Archive for May, 2009

Q&A: What to Wear to Wimbledon

Q: I’m going to Wimbledon at the end of June and was looking for advice on what to wear.

by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A: London in June is rather cool and somewhat rainy - expect temperatures in the 50s and 60s while you’re at Wimbledon.  You’ll want to be prepared for rain or shine - so plan your wardrobe accordingly.  Here’s a couple of outfit options that will work with London’s finnicky weather: 

Lightweight Sweater + Tee + Long Pants
Pictured: Cashmere Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan | $158 at J Crew, Soft Tee Ruffle Top | $39.50 at J Crew, and Gray Wide Leg Jeans | $49.99 (sale) at Gap.

If the weather is on the cooler side, we’d suggest wearing stylish but comfortable pants with a cute tee.  Toss on a lightweight sweater if it gets breezy.  Keep a light but waterproof jacket around, in case of rain.

Knee Length Dress + Jacket
Pictured: Theory Raineria Dress | $285 at Nordstrom, Linen Collarless Jacket | $130 at Banana Republic, Leather Tuck Lock Satchel | $100.03 at ASOS.

You can hope to wear shorts or skirts on warmer days, so keep a dress and light jacket on hand.  For Wimbledon, we’re loving the look of a tailored shirtdress with a cropped jacket.  Try this Theory shirtdress paired with a short navy jacket for a clean, classic look.

As for footwear, make sure to wear comfortable shoes since you may have some walking to do to view all of the matches.  Flats or low heels will serve you well.

Last thoughts?  Apply sunscreen (rain or shine), and if you’re sensitive to sun, bring a hat for sunny days.  We’d also suggest bringing an umbrella in the somewhat likely case of rain.   

What would you wear to London in June? Share your style tips with us in the comments!

10 comments May 29th, 2009

Asymmetric Chiffon Dress


An oversized floral accent really transforms this tiered chiffon dress into a headturner. Wear with a bold colored handbag - perhaps in gold or red.

$27.80  at Forever 21.

2 comments May 29th, 2009

Spring Summer Fashion Formula #9: Casual Cool in Shorts

Spring Summer Fashion Formula #9
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Temperatures may be rising, but you can keep your cool in a pair of casual shorts.  But casual shorts don’t have to look sloppy, if you pair them with the right elements.  Here’s how to look pulled together, even when you’re wearing a simple top and casual shorts:

1.  Start with a pair of knee length shorts and a cute sleeveless or short sleeved top.  We’re digging the bright yellow color juxtaposed against the clean white.
2.  Add a lightweight layering sweater - for those cool mornings or times when you’re indoors with extra-strong AC.
3.  Finish off the outfit with a brightly colored tote and a pair of statement sandals.  Don’t you love how the seafoam color on the tote makes that bright yellow tunic even more radiant (and vice versa)?

How do you keep it casually cool in shorts?  Share your style with us in the comments!

3 comments May 28th, 2009

Cotton Cashmere Crewneck Sweater


Stock up on these versatile cotton cashmere crewneck pullovers for Fall. Originally $59.50.

$29.99+  (sale) at J Crew.

Add comment May 28th, 2009

Q&A: Summer Shoes for Men

Q: During the summer, I basically feel like I’ve got two choices for footwear with shorts: Teva brand flip flops or Chaco brand sandals. I’d like to get something in more of a ’shoe’ that I can wear without socks. What are some stylish "boat-shoes" or alternatives to boat-shoes?

A: You’re in luck - there are a number of warm weather shoe options open to you that aren’t sandals.  If you want to step out of the house without socks, we’d recommend four types of shoes: boat shoes, tennis shoes, canvas shoes, and driving moccasins. 

The Boat Shoe
Broken In Sperry Top Siders | $98 at J Crew

Sperry makes the classic boat shoe, and their collaboration with J Crew makes these traditional shoes better than ever.  Between the distinctive custom dark wood color, the off white soles, and the cotton chambray lining, you won’t find a more unique boat shoe for under $100.

The Tennis Shoe
Springcourt Low Cut Canvas Shoes | $88 at Steven Alan

Springcourt shoes are the original French tennis shoe , but they’re anything but traditional in terms of features.  We’re loving the convenient four hole ventilation channels - so your feet can breathe easy.

The Canvas Shoe
Zuriick Jakob Mid Top Canvas Shoes | $98 at Oak

These sleek canvas shoes remind us that casual footwear can be as sophisticated as its more formal cousins–and tons more fun.  Love, love, love the ever-so-subtle striping and the bright purple shoe soles.  Editor’s Note: Sizing is limited at Oak, since these shoes are selling fast.  But they were fantastic enough that we wanted to feature them anyways.

The Driving Moccasin
Millbrook Leather Driving Mocs | $128 at J Crew

We’re digging the rich Italian leather on this driving moccasin.  You’ll also enjoy the rubber sole, which gives you extra traction while driving - or just walking around.

Guys, what are your favorite summer shoe picks? Share them with us in the comments!

15 comments May 27th, 2009

Victoria Ruffle Camisole – Petite


The ruffle pleated collar makes this festive camisole a starring part of your wardrobe, equally wearable at work and at a cocktail party. Originally $88.

$49.99  (sale) at J Crew.

3 comments May 27th, 2009

Abstract Floral Print Dress


We’ve got our eyes on Forever 21’s new contemporary line, Love 21, which features hot trends at bargain prices - but is cut for a slightly more mature customer than the Forever 21 line. Don’t you love how you can really make a statement in this bold floral print dress without making a dent in your wallet?

$19.80  at Forever 21.

1 comment May 26th, 2009

You Said: Yes to Chunky Necklaces


vintage-flower-necklace_052509We asked: Would you wear Chunky Necklaces?

You said:  Yes to Chunky Necklaces, with a 73% to 27% vote.

Style tip? The easiest way to dress up a plain outfit - whether it’s a formal Little Black Dress or a casual plain white tee and jeans - is to add a statement accessory.  You can try anything from an oversized handbag to a Gossip Girl style headband, boldly colored shoes to a powerful necklace.  We’re a fan of the chunky necklace, as it adds both elegance and an edge to whatever you pair it with.  Try a chunky necklace with a distinct visual center to draw the most attention to it.

Next question: We’ve been featuring a bunch of outfits for men that include bags.  But we wonder - would you really carry a bag?  Guys, tell us, would you carry a bag to tote your belongings?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Vintage Inspired Flower Necklace | $6.80 at Forever 21

2 comments May 26th, 2009

Sponsored Post: Guess Eyeglasses


At Omiru, we adore statement accessories. Oversized bags. Chunky necklaces. Brightly colored shoes. And for those of us who wear glasses, bold frames–like these deliciously daring purple Guess eyeglasses.

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Add comment May 26th, 2009

Fine Stripe Cardigan


The trick to wearing horizontal stripes without looking wide is to choose a thin stripe. With this fine striped cardigan, you can pull off the horizontal stripe look and still look sleek. Originally $69.50.

$39.99  (sale) at J Crew.

2 comments May 25th, 2009

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