Lesson 3: One bag takes you from fall to summer (Style Lessons from Olivia Palermo)

Olivia Palermo and her Miss Dior Ostrich Bag

Fashion icon Olivia Palermo never lets us down. We can always learn something new from her new look, especially her talented pairing skills of mixing high and low. That’s why I dedicate this series post. (here are Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 )

Close followers might still remember the stunning burgundy Dior bag on Olivia Palermo that I featured in my previous post. Since I wanted to focus on striped shirts then, I didn’t talk too much about that bag. Now after saw her carrying this sea blue version recently (the left outfit above), I have to include it here, for countless reasons.

First is the timeless classic design. The silhouette of this Miss Dior bag really reminds me of Chanel 2.55. But the much reasonable price of this Dior bag, the exceptional craftsmanship, the discreet details… all make my heart leans toward it instead of Chanel.

Such a versatile bag in a gorgeous yet understated sea blue color will definitely complement any wardrobe and can take us year round (last time I featured a designer bag in the similar color here ).

Details of Olivia Palermo's first outfit

Top: Rebecca Minkoff (dress version)

Dress: great style here and here

Shoes: similar here and here

Accessories: Westward Leaning sunglasses (similar pair), similar belt from Alice + Olivia


Details of Olivia Palermo's second outfit (photo credit:

Jacket: French Connection (other colors here and here)

Shirt: Masscob (Great style here and here)

Jeans: similar by J Brand and Current/Elliott
Shoes: Giambattista Valli (great style here)

Details of Olivia Palermo's third outfit (photo credit:

Jacket: Alberta Ferretti (adore this blazer version)

Jeans: Paige Premium (love this pairs)
Shoes: Alexander Birman (neutral version)

Just like beloved Lady Dior, Miss Dior is definitely one of the emblematic name in Dior’s Haute Couture collection. But compared to the classic Lady Dior, Miss Dior is much youthful, contemporary and versatile.

My favorite is small size with long chain and silver hardware. It can be carried on shoulder or cross-body(like Olivia did), also comes in variety of colors and materials. I especially adore the beautiful and unexpected contrasting leather lining, for instance, classic black comes with a soft pink lining; while crisp white with a beautiful cobalt lining.

I have a soft spot of pieces that have the unexpected pop of colors on the interior, like a bag with contrasting lining, a pair of shoes with graffiti insoles or a denim jacket with a silk floral lining. The visual contradiction and sensory surprises always brighten up my days.

Unexpected contrasting leather lining of Miss Dior Ostrich Bag

Below are similar designer options and price-friendly alternations of Miss Dior Ostrich Bag:

Designer options:

Marc Jacobs single quilted leather shoulder bag (other stunning blue shades here and here):

Marc Jacobs Single quilted leather shoulder bag

Stella McCartney “‘falabella” pochette bag:

Stella McCartney 'falabella' pochette bag

Tory Burch “Amanda” cross-body bag:

Tory Burch 'Amanda' Cross-body Bag


Affordable alternations:

Wallis blue snake effect clutch bag:

Wallis Blue Snake Effect Clutch Bag

Vince Camuto Lizette shoulder bag:

Vince Camuto Lizette Shoulder Bag

Dooney & Bourke  florentine pocket cross-body bag:

Dooney & Bourke Florentine Pocket Cross-body Bag


Christian Dior once said: “There is nothing I would like better than to make every woman look and feel like a duchess.” He successfully made it, from 1947 when his first show changed fashion fundamentally till today when his ultra feminine pieces blissfully remind all the women that better days are definitely ahead of us. His brand is always our trusty destination when we are seeking glamour!



By Helen Hou

I'm Helen. In the huge fashion world, what attracts me the most is the way different people accessorize themselves. Our daily outfit choices are not just about the pieces we pick, they relate to something lurking deeply within our hearts: how we feel about ourselves, how we express ourselves to the rest of the world, what kind of people do we want to be and what kind of life do we want to live. Following my passion for fashion, I immerse myself in this bizarre world and try my best to share what I learned with you!