I’m a big fan of fashionistas like Mischa Barton, Nicole Richie, Kim Kardashian, Diane Kruger, Keira Knightley and Kate Bosworth and love to copy their celebrity style any chance I get. But if I had to pick one style star that stands out among the rest, it would have to be Olivia Palermo. Palermo may be merely a reality star socialite who’s in the know with Joe Zee from Elle (thanks to her short-lived reality show The City), Marc Jacobs, and Zac Posen, but her style doesn’t copy any one designer and instead has a mixture of high and low, vintage and modern that makes a bold statement while still looking totally put together and appropriate. How does she do it?
Olivia Palermo has the ability to mix all the latest trends and make a sharp statement while still looking like she woke up, rolled out of bed and was instantly well dressed. A lot of has to do with the pieces she picks out. Palermo has tried a little bit of everything from feathers to leather, color blocking to bold patterns and everything in between. She mixes tops from Topshop wth pants from Tibi and layers so appropriately, it’s as if the clothes were made to be worn like that (and you know they weren’t!) She can look sharp with a killer stone-colored blazer, but demure at the same time, pairing it with a pretty, romantic dress underneath. She’s never afraid to try different shapes and lengths (instead of the same boring silhouette) and she always gets our attention in some way, whether it’s a bold color choice or an interesting fabric, yet somehow never looks like she has a hair out of place.
In honor of Palermo’s mix-and-match of high and low end, we’ve picked a high-end piece and matched it with a piece from online shop ASOS. Olivia Palermo recently did a cover for their magazine.
Olivia Palermo launched her own jewelry line back in March colloborating with jewelry designer Roberta Freymann for a line of statement necklaces to be sold at Roberta Freymann boutiques for up to $300. The line is based on a lady’s favorite cities including Paris and New York. Why do I think this line will do well? Because the accessories loving Palermo is already a firm believer in the idea that a bold necklace can make or break an oufit, so it seems only natural that she would do a line of her own. Palermo has an enviable collection of large and beautiful statement necklaces that she consistantly wears whether or not they go with her attire. It’s obvious that she knows her jewelry, besides having connections with a plethora of jewelry designers, she consistantly knows what to look for and can pick out the artistic and authentic from the imitation. It’s no surprise that she was handpicked to be Elle’s Accessories Editor during her stint on The City.
For a statement necklace of your own in a bold Olivia Palermo style, try this geometric shape necklace from talented, emerging designer Itai Mintz.
Novus Tribus Necklace, $170
What woman wouldn’t want a stunning collection of high-class shoes from big name designers like Stuart Weitzman and Tommy Hilfiger. Ironically, though, Palermo has also been photographed wearing retail brands like Aldo and Steve Madden. This fashionista-turned-reality star knows the meaning of a good quality statement shoe â€” she makes sure to make it a big point of the outfit in the same way she livens up her attire with statement jewelry – but a statement shoe doesn’t have to be an expensive designer brand shoe. Though, suffice it to say, it usually is. While she has worn flat sneakers on occassion (usually they’re Keds-inspired or even silver to still make a statement), it’s not unlike Palermo to wear a drop dead gorgeous shoe with a sky-high heel or a big boot to add oomph to the outfit. While strappy sandals and heels are in her range, so are peep toe wedge booties and lots and lots of ankle boots. She wears lots of Yves St. Laurent and Manolo Blahnik, loves to throw off a look by meshing colors that aren’t meant to go together (like gray leggings with yellow shoes, have you ever thought of something like that? Palermo has!) and never hesistates to try a shoe that no one else would think to wear. (Have you seen her wearing the Tommy Hilfiger duck boots with lace-ups to the thigh? Yikes! But she loves them and says she’ll wear them consistantly!)
1. Olivia Palmero, Wireimage
2. Nanette Lepore Usual Suspect Lace Dress $398
3. ASOS Tailored Contrast Lapel Cropped Tux Blazer $79.30
4. Olivia Palmero, Zimbio.com
5. Novus Tribus Necklace $170
6. Olivia Palmero, Outfitidentifier.com
7. Elizabeth and James Leona Chiffon Open Toe Pump $350