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What to Do NY: Lucky Shops

Lucky ShopsGo on a shopping spree at Lucky Shops, a shopping event hosted by LUCKY Magazine. Shop Lucky’s favorite designers and shops at up to 70% off retail, enjoy complimentary cocktails in the lounge, and pick up a gift bag (worth $100+) packed with products and samples.

A percentage of the event’s proceeds will go to Baby Buggy, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing New York City’s families in need with essential equipment, clothing, and products for their infants and young children. 

Lucky Shops
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
New York City
Friday, October 26, 12 pm - 7 pm
Saturday, October 27, 10 am - 7 pm

Purchase Tickets:
Friday - $75/ticket in advance, $85/ticket at the door
Saturday - $40/ticket in advance, $45/ticket at the door

Add comment October 18th, 2007

Q&A: How to Wear a Blue Blazer, Part I

Q:  I have recently received a blue blazer as a gift and I was wondering what I could wear with it to keep the young look and what colors would go best with it.

Blue Two-Button Legacy Blazer
The blue blazer is a timeless classic, a versatile staple of a man’s wardrobe, so first of all, kudos to the gifter!  However, the blue blazer often conjures up images of old men at country clubs – sometimes justifiably so
which is unfortunate.

You can make your blazer less “country club” by changing the buttons from gold to a dark navy blue (if they aren’t already).  Changing buttons is a fairly simple task for a tailor and shouldn’t be too pricey. 
As for what to wear with your blue blazer, you can’t go wrong with jeans, as long as they aren’t too similar in color.  You can wear blue, of course, but you can experiment with other colors, such as a darker gray denim.  For more formal occasions, you can still look young in gray pants, such as chinos or flannel trousers. Earthy tones such as brown or olive also work here.  Avoid khakis, which will give your blue blazer an older feel.  As for fit, look for pants that are well fitted and slimmer rather than baggier.

For shirts, a crisp white oxford works well here (when doesn’t it work well?).  You can make the blue blazer more casual by wearing a graphic tee.  For something different, though, try a windowpane plaid or smaller gingham shirt, but don’t get too crazy here.  For those blazers that are dark and inky (the ones I like), a skinny-but-not-too-skinny tie looks great here especially in a dark purpleish/gray. 

Complete the look with brown shoes, a brown belt and even a crisp white pocket square.  You could even get away with wearing white sneakers, but be careful – if they’re too athletic-looking you might give off the Jerry Seinfeld vibe. What to wear?  You can’t go wrong with lowtop Jack Purcells. 

Now that you know what to wear with a blue blazer, you need to pick one with the right fit.  Check back tomorrow for How to Wear a Blue Blazer, Part II to learn how to fit a blazer correctly.

Pictured: Blue Two-button Legacy Blazer | $298 at J Crew.

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4 comments October 17th, 2007

Slim Slimmy Wallet Alternative

Slim Slimmy Wallet AlternativeWant better security and quicker access to your cash and credit cards?  Try the Slim Slimmy, an ultra-thin credit card wallet that fits in the front pocket of your pants.

Comes in black or chocolate brown.  Thanks, Cary, for the tip!

$24.71  (sale, regularly $32.95) at Koyono.

Add comment October 17th, 2007

Q&A: How to Wear Rain Boots to Work

Q:  How would you wear rain boots to work? Could you recommend a work appropriate (business casual) alternative?

Aquatalia by Marvin K. Wasabi Boot By Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

Even though your dress code may be casual, it’s best practice to dress professionally by choosing a boot that complements your business casual attire.  Rain boots, though functional, often have a playful feel, so it’s your challenge to find one that is not frivolous looking.  Rule of thumb?  When wearing rain boots to work, choose a boot in a classic style. 

We recommend:

Hunter Original Sparkle Boot | $113.95 at Zappos
Love the classic buckle detailing.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Casual Rain Boots | $193.95 at Zappos
You don’t have to sacrifice style when the weather gets wet with these chic drawstring-tie boots.

(Pictured) Aquatalia by Marvin K. Wasabi Boot | $238.95 at Zappos
Patent leather kicks the style quotient of these rain boots up three notches.  We know they’re expensive, but they would look sophisticated paired with a trench coat at work or with a cute jacket and jeans on the weekends - a worthwhile investment.

Style Note: If you happen to work in a more conservative office (e.g. law firm), skip on the rain boots at work and bring an extra pair of dressy shoes with you in your bag.

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4 comments October 16th, 2007

BP Fringe Wrap

BP Fringe Wrap Add a dash of purple into your wardrobe with a soft, lightweight wrap.

$18  at Nordstrom.

4 comments October 16th, 2007

Omiru Poll Result: The Color Orange is IN!

Omiru Poll Result: Orange is In!

 Ambition Long Sleeve Trench Coat

We asked: Is The Color Orange In or Out?

You said:  In, with 66% of the vote.

Omiru’s take: Red is so often in the limelight, but its cousin Orange doesn’t get the same love.  Orange is a great way to spice up a fall wardrobe–for both men and women.  If you’re daring, try an overcoat or a dress in Orange.  But if you’re just looking to experiment, start small with a scarf, pair of gloves, or even a handbag. 

Style tip?  Orange really pops when juxtaposed against the greys of the season, but it also pairs excellently with shades of blue.

Next question: Gloves, both long and short, are all over the runways…and the fashion glossies.  But
what do you think?  Tell us, are Gloves In,
or are they Out? Cast your
vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Ambition Long Sleeve Trench Coat | $78 at Nordstrom.

7 comments October 15th, 2007

Bradford Knit Jacket

Bradford Knit Jacket
Can’t get enough of this urban chic knit jacket–reminds us of Mike & Chris, but at a fraction of the price.

$29.80  at Forever 21.

Add comment October 15th, 2007

Q&A: Can I Wear Black to a Wedding?

Q:  Is it appropriate to wear a black dress to a (evening) wedding? I’m torn, because I love black and I do need a Little Black Dress…but I’m concerned that black would be inappropriate for a wedding.

 Diane von Furstenberg \'Filomena\' DressA: 
Good news–while black was traditionally off limits to women at weddings, the longstanding tradition has been overturned.  You even occasionally see bridesmaids wearing black at weddings nowadays.

Especially since the wedding will be held during the evening, you’re going to want richer, more sophisticated colors and fabrics.  The black color raises the sophistication bar and will help ensure that you’re appropriately dressed for the event. 

In any case, every woman needs a Little Black Dress.  So–go out and buy it!

Have a great tip about what to wear (and what not to wear) to weddings?  Share it with us in the comments!

Diane von Furstenberg ‘Filomena’ Dress | $465 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.

10 comments October 12th, 2007

Swing Trench with Pleated Hem

Swing Trench with Pleated Hem
Breezy autumn chic, for less than $100.

$69  at Forever 21.

2 comments October 12th, 2007

Q&A: Are Cultured Diamonds Tacky?

Q:  Are cultured diamonds considered tacky? I have been researching engagement rings and stumbled onto a website that deals with such products. They seem more sophisticated then I thought. They would also allow me to get a nicer looking ring.

Diamond RingBy Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

The technology to create cultured diamonds is pretty advanced–as such, these cultured diamonds are the same as natural diamonds in terms of atomic structure, and visually, you can’t tell the difference between a natural and a synthetic stone.  Of course, these facts aren’t advertised by De Beers. 

That said, how you choose to express your commitment to your fiancee should not be dictated by Madison Avenue–or by the whims of fashion.  A ring can be very beautiful whether it contains natural or cultured stones.  The decision should be guided by (1) your finances, and (2) what you and your significant other find beautiful. 

Perhaps a less expensive ring that allows you to invest in a home sooner suits your needs (as a couple) better.  Or maybe you want to trade natural for cultured in order to purchase a larger stone.  Remember the old adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  An earnest heart is the best gift of all.

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5 comments October 11th, 2007

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