Olivia Kim Loves Airport T-Shirts, Hates Wedge Sneakers

The stylish bleach blonde shares the secret to her ultra-cool wardrobe.

Olivia Kim Style

Olivia Kim knows a thing or two about mixing personal style quirks with high-fashion trends. A former vice president of creative at Opening Ceremony, the New Yorker-turned-Seattleite is now lending her expert eye to Nordstrom, where she serves as the director of creative projects and curates “Pop-In @ Nordstrom,” an ever-changing series of themed pop-up shops in select stores and online. Her most recent of these, appropriately titled “Surf City,” opens today with a fresh mix of goods—think neoprene Lisa Marie Fernandez bikinis, gauzy Lemlem cover-ups, and t-shirts from California surf institution Mollusk—for beach babes and surfer dudes alike.

Here, she fills us in on her go-to pieces, latest purchases, and summer must-haves.

Define your style in three words: Schizophrenic. Casual. Fun.

Daily uniform: Simple button-down shirt. Outrageous skirt. Socks. Oxfords or sneakers. Watch.

Greatest hits: A Haile Selassie t-shirt I bought at the airport in Kingston, Jamaica. Anything Junya Watanabe. A Supreme x Playboy varsity jacket my boyfriend gave to me on one of our first this-is-not-a-date dates. White-on-white with white soles Doc Martens. Bamford x Nordstrom all blacked out submariner [watch].

Preferred footwear: Comfortable, flat and cute.

Finishing touches: 2 squirts of Kyoto by Comme des Garçons.

Nighttime look: Same as my daytime look. Maybe just change my shoes. Maybe not. LOL.

Best recent discovery: The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark. Best cafeteria I’ve seen and eaten.

Favorite stores: Tokyo Hands (Tokyo), Nilufur (Milan), Scout (Los Angeles), Dover Street Market (New York), The Palm Room (Seattle), OFR (Paris), Labour and Wait (London).

Style pet peeve: Too much makeup. Wedge sneakers.

Style icons: Cindy Mancini in “Can’t Buy Me Love.” She wins my best-dressed award!

Last purchase: A coffee from Starbucks.

Lusting after: A baby French bulldog brother for Secret Spy (my French bulldog).

Favorite haunts: The Odeon (New York) for Negronis, Bob’s Kitchen (Paris) for maki rolls, Canlis (Seattle) for French fries, Burrito Revolution (Sayulita).

Spring must-haves: White tees, white jeans and white shoes.

What’s always in your bag: A small snack. I’m always hungry.

Photos: Olivia Kim Loves Airport T-Shirts, Hates Wedge Sneakers

Olivia Kim. Photo courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/

Hobie Trim Speed T-Shirt, $27,

Kim’s Current/Elliot Jeans.

Dr. Martens Pascal Boot, $130,

Kim’s French bulldog, Secret Spy.

Aish Usha Kaftan Cover-Up, $220,

Kim’s Prada Sport Sandals, available here.

Castañer Omara Shoes, $195,

Olivia Kim. Photo courtesy of Joe Schildhorn/

LemLem Bara Smocked Top, $213,