Archive for June, 2009

Fashion Trend 2009 Picks: Omiru’s Top 5 Summer 2009 Fashion Trends

When you think Fashion Trends for 2009, what do you think?  We dug through our Fashion Week archives, and we saw One Shoulder Dresses, Sheer Fabrics, Butterflies, Ripped Jeans, The Color Orange, Ruffles and Bows, Neon Colors, Metallics, Exotic Prints, Asymmetry, Fringe, Statement Accessories…just to name a few.  But out of this melting pot of styles, what are the key trends—and what are the trends to pass up?  Omiru has answers for you.  We sorted through this season’s trends to bring you Omiru’s Fashion Trend 2009 picks, summer edition:

The Color Gold
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Wide Bangles | $16.85 at ASOS

Sure, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but it’s hard to go wrong with Gold.  Metallics are back in full force for Summer 2009, and Gold’s warmth radiated from the runways.  Wear Gold with similarly warm hues—reds, oranges, and yellows work wonders paired with Gold.  If you’re feeling bold, try a cocktail dress (or a pretty tank, with or without a fitted blazer) in Gold.  Or if you’re not quite ready for Gold to take the spotlight, dip your toes into the trend (literally) with a pair of Gold colored sandals or espadrilles.  Or pile on a set of gold bracelets to dress up a simple cocktail dress.

The Blazer
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White Blazer | $150 at Banana Republic

Blazers represent the the tailored theme that arose from our fashion trend 2009 picks.  Whether you choose a style that’s cropped or man-tailored, we encourage you to make blazers a central part of your summer wardrobe.  They’re great at adding a tailored touch to an otherwise casual outfit.  After all, when you slip on a blazer, you feel instantly pulled together.  So pluck the blazers from your work wardrobe and wear them on the weekend, just paired with different clothes.  Nothing says “simple and sexy” better than a fitted black blazer over a white tee and jeans.

Ruffle Details
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Soft Tee Ruffle Top | $39.50 at J Crew

Ruffles aren’t just for girls—real women can wear ruffles too!  It’s all in how you wear them.  While girls can get away with frilly dresses with ruffles all over, grown women would do better with sophisticated, strategically placed ruffles.  Style tip?  A line of ruffles adds visual volume.  Women with a small bust can visually enhance what they have with a line of ruffles at the bustline.

White Jeans

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White Straight Leg Jeans | $59.50 at Gap

White Jeans are as summery as a picnic in the park.  Though, they probably don’t mix—beware of (grass) stains on these sophisticated jeans.  White jeans are a welcome contrast to the standard issue dark blue straight leg jean—not to mention that they’re a little dressier and a tad more sophisticated.  But the beauty is that they pair with just about everything that works with blue jeans.  So instead of reaching for your well-worn pair of designer blue jeans, try something a bit different and slip on a pair of white jeans instead.

Exotic Prints
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Ikat Halter Dress | $225 at J Crew

From Ikat prints to paisley to Madras plaid, exotic prints are the perfect ingredient to add some spice to your summer wardrobe.  Choose warm, bright colors to add to the playfulness of your exotic prints.  We love a head-to-toe print, like this Ikat halter dress by J Crew, but if you’re just feeling out the exotic print trend, you could try a simple blouse paired with a classic cardigan.

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

12 comments June 9th, 2009

Solid Cotton Cashmere Cardigan

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Paired with dark rinse jeans and a simple plain white tee, this cardigan is a modern classic. In order to avoid the Grandpa look, be conscious of the fit of the cardigan as you shop. The ideal cardigan has a snug fit–so put it back on the rack if it’s too roomy.

$39.99+  at J Crew.

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You Said: Yes to Gladiator Sandals

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petrova-gladiator-sandals_060509We asked: Would you wear Gladiator Sandals?

You said:  Yes to Gladiator Sandals (barely), with a 52% to 48% vote.

Style tip? Gladiator sandals - you either love them or you hate them.  If you love them, you’ve probably already embraced how they add a funky edge to casual outfits–from a tank and jeans to a summer sundress.  If you’re not on the Gladiator sandal bandwagon, we encourage you to try these strappy shoes–at least, in the store.  We’d recommend nontraditional styles that don’t scream Ancient Rome–like these thoroughly modern heeled Gladiator sandals from Mossimo.

Next question: Distressed jeans are a huge trend for Summer 2009.  But while ripped up jeans work for the uber-trendy, they’re really not for every occasion (or everyone).  Tell us, would you wear Ripped Up Jeans?   Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Mossimo Petrova Gladiator Sandals | $29.99 at Target

2 comments June 8th, 2009

Abaeté for Payless Helm Heel

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It’s no secret that we love nautical style here at Omiru. Sailor stripes, rope detailing, and a crisp navy blue and white color palette make us swoon. Now we have nautical style in shoe form, just in time for summer. Courtesy of designer Laura Poretzky for Abaeté.

$38  at Payless.

2 comments June 8th, 2009

Wear to Work: Mix the Tailored and the Unstructured

Wear to Work
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The tailored blazer is a cornerstone of your work wardrobe in a business formal office - but it can work wonders even in a business casual environment.  Simply pair your blazer with more unstructured pieces to make it more casual.  Here’s how to get the business casual look with a blazer:

1.  Start with a crested blazer - the epitome of old-world style.
2.  Layer a drapey, romantic blouse under the tailored blazer.
3.  Add a fluid skirt in a color complementary to the jacket.  To pull the outfit together, we chose a bright blue to pair with the navy jacket.
4.  Accessorize with a pair of pumps and a structured work bag.  Bonus points for a bright pair of shoes to warm up the outfit–we’re digging the bright yellow juxtaposed against the blue blazer and skirt.

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

3 comments June 5th, 2009

Eagle Madras Shirt

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Spice up your wardrobe with this warm red shirt in Madras plaid.

$39.50  at American Eagle.

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Womens Summer Shoes: Omiru’s Guide to Wearable Summer 2009 Shoe Trends

Whether you’re going out on the town, exploring local backroads, or just lounging around with friends and family, you’re going to want a variety of stylish summer shoes for every occasion.  But what kinds of shoes should you be considering to add to your collection, beyond your closet full of flip flops, classic canvas sneakers, and summery espadrilles?  Omiru’s guide to womens summer shoes dissects this summer’s shoewear trends and shows you what shoes you’ll want to wear (or at least be aware of) this summer:

Ballet Flats
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Jeffrey Campbell Pearl Flat | $109.95 at Nordstrom

In a word, ballet flats are classic.  They mix form and function, and they’re a wonderful shoe for women on the go.  Grab a pair of ballet flats in a bright color to give a modern twist on the sophisticated classic.  Or opt for a metallic ballet flat that will help ground an outfit full of bright colors and patterns.  For more inspiration, you may also want to check out Omiru’s shopping guide for beautiful ballet flats.

Jelly Shoes
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Tod’s Jelly Thong Sandal | $117 (sale, originally $175) at Neiman Marcus

Jelly shoes have come a long way since the 1980s.  Today’s Jelly shoes take the best of the plastic summer shoe you remember and add a real dose of style.  Take Tod’s Jelly sandals, for example.  We’re loving the sleek foot harness and the thoughtful tassel detailing.  And you really can’t beat that bright orange color—the perfect shade for womens summer shoes.

Caged Shoes
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Jada Cage Stiletto | $29.80 at Forever 21

For the adventurous, caged shoes add an edge to even the plainest of outfits.  They’re inspired by Stefano Pilati’s caged ankle boots for YSL’s runway collection.  They’re certainly runway material, but these summer shoes are more difficult to pull off in Real Life.  Plus, we wouldn’t recommend them on super sunny days, as they could leave a distinctive tanline on your feet.  If you dare, try these cage shoes with a outfit that keeps you covered up, such as a simple dress.  If you’re wearing shoes like these, we’d recommend keeping the rest of your outfit relatively conservative. 

Driving Mocs

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Catalina Metallic Leather Driving Mocs | $99.99 (sale, originally $140) at J Crew

We’re huge fans of driving mocs, both for women and for men.  Driving mocs were meant, originally, for driving—hence the rubberized soles that help you grip the pedals.  But they work for so much more.  Pair your driving mocs with a simple Capri pant and blouse.  Or let them provide a classic foundation to a casual pair of jeans and a cute top.

Gladiator Sandals
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Merona Edwina Gladiator Sandal | $24.99 at Target

Gladiator Sandals have divided the fashion community—you either love them or you hate them. Gladiator Sandals make a distinctive shoe style statement for those who dare to wear them.  We like to see them paired with simple, casual clothes to give summer basics a bit of an edge.  For those of you who are on the fence about Gladiators, you may want to try Merona’s version of an elegant Gladiator sandal.  It’s a combo summer shoe – so you get the height (and comfort) of a wedge sandal with the style of a Gladiator sandal.

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

9 comments June 4th, 2009

Roll Up Sleeve Nightgown

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What’s sexier than wearing a borrowed man’s shirt as a nightgown? Now you can wear your own oversized shirt without having to snag one from your man.

$29.50  at Gap.

3 comments June 4th, 2009

Mens Ready Made Outfit: Summer Plaid

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Be the very essence of summer in a classic pair of boat shoes and a colorful plaid shirt.  Effortlessly cool, and super easy to wear.  Here’s how to get the look of summer plaid:

1.  Start with a plaid shirt.  If you’re uncomfortable with patterns, try a simple blue and white plaid.  But if you’re looking to make a splash, try a plaid with bright colors–such as this light blue and orange combo.
2.  Put on a pair of khaki pants.  Bonus points for eschewing the traditional beige for a color like navy or black.
3.  Slip on a pair of boat shoes, sans socks, to complete the look.

How would you wear summer plaid?  Share your style with us in the comments!

6 comments June 3rd, 2009

Jalen Skinny Tie in Purple

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Guys, you may not like to admit it, but you can look great in purple. If you’re open to the idea of purple - but not yet comfortable going full-on with a purple dress shirt - why not try it on with a skinny tie?

$9.90  at Heritage 1981.

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