Archive for June, 2007

Your Help Needed: How to Dress an Hourglass Figure

Asks Olivia,  "I’m in my twenties, and in the process of losing weight. I’m down to a 12 now, and working on getting a size or two slimmer.  I have an hourglass figure, [but] I really don’t know how to dress for my size!  I feel too old for the mega trendy stuff going on right now, but I feel like a 40 year old soccer mom when I stick with the basics (no offense to 40 year old soccer moms out there). So, can you help me pick out some stuff to wear that will show off my new figure, and will make me look like I’m in my 20s?"

Tell us, what do you think Olivia should wear to show off her hourglass silhouette?  Please leave your advice in the comments of this post.

As usual, the best answer (as chosen by Olivia) by Monday, June 25 gets a treat from Omiru’s goodie closet.

5 comments June 21st, 2007

Vena Cava Look for Less: Forever 21 Tube Dress

Vena Cava Look for Less: Forever 21 Tube DressLove Vena Cava?  Get the look of Vena Cava’s Gotham Dress ($535) at Forever 21 for less than 10% of the price.

$24.80  at Forever 21.

4 comments June 21st, 2007

Q&A: Is a Grey Suit With a Black Tie Business Appropriate?

Q:  I’ve seen pictures of guys (Hollywood-types) wearing black ties with white shirts and grey suits. I like the look, but is it business-appropriate? My sense is no - it seems more like a night-out / formal / dressy occasion combination. What do you think?

XMI Black Silk TieA: 
While the look is decidedly formal, it’s still business appropriate in certain settings.  The more visibility, authority, or client contact you have, the more formal your dress should be.  And depending on where you’re located, business dress may be more or less formal.  Rule of thumb for the US?  The further east you are, the more formal the dress.

Love the look, and it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.

Pictured:
XMI Silk Tie | $75 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 June 20th, 2007

[Sponsored Post] Goldenmine Wedding Rings

Goldenmine 14k gold milgrain wedding ringSummer love in the air?  If you’re looking for wedding rings, visit Goldenmine’s online store. Goldenmine offers gold, silver, diamond, and titanium wedding rings and other glorious jewelry.

Milgrain detailing on this 14 karat yellow gold wedding band transforms this simple ring into a statement of style.

$84.95  at Goldenmine.

Add comment June 20th, 2007

Q&A: Layering 101 - How to Layer Your Clothes

Q:  I’m going on a cruise to Alaska in early July, and I was wondering what clothes to bring. How should I dress for the changing weather conditions without looking frumpy?

Rialto Boatneck Sweater at J CrewA: 
Alaska tends to be in the 60s and 70s during July, with nighttime temperatures dipping into the 40s and 50s.  To adjust for the changing weather conditions as you travel up to Alaska and back, it’s all about layering.  Your goal is to be comfortable in every situation–instead of wearing (frumpy) too-thick clothing that isn’t as versatile as you’d like.  Here’s six tips that will get you layering your clothes in style:

(1) Start with a body-conscious foundation layer, such as this fitted striped top from J Crew.
(2) Next, place looser-fitting garments over this foundation layer.  Stiffer fabrics that will hold their shape can work nicely here.
(3) For the top layer, either (1) provide a stark contrast to, or (2) echo some of the detailing in the garments below.
(4) Let the inner garments peek out from under the outer garments.
(5) Vary the length of the tops and bottoms to get the full layered effect.
(6) Finish the outfit with standout accessories.

Have any other layering tips?  Share them with us in the comments!

Pictured: J Crew Rialto Boatneck Sweater | $68 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.

5 comments June 19th, 2007

Mission Playground Primaries Tee

Mission Playground Primaries TeeWhile we can’t be kind and rewind our damage to Earth, we can still protect, conserve, respect, and preserve.

$27 at Tobi.

Add comment June 19th, 2007

Omiru Poll Result: Electric Blue is IN!

Omiru Poll Result: Electric Blue is IN!


Electric Blue Flutter Sleeve Dress by Velvet TorchWe asked: Is Electric Blue In or Out?

You said:  With 67% of the vote, Electric Blue is most definitely IN.

Omiru’s take: We love bright colors–especially for summer, and particularly for this season.  What’s special about Electric Blue is it’s nearly universally flattering.  On dark skin tones, electric blue really pops.  And on fairer skin tones, the color adds life to your complexion.  Style tip?  With a color as bold as this, keep your outfits simple.  Try electric blue as a solid colored dress–or buy a simple top in this bold color.

Next Question: With oversized handbags still dominating the accessories scene, we’re pleased to see that small Clutch Handbags are gaining in popularity. But what do
you think? Tell us, are Clutch Handbags In, or are they Out? Cast your
vote on
the sidebar!

Pictured: Velvet Torch Flutter Sleeve Dress | $58 at Nordstrom.

5 comments June 18th, 2007

Meadowettes Coaster Set from Sesame Letterpress

Meadowettes Coaster Set from Sesame LetterpressAn explosion of flowers and color on a thick, water absorbing card stock.

$11  for eight coasters at Buy Olympia.

Add comment June 18th, 2007

Q&A: How to Choose Wedding Shoes for the Bride

Q: I’m getting married in August.  Would you please recommend some affordable wedding-appropriate shoes?

Kate Spade Lover ShoesA:  Before we launch into our wedding shoe picks, we want to share three footwear tips for the bride to be–and other members of the wedding party, for that matter:

(1) Figure Flattery Still Matters.
For figure flattery, the slingback shoes are going to be better than the ankle-wrap shoes.  The slingback shoes create a longer, leaner leg line.  But then again, the ankle wrap shoes don’t fall off. 

(2)  Break in Your Shoes Early!
I’d recommend wearing them indoors and pacing back and forth on a hard surface, like linoleum, tile, or hardwood floors.  Then when they start to hurt, you can just sit down.  This sounds horrifically boring, but you can multitask.  I’d recommend readng or watching TV while you do this. 
 
(3) Looking to wear these shoes later?  Go Metallic.
Metallic shoes are going to be more versatile than white shoes.  Metallic shoes can be paired with other dresses in the future, so you don’t have to go out and buy more special occasion shoes.

And without further ado, here’s our top four picks for bridal shoes, arranged by increasing price:

(1) Touch Ups Faith | $63.95 at Zappos
(2) Kenneth Cole Reaction ‘Rich n’ Post’ Slingback | $78.95 at Nordstrom
(3) Franco Sarto Leslie in Silver Metallic | $82.95 at Zappos
(4) Kate Spade Lover | $298.95 at Zappos

Pictured: Kate Spade Lover | $298.95 at Zappos.

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 June 15th, 2007

Handprinted Spunky Sprout Notecard Set

Handprinted Spunky Sprout Notecard SetLight brown spunky sprouts are screenprinted on medium brown cardstock.  Printed by hand by Supa Handmade Boutique.

Set of 2 cards measure 4 in x 5.5 in.  Off-white coordinating envelopes included.

$6  (approx) at Mintd.

Add comment June 15th, 2007

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