Ever since hitting the social pages nearly a decade ago, New York native and front row regular, Olivia Palermo, has emerged as a true style icon, flawlessly mixing accents of high fashion with pieces sourced straight from the high street. The stylist and model, who has visited and supported the Maasai Project which provides Maasai women with sustainable employment, was a contributing editor for Vogue UK and kick-started the latest bridal trend when she paired a Caroline Herrera sweater with an embroidered tulle skirt – over shorts – at her wedding last year.
She launched OliviaPalermo.com, a blog and e-boutique, in 2011 with hubby, model Johannes Huebl, and was this year named the style ambassador for MAX&Co.’s, spring/summer collection. In between munching on whoopee pies at Brooklyn’s One Girl Cookies and walking Mr Butler, the couple’s Maltese terrier, we caught up with Olivia to chat style for work – and play.
How do you define ‘style’?
The word ‘style’, for me, involves independence. Everyone has their own personal style and their own approach to style. Style is what creates your identity.
How do you define your personal style and aesthetic?
My aesthetic is eclectic but there is always a polished element to it. It’s a little structured and definitely accessorised. I like to add pops of colour to an outfit in a watchband, a pair of socks, a belt, a bag or even a pair of sunglasses.
What are some of the go-to items in your wardrobe?
I love a structured blazer. You can wear it during the day, you can wear it at night and you can also wear it to a black-tie function. It’s definitely multi-use.
We all juggle dressing for a day of meetings followed by a night out on the town. How do you dress for this transition?
I really try to dress for my environment and what’s appropriate. I think that if I’m going to a meeting and if I have something in the evening, I might carry an extra accessory and put it on – that creates a smooth transition from ‘day to night’.
What’s your advice for women who want to harness your style?
I would give this advice to any girl: dress for yourself and feel confident in what you’re wearing. That is the most important thing. Just make sure you feel comfortable in what you put on.