Psssst! City Social Olivia Palermo Shares Her Style Secrets!

Olivia Palermo might look like a million bucks, but most of the time she’s dressing like a babe on a budget, mixing designer duds with no-name labels and pickups from stores like Zara. So how does she do it? Simple — she knows when to save, when to splurge and how to fake the rest. And, fortch, she’s willing to share! Read on to find out Liv’s top five tips for flawless fashion (InStyle Germany via Examiner.com).

Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Olivia splurges on big-names like Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent but she saves tons of bank by loading up on cheapies from TopShop and H&M.

Go non-traditional. Flirty frocks are great for special occasions, but don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Liv’s advice? Try swapping a dress for a tuxedo for a “modern but sexy” look that’s anything but conventional.

Know your essentials. Liv can rattle off her top three shoe styles, travel must-haves and go-to looks without even thinking. Figure out what works for you (her faves include tailored slacks, ballet flats and her Birkin bag) and you’ll be looking/feeling your best in no time.

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! Nothing dresses up basic blacks, simple prints and solid tops like funky jewelry. Plus, an attention-grabbing necklace totally changes up your look, allowing you to recycle outfits often!

Don’t be a slave to fashion. Trends come and go, so why blow your budget on something that’ll be out by next summer? Instead, Olivia recommends investing in timeless items that “will make your style grow.”