The flawlessly beautiful style maven and model, Olivia Culpo, took time out of her whirlwind It girl life to grace us with her insider fashion wisdom in this exclusive TLLC interview. From head-to-toe, Olivia Culpo embodies that kind of effortless style and beauty that makes you think, wtf?! How is it possible to look that good without ever skipping a fashion beat? Well, now we get to find out!
Step inside with this stunning style-con as she take us on an intimate, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the glam life of one of the world’s top fashion influencers.
Olivia Culpo in five words…
Family-Oriented. Goofy. Girly. Loyal. Stubborn.
Favorite romantic dish you like to cook for your boyfriend?
My roots are Italian, so I am always a fan of a great pasta dish or a pizza! Pizza is so fun to make together because it is interactive and you can each make your own with your favorite toppings. Making pasta from scratch is also so much fun and much easier than you would think. It is a great activity to do with friends or a significant other, and I actually have a how-to video for homemade pasta on my website oliviaculpo.com. Try it out!
What tops your fashion lust list right now?
Fanny packs! I love how easy and versatile they are. You can wear them on your hips, as a belt, or as an edgy crossbody.
Tell us your style philosophy? What or who inspires you?
When it comes to style, I am inspired by so many different things. I love to think of style as an expression of self. Whatever you wear can reflect how you are feeling that day or the type of energy you are putting out into the world. Sometimes, it is a reflection of my mood and other times it is a reflection of what I have going on that day. Dress for your day/mood!
Your skin and hair are always flawless. Tell us a beauty secret and a hair secret.
Drink water! Drinking water is so good for you and really, really great for your skin! I also use great skincare products like SK-II Pitera Essence Set ($99) and a gentle cleanser. I wash my face at night, but I don’t wash it in the morning because I don’t want to strip away my natural oils. As far as hair goes, having the right styling tools are so important. I love all of GHD’s products, like GHD Classic 1 Inch Styler ($149) and GHD Style Heat Protector ($22), because the tools have optimal temperature for styling the hair without damaging it. I also love using coconut masks for my hair when I feel like it needs a pick-me-up.
We are girl crushing on your Sports Illustrated Swimsuit spread. How do you “get your body right” for a big photoshoot?
For me, the Sports Illustrated shoot was so incredibly special. Getting ready for any photoshoot requires focus, work, and determination, but this one was especially important because I had to be completely nude and the subject matter was so important. My body was painted in words and messages that I got to choose myself. I spent a lot of time figuring out the most honest and relatable way to portray myself and connect with others.
What’s your favorite luxury brand? What’s your favorite look for less brand?
My favorite luxury brand right now is Saint Laurent (but this changes every season!). I love how classic it is, but also, so many of the pieces have such a great edge to them. My favorite look for less right now is Zara. They have a great selection, and you can really find some amazing fast fashion pieces for less. I shop a lot online, too, including fwrd.com, revolve.com, and Net-a-Porter. I also just launched a capsule clothing collection with Marled called Marled by Olivia Culpo, sold on Revovle.com. I am really proud of it!
SHOP OLIVIA’S CAPSULE COLLECTION:
Marled By Olivia Culpo Ribbed Mockneck Top In Solid Black ($98)
Marled By Olivia Culpo Track Pant In Red And White ($138)
Marled By Olivia Culpo Corset Jumpsuit ($148)
Marled By Olivia Culpo Side Slit Jogger ($138)
Marled By Olivia Culpo Ruffled Cuff Trouser ($98)