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You Said: Jumpsuits are Out!

Omiru Poll Result: Jumpsuits are Out

Porter Grey Glass Button Romper

We asked: Are Jumpsuits In or Out?

You said:  Out, with an overwhelming 85% of the vote!

Style tip?  If you choose to go against the grain and don a jumpsuit, try a shorter style–and one with a belt.  Bonus points for bright colors, like this sunshine yellow Porter Grey romper.

Next question: Fishnet stockings (and fishnet fabrics) appear to be on the trend radar for Fall 2008.  But would you wear them? Cast your
vote on the sidebar!

Pictured:  Porter Grey Glass Button Romper | $76.50 (sale) at Shopbop.

1 comment February 18th, 2008

Conceal Bookshelf

Conceal Bookshelf Your books will look like they’re floating in thin air with this minimalist Conceal bookshelf.

$9.99  at Container Store.

2 comments February 18th, 2008

Q&A: How to Wear a Short Sleeved Blazer

Q:  I bought a short sleeved blazer.  I figured I could wear it with a camisole and jeans or grey slacks in warm weather. But I swear I just saw someone on TV wearing one with a long sleeved turtleneck. Is this a good way to wear the jacket year-round, or am I trying to hard?

Leila Plaid Short Sleeved Blazerby Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A:  A long sleeved turtleneck paired with a short sleeved blazer? I don’t think you would look like you are trying too hard.

A short sleeved blazer is, by nature, fun and flirty.  It’s the cheery counterpart to the standard down-to-your-wrists blazer that gets most of the attention.  Because the short sleeved blazer is about fun, play with it and experiment.  Now’s a great time to play with this piece–the short sleeved blazer is on trend for Spring. 

But you don’t have to wait until Spring to bust out your blazer.  Wear it with a long sleeved turtleneck (perhaps with pencil stripes), dark jeans, and simple earrings.  And when it warms up in the Spring, pair it with cute t-shirts or silky, blousy tops. 

If you’re afraid of making mistakes, remember the wise words of Chanel- "There are no unattractive women, only lazy women." In other words, only through experimentation will you develop a strong sense of style.

Have a great tip about how to wear a short sleeved blazer?

  Share it with us in the comments!

Leila Plaid Short Sleeved Blazer | $27.80 at Forever 21.

Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at questions at omiru dot com.

11 comments February 14th, 2008

Napkin Notebook

Napkin Notebook Legend has it that a number of successful tech startups were born on the back of a napkin.  Continue the tradition with a napkin from your very own napkin notebook.

$6.50  at MOMA Store.

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Q&A: Professional Style 101

Q:  I’m a medical student about to start my full time clinical rotations. For certain specialties, I can get away with scrubs, but for the ones requiring office appropriate attire, I’m at a complete loss. Anything a little fashionable or a little sexy ends up sending the wrong message under a white coat (Agyness Deyn might be a trend-setter, but would you want her diagnosing your cancer?) But I would really like to look younger and fresher than the boring button downs and slacks that have become my fall back!

Cotton Ruffle Front Floral Shirtby Jessica Stockdale, Style and Beauty writer at

A:  Balance is the keyword to working with this problem. You want to be respected, as you should be. But you don’t want to sacrifice style. And the good news is that you don’t have to. Other than balance, where you buy your clothes will aid you tremendously in picking suitable attire.

Where to Shop

A store like Express has sexy and fun clothes, but most of which are not going to be appropriate for the office. Same goes for the Victoria’s Secret clothing catalog.  The good news is that there are plenty of stores to find professionally appropriate attire.  We would recommend: Banana Republic, J Crew, Club Monaco, Anthropologie (for their trousers), White House | Black Market (for their jackets), Ann Taylor, and (especially for their blazers).

What to Wear
The quality of your clothes will also sell your look as more professional.  Build a solid foundation wardrobe by investing in some good basics, such as a white blouse, black trousers, a cashmere sweater, and a flattering overcoat. These items will be long-term investments, so if you’re going to splurge, do so here.

Where balance is concerned, it’s fairly easy. Any piece of “sexy” apparel (e.g. V-necklines, light beading, etc) should be worn in a neutral color and in a not-too-tight fit.  That said, there are plenty of garments with modestly cut necklines and hemlines in fresh patterns.  Feel free to wear bold colors here—in fact, we encourage it!

We especially recommend the fitted blouses that Banana Republic has right now, in four different colors. They’re feminine, but professional. And do check out their cashmere mock turtlenecks and cowlneck sweaters.

Have a great tip about how to dress fashionable yet professionally?

  Share it with us in the comments!

Cotton Ruffle Front Floral Shirt | $58 at Ann Taylor.

Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at questions at omiru dot com.

7 comments February 13th, 2008

Lovely Tie Front Sweater

Lovely Tie Front Sweater Love the look of the tie-neck blouse?  Try on this lovely tie-front sweater–perfect for work or play.

$22  at Forever 21.

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Fall 2008 Fashion: 5 Questions with Constance White, eBay Style Director

by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

Constance WhiteWhat was your favorite show at Fashion Week?
Constance White: Proenza Schouler.  It was well thought out, has great use of color, and the shapes are creative yet wearable.  And the fabrics drape beautifully.  Proenza Schouler was a mix of intelligent, beautiful design and wearability.

What are your top trends for 2008?

CW: (1) The play of hard against soft.  For example, a pretty, silky dress in a beautiful color with a menswear inspired reefer coat in tweed or plaid.  Lighter fabrics are prevalent in part because of global warming but also because women travel so much today.
(2) A peep toe shoe or bootie with a high vamp–classic 1940s influence.
(3) Again, a 40s trend.  Grown up clothes for a more mature look.  Baby boomers want to be fashionable but also realistic.

How has fashion evolved since 2007?

CW: In 2007 the look was much more masculine and menswear inspired, with styles like the oxford heel.  2008 is much softer and feminine, though menswear is still trending in fabric such as tweeds and plaids.  The masculine influence is just not as hard as it was in 2007.  You’re going to see feminine influence in shoes, and in embellishments such as fur trimmed collars on coats or fur vests and feathers on hems and necklines. Statement bags (i.e. Marc Jacobs) are still on the runway, since women in business need them.

If Hilary becomes our first woman President, what would you recommend that she wear at her inauguration?
CW: A dress in a beautiful color such as peacock blue.  Add a classic reefer coat, perhaps with a fur trim collar, incorporating the essential fall trend of the play of hard against soft–qualities Hillary will need herself. No hat is needed–her hair and make-up are beautiful as they are today.

What are your personal must-have purchases?

CW: A very pretty colorful dress and a peep-toe bootie.

1 comment February 12th, 2008

Bee House Teapot in Spearmint

Bee House Teapot in Spearmint Enjoy a piping hot cup of tea from this refreshingly cool Bee House teapot.

$19.95   at The Tea Table.

3 comments February 12th, 2008

Fall 2008 Fashion Week Trend Report

Temperley London Fall 2008 RunwayFashion Week Fall 2008 featured an explosion of color (say hello to teal, cobalt blue, crimson red, bright pink, and orange) and an emphasis on the feminine form.  Cinched waists, floor-length dresses, and asymmetrical, one-shoulder gowns played against headbands, oversized bows, and quirky hats. 

Want the full scoop on fashion week?  Read on for all of the biggest trends:

Ankle Boots
Quirky Hats
The Beanie Hat
T-Strap Shoes

Cocoon Shaped Coats
Collarless Jacket
Double Breasted Jackets
Floor Length Dresses
Long Blazer
Skinny Pants
Tie-Neck Blouses

Chocolate Brown
Cobalt Blue
Crimson Red
Day Glo Brights
Forest Green

Yellow Green


Bishop Sleeves
Funnel Necklines
Half Sleeves
Oversized Bows
Oversized Collar
Pouf Sleeves
Tuxedo Detailing

Fabrics & Fabrications
Elegant Floral Prints
Sequins and Shine

1920s Fashion
Attack of the 1980s
Cinched Waist

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6 comments February 11th, 2008

Romance Pintucked Tunic

Romance Pintucked Tunic
Between the burnt orange color and the delicate pintucking, this tunic is a real winner.

$29  at Forever 21.

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