CHIC STYLE: Olivia Palermo

Remember that one time MTV aired a show about ridiculously a group of chic {and rich} girls living in New York City? Okay, I'll admit that I may or may not have watched the entire season of The City just to catch the amazing outfits by one particular character: Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo defines everyday chic. She is always dressed with impeccable style and has a knack for incorporating key trends, while looking effortless and polished. I mean, how could you not dream of her wardrobe? I, of course do. Which is exactly why Olivia Palermo is my current 'everyday chic' style icon and muse for compiling a fresh fall wardrobe. Here is a look at how I plan to upgrade my style for fall, based on a few of my favorite fall outfits worn by Olivia P.

The "New" All Black Ensemble
As a PR girl, it goes without saying that black is the unofficial uniform of the industry, especially in the fall/winter seasons. As much as I love a LBD {and trust me, I have several} it's also important stay stylish when wearing black - whether in the office or running errands.  

I love how Olivia P. transforms the look of the LBD with a black drop waist dress and boyfriend blazer. Pointed heels and a few simple gold bracelets complete the look, and keep it chic for a day of client meetings. For a casual Friday, I plan to mimic Olivia's casual all black ensemble with black jeans {leather skinnies may be too much for the office} paired back to several sleek black layers. Simple flats in a bold color add a nice touch and keep the look casual, yet pulled together. 

The Layered Look
One of my favorite things about fall is having the flexibility to layer. Of course, Olivia P. masters the look of layering for all occasions. The fur vest has been and continues to be an ideal layering piece. Paired with knits, basic blouses and even blazers. For a day spent in the office, I love the idea of layering a bold knit sweater back to cigarette pants and adding extra warmth with an over-sized fur vest. 

The jacket is also an important piece for fall. And I plan to invest in a few new Chanel-inspired tweed jackets that can be worn in the office with a sleek skirt or paired back to denim. I like how Olivia combines her chic tweed jacket and over-sized fur vest for a sophisticated spin on fall outerwear. 

The Black and Cream
Black and white combinations were seen all over the Fall 2012 runway. As much as I love the classic color combination, I often lean more towards combining black and soft cream hues together. There is just something about pairing black and cream that always seems clean and chic. 

For a day spent with corporate clients that favor a more conservative look, I plan to re-create Olivia's look with a soft black leather pencil skirt, classic cream blouse and black fur vest paired back to pump and a complimentary handbag. And for days spent running errands, an all black ensemble with a statement jacket in cream is comfortable and chic. From season-to-season, this color combination will never go out of style.

The Printed Pant
Alas, the printed pant. This trend is set to continue through the fall season. As I'm majorly behind on investing in a pair, I think it just may be time. Olivia P. masters the bold look of the printed pant and combines it with classic fall pieces. 

I'm a firm believer that you should always wear one statement piece and let it shine on it's own. Olivia P. seems to agree, as she pairs her floral printed pant with a classic jacket and basic blouse to stand out. However, the printed pant on printed pointed pump is one loud combination I think I could try. How can you not love a leopard and floral print mash-up?

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  1. The City definitely wasn't quality television, but I ate up all of the fashion industry and style content on there!
    O.P. is impossible chic - I've never seen someone mix prints and trends together so flawlessly and she is a master of the printed pant!


    1. So, so true. O.P is my my modern day style hero. Now, if only I could afford the same designers she can...


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