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Frugal Fashion: Olivia Palermo dresses up in denim

April 11, 2012 |  7:05 am


Light denim may not be the obvious choice for a Hollywood premiere party -- or depending on who you ask, a definite no-no for any occasion outside of a casual shopping trip or lunch date -- but leave it to socialite Olivia Palermo to use her gift of sartorial versatility to transform the look from day to night. The new face of Rochas perfume is proving she's more than capable of evolving from ex-reality television star to budding fashion icon.

Palermo recently attended the premiere of the HBO original series "Girls," in New York City where she dressed up a pair of ordinary light jeans. She wore a white button-down shirt by Masscob, Pearl Queen sequin jacket by French Connection, blue Dior cross body bag and purple silk cap-toe pumps by Giambattista Valli. Playing off the idea of jeans and a white T-shirt, she achieved a party-ready spin with the addition of a sequin jacket and cap-toe pumps.


Palermo's ensemble is full of handy investment pieces for any fashion lover on a budget. To get her look, try an all-purpose pair of American Eagle skinny crop jeans in light authentic indigo for $39.50 and the RSVP Jelissa blouse from for $89.99. Both these pieces are staples for any season. Palermo may have chosen a skinny jean, but a boyfriend fit could also work with heels and a sequin jacket for a bit of structural contrast. Try the vintage straight jean in old faithful wash from for $168 and for a sequin jacket, get the BB Dakota Royale jacket in gunmetal for $33 from


For a functional, stylish cross-body bag, get the March Fisher handbag in teal, $78 at, the Cole Haan "Jitney" all-cross body bag in Pacific PA from for $98 or the Hobo cristel bag from for $98. Finish with the Vince Camuto Jorgie colorblock pump, $89.99 at that features a patent blue cap-toe.

Happy shopping.

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Photo: Olivia Palermo poses at the premiere of the HBO original series "Girls" on Wednesday in New York. Credit: Kristina Bumphrey / Associated Press Photo.

Middle photo, from left: American Eagle skinny crop jeans, $39.50 /; RSVP Jelissa blouse, $89.99 /; Vintage straight jean, $168 /; BB Dakota Royale jacket, $33 /

Bottom photo, from left: Marc Fisher handbag, $78 /; Cole Haan "Jitney" all-crossbody bag, $98 /; Hobo cristel bag, $98 /; Vince Camuto Jorgie colorblock pump, $89.99 /