Archive for November, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi everyone,

Happy Thanksgiving!  Wishing you safe travels, quality time with family and friends, and copious quantities of yummy food.  And for those of you who dare to shop Black Friday, best of luck in snagging those deals.

As for us, we’ll be taking a mini-break for the Thanksgiving holiday, but we’ll be back with more fashion inspiration bright and early next Monday morning.

Until then, we’re giving thanks for you!  Thank you for your insightful comments.  Thank you for your helpful advice.  And thank you for your continued support of Omiru–it’s been nothing short of extraordinary.  Three cheers for you!

Trisha and the Omiru Team

2 comments November 27th, 2008

Mens Ready Made Outfit: Meet the Family

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

Though it feels like Halloween was just last week, Thanksgiving is already upon us.  Time to pack our bags, gear up for marathon eating sessions, and head home to see family.  Whether you’re visiting your folks or your SO’s family, you’ll want to put your best foot forward.  Here’s a casually sophisticated outfit that will do the trick:

1. Start with a basic pair of chinos.  For the most flattering look, try a flat front chino–no pleats.
2. Put on a patterned dress shirt.  The quietly chic tattersall print on this shirt speaks volumes about your sense of style. When in doubt, go with stripes or checks in a distinctive color combination. 
3. Layer on a cozy cardigan.  Bonus style points for (1) a chunky hand-woven knit, and (2) a shawl collar on the cardigan (as pictured). 
4. Finish the look off with sophisticated accessories: a tartan print scarf that echoes the tattersall print on the shirt, casual loafers, and an overnight bag that reflects your impeccable personal style.

What will you wear to meet the family?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Add comment November 26th, 2008

Ombre Plaid Coat

Ombre Plaid Coat

Plaid is really stepping up its game this season. We love the oversized collar, cropped sleeves, and dropped waistline on this chic plaid coat.

$98 at Urban Outfitters.

2 comments November 26th, 2008

Q&A: Three Simple Ways to Wear a Scarf

Q: Since you mention scarves in a lot of your articles, I decided to buy three really cute scarves. But now I don’t know how to wear them. I mean, I can guess with what - but how exactly are scarves worn right now? Whenever I see celebrities wear scarves I wonder how they make it look so effortless.

by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A: Scarves are a versatile, inexpensive accessory that can add color, pattern and dimension to any wardrobe.  Here’s three super simple ways to wear them:

The Fold and Loop

Diamond Gingham Scarf
Diamond Gingham Scarf | $22.75 (approx) at Topshop

My favorite way to wear a scarf it to take a long one, fold it in half, and wrap it around your neck.  Take the side with the ends and pull it through the loop created by the other side.  I love to wear a long scarf on a windy day and have the breeze catch it and make it flutter.
Best For: Lightweight pashmina-type scarves.

The Basic Neck Wrap
AE Multi Check Scarf
AE Multicheck Scarf | $19.50 at American Eagle

Simply wrap the scarf around your neck once and then just let the ends drop where they will.  I think this method is appropriate for indoor wear, as it adds color without overwhelming the wearer or the outfit.  Keep in mind though that it does look pretentious to wear a big cashmere scarf wrapped once or twice around the neck when one is inside.
Best For: Long, narrow scarves.

The Square Tie
Buckle Satin Scarf
Buckle Satin Scarf | $7.80 at Forever 21

With a square scarf, you can place one pointed side down in front of your neck, and then take the ends and wrap once around your neck ending with a little tie. 
Best For: Small to medium sized square scarves.

Bonus scarf looks?  Try wrapping a scarf around your head à la Jackie O.  Very 60s chic.  Or tie a short scarf around a ponytail for a refreshingly youthful look.

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

14 comments November 25th, 2008

Cordelia Tweed Cropped Jacket

Cordelia Tweed Cropped Jacket

Isn’t this cropped tweed jacket the picture of affordable elegance? I love the 3/4 sleeves and the pleated grosgrain ruffles at the neckline.

$32.80 at Forever 21.

3 comments November 25th, 2008

You Said: Yes to Fair Isle Sweaters

You Said: Yes to Fair Isle Sweaters

Ecote Fairisle Open CardiganWe asked: Would you wear Fair Isle Sweaters?

You said:  Yes to Fair Isle Sweaters, which were voted in 55% to 45%.

Style tip? The multi-color knitted patterns characteristic of Fair Isle sweaters always remind us of Winter.  They’re perfect for a ski date in the mountains, but they also work for a day in the city.  Juxtapose the rustic Fair Isle sweater against a sophisticated skirt and a chic winter coat.  If you dare, try mixing textures - the knit sweater and a sequined skirt would make for a glamourous combination.

Next question: Headbands have been a celebrity style staple since the premiere of Gossip Girl.  But what do you think?   Tell us, would you wear a Headband?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured:  Ecote Fairisle Open Cardigan| $54 at Urban Outfitters.

5 comments November 24th, 2008

Washed Wool Tartan Scarf

Washed Wool Tartan Scarf

Wrap yourself in plaid with a scarf that’s as chic as it is warm. Perfect for Fall, Winter…and beyond.

$29.99 (sale) at J Crew.

Add comment November 24th, 2008

Trend Alert: Sophisticated Ruffles

Who says that you can’t have your cake and eat it too?  Ruffles are decidedly feminine, but they don’t have to look girly.  Their youthful spirit can be tempered with a dash of adult tailoring for a look that’s less about frills and romance and more about playful sophistication.

Our $ Picks:

Issac Mizrahi Ruffle Neck Blouse
Issac Mizrahi Ruffle Neck Blouse | $22.90 at Target
Frame your lovely face with Issac Mizrahi’s dramatic ruffle neck blouse.  

Ruffle Sandals
Ruffle Sandals | $29.50 at Gap
Add a ladylike touch to your sandals with gorgeous purple ruffles.

Frill Hem Spot Skirt
Frill Hem Spot Skirt | $42 (approx) at Topshop
Ruffles add a kicky touch to this playful miniskirt.

Ruffle Neck Shift Dress
Ruffle Neck Shift Dress | $42.99 (sale) at Gap
For the most figure flattering effect, wear a wide belt with this ruffle neck shift dress to help define your figure.

Our $$ Pick:

Dotted Victoria Ruffle Cami
Dotted Victoria Ruffle Cami | $98 at J Crew
This versatile ruffled camisole will pair perfectly under a crisp suit jacket - or with a loud patterned skirt.

Our $$$ Picks:
Sulden Wool 3-Button Jacket
Sulden Wool 3-Button Jacket | $199 at Ann Taylor
Perfectly tailored and ruffled to boot, this jacket gives you the best of both worlds.

Ruffle Collar Wool Coat
Ruffle Collar Wool Coat | $280 (sale) at Kenneth Cole
Make a powerful style statement with this dramatic ruffle collared coat.

2 comments November 21st, 2008

Knitted Black Button Cardigan

Knitted Black Button Cardigan

Spotted: a versatile black cardigan that will take you through the cold winter months. The heavy knit makes it a bit more expensive, but it’s worth the price–and the warmth!

$80 at Topman.

1 comment November 21st, 2008

Ready Made Outfit: Preppy Princess

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

There’s something so chic about the Upper East Side’s patrician style.  Think piped blazers, pinstripes, tiny polka dots, argyle, ruffles, and, of course, killer accessories.  Be the picture of youthful elegance with this upscale collegiate-inspired look:

1. Pick up a perfectly preppy top: an elegant polka dotted blouse with a classic bateau-neck.
2. Pair the ladylike blouse with a youthfully sophisticated skirt.  This tiered ruffled miniskirt is a fresh take on a polished classic.
3. Layer on a piped blazer to give the look an elegant collegiate appeal.
4. Finish the outfit off with refined accessories: a multi-strand gold chain necklace, a chic hobo bag, and a killer pair of ankle boots.

How would you wear Preppy Princess fashion?  Share your style with us in the comments!

3 comments November 20th, 2008

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