Archive for May, 2007

Q&A: What to Wear to an Engineering Interview for Women

Q:  Maybe you should give some suggestions on what female engineers should wear to an interview too.

Linen-Cotton Colette JacketA: 
We recently ran an article advising men what to wear to an engineering interview at a technology startup, and we got a request to give some advice to women engineers.

Like we said in the men’s article, the ideal interview outfit blends the professionalism required of a job interview with the casual spirit of a tech startup.

Here’s three foolproof interview outfits:

(1)  Button-down Shirt + Dark Rinse Jeans.
The women’s version of the men’s foolproof outfit.

(2)  Cardigan Twinset + High Waist Trousers.
On-trend trousers paired with a business casual classic.

(3) Cropped Jacket + Knit Shirt + Dark Rinse Jeans.
Mix it up with a standout structured jacket (like the one pictured at left) and the most formal of jeans.

Finish off each outfit with a structured handbag and a pair of low heels or flats.

Pictured:
J Crew Linen-Cotton Colette Jacket | $235 at J Crew.

Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at tips at omiru dot com, or leave us a comment with your question.

3 comments May 31st, 2007

Starburst Wire Wall Mirror

Starburst Wire Wall MirrorMake a bold statement in any room with this wall mounted wire-and-mirror piece of art.

22" diameter.

$43.95  at Wrapables.

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Q&A: How to Match Your Shirt and Tie

Q:  How do you match a tie to a shirt?

Sovereign Beck Beetles TieOmiru is pleased to bring you the answer to this style question from Ryan Sovereign, one half of the design duo behind the quietly provocative neckwear line Sovereign Beck.

A:  Generally, a tie should either totally match the shirt, like when you buy those tie/shirt combo’s at Kmart, or it shouldn’t match at all.  I most often go with light pink, light blue or white…the safe route.  My design partner, Will, is a bit more risqué with his tie/shirt combos.  Truthfully, though, I really can’t lay down any hard and fast rules, since it all depends on what the wearer is capable of pulling off.  And if you can match a patterned shirt with a patterned tie, you’re doing something right!

Want to learn how to match a patterned shirt with a patterned tie?  Omiru shows you how to mix and match patterns.

Pictured: Beetles Tie | $90
at Sovereign Beck.

Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at tips at omiru dot com, or leave us a comment with your question.

2 comments May 30th, 2007

Mod Linear Ring Necklace by Tasty Jewelry

Mod Linear Ring Necklace by Tasty JewelryGo mod with this silver ring pendant necklace from Diane Petkoff of Tasty Jewelry.

Chain is 15.5" long, pendant is 2.5" long.  Available in 9 colors, from berry purple to pepper black.

Thanks, Sara, for the tip!

$32  at Tasty Jewelry.

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Q&A: What to Wear With Knee, Calf, and Ankle Boots

Q:  I have three pairs of boots: knee-high, calf-high, and ankle-high. What kind of pants/jeans/skirts go well with each pair?

MICHAEL Michael Kors \'Studio\' BootA:  Here’s what to wear with each type of boot:

Knee-high boots: Knee-high boots provide enough coverage that you can show some skin.  Miniskirts are a chic option, though knee-length skirts also work.  If you do pair a knee-length skirt with the knee-high boots, however, remember to let a bit of leg peek out between the two. 

Calf-high boots:  Our favorite look for calf-high boots calls for a skirt that hits above your knee.  Pants and jeans also work for calf-high boots.

Ankle-high boots: While it’s technically fashion forward to pair them with leggings/tights and skirts, we’d recommend pairing ankle boots with long pants only. 

Pictured: MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Studio’ Ankle Boot | $188.95 at Nordstrom.

Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at tips at omiru dot com, or leave us a comment with your question.

2 comments May 29th, 2007

Topshop Striped Swing Dress

Topshop Striped Swing Dress Ingenue-esque style from across the pond.

$69.45  (approx) at Topshop.

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Omiru Poll Results: Square Shaped Jackets are In

Omiru Poll Result: Square Jackets are In!


Diane von Furstenberg Laurus Jacquard JacketWe asked: Are Square Jackets In or Out?

You said:  Square Jackets are In with 62% of the vote.

Omiru’s take: We love the look of the Square Jacket–it’s so 1960s without feeling overly anachronistic.   Style tip?  This summer, wear your Square Jacket with a skirt–or even shorts, like the model pictured at left.  But don’t put the jacket away at the end of summer.  Layer it over a series of knit tops–and a fitted pair of jeans come fall.

Next Question: Our friends at Couture in the City have taken notice of the Black and White celebrity fashion trend.  But what do
you think? Tell us, is Black and White In, or is it Out? Cast your
vote on
the sidebar!

Pictured:Diane von Furstenberg Laurus Jacquard Jacket | $425 at Shopbop.

Add comment May 28th, 2007

Chooka ‘Starboard Stripe’ Rain Boot

Chooka \'Starboard Stripe\' Rain BootBrighten up a rainy day with these cheery striped rain boots.

$59.95  at Nordstrom.

1 comment May 28th, 2007

Friday Fashion Hotlist | Treats from the May Sampler

Welcome to a Special Sampler Edition of the Friday Fashion Hotlist: a compilation of the cutest and coolest stuff Omiru’s Style Intelligence Report saw out there this week.

This week, we present to you Our Favorite Goodies from the Sampler to show you the best of the best from independent crafters and artists this month.

Dear Monday Mini Greeting Cards
Dear Monday Mini Greeting Cards | $2 each at Dear Monday
Dai X. Wells of Dear Monday individually decorates each card by hand.


Asta Arts Skull and Crossbones Rubber Stamps

Asta Arts Skull and Crossbones Rubber Stamp | $8.99 at Asta Arts
Asta Arts wood mounted rubber stamps are high quality foam mounted red rubber with maple handles. Fun fact about Asta Arts? It’s named after Asta, the founders’ favorite movie star–a wire-haired terrier dog.

Ella Studio Letterpress Notecards
Ella Studio Expressions Notecard | $3.95 each at Ella Studio
Graphic designer Lisa Delu Vavrick of Ella Studio offers witty, stylish stationery printed through the centuries-old craft of letterpress.

Are you a designer or crafter?  Spread the word about yourself by sending your goods to The Sampler today!

Add comment May 25th, 2007

Pillow Fight T-Shirt by Otsutree

Pillow Fight T-Shirt by OtsutreeIt’s not just feathers that are flying from this pillow fight!

Available in men’s and women’s sizes.

$30  (approx.) at Mintd.

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