly accessorized with stiletto pumps and a satin clutch, both designed by Christian Louboutin, Olsen looked confident and powerful.
Elizabeth Olsen in an A.L.C. Jumpsuit at TIFF in 2018
When Olsen does deviate from her three main red carpet looks, she doesn’t go far. The black A.L.C. jumpsuit she wore to the premiere of Sorry for Your Loss at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018 had all the vibes of a slouchy, well-tailored tuxedo.
Elizabeth Olsen in a Alexandre Vauthier Minidress at the UK Premiere of ‘Avengers: Infinity Wars’ in 2018
Like most of us, the Avengers star is sometimes in the mood for a mashup. The UK premiere of Avengers: Infinity Wars saw many of Olsen’s favorite red carpet style elements come together, courtesy of a beautifully pleated and gathered Alexandre Vauthier dress. The green leather number, from the designer’s Fall/Winter 2018 collection, managed to be both edgy and soft.
Elizabeth Olsen in a Miu Miu Gown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017
Olsen broke away from her usual moody color palette at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival in a decadent Miu Miu sequin and beaded gown featuring her signature plunging neckline and floor-sweeping hem.
Elizabeth Olsen in a Christian Dior Suit at the ‘Kodachrome’ Premiere in 2018
Wearing a white suit can be daunting, but Olsen makes it look easy. For the premiere of Netflix’s Kodachrome, she balanced out a silhouette featuring a bit of flaring at her natural waist with slicked-back hair and sleek, strappy sandals.
Elizabeth Olsen in an Alexander McQueen Gown at the ‘Captain America: Civil War’ European Premiere in 2017
Despite sticking to relatively subtle red carpet looks, Olsen knows how to bring the va-va-voom when she wants, as she did at the European premiere of Captain America: Civil War in a stunning Alexander Mcqueen gown. Rather than a plunging V-neck, Olsen opted for an equally provocative keyhole neckline, amping up the sultriness with a strategically placed pendant necklace.
Elizabeth Olsen in a Marc Jacobs Dress at the ‘Ingrid Goes West’ Premiere in 2017
At the premiere of Ingrid Goes West, co-stars Olsen and Aubrey Plaza showed up in matching printed Marc Jacobs minidresses and matching Sophia Webster heels. According to Vanity Fair, the matching moment was orchestrated by their stylists and meant to mimic the obsessive relationship between the actors’ characters in the film. Allusion to creepy parasocial fixation aside, the fashion faceoff was adorable.
Elizabeth Olsen in a Calvin Klein Sleeveless Suit Set at the Elle Style Awards in 2016
Olsen knows how to stick to her personal style without delivering the same look again and again. Case in point: this gorgeous white Calvin Klein deconstructed suit. Though it may be white, a suit, and designed by one of Olsen’s favorite designers, this look still managed to serve a fresh and compelling silhouette.
Elizabeth Olsen in a Calvin Klein Gown at the Deauville American Film Festival in 2015
Olsen began establishing her red carpet style relatively early in her career. This Calvin Klein open-back gown worn to the 2015 Deauville American Film Festival has the the sense of timelessness and classicism that would come to define her most iconic looks was very much in play.