There's a saying in fashion we're particularly fond of: "Wear the clothes — don't let the clothes wear you." We'll concede that this is easier said than done when your office dress code is, uh, limiting, to say the least. No matter which way you slice it, a Monday-through-Friday rotation of black, beige, gray, and navy makes it pretty tough to stand out.
But, we have — okay, Olivia Palermo has — done the impossible: transforming an all-gray look into one that's actually intriguing. The unassuming neutral was a breath of fresh air amid a sea of boldly-colored getups at London Fashion Week. Palermo capitalized on the waistcoat trend, pairing her version with a pleated midi-skirt and a sweater with delightfully mismatched cuffs. The finished ensemble is just as snap-worthy as the best street-style shots — and work-appropriate, to boot. Inspired to recreate Olivia's monochrome getup? We pieced it together for you to shop.