Olivia Palermo on Her Memorable Wedding 'Dress' - and the Funny Reason She Just Went Blonde

08/01/2014 at 04:12 PM ET

Olivia Palermo seems to have things all figured out. The style guru always looks flawless, has two design gigs under her belt and pulled off a trailblazing wedding look that had everyone talking. So how, exactly, did Palermo’s now-famous shorts-and-sweater bridal ensemble come together?

olivia palermo wedding shorts, olivia palermo blondeSam Deitch/BFAnyc/Sipa

“I had something in mind and going in and working with Carolina [Herrera]’s team we were able to find something seamlessly,” the former star of The City told PEOPLE on Wednesday at the opening of the new NYC Sephora. “I love Carolina’s dresses. They’re amazing so how could you not [want to work with her]?”

Her favorite part wasn’t her lace train or much-loved Manolos, though: “I really loved my jewelry that I got in India. It was really nice and we had an amazing trip in December,” she says. “It was nice to kind of add that embellishment to it.”

And her husband showed up looking that sharp all on his own — no consultation needed from his fashionable fiancée. “No, I know people think we must consult each other, but we really just get dressed separately,” she said with a laugh. “But like anybody from time to time you do get a second opinion.”

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With the wedding behind her, Palermo is diving into work and updating her look — though her blonde makeover wasn’t really a makeover at all.

“People really think that I went blonde and it’s like no, no!” she says, explaining that her interim brunette hue happened while her stylist was off duty. “It’s just the fact that I haven’t colored my hair in many months because my colorist was on maternity leave and she just got back.” And Palermo is as loyal as they come: “It has just been growing out for quite some time and I don’t cheat on her so I have to wait like every other girl!”

Did you love Palermo’s wedding look? How about her new blonde do? Tell us below!

–Ana Calderone

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gsuchick0385 on

She always seems like she’s got a stick up her a$$.

PeeP on

Maybe it’s because I don’t follow her that I don’t understand. Her hair got blonder not coloring it? She doesn’t look like a natural blond.

Marcia on

She seems like the most superficial and snooty person. Maybe that’s not how she really is, but it’s the impression she gives.

jcovey86 on

Yea…that’s not just natural blonde hair that has grown out.


She’s one of those women that looks way better with clothes on. Her clothes always fit her so beautifully. I’ve seen her in pics at the beach though and she has absolutely no curves at all. No hips, butt, or boobs. I’d rather look better naked than in clothes, and I do thank you very much.

Guest on

No guys, she is not saying that the blonde hair is her natural hair color. Her stylist was on maternity leave so her brown hair grew out. She is just saying that she didn’t “go blonde” because she had already been blonde and would have been blonde the whole time if her stylist hasn’t been on leave. I don’t really know who
She is but I like her style that I have seen here on people.

Bettina on

She’s one of the most stylish women in the world. A true inspiration. And so lucky to have such a handsome husband to boot. I’m jealous and i admit it.

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