Archive for December, 2008

Standard Multi Stripe Sweater

Standard Multi Stripe Sweater

If you’re looking for a smart variation on the everyday striped sweater, you’re in luck. The horizontal stripes make this sweater a classic, while the varying stripe widths give it a bit of an edge.

$39.99 (sale) at Urban Outfitters.

Add comment December 11th, 2008

Men’s Ready Made Outfit: Herringbone + Tartan

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

Combine two key pieces - a herringbone blazer and a tartan plaid shirt - in one standout outfit.  To keep the look from being too professorlike, the key is to mix fresh looking pieces (e.g. distressed jeans, a skinny tie) with the more distinguished herringbone blazer and tartan plaid shirt.  Here’s how to get the herringbone and tartan plaid look:

1. Start with a snappy tartan plaid shirt.  Look for patterns with a bit of an edge, like this sportily elegant black and white plaid.  Note the flannel fabric, which will give you added protection from the cold on particularly crisp days.
2. Keep things fresh by pairing the fitted tartan plaid shirt with a pair of dark rinse distressed jeans.  A dark rinse jean is an appropriate companion for the preppy plaid shirt, while the distressed details on the jeans give the outfit more life.
3. Slip on a single-breasted herringbone blazer in a fitted cut.  If it’s a three button blazer, button only the middle button.  For a two button blazer, button the top button, but leave the bottom one undone.
4. Polish off the outfit with coordinated accessories: a black skinny tie, a plain black belt, and a pair of oxfords with just a bit of sheen.

How would you wear herringbone and tartan plaid?  Share your style with us in the comments!

2 comments December 10th, 2008

S Loves C by Spring & Clifton Pinstripe Drawstring Dress

S Loves C by Spring & Clifton Pinstriple Drawstring Dress

Don’t you love the laid-back vibe of this drawstring dress? Very 1970s chic - with a modern twist. It may not be weather appropriate right now, but you can stash it in your closet for a beautiful Spring day.

$69.99 (sale) at Urban Outfitters.

2 comments December 10th, 2008

Women’s Plus Pleated Rosette Top

Women’s Plus Pleated Rosette Top

We’re digging this royal purple plus-size top. The portrait neckline frames your face, while the gentle pleats and the rosette exude casual sophistication.

$10 (sale) at Old Navy.

Add comment December 9th, 2008

Welcome, Wall Street Journal Readers!

Wall Street JournalGreetings, Wall Street Journal readers!  I’m honored to report that Omiru was featured in the WSJ’s Blog Watch.  Here’s what Nikki Waller, an editor at the Wall Street Journal Online, says about us:

"Fashion-school graduate Trisha Okubo started Omiru in 2005 to deliver what she calls "real style for real people."  Omiru’s writers answer readers’ questions — including one recently on what to wear to a creative-industry job interview — with tips and examples of garments and accessories from major retailers, such as Banana Republic, Gap and Forever 21. Keeping with Ms. Okubo’s mission of democratizing style, most pieces spotlighted on the site cost less than $100…Readers weary of unrealistic fashion advice in magazines will welcome tips more focused on their lives — looking work-appropriate is a frequent topic — and budgets."

Welcome to Omiru, where you’ll find inspiration and advice that’s as stylish as it is practical.  Here’s a sampling of our favorite posts to get you started:

Fall/Winter 2008’s Best Boots Under $100
Shopping Guide: Six Handbags Under $100
Q&A: How to Transform Your Wardrobe from Formal to Creative
Three Simple Ways to Wear a Scarf
Three Simple Ways to Wear a Little Black Dress
Ready Made Outfit: Modern Katharine Hepburn
Shopping Guide: The Best Plus Size Styles
How to Add Some Spice to a Closet full of Classics
Fashion over Fifty: Five Style Tips
How to Dress up Jeans for Work

Key Menswear Looks for Fall 2008
Men’s Q&A: What to Wear to Interview for a Creative Job
Shopping Guide: Four Essential Bags for Men
Men’s Trend Alert: The Shawl Collar Sweater
Men’s Q&A: How to Transition Your Style from Work to a Night Out
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.

Trisha and the Omiru Team

10 comments December 8th, 2008

You Said: Yes to Velvet

You Said: Yes to Velvet

Urban Renewal Velvet BlazerWe asked: Would you wear Velvet?

You said:  Yes to Velvet, with a close 55%-45% vote.

Style tip? Sure, Velvet may be one of the most classic cold weather fabrics, but it’s not for everyone.  Velvet is what’s known as a "pile" fabric, with fibers that extend upward.  While this "pile" makes velvet somewhat warmer to wear, its thickness, combined with its natural sheen, makes it somewhat difficult to wear.  Our favorite way to wear velvet is on a blazer.  But mix things up and try a blazer in a different silhouette.  Try a long, hip-length style over a cocktail dress (as pictured) or a blouse and high waisted pants. Or try a cropped style, which works great with a high-waisted skirt…during the summer, a long, flowy sundress.

Next question: Patent leather is a classic fabric for shoes and other accessories.  But what do you think?   Tell us, would you wear Patent Leather?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured:  Urban Renewal Velvet Blazer | $58 at Urban Outfitters.

2 comments December 8th, 2008

Feathers on Satin Bow Headwrap

Feathers on Satin Bow Headwrap

If you’re looking for a retro chic hair accessory, look no further than this feathered satin headband. Special thanks to Christa for tuning us into Urban Outfitters’ feathered headbands!

$24 at Urban Outfitters.

Add comment December 8th, 2008

Three Simple Ways to Wear a Little Black Dress

Why does every woman own a Little Black Dress?  Not only are they figure flattering (black is so slimming), but they’re also extremely versatile.  Depending on what you wear with it, a single dress can exhibit multiple personalities.  Here’s what you can do with a LBD and a few simple accessories:

Ladylike Glamour: Capelet + Clutch + Pumps

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

Perfect for an evening out on the town.  The feathered capelet gives this outfit a touch of old-world glamour. 

Free Spirit: Fedora + Wide Belt + Layered Jewelry + Booties

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

A great day-to-evening look - and perfect for a day of art gallery-hopping.

Modern Gamine: Half Sleeve Coat + Brooch + Long Gloves + Heels

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

Channel a modern Audrey Hepburn with a strikingly simple silhouettes and gamine details.

Have a great tip about what to wear with a Little Black Dress? Share it with us in the comments!

4 comments December 5th, 2008

Bellitude Floral Chiffon Dress

Bellitude Floral Chiffon Dress

Don’t you love the floral embellishment on this floaty chiffon dress? Wear it with a textured square jacket, a chic scarf, and jeans for a seasonally-appropriate look.

$39.99 at Ruche.

1 comment December 5th, 2008

How to Wear a Summer Dress in Cold Weather

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

Just because the weather is getting chillier doesn’t mean that you need to put away your summer dresses. Simply pair your warm weather dress with cool weather basics for a look that’s as chic as it is warm.

1. Start with your warm weather dress.  For an extra layer of warmth, you may want to consider a layer of undergarments. Silk traps in heat, and it’s slim enough to not be noticeable under the dress.
2. Bring on the cold weather gear: a puffer vest, a pair of long gloves, and a pair of cozy boots.  Try cashmere gloves for extra warmth.  For cold climates, you may want to switch out the sleeveless puffer vest for a long-sleeved puffer jacket.  Between the puffer jacket and the cashmere gloves, you’ll stay nice and toasty. 
3. Finish off the outfit with a flirty necklace (to echo the sentiment of the dress) and a fits-everything handbag.

How would you wear a warm weather dress in cold weather?  Share your style with us in the comments!

10 comments December 4th, 2008

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