Archive for May, 2008

Shopping Guide: The Best Plus Size Styles

Inspired by Nikki, we shopped Nordstrom (who shows plus size fashions on plus size models) for gorgeous plus-size styles.  So, go on, and celebrate your figure with the two biggest trends of the season: bright colors and bold patterns.  Here’s Omiru’s picks for the best on-trend plus size styles:

Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati Ruched Mesh Top
Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati Ruched Mesh Top | $76 at Nordstrom
A soft ruffled cap sleeve is the perfect addition to this flowy empire waist top.

Caslon Safari Jacket
Caslon Safari Jacket | $88 at Nordstrom
Boxy shapes (especially those with a high neckline) can be tough to wear, but this safari jacket makes an effort with its bold color and elegant 3/4 length sleeves.

Rachel Pally White Label Empire Waist Tank Top
Rachel Pally White Label Empire Waist Tank Top | $114 at Nordstrom
A ruched empire waistline ensures a perfect fit.

Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Leaf Print Dress
Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Leaf Print Dress | $128 at Nordstrom
There’s absolutely nothing that we don’t love about this dress. 

Semantiks ‘Perfect Piqué’ Swing Jacket
Semantiks ‘Perfect Piqué’ Swing Jacket | $138 at Nordstrom
Swing style jackets are great for skimming over your curves.

Donna Ricco Stretch Satin Sheath Dress
Donna Ricco Stretch Satin Sheath Dress | $168 at Nordstrom
Isn’t this purple color abolutely regal?

23 comments May 30th, 2008

Cotton Argyle Hoodie

Cotton Argyle Hoodie

Sure, it’s kind of pricey for a sweater, but it’s a modern classic with a smart color combination.

$72  at J Crew.

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Trend Alert: Out on Safari

Lions, Zebras, and Giraffes–oh my!  Fashion is turning its head south–far south–to Africa this season.  Look for wild animal prints, bold patterns, and safari-style jackets and shorts.  Here’s seven of Omiru’s favorite safari looks:

Our $ Picks:
Safari Shorts
Safari Shorts | $19.90 at Heritage 1981
Dare to bare your legs in this uber-short safari short.

Safari Drawstring Jacket
Safari Drawstring Jacket | $24.80 at Forever 21
Pintucking, side pockets, and a drawstring hem make this anything but your ordinary safari jacket.

Rogan for Target Zebra Miniskirt
Rogan for Target Zebra Miniskirt | $34.99 at Target
Take a walk on the wild side with this zebra print miniskirt.

Our $$ Picks:
MICHAEL Michael Kors Babydoll Top
MICHAEL Michael Kors Babydoll Top | $59.50 at Nordstrom
Bold pattern is what this smocked tunic is all about.

Puff Sleeve Giraffe Print Blouse
Puff Sleeve Giraffe Print Blouse | $69 at Banana Republic
Marry the wild safari with structure in this puff sleeve giraffe print blouse.

Our $$$ Picks:
Casbah Print Mia Dress
Casbah Print Mia Dress | $150 at J Crew
Embrace the spirit of North Africa with this aptly named Casbah print.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Drill Safari Cotton Jacket
Marc by Marc Jacobs Drill Safari Cotton Jacket | $328 at Nordstrom
Love the neatly tailored safari-style pockets and the clean cut elbow length of the sleeves.

2 comments May 29th, 2008

Antler Table Lamp

Antler Table Lamp

Bring a bit of the outdoors inside with this antler themed table lamp. It’ll certainly add some character to your side table.

$69.99  (sale) at West Elm.

1 comment May 29th, 2008

Men’s Ready Made Outfit: How to Wear a Scarf

Feeling the love for this set?  Here’s more information about it.

Sartorialist Scarf It UpEver wonder how to wear a scarf (without looking girly)?  It’s easier than you think.  Inspired by The Sartorialist’s recent college fashion slideshow, we created a ready made outfit highlighting how to work a scarf into your everyday wardrobe.

Why does this outfit work?

Color Coordination:
With the exception of the wood watch, the rest of the outfit elements limit themselves to a small color palette of black, white, and navy. 

Visual Texture: The tiny gingham pattern on the scarf provides visual texture without going overboard with pattern.

Standout Accessories: The gingham scarf and the wood watch serve as standout accessories that speak style louder than a flashy top or jacket.

Pictured: Columbia student, courtesy of The Sartorialist and

Guys, how would you wear a scarf? Share your style with us in the comments!

1 comment May 28th, 2008

Silk Charmeuse Tie Neck Top

Silk Charmeuse Tie Neck Top

We’re swooning over this gorgeous silk charmeuse tie neck top, which can take you from your desk during the day to drinks after work. Added bonus? Mustard yellow is just so delicious with grey.

$49  (sale) at Spiegel.

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You Said: Yes to Orange!

Omiru Poll Result: Yes to Orange

Martin and Osa Pintuck Bib-Front T-ShirtWe asked: Would you wear Orange?

You said:  Yes to Orange, with 75% of the vote.

Style tip?  For both men and women, pair the bright citrus color with a cool blue for a look that’s both complementary and complimentary.  We love a bright orange with a dark rinse jean (a shade or two darker than the jeans shown).  For a lighter look, try pairing orange with a nice sky blue.  Very spring, and very now.

Next question: Zebra stripes, giraffe prints, khaki shirtdresses–safari style is snaking its way into stores. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear Safari Style?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured:  Pintuck Bib-Front T-Shirt | $44 at Martin and Osa.

Add comment May 27th, 2008

Cyberoptix Engine Rosette Tie

Cyberoptix Engine Rosette Tie

Designer Bethany Shorb turns the inner workings of an engine into art with this Victorian-esque pattern. Great for spicing up a plain button-down shirt.

$30+  at Cyberoptix.

1 comment May 27th, 2008

Trend Alert: Floral Prints

Celebrate the warm weather with floral prints!  This season’s floral prints run the gamut–from graphic to tropical to abstract to oversized–and we just can’t get enough.  Presenting five of our favorite floral print dresses:

Our $ Picks:
Trixxi ‘Emma’ Floral Print Dress
Trixxi ‘Emma’ Floral Print Dress | $58 at Nordstrom
The bold pink floral border really makes this dress Pop!

Tropical Linen Shift
Tropical Linen Shift | $59.50 at Gap
These tropical flowers aren’t your ordinary floral print.

Our $$ Pick:
Silk Floral Print Halter Dress
Silk Floral Print Halter Dress | $150 at Banana Republic
Don’t you love how the giant floral print makes such a powerful style statement?

Our $$$ Picks:
Tory Burch ‘Hollie’ Dress
Tory Burch ‘Hollie’ Dress | $395 at Nordstrom
We love how the florals on this dress appear in a non-traditional blue color.  The perfect complement for a classic shift dress. 

Sea Glass Gown
Sea Glass Gown | $575 at J Crew
Drape yourself in color with this allover abstract graphic print.

9 comments May 23rd, 2008

Joshua Bird Vinyl Wall Art

Joshua Bird Vinyl Wall Art

One part cheeky, one part modern, and totally playful (and my latest late-night Etsy purchase). It’s going to look great on the wall to my cube at work.

$8  at Elephannie’s Etsy Shop.

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