The Ultimate Olivia Palermo Style Guide + Tips to Steal Her Look
by Erin Clarkson
Olivia Palermo is a true style icon who isn’t afraid to turn the streets of New York, Paris, and Milan into her own personal runway. Whether she’s taking her dog for a stroll or she’s dressed to the nines for an evening out, Olivia knows how to turn heads. Here are a few of our favorite looks from the socialite, plus tips on how to incorporate her style into your own wardrobe in ways that are surprisingly easy to pull off!
Olivia elevates her crisp white button-down and distressed skinny jeans with the addition of a textured leather bomber jacket casually slung over her shoulders. A pair of cat-eye sunglasses lends to the rocker-chic vibe. You can get a similar pair from Westward Leaning here.
Style tip: A leather jacket is a timeless item that can be worn for years, so invest in a good-quality piece.
Did Olivia Palermo subconsciously match herself and her dog, Mr. Butler, when she stepped out in this clean all-white ensemble and Aquazzura pumps? She gets our vote as the chicest dog walker around!
Style tip: Be mindful of how your whites look next to one another. Check them in different lighting situations before you head out the door to make sure one isn’t so bright that it makes the other look drab or dirty.
Olivia looks effortlessly pulled-together for a quick pop outside with her pup. Wearing a black top, checked pants, and shiny black loafers, she completes the look with a classic red mani and trendy sunglasses.
Style tip: Even fashion icons have to get their inspiration somewhere! The black top with pants combo and the hair in a bun combo are classic Audrey Hepburn–style. Find a celebrity whose body type is similar to yours, and then channel her signature look on days when you don’t want to have to put a lot of thought into your outfit.
Lady In Red
A true style icon knows that the best way to amp up classic blue jeans and a white top is with statement heels in a bold eye-catching hue like red.
Canadian Tux (with a Twist)
This denim-on-denim look works because the socialite opts for a slightly darker tone of denim on the bottom instead of attempting to match the two colors.
Style tip: Wear a pair of nude heels to instantly elongate your legs. Here’s a high-end pair from one of Olivia’s favorite shoe designers, this is one of the most popular nude shoes of all-time, and this option is a great knockoff!
The star added a modern twist to classic black pleats with the addition of this season’s must-have accessory: a pair of form-fitting over-the-knee boots in rich black suede.
Style tip: Tall boots are a great option when it’s freezing out but you still want to wear a dress.
It’s all about the accessories with this classic black ensemble. The snakeskin tote and ladder shoes are definite eye-catchers.
Style tip: Mirrored lenses work well when paired with metallic accessories.
From the gold belt around her waist to that amazing gold serpent bracelet on her arm, all the way down to the gold straps around her ankles, OP is one star who knows how to shine!
Style tip: When wearing black from head to toe, make sure your hair and makeup are on-point. Olivia’s messy side braid even glimmers with golden highlights to match her accessories.
White Done Right
OP channels the ultimate “It Girl” vibe in this white shirtdress ensemble. The red bag is a head turner, the booties add edginess to the outfit, and the sweater is the perfect layering piece to complete the look.
Style tip: Booties work better than a pair of heels with a casual shirtdress because they add to the relaxed feel of the outfit.
The former reality show star (she appeared in the MTV series “The City”) confidently combines black-and-white patterns, tossing in just a touch of red in her shoes and her manicure for added interest.
Style tip: Toss a jacket over your shoulders, and wear it “blogger style.” It looks a little more relaxed than having your arms tucked into the sleeves.
Black pants with bold white stripes down each side are very slimming (not that she needs it!), and the top with sheer sleeves is just eccentric enough to make it interesting.
Style tip: Be consistent, and have a signature look. We’ve spotted that classic red mani in every slide so far! Get a similar look with Essie’s A-List Red nail polish.
If you learn nothing else from these slides, the top takeaway is that Olivia always finishes off her outfits with a great pair of shoes. There’s a reason she has collaborated with some of Italy’s top shoe designers, and it’s because she knows the power of a statement-making piece of footwear.
Style tip: When you’re highlighting a great pair of shoes, make sure your legs are in tip-top shape by moisturizing well. Here’s one of our favorite moisturizers of all time.
Pretty in Pink
See what we mean? She managed to take a beautiful neutral-toned outfit and elevate it a couple notches with the addition of a stunning pair of pink heels.
Style tip: Olivia always looks like she just returned from a tropical vacation somewhere (probably because she did), but you can get that same faux glow by following our guide to applying a self-tanner.
The stunner puts Julia Roberts’s character in Pretty Woman to shame by making a pair of thigh-high suede boots appear classic and timeless.
Style tip: To tone down the va-va-voom vibe of thigh-highs, try mixing in menswear-inspired pieces like the long vest Olivia chose here.
Palermo stepped out in style when she sported a two-toned, fur-trimmed jacket and coordinating pants during New York’s famous Fashion Week shows.
Style tip: Don’t be afraid to mix textures. The metal-studded suede booties, fur collar, and shiny pants all work together because she stuck with the same color palette for the entire outfit: electric blue, brown, and black.
Winter wear doesn’t have to be boring, especially since the season provides plenty of opportunities to pile on the layers!
Style tip: When wearing neutrals in the winter months, add a pop of color near your face so you won’t appear too washed out.
Palermo infused a bit of glamour into an otherwise casual outfit with the addition of a faux fur vest. The pop of red from her bag adds a punch of color and makes a bold statement.
Style tip: Vests are great for layering! This one pairs nicely with skinny jeans and her flowing top but would also look lovely peeping out from a warm winter coat. As winter winds down, you can find great sales on this trendy item!
A longtime fan of incorporating military-style pieces into her wardrobe, OP shows us how it’s done in Paris by pairing structured pants with a simple cowl-neck sweater and a fur vest.
Style tip: Fashion is all about taking risks. Experiment with unique color combinations like the yellow/olive-green/navy one seen here. You might be surprised how much you enjoy stepping out of your comfort zone!
The fashionista looks pretty and polished in this metallic skirt and matching top as she heads off to yet another fashion event. The gold heels echo the sheen of her skirt but still allow the bright and cheery ensemble to be the star of the show.
Style tip: Kick a colorful outfit up a notch with the addition of a bright yellow bag. This one is by Fendi, but you can typically find colorful options at Forever 21 and H&M for less than $50.
Floral & Feminine
The bold flower pattern on this top lends an edgy vibe to an otherwise romantic look that’s perfect for spring. The skinny belt in gold tones adds polish and cinches Olivia’s waist, while the nude pumps elongate her legs.
Style tip: Look for accessories that will complement your outfit. White Westward Leaning sunglasses with gold lenses echo the white in the dress and the touch of gold from the belt.
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