Archive for June, 2009

How to Wear Leggings

How do you wear leggings?  Glad you asked.  We’ve created three outfits for your inspiration pleasure as a case study for how to wear leggings:

Outfit 1: Leggings + Casual Blouse + Miniskirt + Flats

How to Wear Leggings

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Why does this outfit work?  It’s a study in monochromatic dressing—perfect for those of you who are hesitant about trying leggings out.  The grey blouse pairs well with the grey miniskirt—and the grey leggings.  This kind of monochromatic dressing is great for petites, as it creates an unbroken vertical line, making you look taller.  Visual interest is added to the outfit with a pair of royal blue flats and a structured handbag to match. 

Outfit 2: Leggings + Tunic + Jacket + Boots

How to Wear Leggings

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One of the easiest ways to wear leggings is to pair them with a tunic.  We chose a tunic in bright blue to add a visual punch.  Paired with the bright blue tunic is a pair of leggings in a darker blue color, to create a unified look.  We added a short sleeved jacket to layer over the tunic—with a bonus shot of style in the form of a checkerboard plaid pattern.  We finished off the outfit with a pair of ankle boots for a sleek, sophisticated look.

Outfit 3: Leggings + Casual Dress + Pumps

How to Wear Leggings

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Wearing a dress over leggings is a popular way to layer.  We have two dress recommendations for pairing over leggings: (1) a close fitting dress (such as a knit dress), cinched with a wide belt, or (2) a billowy bohemian style casual dress.  Whether you go with the close fitting or the more loose fitting dress, choose one that falls at or above the knee for the most flattering silhouette and best effect.  P.S. Don’t you love that clutch handbag?  It instantly dresses up the knit dress.

We’ll leave you with five last thoughts on how to wear leggings:

(1) When you wear a shirt over leggings, your shirt shouldn’t fall past the middle of your thigh.  Any lower will throw off your proportions.

(2) When you wear a dress over leggings, the rule is that your dress should fall at or above your knee.  If your dress falls below your knee, you run the risk of visually cutting off your legs.  Not very flattering.

(3) The key to wearing leggings in style is to get the big-over-small silhouette.  So when you choose a shirt to pair with your leggings, look for a roomy shirt that’s anything but skintight.  Skintight top + skintight leggings = Minus points for style.

(4) When you look for shoes to pair with your leggings, look for three styles: flats, boots, and pumps.  Other types of shoes tend not to work as well as these three styles.  Our personal favorite is booties with leggings for a rocker chick inspired look.

(5) Our last tip will help you choose a color for your leggings.  When choosing a color for your leggings, we recommend echoing another color already existing in your outfit.  That is, if you already have grey in your outfit, a grey pair of leggings could be a great choice.  But if you don’t already have red in your outfit, don’t try to slip on a pair of red leggings.  Or do it knowing that it’s either going to be either fabulous or frightening…nothing in between.

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

18 comments June 15th, 2009

Silence and Noise Tubular Cowl Tunic


The tubular detailing on this tunic is simply stunning! If you dare (and have fabulous legs), wear this tunic as a dress…or over a pair of leggings. For the rest of us, we’ll try it paired with a nice trouser jean for a small-over-big silhouette.

$48  at Urban Outfitters.

2 comments June 15th, 2009

You Said: No to Ripped Up Jeans


authentic-destroyed-wash-straight-jean_060809We asked: Would you wear Ripped Up Jeans?

You said:  No to Ripped Up Jeans, with a 65% to 35% vote.

Style tip? Ripped Up Jeans are one of the biggest trends for Summer 2009–but it’s not being welcomed by the very practical Omiru community.  It’s no wonder - these distressed jeans aren’t really for every occasion….and really wouldn’t work at work, even on Casual Friday.  But for those weekend days, if you really want to wear Ripped Up Jeans, we’d recommend pairing them with an sophisticated top - think a well-tailored blazer or a classic white shirt to create a elegant-with-an-edge look.  BTW: this advice holds true for both women and men.

Next question: Jelly Shoes rocked in the 80s, and they’re making a comeback this year…in much more sophisticated styles, thank goodness.  But what do you think about Jelly Shoes?  Tell us, would you wear Jelly Shoes?   Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Straight Jean - Authentic Destroyed Wash | $39.50 at American Eagle

6 comments June 14th, 2009

Linen Paper Bag Skirt


Cinch your waist with this paper bag skirt in a summery linen. Pair it with a fitted top for the most flattering look.

$50  at Tulle.

1 comment June 14th, 2009

Q&A: What to Wear in Spain during the Summer

Pictured: Short Sleeve Twist Detail Top | $34.30 (sale, originally $49) at Banana Republic, Cotton Smocked Skirt | $55.20 (sale, originally $69) at Banana Republic, and Cotton Bonbon Dress | $78 at J Crew.

Seems that Spain is a hot summer destination, based on the number of questions we’ve been getting about what to wear on Spanish summer getaways.  For all of you Omiru readers who will be vacationing there this summer, here’s our guide for what to wear in Spain this summer:

Our reader questions center on three Spanish destinations: Madrid, Barcelona, and Costa Brava.  Madrid is going to be the hottest of the three, with temperatures in the 90s during the day, and 60s at night.  June is slightly more mild, but July and August are stiflingly hot - so make sure to get a hotel with good air conditioning. 

Barcelona and Costa Brava are going to be more comfortable than Madrid.  Barcelona in June is going to be in the mid 70s, dipping into the low 60s at night.  In July, the weather heats up to the high 70s or 80s during the day.  As for Costa Brava, look for temperatures in the high 70s during the day and mid 60s at night.

To stay comfortable in this toasty weather, here’s what you need to pack for your trip to Spain:

Tops: Breathable knits and woven shirts are going to be your best bet.  Pack an assortment of layering tees (roll them up to be most space-efficient when packing), plus a few short sleeved cotton or linen shirts.  Extra style points for bright colors–perfect for such a festive vacation spot.

Sweaters: A lightweight sweater (or two, max) will do the trick.

Pack a nice bright dress for evenings out on the town.  Extra style points for trying out exotic prints.

Outerwear: Pack a single lightweight jacket for nighttime.

Bottoms: Shorts and cropped pants are going to be the most weather-appropriate.  If you’re a skirt kind of gal, feel free to pack a skirt or two as well.  We’re loving the breezy chic look of a layered cotton smocked skirt–very flirty and extremely versatile.

Accessories: Sunglasses (oversized for drama), a hat to protect your face from the sun, and a scarf (optional) for layering.  Check the weather forecast before you leave to see if you need a travel umbrella; rain is rare but not unheard of.

Shoes:  Sandals are going to be a must–but choose ones that you’re comfortable walking in.  Also pack a pair of flip flops for the beach.

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

17 comments June 12th, 2009

Lightweight Horizontal Stripe Hoodie


We’re firmly behind Horizontal Stripes, for this summer and beyond. Wear this lightweight hoodie with a pair of dark straight leg jeans and a brightly colored tee for a simple yet stylish summer look.

$39.50  at American Eagle.

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How to Wear an Oversized Blazer

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It’s no secret that we’re big fans of of the oversized, man-tailored blazer.  The look is very sophisticated and worldly, with a European flair.  But how do you wear an oversized blazer?  Omiru shows you how to wear an oversized blazer without looking overpowered:

1.  Start with an oversized blazer that hits at hip-length.  We love the dramatic shawl collar on this dinner jacket.
2.  Layer a fitted blouse underneath the oversized blazer.  We chose a bright green ruffled blouse to pair with the white dinner jacket.  The bright color makes the white in the blazer pop (and vice versa), and the ruffles add a bit of visual drama, drawing attention up to your face.
3.  Slip on a fitted skirt under the oversized blazer to complete the big-over-small look.  The core of your outfit - the blouse and the skirt - should fit somewhat snugly in order to contrast with the oversized blazer. 
4.  Finish off the outfit with a tote bag and a pair of chic ankle boots.  We love how the brown accessories pair with the bright green and bright blue in the outfit.

BTW - this is a great outfit for work, especially if you work in a creative environment.

How would you wear an oversized blazer?  Share your style with us in the comments!

6 comments June 11th, 2009

Paisley Maxi Dress with Beading


You may have said No to Maxi Dresses, but this gorgeous paisley dress may help change your mind. Wear it for a worldly, colorful, and youthful summer look.

$46.34  at ASOS.

6 comments June 11th, 2009

2009 Mens Fashion: Wearable Mens Fashion Trends for Summer 2009

Mens fashion trends for Summer 2009 range from the tailored to the rugged to the preppy.  Think white jeans, pocketed parkas, classic slim fit v-neck sweaters, moccasins, sharp blazers, and classic Ray Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses.  But what are our favorite items that actually deserve a place in your closet?  Omiru’s guide to summer 2009 mens fashion trends cuts to the chase to deliver the five items you’ll be reaching for over and over this summer.

Baseball Jacket
Baracuta G10 Slimfit Sport Harrington Jacket | $130 (approx) at Baracuta

Is there anything more reminiscent of Americana than the classic baseball jacket?  Brings us back to the good old days - when the sport was more about the players and less about performance drugs.  For those of you who want to evoke that Americana spirit, we have a classic baseball jacket (though ironically made by a British company) that’s even better than the original.  We’re digging the slim cut on Baracuta’s Harrington jacket–it puts the style back into the sport.

Lightweight Shawl Collar Sweater
Linen Cotton Caine Shawl Cardigan | $88 at J Crew

You loved shawl collar sweaters last Winter in chunky knits.  Now, continue your love affair with the shawl collar with a lightweight cotton version of the sweater that’s destined to become a classic.  Perfect for those balmy summer nights—or days in heavily air conditioned rooms.  BTW–these sweaters have to be our favorite 2009 mens fashion trend.

Horizontal Stripes
Lightweight Cotton Wool Admiral Stripe Crewneck | $62 at J Crew

We called Horizontal Stripes as a key menswear trend way back when, in April 2008.  But it’s just as relevant now as it was then.  Not to mention that The Upgrader over at featured these stylish stripes last month in a horizontal stripe trend report piece (btw, we love the tongue-in-cheek “cost per stripe” calculation on each item).  The key takeaway?  Wear these horizontal stripes—on t-shirts, sweaters, and even hoodies. 

Madras Plaid Shorts

Olive Madras Club Short | $59.50 at J Crew

Crisp and light, Madras plaid is named after its city of origin, a warm city in Southern India.  True to its roots, Madras plaid is carefree, youthful, and colorful.  Add in a dose of preppy—and they’re the perfect fabric for a pair of summer shorts.  Get your plaid on with a versatile green-and-blue pattern from J Crew.  Fun fact about Madras plaid?  In the US, Madras plaid is a popular summer choice for both men and women.  But back in India, it’s worn almost exclusively by men. 

Aviator Sunglasses
Selima Optique for J Crew Aviator Sunglasses | $198 at J Crew

Aviators have been popular since the 1960s, but they’re back with a Top Gun like rage this summer.  The teardrop shape of these sunglasses is flattering on a variety of face shapes.  Plus, their oversized style makes them a celebrity favorite.  Grab a pair of designer aviators for a price that’s somewhat less than designer (though still not cheap, we know).  It’s worth it though – Selima Optique is known for their luxury sunglasses.

Tell us, what Summer 2009 mens fashion trends will you be wearing?  And which trends will you be steering clear of?  Share your style with us in the comments!

4 comments June 10th, 2009

Xhilaration Tameka Flat Snakeskin Sandals


Strap details, snakeskin, and jewel embellishments are all key shoe trends for summer. And they all manage to combine into one chic package with these Tameka flat sandals. We’re a fan!

$19.99  at Target.

1 comment June 10th, 2009

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