Black & White Can Be Pretty

 How to wear black and white; summer outfit ideas 2014, street style 2014, Radiant Orchid color trend;
Photos: Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of Rex Features.

There’s a reason why Olivia Palermo is a fashion icon. Take the above left look of her for example: a regal blouse and sexy mesh pump take her casual overalls to another level. A radiant orchid bag brightens up her monochrome ensemble while introducing the hottest color trend this year. I especially love how she adds a pair of bejeweled pins around her waist to add right amount of glitter, which also contribute greatly to a well-balanced proportion. These pins have appeared on her many times– she pined them around the neckline of her dress, lapels on her blazer… Sometimes, it’s the subtle details matter the most and inspire us the most.

In Chinese:  纽约名媛奥利维亚·巴勒莫 (Olivia Palermo)的搭配功力和她对细节的注意经常让我感慨万分。比如上面的第一个造型,休闲风的背带裤被她配上了华丽宫廷风的衬衫和性感的镂空包鞋,一个兰花紫的手包点亮了黑白造型的同时不张扬地引入了这一季最火的色彩潮流。我最喜欢的是她别在腰间的一对胸针,不但呼应了衬衫的华丽感,而且更重要的是强调了腰线,拉长了腿型。这一对胸针在她的很多街拍或派对造型里都出现过,有时她别在裙子的领口,有时在西装的领片上。很多时候,正是这些几乎被忽略的细节对整体造型起着重要的作用,也给我们带来最多的搭配灵感。

How to wear black and white; summer outfit ideas 2014, street style 2014, Radiant Orchid color trend; 1. ALICE by Temperley chiffon pussy-bow blouse & Paige Denim 'Sierra' Overalls (last seen on her here; similar here) 2. Aquazzura Lulu mesh point-toe pumps (last seen on her here; similar here) 3. Nina 'Treasure Floral' Crystal Brooch (buy a pair! you will be surprised how versatile they are!) 4. Delvaux Givry Santiag suede flap front shoulder bag (also love this!) 5. Lancôme 'Artliner 24H' Bold Color Precision Eyeliner in 'Amethyst

1. ALICE by Temperley blouse & Paige Denim overalls  (last seen on her here; similar here)
2. Aquazzura mesh pumps (last seen on her here; similar here)
3. Nina crystal brooch (buy a pair! you’d be surprised how versatile they are!)
4. Delvaux Givry Santiag suede bag (also love this!)
5. Lancôme eyeliner in ‘Amethyst’

How to wear black and white; summer outfit ideas 2014, street style 2014, Radiant Orchid color trend;  1. RED Valentino Sleeveless Dress with Front/Back Pintucks (great alternative here & here)  2. Ann Taylor buckle skinny belt  3. Karen Walker deep freeze sunglasses (on sale here!)  4. Larsson & Jennings silver-plated watch  5. Alexander McQueen black suede studded slippers (anther of Palermo's favorite on sale here!)

1. RED Valentino dress (great alternative here & here)
2. Ann Taylor buckle belt
3. Karen Walker sunglasses (on sale here!)
4. Larsson & Jennings watch
5. Alexander McQueen studded slippers (anther of Palermo’s favorite on sale here!)


Weekend Chic

Olivia Palermo street style 2014; the fringe trend;

Photos: Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of ABAC.

Understated chicness is best exemplified with a simple black and white look with rich details. Take this one from Olivia Palermo for example: Silk blouse is layered under a cropped tweed jacket; Exotic embroidery highlights her laid-back black slip-ons; Fringed bag pays tribute to the new western trend. This look is perfect for brunch, shopping or rolling around town.

In Chinese: 低调的黑白搭配,饰以考究的细节在我看来是优雅都市风的最佳诠释,比如纽约街拍女王奥利维亚·巴勒莫 (Olivia Palermo)的这个造型,看似简单的中性色的搭配,因为不同材质(像丝质衬衫、粗呢外套、麂皮乐福鞋等)以及细节(从复古感的刺绣包鞋到当下最热的西部风情的流苏手包),让造型充满层次感、创意和看点。这个造型非常适合周末, 吃早午餐、和朋友聚会或逛街等。

Olivia Palermo street style 2014; the fringe trend; Jacket: Rebecca Taylor Mixed Media Jacket (similar here) club monaco Jenna Tweed Jacket Sunglasses: kate spade new york 'shawna' 56mm sunglasses Top: Equipment Brett Shirt Jeans: J Brand 915 Super Skinny Legging Jeans Bag: B-Low The Belt Twiggy Handbag (also here) Shoe: Alexander McQueen Black & Gold Suede Embroidered Loafers

Jacket: Rebecca Taylor (similar here)
Sunglasses: Kate Spade
Top: Equipment
Jeans: J Brand
Bag: B-Low (also here)
Shoe: Alexander McQueen (my favorite! also here; similar here)


Overall Chic

How to Wear Overalls, Olivia Palermo, street syle 2014Photos: Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of

I have been hunting high and low for a great pair of denim overalls. I want one that stays true to its utilitarian root while complements my personal style. This pair on Olivia Palermo fits the bill perfectly: I love the inky wash and tailored silhouette, also greatly appreciate that it still has all the elements of a classic denim overalls: buckled strips, loops, and a patch pocket details the bib. Pair it with feminine, sophisticated pieces for a grown-up, urban chic vibe. 

In Chinese: 一直很想收一条大热的牛仔背带裤,找了很久都没有满意的,不是颜色不理想就是版型太松垮。直到看到奥利维亚·巴勒莫 (Olivia Palermo)的这条:黑色水洗加上修身的裤型,让原本过于休闲和孩子气的背带裤多了份都市感,同时又完整地保留了这种工装裤应有的元素,比如金属的搭扣、可调的背带、腰带圈和前兜上的口袋车线等。配上女人味的单品和配饰,休闲又优雅。 How to Wear Overalls, Olivia Palermo street syle 2014;  1. Paige Sierra Overalls in Vintage Black, (also here & here)  2. BLK DNM Sheer Mesh Top (also here)  5. Charlotte Olympia Charlotte's Web embellished velvet slippers  (also here; similar here)  3. FENDI 2Jours medium textured-leather shopper (great alternative here & here)  4. bobbi brown rich lip color in old hoolywood  6. Nixon 'The 42-20 Chrono' Watch

1. Paige overalls (also here & here)
2. BLK DNM top
5. Charlotte Olympia slippers (also here; similar here)
3. Fendi shopper (great alternative here here)
4. Bobbi Brown lip color ‘Old Hoolywood’
6. Nixon watch

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