Known for her polished, preppy Upper East Side New York style, Olivia Palermo is our go-to it-girl for high fashion combos and elegant outfits worthy of serious sartorial envy. Spotted again and again sitting poised front row at fashion week, Olivia always debuts a bang-on-trend ensemble, making her our ultimate style inspiration.
The fashionista has perfected her style over the years: the result? A wardrobe fit for glossy editorial pages of any high fashion magazine. Olivia Palermo’s no.1 style tip is simply ‘attention to detail’. From her head to her toe, each item and accessory is carefully selected with chic sophistication in mind – and it is this fastidious approach to styling that ensures such sleek outfits time and time again.
Keep scrolling to see just how you can replicate Olivia’s high fashion wardrobe for yourself!
OLIVIA PALERMO – DENIM STYLE
As her go-to off-duty style, Olivia Palermo has perfected everyday denim jeans styling – from skinnies, to flares, to double and triple denim, Olivia has the denim style 101.
Here Olivia Palermo shows us how to work head-to-toe denim styling by incorporating three different denim shades and textures – mid wash distressed, light chambray, and embroidered vintage. To get this look, follow in Palermo’s footsteps by pairing some low-rise skinnies with a casual tucked in denim shirt and drape a contrasting denim jacket over the shoulders. This Palermo outfit works because of the differing shades and fabrics that keep each denim item distinct. Tie the look together with some minimal accessories like Olivia does with her nude pumps and a box clutch.
For the perfect lunch date outfit, why not try Olivia Palermo’s second look. Pair some dark blue jeans with a lighter denim off the shoulder top for a girly cool vibe and add a pop of colour in the bag. A mini pink tote bag and some dainty printed pumps will contrast with the casual denim, creating this very put-together ensemble.
Mixing casual items with more structured, formal pieces is a foolproof way of creating an outfit. Channel Olivia’s 70s vibe by investing in a really good pair of skinny flares: not only do they make your legs look a million inches longer, but they are a chic alternative to everyday jeans.
The best way to wear these is to pair them with some pointed heeled boots and a statement jacket. For a relaxed look, team your flares with a cream jumper and structured military-esque style jacket. Or, for a real show-stopping everyday look. Do like Olivia and pair your flares with an embroidered poncho and some sunnies – this look is not for the fashion shy.
OLIVIA PALERMO – RED AND WHITE STYLE
Reworking candy stripe colouring is no mean feat but Olivia Palermo makes it look effortless and innovative.
Teaming a mini dungaree dress over a white tee will instantly add a cool edge to your outfit. Olivia demonstrates how easy and effortless it is in this red, black, and white striped dungaree with oversized pockets. Accessorise with a pair of pointed brogues in monochrome colouring and throw on some oversized black sunglasses for a fresh summer time outfit.
Olivia proves that white can also work in the colder months; simply opt for items in chunky knits, luxury wool blends, or cosy cotton. To steal this second look, opt for a chunky knit sweater in an off-white or cream and pair with an ankle grazing white pencil skirt. Finish the look with some grey pointed pumps and coordinating sunglasses.
For a more editorial vibe, perfect for daytime winter events, team an oversized aran roll neck jumper with a peplum-hemmed skirt for a cosy combo. Olivia knows that to avoid being swamped in these chunky all-white pieces, you should always opt for pieces in slightly mismatched shades. To complete the look, choose a pair of thigh high black leather boots, and loosely tie a vintage patterned scarf around your shoulders – accessorising with scarves is going to be huge for the coming autumn and winter.
Redefining schoolgirl styling in this plaid mini dress, here Olivia shows us how to rework silhouettes that are often thought to be saved for the playground. Layer the dress over a long sleeved black top to tone down the bright multi-colouring of the dress. Add a grungy edge with thigh high leather boots for serious style points, and complete the look with an oversized red box clutch.
OLIVIA PALERMO – BLACK AND WHITE STYLE
The combination of black and white and Olivia is a match made in heaven.
Structured tailoring and crisp, clean lines go hand in hand with monochrome outfits and Olivia shows us how to pull it off to perfection in these first two looks.
Pair some white wide asymmetrical culottes with pointed heeled pumps for a fierce outfit base. Let the trousers do the talking by keeping all other pieces in black: layer with a simple black high neck top or jumper and invest in a statement-structured jacket.
Olivia’s double-breasted jacket adds a hint of masculine tailoring that contrasts with her feline cat-eye glasses. A vision in black: why not try Olivia’s take on all black styling in something unexpected. For a sophisticated slouchy vibe, pair an off the shoulder smock top with some sharp straight leg trousers. The flash of skin up top adds a very sexy twist to an otherwise understated look and this is what makes it so chic. Finish the look like Olivia with an oversized fluffy nude clutch – an element of fun against the seriousness of the black.
Another super chic way to pull off monochrome is by incorporating stripes. Do like Olivia and dress from head to toe in stripes. The key to this look is to combine pieces with stripes in different thickness and direction. Pair some wide leg, wide striped trousers with a thinner striped shirt for a bold fashion statement. To avoid losing your shape amongst all of the lines, try cinching in your waist with a belt with stripes in a contrasting direction, and complete the look with some strappy sandals and metallic clutch for even more coolness.
Olivia even makes completely casual look editorial. To vamp up your off-duty wardrobe, channel Olivia in wide cropped culottes and an asymmetric white t-shirt for an unexpected twist on black jeans and a white top. Add an element of luxe with some navy velvet loafers – velvet is going to be huge for autumn this year – and satchel bag in a matching hue.
OLIVIA PALERMO – FAUX FUR STYLE
Olivia isn’t afraid of experimenting and clashing colour and fabrics, and when it comes to faux fur this is certainly no exception either.
To amplify your skirt game, follow in Olivia Palermo’s footsteps and opt for a brightly coloured leather skirt and pair with a simple roll neck top – blue and grey are a great colour combination, but you could also try red and black or green and white. Belt the waist to keep the silhouette flattering and opt for knee high boots to keep your feet warm and stylish in the cold.
Finish the look with a coloured fur collar (like Olivia Palermo’s Fendi one here) for added luxe. This next look might appear difficult to replicate but it’s actually pretty simple. Pair a vintage printed skirt with a clashing sweater: if it looks like something your granddad would wear then you’re on to a winner. Throw on a 70’s style jacket with sheepskin detailing and incorporate cool metallics in your shoes. If mixing that many styles is too intimidating, why not try Olivia Palermo’s next outfit instead.
Keeping the base simple in black, you can opt for a fur jacket to amp up the texture, and a pleated skirt to balance the silhouette. Pair with some flat maroon or brown boots and clash the classic shoe with a funky, almost cartoon, clutch. Electric blue is the perfect hue for injecting colour into any toned down outfit. Try channelling Olivia Palermo’s standout fur and leather look. Go big or go home. Team a statement knee length fur coat with some killer thigh high leather boots; clashing colours like green and yellow will instantly take a look from fashion-safe to fashion-forward. Keep the accessories minimal with a classic clutch bag and black out sunglasses, and cinch in the waist with a belt over the coat – every inch of this outfit screams confidence.
While Olivia Palermo has had years and years of style experience, getting her inspiration seated front row at the millions of Fashion Week shows, it IS possible to steal her fashion know-how and recreate her timeless and iconic looks.