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Look for Less: Olivia Palermo’s Front Row Form


Despite her less than flattering portrayal on Whitney Port’s reality TV vehicle, "The City," Olivia Palermo has emerged a true fashion star. And when it comes to personal style and flawless outfits, she’s one celeb who never makes a misstep. Nor does she ever enter “fashion victim” territory by piling on one-to-many trends. No, Olivia has a look that deserves admiration and her getup at the Rachel Zoe spring runway show -- where attendees aimed to get more photographer attention than the models on the catwalk -- is no exception. Accordingly, Olivia dressed her best.

The Look

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Claiming her VIP spot in the front row at New York Fashion Week 2012, Olivia Palermo wore a masculine beige blazer and simple brown tee cinched with neutral belt. On the bottom she stuck with the sophisticated theme and donned a black maxi skirt that showed just the right amount of leg. She finished off the look with some well placed and on-trend accessories: a high heel with a flash of python and a compact leather clutch. With these basic pieces she created a killer ensemble that can easily be replicated on a budget.

Structured Blazer

© Topshop.com

Trust Topshop to make a basic blazer worth coveting. Shrug this neutral jacket over almost any look to give it a little bit of lightness and structure. The same blazer, for just $130, is available in a multitude of colors if you feel like mixing it up, but pick beige for classic and seasonless appeal.

Bleeker Tee

© Gap.com

We’re guessing you already own a few essential cotton t-shirts. And if you don’t, well, uh, consider this your motivation. This is one piece – like a white button-up blouse, or a simple black pant – that can literally be worn every single day and never look the same. With a blazer layered over it, Olivia looks smart and clean. Add a statement necklace and suddenly she’s ready for cocktails. Exchange the blazer for a moto jacket and she’s going out dancing. Anyway. . . you get the picture. And for $19.95, with every cut and color under the sun, GAP is the place to go.

Pieces Emmi Belt

© Asos.com

For a look like Olivia’s, a light colored belt like this one from online emporium Asos can seamlessly define one’s waist and create some feminine shape. And for only $15.52, why not? Wear it with a darker outfit, over a black cardigan for example, and the belt will create a contrasting, retro-inspired look: think Old Hollywood glamour in the vein of Marilyn Monroe.

Midtown Maxi Skirt

© Nastygal.com

A long black skirt is not only perfect for the moodier feeling of fall, it also creates a lengthening and slimming effect. A super-high slit up the middle adds some serious drama – imagine strutting down the street in this number. From It-girl outfitter Nasty Gal, for $148, this is an investment well worth making. Don’t forget to pair it with that signature Olivia attitude.

Deniseo Platform Pumps

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These Marc Fisher sling backs (on sale now for $65.99!) are made sexy with snakeskin embellishment. Because of its black and grey palette, this is a statement shoe that can be worn with almost any outfit. Choose a python print shoe to give your look a serious kick.

Studded Leather Clutch Bag

© Topshop.com

The clutch is the bag of the season: it should be worn both day and night. This khaki style from Topshop ($76) is studded, lending a bit of edge to the otherwise staid color. It also has a detachable crossbody strap, so that when – ahem – clutching your clutch ties up your hands, you can sling it over your shoulder. It’s almost like having two bags in one.

Hair and Beauty

© Revlon.com

As far as we’re concerned, it’s Olivia’s perfect barrel-curled hair that really makes her look – we swear we’ve never seen a strand out of place. Loose waves like hers are best achieved the old fashioned way: with curlers and a blow-dryer. But fear not, her bare-faced beauty look isn’t nearly as time consuming and only requires brown mascara (try Almay One Coat in black brown), some bronzer for contouring (Revlon Bronzer), and a rosebud tint for the lips.

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