By Brittany Talarico
May 31, 2013 01:00 PM

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It’s no secret that we are slightly obsessed with Olivia Palermo’s style. She’s a regular in our Love Her Outfit roundups, and we’re always amazed how flawlessly she pairs statement pieces together. Basically, we want her to become our personal shopper (or at the very least, let us raid her closet).

But since neither situation is likely to happen, we picked her brain about which summer style essentials are on her radar, and how she manages to be the master prints mixologist.

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Her mantra? Don’t follow any rules.

“It’s all about what catches your eye when it comes to different patterns. Play around with mixing big and small prints to see how it works for you, and go from there. I love a great floral or polka dot,” Palermo (wearing a citron Tinley Road blouse, Rachel Zoe pleated skirt, and Pour La Victoire sandals) told PEOPLE at a Piperlime event in N.Y.C. “Summer is a great time to experiment with color as well, so don’t be afraid to go bold.”

And if you’re looking to make your basic wardrobe staples more exciting, the style star says it’s all about bringing your accessories A-game.

“Add a statement necklace or earring in a bold color to make your little black dress stand out,” she advises. “I also love a printed or metallic heel with a great skinny jean or miniskirt.”

As for her warm-weather must haves, there’s three things she’s loving for the season.

Smoking flats, a light, flowy dress, and I love a one piece bathing suit,” she says. “They’re so chic!”

–Brittany Talarico