We all remember that first big fashion splurge we made. For actress/model Olivia Culpo, the purchase just so happens to be a designer she now considers a close friend. We chatted with the former Miss Universe to discuss her role as DSW's first Style Brand Ambassador where she revealed the funny story. "My first fashion splurge was a pair of white flared jeans by Rachel Zoe. They looked amazing on and at the time they were very expensive but so worth it. It's funny because now, I'm friends with Rachel so it's really great to see that come full circle."
We asked Olivia, who boasts 1.7 million Instagram followers, how she has garnered such a huge following and why her fans (including us) can't get enough of her style. "The foundation of my style has been to keep it classic and attainable for someone to follow. I don't go too crazy in one direction or another because I want to keep it digestible for the viewer."
As for how her style has evolved since her pageant days, Olivia reveals, "I would like to think that the things I'm wearing today could be seen on someone in 20 years but I like to sprinkle in trendier pieces when I can," she said.
Olivia will a curate monthly edit for DSW, the first of which goes live today. For the April edit, she chose five basic styles including an Adidas sneaker, a high-heeled sandal, a bootie, an athleisure slide, and a pointed-toe flat. "I feel like the pointed-toe flat is a staple every girl should have in their closet for sure," said Olivia. "It gives you that Audrey Hepburn vibe."
Have a look at some of the pieces for Olivia's April edit available in stores and online now.
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