Archive for December, 2009

Roomy Wool Shorts


How do you wear shorts in cold weather? With tights or leggings, for one. And with a tailored white button-down on top. We love how this creates a fun twist on a preppy classic.

$22.80  at Forever 21.

2 comments December 17th, 2009

Do as Londoners Do: Sport the Perfect Winter Coat

Greetings from London!  What’s striking about London (besides the freezing cold - it’s a far cry from sunny California out here) is the fantastic outerwear.  Both men and women sport coats that are as fashion-forward as they are functional.

For men, the perfect layering coat works as well with trouser pants (for work) as it does with jeans (for weekends).  We’ve seen a number of great jackets and coats that fit the bill.  Here’s five of our favorite mens coats from London destination Topshop:

Carolyn Massey Navy Scarf Coat | $250 at Topman

Self DB Bomber Jacket | $158 at Topman

Grey Wool Mix Crombie Overcoat | $300 at Topman

Self Duffle Coat | $280 at Topman

Charcoal Wool Mix Overcoat | $180 at Topman

4 comments December 16th, 2009

Jeffrey Campbell Over the Knee Wader Rainboot


Get the look of over the knee boots in a seasonally appropriate rainboot. Superbly chic!

$98  at Urban Outfitters.

1 comment December 16th, 2009

Omiru’s Winter 2009 Wardrobe Expansion Pack: 10 Pieces to Add to Your Wardrobe Now

Need help defining your look this season?  Omiru is here to help with the return of one of our most popular fashion features: the foundation wardrobe.  This season, we’re adding a little twist.  Instead of outlining your wardrobe basics (e.g. classic white button down, dark jeans, pencil skirt, etc), we’re structuring our Winter 2009 wardrobe as a kind of expansion pack, if you will, of pieces you want to add to those foundations.  Put another way, our Winter 2009 wardrobe shows you what you need to update your existing wardrobe to stay on point this season.  

Today, we’ll outline the 10 key pieces you’ll need this season.  Over the next few months (and starting Thursday), we’ll show you how to combine these pieces into key looks that you can recreate with your own wardrobe.

So without any further ado, allow us to introduce the 10 pieces you’ll want to add to your closet for Winter 2009:

The Embellished Sweater

Merino Rose Corsage Cardigan | $89.50 at J Crew

The Sequin Top
Sequined Starland Tank | $138 at J Crew

The Tunic Sweater

Knitted Cowl Neck Top | $70 at Topshop

The Graphic Tee
Union Jack Watercolor Tee | $10.90 at Forever 21

The Vest
Circle Ring Sequin Vest | $19.80 at Forever 21

The Puffer Coat

Puffer Coat | $99.95 at American Eagle

The Moto Jacket
Alexander Wang Moto Jacket with Detachable Sleeves | $825 at La Garconne

The Square Jacket

Pyramid Stud Trim Jacket | $27.80 at Forever 21

The Sweater Dress
Frill Stripe Tunic Dress | $80 at Topshop

The Leggings

Ankle Leggings | $24 at Topshop

How would you wear this wardrobe expansion pack?  Share your style with us in the comments!

6 comments December 15th, 2009

Cargo Drawstring Jacket


Add a touch of utilitarian style to your wardrobe with this fisherman-inspired cargo jacket. Perfect for layering.

$32.80  at Forever 21.

4 comments December 15th, 2009

You Said: Yes to Winter White


silk-frances-cami_121309We asked: Would you wear Winter White?

You said:  Yes to Winter White, with a 88% to 12% vote.

Style tip? No matter what the season, white is the color of purity, of freshness, of newness.  And it’s completely invigorating during the winter, a season traditionally filled with dark, heavy overcoats.  Give a nod to the freshly fallen snow and echo its color in your wardrobe.  For those of us prone to spills and smudges, try winter white in an easy-to-clean fabric, like a basic cotton.  Or get the look of winter white via accessories - like a white handbag or scarf.  For those of you who want to immerse yourselves in winter white, try a monochromatic white look from head to toe.  Simply mix textures like cable knit, jersey, denim, and corduroy - and combine a pleasing mix of creams and more snow whites.  Where to start?  This gorgeous cami, featuring a ruffle front bib.

Next question: Our how to wear harem pants feature created quite the stir - while it’s certainly a fashion forward look, there are no shortage of detractors.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear harem pants?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Silk Garland Cami | $88 at J Crew

5 comments December 13th, 2009

Oh So Seventies Dress


Get the best of the 1970s, 2009 style with this retro dress. We love the colorful plaid top counterbalanced by the simple skirt.

$54.99  at Modcloth.

1 comment December 13th, 2009

What to Wear to Give a Presentation

Q: I am a college student that is a business major. As finals week slowly approach, I have presentations to present. What should I wear to the presentation? My dilemma is that I don’t want to look too overdressed or underdressed. Would a simple black dress and a boyfriend fit blazer with black flats be okay to wear?

Pictured: Wool Gabardine One Button Jacket | $235 at J Crew.

A: Whether it’s a presentation during finals or a boardroom presentation in the workplace, the key to dressing well is to wear something that you feel confident in.  We all have outfits (and shoes) that make us feel good - and ready to take on whatever the day throws at us.  For a presentation where it’s important to make a good impression, tip the scales in your favor by wearing a tried and true favorite.  Or if you’re buying something new for the presentation, make sure to try on the whole outfit to get the right fit - and feel - before the day of the event.  That way, the day of the presentation, you can focus on what really matters: your message.

For a college presentation, you’ll want to keep your look professional, but still youthful.  If you wear a suit, keep it fitted and feel free to take some liberties with your shirt - you don’t have to wear a plain white or striped button-down.  Try different fabrics (like the chambray shirt, pictured), colors, or silhouettes.  You can also choose to go the dress route and wear a simple dress, as you suggested, with a professional looking jacket.  You may want to mix up the colors - a heathered grey dress with a navy blazer, for instance, would be both professional and a little more visually interesting. 

For a workplace presentation, a good rule of thumb is to dress a level or two above your position.  That way, you’ll be sure to look polished, but you won’t be overly dressy. 

If you’re being filmed, here’s a couple of extra style notes:

(1) Bright, vibrant colors work best for TV; they look good to the eye - and the camera.
(2) Try not to wear white clothes - it’ll wash out the lighting.
(3) Same goes for pure black or navy clothes.  While they look good to your eye, they tend to look like a solid patch of darkness to the camera’s eye.
(4) Fine patterns like herringbone and small checks can cause a wavy effect; avoid these patterns where possible.

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

7 comments December 11th, 2009

Mixed Herringbone Coat


Pattern makes a classic trench shape visually interesting. Pair this herringbone coat with a bright scarf for an extra visual pop.

$37.80  at Forever 21.

3 comments December 11th, 2009

The Look of…Coco Chanel


Pictured: Premium Hairy Bolero Jacket | $135 at Topshop, Double Button Placket Top | $32 at Topshop, Double Knit Skirt | $14.80 at Forever 21, Glitter Fedora | $10.80 at Forever 21, Mesh Pearl Strands | $10.80 at Forever 21, Kensington Oxford Pump | $24.99 at Payless.

We’ve always been enamored of the charmingly confident style of Coco Chanel.  And channeling her signature blend of menswear and womenswear is surprisingly easy now that the collarless bolero coat and pearls have planted themselves firmly on the trend radar.  (Audrey Tautou’s film Coco Before Chanel also didn’t hurt to repopularize Chanel’s style.)  To get a modern version of Coco Chanel’s look, mix simple shapes with different textures - and combine feminine silhouettes (e.g. pencil skirt) with masculine details (e.g. fedora hat).  Here’s how to get the look of Coco Chanel:

1.  Start with the simplest of foundations: a white blouse and a black pencil skirt.  
2.  Layer on Chanel’s signature pieces: a pearl necklace (note the modernization of the traditional pearls) and a textured bolero jacket.
3.  Finish off the look with menswear inspired pieces with a feminine touch: a ribbon wrapped fedora hat and a pair of oxford pumps.

How would you get the look of Coco Chanel?
Share your style with us in the comments!

7 comments December 10th, 2009

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