Thursday 11 July 2013

How to Get Olivia Palermo's Summer Style by: Diane Taha

Tailored, layered, and refined. Those are the words to describe Olivia Palermo's style. The former star of The City; and current face for Oscar de la Renta on the Outnet, is famous for her impeccable style that consists of blazers, cinched waist tops, and colorful prints. A common theme throughout her wardrobe is fit. In a recent interview with Refinery29, Olivia advises readers to learn one's body proportions and tailor clothing, if needed. In addition to her styling tips, here are four inspirational summer looks you can steal from the fashion forward socialite with the help of my buyer recommendations:

1. Stella McCartney; 2. Saint Laurent; 3. Rebecca Minkoff; 4. Mango; 5. ASOS

In this outfit, Olivia pairs a striped peplum jacket from Tibi with an animal print skirt and a red Louis Vuitton duffel bag for a pop of color. Both stripes and animal print are timeless, versatile trends, and the combination of both yields an interesting mashup (much like my beloved stripes + florals combination!). The addition of the flat black shoes and cat eye sunglasses create a fun, relaxed look without compromising on sophistication.

1. Elizabeth & James; 2. Zara; 3. Gryphon; 4. Marc Jacobs; 5. Ivanka Trump

Olivia makes jackets a year-round staple, and this ensemble is a prime example. Jackets, blazers, and cardigans help dress-up an otherwise casual outfit and add a layer (no pun intended!) of sophistication. Here, she wears a yellow tank and a maxi skirt with caged sandals. It's not often that we see Olivia in a bohemian-inspired outfit, but this one comes pretty close.

1. Diane von Furstenberg; 2. New Look; 3. Zara; 4. Zara

One of my favorite outfits from Olivia, this outfit takes workplace style to a whole new level (who said workwear has to be bland?!). This is the second peplum top in my post, which is no surprise since peplums are a favorite of Olivia's. Peplums create a more feminine silhouette, adding definition to your waist and the illusion of curves. Here, Olivia adds a leopard print accent belt to the peplum for a tighter fit. The contrast of the coral peplum and trousers with the black and white blazer simultaneously presents a sunny demeanor with a dose of professionalism. The colorful ankle-strapped heels complete the polished look without seeming overdone.

1. Zara; 2. Zara; 3. Alexander McQueen

Not one to shy away from wearing yellow, Olivia has popularized this understated color. Most notable is her lush Katie Ermillio gown;from last April's charity event in New York City. A comfortably casual yet chic alternative to the gown is the following ensemble. Here she dons a white embroidered, pleated blouse with yellow pants and yellow loafers. Want more tips on how to wear yellow? Check out my blog post on how to wear yellow for the summer.

I'd love to hear what you think of these outfits and my buyer picks. You can catch up with me on twitter @stylecontext and on my blog at Style Context.

1 comment:

  1. These outfits are so pretty! My favorite is the casual one ♥