Channeling Olivia Palermo’s Style

Olivia Palermo Chelsea 28 Collection

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With her highly coveted street style, Olivia Palermo has quickly become the reigning goddess of the chic, fashion-forward ensemble. By combining classic foundation pieces and a touch of modern flair, OP (you know you’ve made it when you’re known by your initials alone) creates looks that are somehow elegant and effortless, all at once. It’s no wonder every woman wants to steal her style—and now, thanks in part to Nordstrom, you can. According to Vogue, Palermo has collaborated with the upscale retail giant’s in-house label Chelsea28 to form a line comprised of 32 pieces, ranging from boho dresses to menswear-inspired oxford shirts to basic denim.

The Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 collection debuted on February 8th, just in time for New York Fashion Week. Until you can get your hands on the ready-to-wear pieces, channel Palermo’s flawless style with these fashion tricks inspired by some of her best chic street looks.

Add Interest to the Average Dress

A dress is usually just a dress, unless you’re Olivia Palermo. Then, the somewhat-simple piece becomes a blank canvas to create an unexpected, elevated ensemble that can carry you through any season. For a shift or A-line style with a mod mini hemline and bold print, try layering a basic black turtleneck underneath. Then, pair with over-the-knee boots for cool winter days.

For a completely different take on the dress-upgrade, take a cue from the recent ’70s-inspired bohemian trend and try one of Palermo’s chicest looks: her Burberry Prorsum long-sleeve white lace maxi dress paired with a long, belted scarf. A cinch to pull off, simply drape a scarf or oversized wrap around your neck and secure with a skinny belt, tied in a chic loop knot. The trick is to make sure your scarf is long enough that it reaches at least mid-thigh, and look for a style that has either a fringed bottom or pointed hemline as it creates a prettier silhouette.

Mix Your Prints

Olivia Palermo is certainly not afraid to mix and match prints and patterns of varying sizes, shapes, and colors—and you shouldn’t be either. To ensure your ensemble looks cohesive rather than all over the place, PopSugar advises sticking to simple prints of similar sizes, such as thin stripes with slightly wider ones or pieces that sport complementary checkered patterns. Then, top everything off with a solid layer for a bit of extra polish (a neutral faux-fur vest is the ideal OP-worthy option).

Though geometric shapes in black and white might be the easiest combination to pull off when mixing prints, don’t be afraid to play around with more vibrant colors and unique patterns. Colorful florals and eye-catching abstract designs may be riskier to wear, but when done right, they have a winning effect.

Wear Shorts for Any Occasion

It could be argued that no girl loves her tailored shorts more than OP does. After all, the fashion maven even donned a pair as part of her bridal ensemble, sparking the new trend of wedding shorts. And while the average gal can certainly make shorts work for the beach, summer concert, or lazy afternoon spent exploring a new city, how can you transform the casual garment into an elegant option for any occasion?

To channel Palermo’s shorts style, there are a number of factors to keep in mind. First, choose a fabric that is luxurious (like silk, satin, or wool) and a silhouette that is structured to avoid a sloppy effect. For inspiration, Lyst displays a wide range of styles in a variety of fabrics, colors, and lengths for convenient perusal of the OP-inspired options available. Next, pair your shorts with other polished pieces, such as a fitted blazer or jacket, loosely tucked chambray button-up, or crisp white blouse. Finally, opt for feminine finishing touches—a piece of statement jewelry, a trendy heel, or a textured belt all work particularly well.

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