Olivia Palermo’s 3-Step Way to Glam Up Overalls

Usually when we think ‘overalls’, Olivia Palermo might not be the first name to pop up in our heads. Not that we don’t love the dungaree look (we usually fall on the pro-side of the great overalls debate) but we tend picture them on, say, Cara Delevingne on a pub-crawl with her #squad or [insert name of It girl here] at a music festival. But then we noticed how the always-posh blogger-designer-multi-hyphenate puts her signature sophisticated, ladylike touch on the laid-back ‘90s-inspired wardrobe staple.

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Olivia opted for sleek black leather over the usual beat-up denim and, instead of an expected tank, layered a feminine, off-the-shoulder top underneath for a dressed-up evening look. She accessorized like a pro with subtly sexy, but totally sophisticated details: a chunky chain necklace to accent the décolleté, mesh pumps for a peek of skin and an elegant gold-detailed exotic skin clutch.

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For a daytime date with dishy now-hubby Johannes Heubl, Olivia elevated her Paige Denim overalls by matching them with a black mesh long-sleeve top, instead of, say, a striped t-shirt. Her rolled up cuffs (maybe she couldn’t make it to the tailor?) gave the piece a casual daytime feel. Olivia accented the minimalist pairing with a combination of inventive accessories that managed to not look the least bit overdone: Rocker studded Wayfarer sunglasses, ethnic embroidered flats, a stack of gold bangles and a white designer tote for some contrast (and to hold all her essentials, presumably).

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And kudos to Olivia for recycling her favorite pieces in new and inspired ways. For a work event, she made the same denim overalls as elegant as a dress by layering them over a creamy, ultra-fem and ruffle-sleeved blouse. If you look closely, Olivia embellished her go-to dungarees by creatively accenting the waistline with a pair of delicate brooches. (Genius.) All she needed were her trusty mesh pumps and a top-handle bag in a bold fuchsia to complete her ultra-chic, evening-ready outfit.

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