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How to Dress Like Olivia Palermo… for Less!


Olivia Palermo Elle
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Everyone knows her as the villain on MTV’s “The City”, but to me, as well as all of you CF readers who requested a post on her style, Olivia Palermo is a fashion force to be reckoned with.

The 25-year-old New York City socialite-turned-fashionista is, in my opinion, one of biggest trendsetters of the decade. In the years since she came onto the scene, she’s been everywhere and done everything: from gracing the cover of ASOS Magazine, to being named “Girl of the Year” by Tatler Magazine, to being featured on the cover of New York Magazine, Olivia is known far and wide for her fashion sense. Palermo has also dabbled in design, collaborating with Roberta Freymann on a collection of beaded bib necklaces that are inspired by the cities of the world.

Olivia Palermo Asos
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While “The City” may have introduced Palermo to the MTV-watching public, her daring fashion choices are what kept her in the limelight and sparked many a style obsession. So to those of you who love her style and wanted to see her featured here, the wait is finally over! Below, I’ll show you how to get Olivia Palermo’s sense of style, on a college student budget.

How to Get Olivia Palermo’s Style for Less

It should come as no surprise that the wardrobe of socialite fashionista has quite the price tag. That said, it’s easier than you think to emulate Olivia’s look without emptying out your wallet. Want proof? The following outfits are completely comprised of items that cost $100 dollars or less!

Outfit 1: Gray Blazer & Orange Heels

Outfit inspired by Olivia Palermo's gray blazer and orange shoes

Olivia looked picture-perfect when attending the Giambattista Valli fashion show in Paris! She rocked a gorgeous gray blazer over a simple white dress, along with a black clutch and bright pumps.

While to me, this outfit screams perfect daytime-chic, my favorite part of the outfit is the way Olivia added a splash of color with her sunflower yellow pumps – they make it appropriate for night as well! Get her look with a similarly cut dress, gray jacket, simple black clutch, and neon pumps, and you’ll be ready to sit front row at any fashion show.

Outfit 2: Striped Shirt, Tights, & Belted Jacket

Outfit inspired by Olivia Palermo's striped shirt, denim shorts, and tights
Jacket, Belt, Shirt, Shorts, Tights, Pumps, Tote

On a casual day shopping around New York City, Olivia rocked a pair of denim boyfriend shorts with tights, and looked fabulous in the process.  I love everything about this look, especially the belted barn jacket over the casual striped tee. With Olivia being raised in Connecticut, to me, this outfit is Suburban prep meets New York City chic.

Outfit 3: Plaid Shorts, Blouse, & Long Coat

Olivia Palermo Plaid outfit
Jacket , Blouse, Skirt, Belt, Flats, Bag

To me, this outfit screams, “sexy school girl-librarian chic.” It’s a little bit Rachel Berry from Glee and a little bit Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl, and Olivia pulls it off famously. I love the Upper East Side prep look she has going here, and the fact that she spiced up the outfit with a pair of shorts instead of a skirt.

Outfit 4: Boyfriend Jeans & Black Blouse

Outfit inspired by Olivia Palermo's boyfriend jeans and black shirt
Blouse, Jeans, Bag, Studs, Booties

I love Palermo’s casual denim look here. She proves that it’s easy to glam up a pair of destroyed boyfriend jeans with a simple sheer button down and lace-up booties. In typical Olivia fashion, her look is put-together and sharp even when she dresses down.

Outfit 5: Statement Shorts & Classic Coat

Olivia Palermo Outfit
TopShorts, Jacket, BanglesWingtips

Play up your spring wardrobe and channel Olivia’s colorful look with a pair of high-wasited, brightly colored trouser shorts. Add a chambray top like Olivia’s for a pretty color contrast, and finish off with some brogues and a tan jacket.

Outfit 6: Little Purple Dress

Outfit inspired by Olivia Palermo's purple dress and gray accessories
Dress, Belt, Watch, Pumps, Studs

This is personally my favorite look of Olivia’s. Why? First, I love sheer sleeves on pretty much anything, and I love the mix of textures Olivia did here. But most of all, I really just love the color contrast between the electric purple animal-print frock and the bold tan cheetah print belt. Everything about this outfit works for me. Overall, Olivia rocked this outfit and though it’s definitely a risk-taking choice, it’s also easy to do on your own.

Your thoughts?

What do you think Olivia Palermo’s style? Which look is your favorite? Which are you most excited to try? Are you happy we finally featured Olivia’s style? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

Posted on on March 4, 2011 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , ,

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29 Responses to “How to Dress Like Olivia Palermo… for Less!”

  1. 1
    March 4th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    great post! & olivia is an icon when it comes to fashion. Her style is effortless, its gorgeous!

  2. 2
    March 4th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    She definitely deserves her Fashion Icon status. Plus, she’s so uniquely gorgeous, it’s hard for anything to look bad on her!

  3. 3
    March 4th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I love Olivia. The orange heels look is great.

  4. 4
    March 5th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Hated her character on The City, but have to admit I love the style you picked!

  5. 5
    March 5th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Oh my goodness! Thank you sooo much! I’ve asked for this like 9 months ago and I am so excited to finally see it on here….she is so fabulous.

  6. 6
    March 5th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    This is a great post! Would love to see more like these. I absolutely adore the first outfit.

  7. 7
    March 5th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Wish River Island would deliver to the US.. :(

  8. 8
    March 5th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Great article. She is definitely a fashion icon. You picked a winner. I would absolutely put that look together. Thanks. Can’t wait for the next pick from you

  9. 9
    March 5th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I Love Olivia’s style! This post was good, but I feel like there are so many better outfits than the chosen ones. i guess its hard when there is so much to choose from! Could there be a part 2 to this post?? :)

  10. 10
    March 5th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I love the hats! and orange is so cool

  11. 11
    March 5th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Love Olivia’s style/Hate Olivia (her character0…
    I’m always looking for ways to dress for less!

  12. 12
    March 5th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Olivia. You picked a winner. I totally agree with you. Olivia does it just right without being over the top. I can actually wear everything you posted. keep it coming

  13. 13
    March 5th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I too love her style never over the top and I can see myself in your picks

  14. 14
    March 5th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I love her style! (Though I’ve never heard of her before, lol :x) I am going to save all these pictures as inspiration. :) Thanks for the post!

  15. 15
    March 6th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    im just glad i got one of the looks right!! im sitting and reading this post while wearing my own little purple dress =) that looks a lot like hers!!
    she has a great style!

  16. 16
    March 6th, 2011 at 4:40 am

    AMAZING post! Olivia always looks fantastic!

  17. 17
    March 7th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I wish you would feature items that weren’t out of stock or from UK sites! I really loved your outfits and wanted to buy a few pieces but the pieces I wanted were either out of stock or from a UK site with crazy shipping costs/waiting times! great work though

  18. 18
    March 9th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I LOVE her. She’s always perfect.

  19. 19
    March 12th, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I love Olivia’s style! Great job recreating the looks. Love them!

  20. 20
    March 12th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Not too crazy about Olivia, I will admit the styles are sensational. Except for the Orange shoes. An red sexy stiletto would look amazing.

  21. 21
    March 12th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I love her style! My favourites are the first, fourth, and sixth outfits – so great :) Thanks for the post, I’m really inspired

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