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What Olivia Palermo Wears Better Than Anyone

by Marie Kelly
27th Apr 2016

The answer is colour, of course. The Park Avenue princess incorporates colour into her outfits?in such a smart and unique way. She’s?rarely as obvious as simply colour-blocking separates (although when she does, she’s never predictable in her pairings – purple with yellow and burgundy with blue, for instance). Instead, she’s far more likely to inject?a surprise shot of colour?in an unexpected?way. For example, grey skinny jeans and a textured grey poloneck are reinvented with a yellow-gold bomber jacket. Who else but Olivia Palermo would think of this killer combination?

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Palermo attends the Noon By Noor AW16 fashion show in New York in February this year

Similarly, the fashion uniform of seventies-inspired flares?are made Palermo’s own with the addition of a chartreuse fitted blazer. Jean genius!

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Palermo at Jonathan Saunders AW12 show in London

She also understands how to reprogramme the way we think about?certain shades. Baby blue feels anything but kiddy when worn in the form of a leather skirt (notice the wrap-around belt is navy not black; it mixes more fluidly with the blue and grey and complements her black boots without looking too matchy matchy). And she never fails to incorporate texture when really needed. The?leather skirt and grey knit pairing below could feel a little flat without the textured collar and sleeves.

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Palermo attends the Blumarine store opening in Paris in March

For many women, a print makes enough of an impression. Palermo, however, chose to pair this exquisite two piece of culottes and a tank top with a pair of burgundy boots for that additional wow factor. With Palermo, the devil is in the detail. Her colour coding is subtle yet statement-making. It sounds like a paradox, but the former star of The City‘selects and styles shades that make an impact by immediately drawing your eye, without ever being in any way shouty.

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Palermo at the Carolina Herrera AW16 show in New York

There’s nothing vanilla about Olivia Palermo, except perhaps her beautiful creamy complexion. Some girls have all the luck. Scroll on for some more of our favourite Olivia Palermo looks …

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A totally fresh and flattering colour combination


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Palermo never plays it safe. Here she pairs teal and brown to elegant effect


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Red, yellow and pink are diluted down with a dose of denim


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The burst of bright yellow prevents this outfit from looking predictable


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Palermo makes yellow look like the obvious choice for evening