Olivia Palermo Breathed New Life Into Last Year’s Most Popular Trend

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As each season changes, fashion lovers everywhere rush out to their favorite stores so that they can stock up on all of the latest trends. However, there are some looks that seem to find new life in each new quarter, and one of 2018's viral skirts has been added to the list of resilient pieces — just ask Olivia Palermo. The style guru recently wore a leopard-print mini skirt, proving that last summer's most popular separate hasn't lost any steam. Thanks to a few key changes, like a shorter hemline and shimmery fabric, the trend that everyone thought had come and gone has been given new life.

The entrepreneur was snapped while out on a weekend stroll with her husband, Johannes Huebl, in New York City on August 10. While Huebl chose to wear a simple, monochrome outfit for the occasion, Palermo was seen in the perfect outfit for transitional weather. She opted for a metallic leopard mini skirt by Miu Miu, which she styled under an oversized green bomber jacket by Manoush that featured pastel pink and green detailing across the chest.

The rest of her outfit was kept simple and refined. She only accessorized with a pair of black square-framed sunglasses from her own recent collaboration with Westward Leaning. Palermo rounded out the look with a pair of fresh white sneakers by Tod's that were perfectly elevated thanks to some slight gold embroidery along the side.


It's no secret that the leopard print midi skirt has been absolutely everywhere for the past year or so. While the trend's beginning is credited to Realisation Par, it has since taken on a life of its own. In the year since the Australian label burst onto the scene, nearly every retailer has put their own spin on the piece — it even garnered its own Instagram account. Just when you thought the look's popularity would die down, it has seemingly been given a new life thanks to Palermo's minor changes.

To make the print your own for the coming seasons, search for skirts that either have shorter hemlines or are made in a fabric other than the typical silk or satin. Plus, the budding fashion icon mastered the art of subtle coordination thanks to the pink tones in the skirt and the pale shade of the embroidery on her jacket. Similarly, pair your pick with other pieces that come in contrasting colors instead of going for a classic white or black tank.

When playing with color in the rest of your outfit, try accessorizing with more subdued, simple pieces. By going for a pair of simple shoes and otherwise minimal accessories, Palermo made the skirt the focal point of her look.

Luckily, you don't have to drop a month's rent on a single item in order to steal the it-girl's style. Brands like Reformation make options in lighter, more sustainable fabrics that retail for just under $100. Moreover, Verge Girl makes its own super affordable option that'll cost you no more than $40. No matter your desired price point, keep an eye out for skirts that feature a higher rise on the waist to emulate the trendy piece.

Ready to get shopping? Ahead, The Zoe Report rounded up the best leopard mini skirts that you can shop right now.

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