Archive for June, 2007

Q&A: Summer Chic for Women in their 40s

Q:  I’m an attractive 49 year old with a cute figure - I’m 5′3", size 6 and I wondered what you would recommend for casual summer clothes.  Empire waist and loose tops make me look pregnant, and yet walking shorts and polo shirts seem so dull!  Any suggestions on age appropriate attractive outfits?

Featherweight Cotton Peasant Top at J CrewA:  We have four easy-to-wear fashion formulas for you for casual summer days:

(1) Sleeved Shirtdress
(2) Printed Dress
(3) White Blouse + Belt + City Shorts
(4) Cropped Jacket + Knit Top + City Shorts.

Perhaps more importantly, to turn ordinary outfits into ones that are likely to turn heads, it’s all in the details–and the colors you choose.  Instead of a plain polo, for example, try a knit top with delicate pleating–such as this Featherweight Cotton Peasant Top ($42 at J Crew), pictured at left.  Or instead of a regular pair of shorts, try a pair with a rolled cuff–or a pair in a different fabric blend.  We like these Roll Up Shorts from Generra ($196 at Shopbop).

J Crew Featherweight Cotton Peasant Top | $42 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.

2 comments June 14th, 2007

Poppies Tie

Poppies Tie from TieLabThis charmingly striking Poppy tie from TieLab can liven up the most spartan white button-down or add a hint of drama to a dark shirt. Bonus points for French cuffs.

After a year of business, the TieLab is still a one-woman operation, and all designs are still produced in house on the top floor of an old Detroit furniture warehouse. Says designer Bethany Shorb, "I never sleep."

$30+  at TieLab.

3 comments June 14th, 2007

How Melissa Wowed Her Beau After an 8 Hour Train Ride

Susana Monaco Halter Pocket Dress

From Shermie’s wrap dress recommendation to Jennifer’s comprehensive fashion analysis, from KingBob and Hazel’s idea to change at the last minute, to Heather’s layering suggestion, Melissa received a wealth of top-notch style ideas for her train ride

Says Melissa, "All of the answers were extremely helpful.  However, I ended up doing what Hazel suggested.  I wore comfy clothes for the train ride then about 45 minutes before the station I changed into my "wow" dress - a cute little halter dress.  I arrived around 2:00 pm and it was the perfect dress for a late lunch and a drink on a patio.  My beau quite enjoyed the dress commented about it a few times actually."

Congratulations to Hazel, who will be getting a treat from our giveaway closet, and three cheers for the Omiru community for all of your helpful suggestions!

Pictured: Susana Monaco Halter Pocket Dress | $147 at Shopbop.

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

1 comment June 14th, 2007

Q&A: The Best Men’s Waist and Side Bags

Q:  My dad is one of those men who is still sporting his awful eighties-style men’s fanny packs. For Father’s Day, I could get him either a classy alternative to fanny pack, or better yet, (if possible), a classy looking leather fanny pack for him to wear instead. What do you think?

Sando Hip Pack at TumiA: 
The best gift is something that your dad will enjoy, but also something that you are proud to give your dad.  While we don’t love the 80s fanny pack look, we like the utility of the idea.  Our favorite men’s fanny pack combines both utility and style:
(Pictured) Sando Hip Pack | $125 at Tumi
This compact pack is updated for the 2000s with a retractable key leash. 

Should your dad be more open to a fanny pack alternative, we have two more suggestions for you:

Sando Gadget Bag | $145 at Tumi
Perfect for day trips with dual interior compartments and multiple accessories pockets.

T-Tech Flow Sling | $175 at Tumi
Your dad can sling this roomy bag over his shoulder for a casually cool look.

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 June 13th, 2007

Hand Wrapped Vintage Gemstone Sculpture Ring

Hand Wrapped Vintage Gemstone Sculpture RingGuylaine of the eco-chic jewelry line tomate d’épingles (literally translated: "tomato shaped pincushion") fell in love with a vintage flower shaped button and created this sculpture ring to showcase its beauty. 

What to pair this ring with?  Guylaine recommends anything from simple jeans and a summery top to an autumn look with tweed or suede.

$25  at Etsy.

Add comment June 13th, 2007

Q&A: How to Wear White Tights

Q:  I have a pair of white tights that I’d really like to wear. How can I wear them without looking overdressed?

Alice + Olivia Deco Short Sleeve Knit DressA:  Because of the current mod influence on fashion, white tights are one of IT legwear trends.  However, white tights are notoriously difficult to wear.  Not only are they extremely easy to get dirty, but they also visually widen your legs. 

The cardinal rules for White tights are as follows:
(1) The look should be modern mod–not hospital nurse.
(2) For the chicest look, echo the white in your tights elsewhere in your outfit.

Beyond that, you have a lot of freedom in constructing an outfit.  For a casual look, you might try a loose, summery white sundress over the white tights.  Added benefit?  The white-on-white combination also will help visually lengthen your body and counteract white’s anti-slimming effects.

The other way we’d recommend introducing the white tights to your wardrobe is to pair them with 60s-inspired shapes.  Or pair the stark whiteness of the tights with bold color on a simple silhouette.  For a black-and-white look that’s anything but blah, try this short sleeved knit dress by Alice + Olivia.

A less-casual look would pair the white tights with a metallic dress, such as this Metallic Kate Dress/Skirt from ThayerFor a more casual look, try pairing the white tights with a white skirt and a bold, bright top.

Alice + Olivia Deco Short Sleeve Knit Dress | $242 at Shopbop.

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

Add comment June 12th, 2007

Mod Flared Dottie Dress

Mod Flared Dottie Dress at Forever 21Go mod in this runway-ready geometric print dress.

$22.80  at Forever 21.

Add comment June 12th, 2007

Omiru Poll Result: Maxi Dresses are (Barely) In

Omiru Poll Result: Maxi Dresses are Barely In

 BCBGirls \'Brianna\' Knit Maxi Dress We asked: Are Maxi Dresses In or Out?

You said:  With 52% of the vote, Maxi Dresses are (barely) In.

Omiru’s take: We’re not loving these questionably flattering floor-length dresses–they only really look right on the uber-tall, and it amuses us that they’re the complete opposite of another hot trend right now: minidresses.  Style tip?  Should you try the Maxi Dress, keep in mind that this trend could be over in a heartbeat.  Choose your price point accordingly.

Next Question: Our friends at Couture in the City recently reported on celebrity color trend Electric Blue. But what do
you think? Tell us, is Electric Blue In, or is it Out? Cast your
vote on
the sidebar!

Pictured: BCBGirls ‘Brianna’ Knit Maxi Dress | $78 at Nordstrom.

6 comments June 11th, 2007

Issac Mizrahi Bow Clutch in White

Issac Mizrahi Bow Clutch in WhiteIssac Mizrahi has designed the perfect clutch handbag to accompany a summery white evening dress. 

$16.99  at Target.

2 comments June 11th, 2007

Q&A: The Best Swimsuit to Flatter a Small Bust

Q: I’m 5′2" and have a bust size 32A. What style of swimsuit do you suggest for my size?

Wave Stripe Patterned String Bikini TopA:  Your ideal swimsuit will accentuate the bust you have–and make you look more curvy than you are.  Here’s three things to look for in a swimsuit:

(1)  Styles with a hidden underwire, which will give you extra support.
(2)  Styles with removable padding, which will help maximize the bustline you already have.
(3)  Bikini tops with shaped cups, which will help to create curves.  Tie-front bikini tops, in particular, can be tightened to create the appearance of curves.  Ruching also helps to enhance your bustline.

You’ll want to avoid any swimsuit tops that will diminish your curves–such as bandeau style tops or tube-style swimsuits.

Wave Stripe Patterned String Bikini Top | $42 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.

4 comments June 8th, 2007

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