The fabulous Olivia Palermo is famous for her exquisite dress sense (OK, also her role in reality TV show The City, but her fashion credentials have long overshadowed her brief foray with television). This girl has got FROW dressing totally nailed – she always looks perfectly put-together but with a dash of irreverence and the unexpected. From one day to the next Ms Palermo can be seen in a multitude of shapes and styles, from ultra-feminine long silky skirts to tough-luxe ripped jeans.
Thanks to her passion for variety, there is no easy recipe to getting her look but her fabulousness is all in the details and we've broken down the keys to her sartorial success.
Olivia has an unmistakably uptown sheen and her very pristine skin, hair and nails certainly do lend a helping hand to completing her look. Whilst this is certainly a combination of money and genes, it’s also a tool. The Palermo polish is key to keeping her look firmly planted in Chicsville, whether or not she’s wearing simple ballet flats, ripped jeans, a slouchy scarf or a ballgown.
The gloss is also present in her fabric choices – smart wools, thick coated-silk jackets. She opts for pieces that look expensive. But this can be done on the high street too – look for pieces that are luxurious, have soft sheens or stiff crisp textures (see the Topshop striped tank in the gallery for an example). Faux-fur is also in its hey-day right now, a ton of brands offer glossy coloured synthetics; Shrimps, Helen Moore and Charlotte Simone are more excellent examples.
Olivia Palermo at London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2014 - Getty
The Trophy Piece
Olivia has an eye for a trophy piece – whilst her look is often smart and simple, she knows how to inject interest into her outfit. A quirky print, a pop of colour - she always has a wow piece that does the talking so the rest of her outfit can sit back.
These are high gloss too – no surprise there. She has a penchant for thick-framed sunnies that add instant A-list points. Statement bags bring high class elegance to a mannish jacket whilst an understated luxe leather clutch toughens up a floaty boho look.
Olivia Palermo on the FROW during New York Fashion Week [Instagram]
Flats vs Heels
Olivia Palermo shifts between flats and heels effortlessly. She’s not a slave to a particular shoe style, she’s a girl with total flexibility and that’s what makes each outfit unique. She often opts for a statement shoe – a flat will be pointed or printed whilst ankle boots will be chunky and graphic. They rarely match an outfit – they set it off-kilter (but never too loudly) and bring a dash of irreverent ‘I don’t care’ ease.
A Masculine Touch
A ripped jean or oversized mannish coat is what keeps the Palermo polish in check. She’s no Gossip Girl. A boyish slant means she looks cool, whilst being ever so pretty – so she can impress both the boys and the girls, and she’ll never look too ‘done’.
Click through our gallery above for a capsule collection of her key ingredients...