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Off we go to Tokyo (and Shanghai)…

Hi everyone,

For the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be doing things a little differently around here. We’re packing our bags for a whirlwind trip to China and Japan, resuming our normal schedule on Wednesday, November 11.

Our regular fashion tips & tricks will be on hiatus, but we’ll be bringing you inspirations and influences from Asia to whet your style appetite.  As we’ll be on the road, expect a less regular posting schedule - but also expect some fun, fresh styles, along with tips for how to translate these inspirations into your own wardrobe.

Trisha and the Omiru Team

11 comments October 23rd, 2009

Kimchi Blue Uptown Sweater Jacket


Don’t you love the sophisticated style of this structured sweater? Slip it on to dress up a pair of everyday jeans.

$58  at Urban Outfitters.

1 comment October 23rd, 2009

How to Wear Cage Heels

How to Wear Cage Heels
Shop the Look (clockwise, from top): Striped Sweater Top | $24.80 at Forever 21, Alessia Cage Pump | $26.80 at Forever 21, Black Double Breasted Pencil Skirt | $32.99 at Ruche, Commodious Patent Wallet | $9.80 at Forever 21.  See more information about this look.

The star of Yves Saint Laurent’s Fall 2008 show was the cage heel, a dramatic architectural shoe that was half bootie, half strappy sandal.  Ever since, the cage heel (or cage boot, as it were) has made its way from runway to reality, appearing in various incarnations at bridge level price points - and now even more affordable options.  But how do you wear the cage heel without looking like a dominatrix?  The key to wearing the cage heel in style is simplicity.  Pair the architectural shoe with simple silhouettes in mostly solid colors.  That way, you make the cage heel the star of your outfit.  Here’s how to wear cage heels:

1.  Start with a simple, somewhat demure base: a fitted pencil skirt and a drapey sweater.  The sweater isn’t solid colored, but the navy and black oversized horizontal stripes are still recessive enough.
2.  Slip on your cage heels to spice up the simple, sophisticated look.  Notice how the structure of the cage heels is echoed in the double row of buttons on the skirt.
3.  Finish off the look with a clutch in a bright color, which will give some life to the somber blues and blacks.

How would you wear cage heels? Share your style with us in the comments!

3 comments October 22nd, 2009

Patent Envelope Clutch


Looking for a perfectly versatile evening clutch? Stop your search. This patent leather envelope clutch will hold your essentials in style.

$12.80  at Forever 21.

1 comment October 22nd, 2009

How to Dress Like Don Draper


What makes Mad Men’s Don Draper always look so sharp?  The key to Draper’s style is a well cut suit (then again, his dashing good looks don’t hurt either).  But while we can’t all look like Draper, you can dress like him. 

Brooks Brothers and Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant collaborated on a limited edition suit that sold out in a snap, but you can just look for the following details when you’re shopping for (or custom tailoring) your next suit:

Slim Cut Silhouette: Just say no to shapeless suits.  The trim silhouette makes you look slimmer and taller, no matter what your personal architecture.
Medium Gray Sharkskin: If you have only one suit in your wardrobe, make it a gray one.  A gray suit goes everywhere, and it works even when a black suit is too somber.  That extra sheen is from the sharkskin fabric, a popular material in the 1960s and 1980s.
Diagonal Pockets: The slight diagonal of the pockets adds to the slimming effect of the suit.  
Narrow Lapels: Notice the trimmer than usual notched lapels on this jacket.    
Side Vents: Instead of a single vent at the center back, this jacket features two side vents–all the better for the fitted silhouette of the suit.
Sleeve Length: The perfect sleeve length for a jacket shows about a half inch of shirt sleeve.

9 comments October 20th, 2009

Deco Patent Leather Belt


We’re totally digging the retro chic look of this avocado green patent leather belt. Plus, you can’t beat this price!

$9.99+  (originally $42.50) at J Crew.

3 comments October 20th, 2009

Six Lightweight Scarves Under $50

Need to transform your look in a flash?  There’s no easier way to do this than with a scarf.  You can add color, texture, and a bit of drama with the simple scarf - and really change up your look.  Here’s our favorite six lightweight fall scarves under $50:

Plaid Blanket Scarf | $24.50 at Gap

Mustard Seed Ruffled Scarf | $22.99 at Ruche

Dipped Ends Wool Scarf | $49.50 at Martin & Osa

Animal Print
Small Woven Leopard Scarf | $32 at Topshop

Buffalo Check
Buffalo Check Scarf | $19.50 at American Eagle

Open Weave
Ruffled Yarn Scarf | $6.80 at Forever 21

4 comments October 19th, 2009

Antique Gold Bow Skirt


Can’t get enough of gold? Try this lovely gold bow skirt from BB Dakota, paired with a white blouse on top.

$44.99  at Ruche.

2 comments October 19th, 2009

You Said: No to Cage Heels


alessia-cage-pump_101809We asked: Would you wear Strappy Cage Heels?

You said:  No to Strappy Cage Heels, with a 56% to 44% vote.

Style tip? Strappy Cage Heels first got their start on Yves Saint Laurent’s Fall 2008 runway in ankle boot form, and they’ve since made their way from the runway to real women’s closets, albeit in less extreme forms.  But how do you wear this dramatic, almost architectural shoe?  Cage heels are best worn with simple, solid colored outfits - when you wear cage heels, the look is all about the shoes.  Try cage heels with a black pencil skirt and blazer combo for a look that’s dramatic but still accessible. 

Next question: Ponchos had their turn in the style spotlight a few years back, and now they’re back for Fall 2009.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear a Poncho?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Alessia Cage Pumps | $26.80 at Forever 21

5 comments October 18th, 2009

Isobel Patent Trim Tote


Patent trim turns this simple tote into something special. Pair it with a clean, architectural look for best effect.

$28.80  at Forever 21.

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