How to Dress Like Olivia Palermo – The Trend Spotter

8 Style Lessons We Learned From Olivia Palermo

How to Dress Like Olivia Palermo - The Trend Spotter

“Icon” isn’t a word that we can easily throw around to tag someone in the fashion crowd. Not everyone has earned it. But among the ranks of the elite tier is the ever-sophisticated and rule-bending Olivia Palermo.

With her luxe maximalist style, Olivia exudes a sartorial splendor that deserves her a spot in the short list of the most stylish women we’ve ever had the honor of being inspired by.

From impossibly mixing prints and textures to impeccably pulling together an elevated yet wearable overall look, Olivia simply has that golden touch when it comes to clothing. Of course, we all want in on her secret.

While we deem her ingenuity inexplicable and inimitable, we’ll try our best to break down all the tricks that she has up her designer sleeve. Below, we list down all the lessons we learned from all of Olivia’s illustrious fashion moments:

  1.   There are no rules to mixing prints.

Perhaps one of the most astounding aspects in Olivia’s style is how she manages to mix multiple prints that none of us would even think of in the first place.

Whether she’s matching different types of florals or going for a stripe-on-stripe look (or both at the same time,) Olivia’s trick to make her outfit coherent is through a coordinating palette.

Only this style maven can make crazy prints look refreshing to the eyes. 

2. Smart layering elevates any look.

Another thing that makes Olivia a street style superstar is how interesting her layering skills are. Aside from prints, she also has a knack at layering different textures and silhouettes.

Honestly, we don’t even know how flawless she always comes out as if it’s just as easy as picking out random pieces from her closet, and, voila, they work.

We’ll just rest on the idea that if it feels right, then perhaps it is. 

3. Add a luxe touch to athleisure.

We’re no stranger to the charm of the athleisure trend. But for Olivia, she injects a polished touch to her looks with tailored pieces a blazer or luxe elements a fur coat. While us mortals may look straight-out-of-the-gym when we don sporty items, Olivia stands out from the rest the tasteful sartorial goddess that she is. If you want to steal her otherworldly prowess, then balance is key.

4. The sweater and midi skirt combo is fail-proof.

Chic is an understatement when we’re describing Olivia’s style. But if it’s a word that appeals to you, then you may want to try her fail-proof combo in the form of a knit sweater and midi skirt. If you’re particularly looking to elevate your work wardrobe, then this Palermo signature is the only uniform you’ll need. 

5. Feathers are for special occasions.

the fancy maximalist that she is, Olivia loves feathered frocks especially for special occasions. So, if you’re having an evening affair anytime soon, this is the sign that feathers will never go style.

6. Make your accessories pop.

Being a fashion pro, of course, Olivia doesn’t simply pay attention to the clothes on her back. She also has a meticulous eye for accessories.

Whether it’s a belt that lends a contrasting effect or a silk scarf over a floral coat, she makes sure that nothing in her outfit goes unnoticed. Don’t even get us started on her sunglasses collection.

For a stand-out look of your own, take it from Olivia to go the extra mile.

7. Flats don’t mean a downgrade.

Some may believe that slipping into a tall pair of heels is the final touch to a riveting outfit. But for Olivia, flats aren’t simply a lazy alternative. The trick is to make sure that they add to the overall look, not bring it down. Take cues from Olivia and cop some fancy flat mules for an actual upgrade!

8. Spruce up your white sneakers.

A glaring staple in everyone’s wardrobe is a pair of white sneakers. It’s a versatile and comfortable option, yes. And for Olivia, she s them with a playful touch. Some of the pairs that we’ve spotted on rotation are ones with bling, fur, and ribbons. Seriously, this woman is always one step ahead!


All photos via @oliviapalermo


Damaris Lewis gives new meaning to the term silver screen star

How to Dress Like Olivia Palermo - The Trend Spotter

Wearing a metallic, foil-effect belted mini dress and statement jewelry, model and actress Damaris Lewis gave a new meaning to the term silver screen star at the BlacKkKlansman film premiere in New York.


Actress Chloë Grace Moretz wore a Christopher Kane crystal-embellished jacket over a pair of black cycling shorts while out promoting new film The Miseducation of Cameron Post. The tailored blazer might have meant business, but the crystal detail – and Moretz’s bold makeup – was pure fashion fun.


Julia Roberts wore a coordinating Sandro Paris suit for a press appearance for her new show, Homecoming. The pop of red via her vintage Rolling Stones T-shirt and nails balances out the pretty powder-blue shade.


At the Westchester Cup Polo in Windsor, England, model Abbey Clancy teamed her split-skirt dress – in the print of the season – with statement shades and earrings.


Mila Kunis attended the New York premiere of The Spy Who Dumped Me wearing a ’70s-inspired wide-leg jumpsuit by Johanna Ortiz. With such a strong silhouette, no accessories are needed – just pull on and go.


At the Sentebale Polo Cup in England, The Duchess of Sussex proved just how elegant dark denim can be in this cap-sleeve midi dress by Carolina Herrera. The fan-shaped rattan clutch adds a laid-back ‘vacation style’ twist.


We all know the power of a Little Black Dress, so consider the Little White Dress its warm-weather counterpart: timeless, elegant, effortless. We love the lace-up details on this Jonathan Simkhai number worn by model Talia Graf at the designer’s new store opening in LA.


Mila Kunis channeled Old Hollywood glamour at The Spy Who Dumped Me premiere in LA, opting for a floor-sweeping red chiffon gown and side-parted starlet waves.


How do you do directional tailoring in the middle of a heatwave? Follow actress Georgie Flores’ lead and opt for a one-shoulder shirt and front-slit pants. White hot.


American model Jasmine Sanders knows that stylish workout-wear is a great way to motivate yourself to go the gym – and that applies all the way down to accessories, such as this Balenciaga belt bag, too.


With the simple addition of red mules, gold hoops and film-star-worthy shades, Jessica Alba instantly elevates her look from casual cool to style statement.


Actress Lily James has been hitting the campaign trail hard to promote her new blockbuster Mama Mia! Here We Go Again. The latest in her roster of enviable outfits? This utilitarian jumpsuit by denim label Frame. Pair it with stacked sneakers for an effortless off-duty outfit, then elevate the look after dark with Cinderella shoes.


Actress Katie Holmes solves the desk-to-dinner dilemma for good. Putting a fashion-forward spin on sombre suiting and finishing with vertiginous heels, she proves that precision tailoring works just as hard after hours.


Model Martha Hunt knows that lightweight layers are the key to nailing warm weather style. Her breezy dress (courtesy of buzzy designer Simon Porte Jacquemus) and denim jacket are a failsafe combination. Hunt – 1, heatwave – 0.


Actress Sarah Paulson is known for her daring style, and this head-to-toe leather look, courtesy of Calvin Klein, is no exception. She might have been at Comic-Con (to promote her new movie, Glass), but this outfit is as far from Catwoman as you can get. Her brightly colored, precision-cut pieces prove that there is such a thing as lady leather.


Golden girl Gigi Hadid gives a masterclass in after-dark hi/lo dressing, brightening up date night by pairing true-blue jeans with color-pop accessories and a show-stopping crop top – all finished with supermodel abs, of course.


Actress Ruth Negga brought some old-school glamour to Comic-Con this weekend, hitting the campaign trail in this effortlessly elegant look. This outfit is both timeless and timely – with her puffed-sleeves and bright white footwear, Negga is ticking off two of the season’s biggest trends.


The perennially chic Olivia Palermo is living proof that pinstripes work just as well for both off-duty days and 9-5, layering effortless pieces with louche cuts. That’s what we call smart-casual.


Leopard print is big news for this season and next, so follow Gigi Hadid’s lead and get a step ahead by adding a pair of patterned boots to your wardrobe now.


Lily James has showcased a series of lady outfits while on the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again press tour this week, proving that if a style formula works, stick to it. The off-the-shoulder neckline and flowing pant panels give this look fashion flair.


Ciara’s sculptural saffron-yellow gown was a standout on the ESPY Awards red carpet, hitting all the sartorial sweet spots thanks to its architectural tailoring and one-shoulder shape.

Photography David Fisher/Shutterstock


The trench’s enduring style credentials are well documented, which is why this look worn by The Duchess of Sussex is so great: it has all the hallmarks of the classic coverup – double-breasted front, waist-cinching belt, caped back – reimagined as a pale pink sleeveless dress. Genius.

Photography Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock


A yellow one-shoulder dress is summer-evening-style perfection, as actress Gina Torres demonstrated at the Equalizer 2 premiere in Los Angeles.

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At the London premiere of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Amanda Seyfried showcased a feminine take on the classic tuxedo, featuring floral embroidery and a waterfall hem. Glossy, side-swept waves completed the modern after-dark look.

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We love the relaxed cut of Gemma Chan’s Ralph Lauren double-breasted suit, complemented with a mini bag by Manu Atelier. Pushed-up sleeves and shades lend a casual-cool air.

Photography Neil Mockford / Getty Images


Lily James looks equal parts pretty and polished in a wrap top and jacquard skirt by The Vampire’s Wife with scalloped pumps by Christian Louboutin.

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How to take your summer-essential shirt dress from day to night? Swap flat sandals for white heeled mules, actress Priyanka Chopra did while out for dinner with boyfriend Nick Jonas.

Emma Watson looked immaculate in a white three-piece suit on day 12 of the Tennis Championships. Photography Getty Images

For her second Wimbledon appearance, Watson kept things simple in a belted shirt dress, white pumps and a sun hat. Photography Shutterstock

The Duchess of Sussex channeled easy elegance in a blue-and-white striped shirt and wide-leg pants. Photography Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge opted for the season’s hottest shade – yellow. Photography Getty Images

Thandie Newton brought the glamour in a printed floral jumpsuit and sculptural gold earrings. Photography Shutterstock


The Wimbledon champions have claimed their trophies, but which attendees won in the fashion stakes? Here’s who we think mastered straight-style-sets…


How do you soften the biker overtones of moto-style leather pants? Follow actress Kat Graham’s lead and pair with a romantic sheer blouse in pale duck-egg blue. Opposites really do attract.


It’s the mainstay of every stylish wardrobe, but how are the A-list wearing their denim now?

Olivia Palermo channels a masculine/feminine vibe by pairing dark-blue denim with an oversized white shirt and smart brogues. Her color-pop bag and popped collar make chic finishing touches.

In a relaxed trench coat, ripped denim and high-top sneakers, Jessica Biel was the definition of casual-cool while watching husband Justin Timberlake perform in London last night.

Actress Dakota Johnson went big in bold ruffles and wide-leg jeans with a slight paper-bag waist. The ankle-flashing cut and barely there sandals temper the volume beautifully.

Think white denim is too tricky to wear? Take a leaf Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s book and go for a slouchy fit, elevated by a neutral top and sleek sandals. Pared-back hair and makeup echo the relaxed mood.


HRH The Duchess of Sussex continues her fashion tour de force this week, as she and Prince Harry flew to Ireland on their first overseas trip as a married couple. First up, a forest-green Givenchy look that was a befitting choice for her arrival in the Emerald Isle.

Next, The Duchess wore a black Emilia Wickstead dress and Aquazzura pumps to a garden party at the British Ambassador’s official residence in Dublin.

And, finally, a black pant suit, also by Givenchy: we love the boxy, slightly cropped fit of the jacket – so chic.


Stella McCartney debuted this jumpsuit of her own design at her SS19 presentation in Milan; yesterday, she wore it while attending Wimbledon with husband Alasdhair Willis. Proof that if an outfit works, it’s worth returning to again and again.


Wearing high-waisted pants with a crop top can make the look a little easier to pull off. But if you have abs Jennifer Lopez, the rules don’t apply, so show off as much skin as you .


Combining a pretty cardigan and floaty dress with retro shades and casual sneakers, Alexa Chung demonstrates once again that she’s the undisputed queen of the hi-low look.


Teaming her robe dress with sporty slides, Dakota Johnson clearly got this season’s fashion memo about how to nail off-duty cool. Top marks.

Photography Press Association


From the grandad-collar white shirt to the high-shine vinyl pants, German actress Luise Befort’s look is modern Victoriana meets fashion vamp.


Amber Heard proves that you can’t beat the throw-on-and-go qualities of a printed maxi dress, adding a new-season spin with a pair of cowboy boots.

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Vanessa Hong and Evangelie SmyrniotakiPhotography Christian Vierig/Getty Images

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Georgia Fowler and Megan WilliamsPhotography Timur Emek/Getty Images


The fashion seen on the runways of Paris Haute Couture Week is always incredible, but the street style and after-dark party looks are just as covetable…


Wearing a head-to-toe Dior look comprising Victoriana-style white ruffles and black tulle, actress Sofia Boutella was perfectly in keeping with the nostalgic mood of the Christian Dior Couture show in Paris. The thigh-high split in the skirt adds a subversive edge.


We’re in love with this model’s off-duty outfit. From the red-tinted shades to the chunky boots and cross-body camera bag, it’s a perfect example of how a few cool accessories can completely make your look.


Oversized pockets and a knotted wait belt add a chic utilitarian edge to Olivia Palermo’s white jumpsuit, which she teamed with sleek stiletto sandals while out in Paris.


How to style high-shine metallics for day? Take note from Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert and dial them down with denim. The Italian fashion editor teamed a vintage Versace metal-mesh top and silver Francesco Russo shoes with a true-blue Miu Miu skirt. Mix master.


After walking in Miu Miu’s star-studded Cruise 2019 show earlier in the day, Naomi Campbell attended the Tresor d’Afrique party in Paris’ Centre Pompidou, sporting trailing fringes, crystal-studded heels and a structural bag.


We’ve said it before – Victoriana style is making a comeback in a big way. French fashion editor Emmanuelle Alt stays ahead of the curve in an elegant ruffled blouse, tempered with sexy tousled hair.


A canary-yellow silk gown by Ralph & Russo was beauty influencer Camila Coelho’s plus one in Paris last night. We love the ultra-modern single sleeve.


On first glance, Pernille Teisbaek’s outfit looks casual. But zoom in on the details: printed Prada shirt; barely there Céline sandals; Matrix sunglasses; dainty Hermès bag… The result? Effortlessly elegant.