Olivia Palermo’s Summer Playbook

In the heat of summer, a few things are crucial in a wardrobe: it’s got to be chill, motor you through the day no matter how hot and deliver endless compliments. Our Global Style Ambassador Olivia Palermo brings a sophisticated way of looking at the season ahead. Her taste for luxury hits the sweet spot between ‘done’ and ‘undone’, but always polished. Think tailored shapes, crisp colors, gold accessories and the unexpected tassel here and there. Here she shares her cool look, calm vibe and perpetually sunny state of mind. Catch her spark—and a new wave of Banana Republic summer arrivals in store now.

Olivia’s Perfect getaway: “Either the Cotswolds in English countryside or The Hamptons in New York.”

Wardrobe essentials: “Gold accessories. The perfect sunglasses. A great beach bag you can use for traveling, or on your day off. A sun hat. And an off-the-shoulder white shirt is chic and functional in summer.”

Hot summer night scene:

“A rooftop bar, somewhere in Berlin.”

Fave day-to-night piece: “The white bejeweled clutch. Wear it during the day with a white button down and then after hours with a white dress and pair of great heels.”

Official summer shoe: “Ballet flats. Always buy half a size larger because your feet can swell from the heat.”

Go-to lunch spot: “This fabulous Italian restaurant on Thompson Street called San Carlo Osteria Piemonte.”

Go-to lunch look: “An off-the-shoulder white shirt and cropped jeans.”

Memorial Day musts: “I always end summer in the Hamptons with family and friends. That’s when my winter whites end and my summer whites begin—the perfect transition.”

Summer cocktail and snack: “The Aperol Spritz, a traditional Italian apertif cocktail. And anything from Round Swamp Farm in The Hamptons.”