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Fashion 101: Omiru’s Womenswear Spring Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Spring/Summer 2009 Capsule Wardrobe
Want to take a closer look at the capsule wardrobe?  Here’s more information about it.

Back by popular demand is Omiru’s capsule wardrobe, updated for Spring/Summer 2009.  As with our Fall/Winter capsule wardrobe, these foundation pieces were meticulously chosen with versatility in mind.    Our purposefully small capsule wardrobe covers a range of classic styles - trendproof pieces that are worth investing in.  Notice the mix of high and low that is the signature of a stylish woman’s wardrobe–and the fact that a few of the pieces repeat from our Fall/Winter foundation wardrobe.  From the classic trench to the perfect pair of blue jeans, these are the pieces that are worth building a wardrobe around.

Presenting Omiru’s Womenswear Spring Summer Capsule Wardrobe:

The Classic Trenchcoat: Pick a neutral color for your classic trench; this is a piece that will be with you for years to come. 

The Hip Length Blazer:
A hip length blazer in a versatile grey fabric will take you from day to evening.

The Casual Jacket:
Mix things up with a short sleeved jacket - great for layering.

The Day Dress: An unstructured floaty style will work alone - or paired with pants.

The Patterned Sweater: Add visual interest to any outfit with a patterned sweater.

The Smart Cardigan: Try a classic cardigan with a twist - two button-adorned pockets at the waistline.

The Dressy Tank: A simple tank can go from casual to fabulous in a sumptuous fabric or artistic pattern.

The Layering Tank: A staple of your wardrobe, year round.  Choose a nice bright color that you would love to see peeking out from under a blouse or sweater.

The Dressy Blouse: Make a simple blouse visually Pop with a bright bold color.

The Button Down Shirt: The classic white button down is one of the most versatile shirts you’ll ever own.  Wear it year round.
The Casual Top: Look for a top with unique details - like the black trim that outlines this halter top.

The Drapey Blouse: Dress this blouse up or down - it pairs equally well with casual jeans as it does formal skirts and pants.

The Perfect Fit Jeans: Keep your favorite jeans in your closet year-round.

The Tailored Trousers: Quality fabrics and great details (like the sailor buttons) make these trousers the pants you’ll keep reaching into your closet for.

The Knee Length Shorts: Try a solid colored knee length short for a spiffy, flattering look.

The Warm Weather Skirt: Mix things up with an interesting pattern - like these polka dots.

Last thoughts?  This capsule wardrobe is best used as a blueprint for your own wardrobe.  Use it as a guide, not as a straight shopping list.  We intend for these pieces to inspire you to make your own wardrobe choices - so your closet has your own personal stamp.

Let the inspiration begin!
Trisha and the Omiru Team

5 comments March 24th, 2009

Fab Croc Wallet


Exotic skins like Crocodile are pure style, but you don’t need to splurge for the Real Deal to add some spice to your outfit. We’re loving this faux Croc skin in a bright sunny yellow. Save a buck, and save a life!

$9.50  at Forever 21.

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You Said: Yes to Pretty Florals


chiffon-flower-headband_032309We asked: Would you wear Pretty Florals?

You said:  Yes to Pretty Florals, with an 80% to 20% vote.

Style tip? Wearing Florals doesn’t have to mean a wildly patterned blouse or dress.  If you’re a fan of the trend, but you’re not so into floral prints, you can also try wearing flowers as accessories - as on a headband, a brooch, or even a belt.

Next question: We’re seeing Cropped Pants all over store windows - a sure sign that it’s Spring.  And while they’re a Spring staple, Cropped Pants can be difficult to wear, as they visually shorten your legs (and consequently, you).  Would you wear Cropped Pants?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Chiffon Flower Headband | $4.80 at Forever 21

3 comments March 23rd, 2009

Campus Stripe Cardigan


Now here’s a statement cardigan that’s surprisingly versatile to boot. Added bonus? It’s machine washable.

$79.50  at J Crew.

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Q&A: What to Wear in Tropical Tobago

Q: I’m going on vacation to tropical Tobago for 5 days and planning on taking only a small suitcase.  What do you recommend packing so I will be comfortable travelling from chilly NYC? Also, I’m planning on bringing a few hats - any tips on how to pack them?

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by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A: To transition seamlessly from chilly New York to tropical Tobago, try a lightweight cashmere sweater over jeans.  It’s a comfortable casual outfit that travels well on a plane.  Add a pashmina for style - and to use as a blanket on the plane.  If you carry a large handbag on the plane, you can toss the pashmina right into the bag upon your arrival in Tobago.

While in Tobago, you’ll want to be ready for temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Here’s what you need to bring:

Tops: Pack some cotton tees and tank tops, as well as one dressier top.

Sweaters: A single cotton sweater will suffice.

Bottoms: Bring one pair of shorts and one pair of cropped pants.  You can also bring a casual skirt, if you’re going to need to dress up.

Dresses: One sundress should be enough for your short trip.

Shoes: One pair of flip flops for the pool and beach, and one pair of shoes that works for dressier occasions.

Accessories: Hats and sunglasses are a must, since sunny Tobago is so close to the equator.  Try to stay out of direct sun for long periods of time; try shady spots under umbrellas and trees.  Don’t forget your sunscreen!

As for packing hats, be sure to stuff them with tissue paper before attempting to fold them or place them in your suitcase.  Should you wish to bring a structured hat that could be damaged, purchase a hatbox.

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

6 comments March 20th, 2009

Cropped Duffle Coat


Pair this duffle coat with anything from dark rinse jeans to white trousers for a clean cut look.

$80.49 at ASOS.

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6 Spring Essentials to Spruce Up Your Wardrobe

It may not be the right time to give your wardrobe an overhaul, but it is time to do some Spring cleaning on your closet.  Start packing away your Winter wardrobe, and bring out your Spring brights.  When you’re done, fill in the gaps in your wardrobe with these six Spring essentials:

The Elegant Day Dress
Silk Ruffle Dress | $130 at Banana Republic

The Signature Jacket
Bright Lady Coat | $175 at Banana Republic

The Go-Anywhere Blouse
Victoria Ruffle Cami | $88 at J Crew

The Long Cardigan
Long and Lean Cardigan Sweater | $41.65 (sale) at Martin + Osa

The Full Skirt
Cotton Sateen Gateau Skirt | $69.50 at J Crew

Trouser Pants
The Perfect Denim Trouser | $59.50 at Gap

What key pieces will you be wearing for Spring?
  Share with us in the comments!

9 comments March 19th, 2009

Mindy Patent Flats


These shiny patent flats are a sophisticated way to punch up your work wardrobe.

$15.80 at Forever 21.

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Mens Shopping Guide: Seven Spring Wardrobe Essentials

From a fresh Gingham shirt to classic grey jeans, here are seven Spring wardrobe essentials to add to your closet:

The Gingham Shirt
Baird McNutt Linen Shirt in Classic Gingham | $79.50 at J Crew

The Pocketed Polo
Military Polo | $39.50 at Martin + Osa

The Go-Everywhere Sweater
All-Son Full Zip Sweater with Pockets | $68 at Urban Outfitters

The Layering Hoodie
Heavyweight Slub Jersey Hooded Henley | $59.50 at J Crew

The Rugged (yet Urban) Jacket
Military Jacket | $88 at Gap

The Grey Jeans
Vintage Slim Fit Garment Dyed Denim | $98 at J Crew

The Classic Sneaker
Jack Purcell Distressed Sneakers | $65 at J Crew

What are your favorite Spring essentials?  Share them with us in the comments!

6 comments March 18th, 2009

Fitted Madras Plaid Shirt


Outfit yourself in a lighweight Madras Plaid shirt as you transition into your Spring wardrobe.

$49.50 at Gap.

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