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How to Wear Flannel Plaid Without Looking Like a Lumberjack

How to Wear Flannel Plaid Without Looking Like a Lumberjack
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Fall is here, and it’s time to break out your flannel plaid shirts.  But how do you wear them without looking like a lumberjack?  The key is fit.  Big, blousy flannel plaid shirts scream "timber!"  But if you choose a flannel plaid in a slim cut style, you can turn a potentially woodsy look into something more urban. Here’s how to wear flannel plaid without looking like a lumberjack:

1.  Start with your flannel plaid shirt and a pair of casual pants.  We like the mix of textures when you combine worn in cords with your flannel plaid.
2.  When it gets cold, layer on a hoodie.  We love the contrast trims on this casual sweatshirt.  Style tip?  Leave the hoodie’s top two buttons unbuttoned so that the flannel plaid will shine through.
3.  Finish the look off with a casual boot.  The leather and tweed really add to the textures in the look.

How would you wear flannel plaid without looking like a lumberjack?  Share your style with us in the comments!

7 comments September 30th, 2009

Granola Knitted Turtleneck Cardigan


Cozy up in this soft, warm cardigan. Perfect for layering over summer dresses to take them into fall.

$36.99  at ShopRuche.

1 comment September 30th, 2009

Six Fall Coats Under $100

The warm days of Summer may be a memory, but Fall’s cooler temperatures mean fun with layering - and buying a new Fall coat.  Since we’re coat fanatics, we’ve been eyeing all of the coat possibilities for weeks - so we’ve got the best of the best affordable picks ready for you.  In fact, we’ve got one (or more!) for you, whatever your style personality.  Here’s Omiru’s top six picks for Fall Coats under $100:

Anna Von Diederitz Coat in Snow | $83.99 at ModCloth

Devin Military Peacoat | $89.50 at Delias

Take the Reigns Jacket | $64.99 at ModCloth

AE Fall Anorak | $79.50 at American Eagle


Mallory Twill Bomber | $79.50 at Delias

Euro Chic
Belted Shoulder Blazer | $90 at Topshop

What Fall Coats will you be wearing? Share your style with us in the comments!

5 comments September 29th, 2009

Nobel Style Prize Flats In Bronze


Slip into style with these prize-winning flats. We love the versatile bronze color, which works wonders with colored dresses.

$29.99  at ModCloth.

September 29th, 2009

You Said: Yes to Chanel Jackets


ae-vintage-blazer_092709We asked: Would you wear Chanel Jackets?

You said:  Yes to Chanel Jackets, with a 78% to 22% vote.

Style tip? We love the Chanel Jacket - so fabulously elegant, and wonderfully versatile.  Coco Chanel herself would have worn her boxy, collarless jacket with a knee-length skirt.  But you don’t have to do exactly as Coco would have done.  (In fact, she would have appreciated some out-of-the-box fashion thinking!)  For a more modern look, try your elegant Chanel Jacket with a silky blouse and a pair of straight leg jeans (distressed, if you dare).

Next question: Chanel Jackets are classic and elegant - but Motorcycle Jackets are fun and edgy.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear a Motorcycle Jacket?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: AE Vintage Blazer | $69.50 at American Eagle

5 comments September 28th, 2009

Pleated Waist Woven Skirt


Don’t wait until Spring to get the look of the oversized bow. We love how it takes this skirt from simple to stunning.

$15.80  at Forever 21.

2 comments September 28th, 2009

Your Four Lingerie Wardrobe Essentials

by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

We’re often asked about undergarments, as they provide the foundation for the clothes that we love featuring on Omiru.  Even though your undergarments don’t show, we recommend investing in a few good basics.  Great undergarments make your figure look its best - you won’t look (and feel) droopy, and your clothes will hang better.  There are four essential undergarments every woman should have in her closet: a sexy bra and panty set, a t-shirt bra and seamless panty set, a convertible bra, and a tummy shaper.  Invest in these four lingerie wardrobe essentials, and you’ll have the foundations to supplement your fabulous wardrobe:

Sexy Bra and Panty Set
Rosy Moulded Bra | $63 at Figleaves
Rosy Sentimentale Brief | $37.50 at Figleaves

Wear your sexy bra and panty set whenever you want an extra boost.  Great lingerie, like a pair of killer heels, can give you an extra boost of confidence.  The sexy bra and panty set is perfect for dates, interviews (so long as it’s not showing), presentations, and other stress-inducing events.

T-Shirt Bra and Seamless Panty Set
T-Shirt Demi Bra | 2 for $32 at Victoria’s Secret
Microsmooth Low Rise Bikini | $12 at Victoria’s Secret

A casual day staple, the t-shirt bra is perfect for those days when you’re lounging around or just running errands.  The beauty of this bra is that it doesn’t show through your tees.  It’s especially necessary if you love drapey, form fitting tees.  Similarly, the seamless panty keeps you from showing VPL (visible panty lines) when you wear tight pants or skirts.

Convertible Bra
Wacoal Halo Lace Seamless Convertible Bra | $42 at Bare Necessities

When you need to break out an evening gown, a cocktail dress, or even a low tank, the convertible bra is going to be your best bet.  It can go strapless, criss-cross, halter, or traditional.  Given the flexibility, it’s well worth the investment.

Tummy Shaper

Hide & Sleek Full Panty Bodysuit | $54-$58 at Spanx

Slip on a tummy shaper when you reach for your slinky dress or very fitted pencil skirt.  The tummy shaper will visually take off a few pounds - and it’ll smooth out your tummy, erasing any unsightly lumps.

Where to shop for lingerie?

Lingerie prices truly run the gamut.  Victoria’s Secret is a great starting place for lingerie shopping, as they carry all of these items.  More importantly, the sales staff can help to measure you for a proper bra fit - a MUST.  If Victoria’s Secret is too pricey, check Target and H&M, which also carry these items at lower price points.  For designer lingerie, you can indulge at upscale lingerie shops like Agent Provocateur or La Perla. 

Last thoughts on lingerie?
(1) Remember to hand wash lingerie to keep it lasting longer. 
(2) Depending on how much you wear them, bras should be replaced regularly, as they lose their support.  For a bra that you wear on a consistent basis, think about replacing it every six months.  Keep this in mind when budgeting for these items.
(3) Two good online shopping sites for lingerie are Fig Leaves and Bare Necessities.

Tell us, what lingerie essentials can you not live without?  And where do you shop for lingerie?  Share your style with us in the comments!

13 comments September 25th, 2009

Double Layer Hoodie


We’re loving the sporty, yet urban chic of this hoodie. Pair it with dark jeans and tennis shoes for running errands on the weekend.

$39.50  at Gap.

September 25th, 2009

Sponsored Post: L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap


After a long day, sometimes all you want is a nice bath to relax and rejeuvenate. Do as the Parisians do, and treat yourself to a luxurious french soap. We’re fans of L’Occitane’s indulgent shea butter soaps, which make bathtime into a relaxing retreat.

No time for a long bath? Detox in the shower with shower gel from L’Occitane.

$10  at L’Occitane.

3 comments September 25th, 2009

The Five Accessories You Need for Fall 2009

Even if you don’t want to overhaul your wardrobe for Fall, you can get a whole new look by updating your accessories.  Fall 2009’s accessories are polished, sophisticated, and full of drama - and will serve your wardrobe well for seasons to come.  What accessories do you need to add to your wardrobe?  Here’s our picks for the five key accessories you need for Fall 2009:

The Cowl Neck Scarf
Echo Double Infinity Scarf | $48 at Bloomingdales

Perfect for adding a bit of texture to an otherwise plain outfit, the double infinity scarf is a large circle scarf that you can wrap around your neck twice.  We love how it adds a pop of color - and how Echo’s design (and non-chunky knit) makes the look wearable in real life, not just the runway.

Long Gloves
ASOS Basic Long Angora Mix Gloves | $18.24 at ASOS

How do you continue to wear your summer short sleeves this fall?  Slip on a pair of long gloves.  The ruching on these angora gloves adds an extra touch of sophistication.

The Statement Necklace
Hearts on Chains Necklace | $7.80 at Forever 21

Draw attention towards your face with a statement necklace.  Wear a single one - or drape multiple necklaces on yourself for an extra dramatic look.

The Buckle Belt

Double Buckle Elastic Belt | $7.80 at Forever 21

Cinch your waist with an extra wide belt - perfect for giving your figure structure when wearing blousy tunics and oversized sweaters.  The buckle detailing adds just the right amount of polish.

The Headband
Elastic Bead Trim Headwrap | $5.80 at Forever 21

We’ve been in love with headbands ever since we saw Leighton Meester’s Blair Waldorf sporting them in the first season of Gossip Girl.  Instead of going all-out with an oversized floral headband, why not try a sleek, embellished headwrap?  Very 20s-esque flapper.

Tell us, what accessories are you pining over for Fall 2009?  Share your style with us in the comments!

6 comments September 24th, 2009

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