Olivia Palermo and I have similar figures - which is to say that she is like a super miniaturized and skinny version of me. But the fact remains - we both have broad shoulders, reasonably large breasts proportionate to our frames, and very long thin arms and legs. This means that OP is a great fashion role model for me. Her looks tend to scale up very nicely to my "plus" size frame and flatter my figure. It is from her my long-held obsession with thigh high boots took root, and also architectural shapes in very short skirts. She "lampshades" very well, playing with prints and patterns to flatter an inverted triangle like we are.
So it should come as no surprise that I am obsessed with her collection for Nordstrom. I should've known - OP plus Nordies would come up with something good. But collabs can go radically either way. Would the tailoring and fabrics reflect the paired down price tag? Just how much of her editorial shoot for the line was, um, editorialized. I decided to jump in with both feet and order the striped bustier top - in my opinion a standout and most lust-inspiring piece in the collection. Though it was paired often with the matching shirt, I could see how it would fit nicely into my recently paired down wardrobe. Bereft of "going out" tops that transitioned well from day to night and were not black. Also, reminscent of the "wear your shirt in weird ways" trend I've been noticing. At $78 it was either going to be the deal of the century or A HUGE DISASTER. Also, I used Nordstrom's True Fit app, and it told me to get a Medium - which is terrifying because I always get large - but I decided to trust the bot.
Fortunately for me it was better than I dared to hope. This top is AMAZING. The fabric is soft and crisp. It looks expensive, not cheap or shiny or synthetic. It has a fantastic white lining that is soft and comfortable, and also gives the top this awesome structured movement. The built in bustier is actually incredibly comfortable and tiny buttons are gorgeous. It fits pretty perfectly (other reviewers also commented on the generous bust) and they tiny gapping that always happens to me when button-down shirts fit was actually solved/covered by the belt. GENIUS. I am getting belts made for all my button down shirts.
I like the single button un-buttoned look (mimicking how OP wore it in the campaign) but also could get away with another button down (hello date night) or a button up (who knows, maybe I'll develop some kind of cleavage aversion in my later years) and it still looked amazing.
These celeb collabs sell out so check it out before it's gone.
Also, I put that new tanner on entire upper body about 6 hours before this photo shoot, put on zero make-up and I have to say, I am very impressed with the results.
Olivia Palermo for Nordstrom Striped Bustier Top | Versa Spa Gradual Tanning Face Moisturizer | Cap Toe Espadrilles (sim)