Archive for July, 2008

Ready Made Outfit: Sunny Summer Brights

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

Why does this outfit work?
Yellow and orange make for a striking color combination.  It’s easy to choose one bold color to anchor an outfit, but you get more than double the style points if you successfully combine two bright colors.

Black and white pattern provides a graphic counterpoint to the bright yellow and orange.  Notice how the tiny black and white dot pattern on the sweater is faintly echoed in the tribal border print of the tunic top.

Neutral accessories ground the outfit, which is high on both color and pattern.  The chocolate brown bag complements the warm yellows and oranges, while the gold gladiator sandals provide a bit of extra shine.

What’s your go-to color combination for summer?
  Share it with us in the comments!

Add comment July 31st, 2008

Bauble Ballet Flats

Bauble Ballet Flats

Have some fun with your flats by dousing them in day glo colors. These versatile ballet flats are sure to stir things up.

$24.50  at Old Navy.

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Mens Figure Flattery Guide: Tall

Q:  I have been dressing my 6′10" husband for 11 years and am at a loss as to what he can wear!  Can you help me dress this tall man? I see NBA players wearing designer duds, but darned if I can find anything to fit my basketball player. 

Tom Brady

A: Fear not; tall men have plenty of wardrobe options. Like with the “plump” men question before, dressing a tall man is just a matter of proportion and emphasis.  Oh, and NBA players may wear designer clothing, but that doesn’t mean they are dressed well.  If you want to take your style cues from a pro, follow in the 6’4” Tom Brady’s footsteps. 


Avoid suits with more than three buttons.  I’ll go crazy if I see another 4 or 5 button suit on an athlete.  The answer to the extra long torso is not more buttons; it’s a higher cut lapel.  A two button suit on a tall man can look great if the lapel is cut higher to compensate.  Also, don’t get a suit with a lot of padding in the shoulders.  They aren’t shoulder pads, and you’re not an NFL linebacker. 
As for sleeves, keep the amount of cuff you show to a minimum, but still show a sliver.

Widen your thin torso with your shirts.  Look for lighter colors.  Dark colors narrow your silhouette; light colors widen it.  Wear diagonal or horizontal stripes (but don’t go crazy), wear a pocket square with a jacket or blazer and wear your belt (not wearing a belt is stylish and a good tip for shorter men, but tall men need the width) regardless of the kind of pants you have on.

Make sure your pants are well fitted, not too skinny, not too loose.  DO NOT wear baggy slacks—they’re unflatttering.  And have a generous break on your pants, allowing the pants to hit your shoes. For more casual wear, these tips also apply.  Like with the slacks, have a generous break on chinos and jeans.  And don’t get skinny fit jeans; get a pair of straight leg jeans.

Look for normal or slightly slim ties, under 3.5” at the widest point.  Don’t wear extra-slim ties; tall men usually have long, thin torsos and you want to widen your torso with a wider tie.  Also, you may find that the short end of your tie doesn’t quite reach the loop (the part on the back of the tie that holds the short end in place).  If that’s the case, simply ask your tailor to resew the loop higher. It’s fairly easy and should be cheap to do. 

Can’t find the perfect fit? Get a tailor.
Find a great tailor and let him work.  Fit may be a problem for tall guys.  An extra-large shirt fits nicely in the torso, but it’s too wide in the shoulder.  A large shirt fits better in the shoulder, but then you get screwed on the torso.  The answer?  Buy the shirt that fits in the shoulder (this is ALWAYS the correct way to find the right fit for a shirt) and have the tailor take in the sides.

Have a great tip about what to wear to flatter a tall physique?  Share it with us in the comments!

Pictured: Tom Brady, courtesy of  Tom Brady’s Official Website.

6 comments July 30th, 2008

Mens Printed Lining Hoodies

Mens Printed Lining Hoodies

Here at Omiru, we’re all for classics with a twist. So we were pleased to discover Old Navy’s new printed lining hoodies. From the outside, they look like simple, classic hoodies. But the inside lining features playful prints.

$39.50  at Old Navy.

1 comment July 30th, 2008

Shopping Guide: Botkier for Target

In 2003, Monica Botkier launched her namesake line of handbags. Botkier bags instantly gained cult status among fashionistas for their mix of luxury and functionality–with a downtown edge. A favorite of Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, and Heidi Klum, pricey Botkier bags are usually found at high end department stores and boutiques. Think Barneys, Neiman Marcus, and Fred Segal. But now, five years after the birth of Botkier bags, you can get them for under $50. Here’s our three favorite bags from the Botkier for Target collection:

Botkier for Target Satchel
Botkier for Target Satchel in Gray Python | $39.99 at Target

Botkier for Target Hobo
Botkier for Target Hobo in White Python | $39.99 at Target

Botkier for Target Clutch
Botkier for Target Clutch in Gray Python | $19.99 at Target

4 comments July 29th, 2008

Chain Front Belt

Chain Front Belt

If you’re not into gladiator sandals but still want to add a bit of edge to your wardrobe, why not try a bit of chain detailing?

$15  at Twelve by Twelve.

1 comment July 29th, 2008

You Said: Maybe to Gladiator Sandals

Omiru Poll Result: Maybe to Gladiator Sandals

Mossimo Phoebe Bauble Gladiator SandalsWe asked: Would you wear Gladiator Sandals?

You said:  Maybe.  This vote was pretty close, with 52% of you saying No to Gladiator Sandals and the remaining 48% saying Yes.

Style tip? True to their name, gladiator sandals are by nature a somewhat aggressive shoe.  They bring a bit of an edge to an otherwise neutral outfit.  We love pairing gladiator sandals with pretty skirts and dresses to add a bit of a masculinity to an otherwise feminine outfit.

Next question: Remember when peasant tops were the It shirt of summer a few years ago?  Looks like they may be making a (small) comeback.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you
wear Peasant Tops?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured:  Mossimo Phoebe Bauble Gladiator Sandals| $19.99 at Target.

5 comments July 28th, 2008

Tie Front Skinny Blouse

Tie Front Skinny Blouse from American Eagle

There’s something about a tie-front blouse that’s just so chic. Whether you’re into playful ginghams or sophisticated stripes, American Eagle has the blouse for you.

$39.50  at American Eagle.

3 comments July 28th, 2008

Shopping Guide: Express

Express, which we shop for knits and other basics, has finally opened an online store.  Here’s what we have our eyes on from Express:

Featherweight Dip Dye Tee
Featherweight Dip Dye Tee | $22.50 at Express
A basic tee with some extra personality.  Hooray for Ombre! 

Sleeveless Neck-Tie Top
Sleeveless Neck-Tie Top | $39.50 at Express
We love how this knit tie-neck top can bridge casual and business wear.

Volume Sleeve Crop Top
Volume Sleeve Crop Top | $39.50 at Express
This top is the closest we’re getting to the revived peasant top trend.  We promise!

Front Tie Short Sleeve Shirt
Front Tie Short Sleeve Shirt | $49.50 at Express
Tie-neck detailing turns this short sleeve button down into something special. 

Plaid Mini Skirt
Plaid Mini Skirt | $59.50 at Express
Preppy meets sexy with this plaid miniskirt.  If your legs are less than perfect (or you want to make the mini a bit more modest), try wearing this skirt with dark colored tights (as shown).

Preppy Denim Jacket
Preppy Denim Jacket | $88 at Express
The nipped in waist, gold buttons, and the cropped sleeves make a chic, preppy statement.

6 comments July 25th, 2008

Check Lurex Long Scarf

Check Lurex Long Scarf

Isn’t this bright blue lovely? It’s the perfect antidote for a grey morning.

$24  (approx) at Topshop.

3 comments July 25th, 2008

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