Archive for June, 2008

Omiru named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites for 2008

Time Magazine LogoI’m honored to announce that Omiru was named one of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Websites for 2008!  Here’s what Anita Hamilton of Time Magazine says about us:

"Focused on "real style for real people," Omiru doesn’t just tell you what the fashion trends are — it helps you figure out what actually looks good on you…The site recommends dresses for curvy petites and accessories for your little black dress. Sure, tips like these are sprinkled throughout more mainstream fashion sites like Glam and Style, but Omiru’s laser focus on practical fashion advice makes it a don’t-miss."

Are you new to Omiru?  Welcome!  Here’s a sampling of our favorite posts to get you started:

How to Accessorize a Little Black Dress
Shopping Guide: The Best Plus Size Styles
How to Add Some Spice to a Closet full of Classics
Fashion over Fifty: Five Style Tips
Heat Wave!  What to Wear to Work to Beat the Heat
How to Dress up Jeans for Work

Men’s Fashion: 5 Investment Pieces for Spring (and Summer)
Where to Find Affordable Skinny Suits
What’s the Ideal Shirt Length for a Man?
How to Determine the Quality of a Suit
How to Build a Casual Preppy Wardrobe

Want more?  See everything we have to offer in our archives.  And please rate us on Time’s website!

Trisha and the Omiru Team

13 comments June 16th, 2008

You Said: No to Tie Dye

Omiru Poll Result: Tie Dye is Out

Dip Dye Sun DressWe asked: Would you wear Tie Dye?

You said:  No, not so much.  Only 23% of you would give Tie Dye a try.

Style tip?  Tie dye doesn’t have to look like the radial-print hand-dyed shirts you made as a kid.  In fact, it can look elegant–or even casually playful.  Try out some other dyeing techniques, such as dip dyeing (as seen on the dress at left).  Equal parts bohemian and modern.

Next question: You have your cell phone, your money, your makeup, and a host of other assorted items in your evening bag–hence the popularity of the Giant Envelope Clutch.  But would you rather dump out your stuff–or carry a giant bag? Tell us, would you carry a Giant Envelope Clutch?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured:  Dip Dye Sun Dress | $62 (approx) at Topshop.

Add comment June 16th, 2008

Issac Mizrahi Trapeze Dress

Issac Mizrahi Trapeze Dress

Isn’t this lipstick pink trapeze dress simply sweet? We love the retro feel–and how it flatters women with short legs.

$34.99  at Target.

5 comments June 16th, 2008

How to Wear Summer Neutrals with Pizazz

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Summer Neutrals don’t have to be boring.  You can embrace the breezy summer weather with whites and beiges without losing pizazz.  Here’s how:

Start with a simple base.  What could be simpler than a button-down camp shirt and a pair of bermuda shorts?

Vary patterns and textures. The bermuda shorts are plaid, the hobo bag sports a subtle woven texture, and the espadrilles feature eyelet detailing.

Add a dollop of shine. 
Layer in shine sparingly with simple accessories, like this classic ring or the aviator sunglasses.

How do you wear neutrals with pizazz? Share your style with us in the comments!

4 comments June 13th, 2008

Slouchy Hobo Bag

Slouchy Hobo Bag

Forget the latest designer It Bag. Carry this convenient, chic hobo bag instead. Its neutral colors pair with almost any outfit season after season, and you’ll get hundreds of dollars of style for only $30.

$29.99  at Target.

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Q&A: Shoes for Busy Moms

Q:  My children are 4 1/2 and 1 1/2 and when we are headed out I often wear a uniform of a polo-style shirt and shorts.  I have lots of variations on this theme from Lilly Pulitzer to more subdued colors.  My problem is in the shoe department.  I need an updated, basic pair that would go with almost any shorts & shirt combo and isn’t too hot or, well, ‘mommy-ish.’

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Makes sense–if you’re following toddlers and small children, you’re going to be on the go all day.  A simple shirt and shorts, both in easy care fabrics, are going to be your best bets for warm weather.  As for shoes, classic-with-a-twist styles will satisfy your need for style while keeping the shoes accessible for all outfits.  But no matter how stylish a shoe is, it needs to be comfortable, especially if you’re going to keep up with your kids!  Here’s four slip-on shoe styles that marry comfort and classic-with-a-twist style–and will keep you on the go:

Naturalizer Mirrors Flat
Naturalizer Mirrors Flat | $59.95 at Nordstrom
The kicky pink color makes these flats fun, but the gel inserts and orthotic footbed make them comfortable.  If you’re not into pink (or find the color too limiting), the shoes are also available in black or beige.

Söfft ‘Reva’ Thong Sandal
Söfft ‘Reva’ Thong Sandal | $84.95 at Nordstrom
We’re loving the bright yellow color–sure to spice up the most neutral of outfits.

Geox ‘Priscilla’ Thong Sandal
Geox ‘Priscilla’ Thong Sandal | $114.95 at Nordstrom
Classic and comfortable, these patent leather thong sandals look great with your casual shirts and pants–but they also work when you want to dress up a notch.

Asgi Footwear ‘Leda’ Wedge
Asgi Footwear ‘Leda’ Wedge | $124.95 at Nordstrom
Also available in black, which makes more sense for running around at the playground.

Moms, what are your favorite go-to sandals? Share your style with us in the comments!

9 comments June 12th, 2008

Merona Empire Waist Dress – Plus Size

Merona Empire Waist Dress - Plus Size

Are you ready to turn heads? Go bold with this modern, tropical print. Added bonus? The empire waistline and drawstring waist are as flattering as they are comfortable.

$29.99  at Target.

5 comments June 12th, 2008

Men’s Q&A: Suits for the Shorter Man

Q:  I recently discovered just how difficult it is to buy suits for shorter guys! I am about 5′6" and have a slim physique. I need a dinner suit for weddings/ formal dinners and another suit for work.

Suit for a Short ManA: GQ hit on the 5 most important things a short man should look for in a suit:
(1) Buy Short Length Suits
(2) Wear your pant legs with very little break.
(3) Visually lengthen your arms by showing a little bit of your shirt cuff.
(4) Peak lapels help to visually elongate your body, making you look taller.
(5) Look for suits with a low stance (the place where the two front pieces of the jacket meet). 

Beyond this, be sure to check out the different “How to Buy a Suit” guides by magazines such as GQ and Esquire, and  GQ recently had a feature of “best suits under $500.”  Esquire has an article on the best suits under $500, $1000 and $2000.  GQ also has a general how to buy a suit guide that I highly recommend.

Now there are plenty of guys that wear $500 suits that look $2000 and plenty of guys that wear $2000 suits that look $500. The trick to making any suit look good (even one that is $500) is tailoring and fit.  As for where to go to find this perfect fit, here’s where I would recommend starting your search. 

$250 and below: H&M (really)
$250-$500: J. Crew, Banana Republic,
$500 - $1000: Hugo Boss (I personally love the fit, but we have different body types)
$1000 - $3000: Neiman Marcus, Saks, or Bergdorf (if you are in New York).   Personally, I have found Paul Smith London to be the best fitting designer time and time again, but again my body type is different than yours (6 feet, 185lbs). 
$3000+: Go bespoke…but I don’t recommend your first suit being bespoke.

Have a great tip about how to buy a suit for a shorter man?  Share it with us in the comments!

Pictured: Suit for a Short Man, courtesy of GQ/

6 comments June 11th, 2008

Robert Geller Contrast Collar Shirt

Robert Geller Contrast Collar Shirt

Contrast Collars are fashionable right now. Unfortunately, the contrast collar often conjures up images of Gorden Gekko raking in the dough and scheming people out of their hard earned cash. On top of that, you don’t often see it done casually, at least not well.

This may be an exception. This short sleeve piece comes in a great shade of gray. With a contrast collar and a hidden button placket, it combines two hot trends of the moment. Get it while it (and the trend) is hot.

For $165, you’re paying extra for a superior cut, lightweight fabric and, in Robert Geller, a designer label as well.

$165  at Jake.

Add comment June 11th, 2008

How to Wear a Tank Top and Jeans to Work

Wear to Work: Tank Top + Jeans, Stripey Style

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Wear to Work: Tank Top + Jeans, Nautical Style

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If you’re like me, you have a whole closet full of casual clothes–and not enough great work clothes.  You can make your wardrobe work for you–even at work–if you blend your casual clothes into your work wardrobe.  Lesson 1? You can wear a tank top and jeans to work.  Here’s how:

Wear Dark Jeans:  Dark denim feels more formal than medium or light colored denim, which lends an air of casualness to any outfit.

Slip on Nice Shoes:  If you’re going to wear jeans and a casual tank, up the formality of the outfit with a good pair of shoes.  Heels are preferable, but a good quality pair of flats will also work.

Add a Structured Jacket:  Layer your tank top under a structured jacket or blazer.  The tank top can peek out from under the jacket to add a bit of visual interest, but use the structure of the jacket to up the formality of the outfit.

Work with a Theme:  You’ll look instantly pulled together if you unify the outfit with a theme.  The first outfit pulls together the separate elements using color and stripes.  Notice how the stripes in the tank top echo the stripes in the lurex scarf–and the single vertical stripe on the satchel bag.  The remaining two elements, the bow jacket and the ballet flats are unified through the bright yellow color.  Similarly, the second outfit works with a structured military/nautical theme through the blazer and the handbag.  And the blue color of the tank top is echoed in the flower patterned scarf and the nautical handbag.

Have a great tip about how to wear casual clothes to work? Share your style with us in the comments!

8 comments June 10th, 2008

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