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Fall 2010 Fashion Week Trend: Neutrals

Photo Credit:
Neutrals at Costello Tagliapietra, Cynthia Steffe, and Ports 1961.

Style tip?  In a season of economic uncertainty, we’re turning back to basics, and the color palette of the season is reflecting our economic reality.  Neutrals are the big color story (or anti-color story, as it were) of the season.  Stock up on khaki, sand, and grey colors - which are just as appropriate for Spring 2010 as they are for Fall.  How to make these neutrals interesting?  Increase the visual appeal of neutrals with some careful layering.  After all, the beauty of neutrals are that they all go together.

What do you think?  How would you wear neutral colors?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

4 comments February 14th, 2010

What’s Next: New York Fashion Week & MAGIC

The next couple of weeks will keep the Omiru team hopping.  Today marked the start of New York Fashion Week, the very last one that will be held in the hallowed tents at Bryant Park.  As we have for the last few seasons, we’ll be digesting the shows and editing them down to a succinct set of trends that you need to know about for Fall 2010.  And next week, coinciding with Fashion Week, we also have MAGIC, the premier trade event for the fashion industry, from which we’ll be scouting trends and up and coming designers for you.

On a more reflective note, today will be remembered as a dark day for the fashion world, as one of the industry’s most legendary designers, Alexander McQueen, killed himself at his Mayfair flat.  McQueen’s bad boy antics and mischevious sense of humor humanized the uniquely eccentric sense of style that placed him at the forefront of the fashion world.  He was haunted by his demons, most recently, the death of his beloved mother, but with his demons came great creative genius.  We’re thankful for the life that Alexander McQueen breathed into the fashion industry - and can only hope that he has finally found peace.

With style,
Trisha and the Omiru Team

1 comment February 11th, 2010

Sweetly Sensual Lingerie Under $50


When it comes to the art of seduction, sometimes less is more.  And the sweetly sensual can be more alluring than all-out sexy.  What do we mean by sweetly sensual?  Think polka dots, reds and whites, lace, and vintage-type details.  Equal parts sophisticated and seductive.  Here’s our top lingerie picks under $50:

1. Silk Romper | $38 at Victoria’s Secret

2. Aerie Lace Trim Softest Cami ($29.50) and Aerie Softest Tanga (3 for $25) at Aerie

3. Vintage Inspired Lace Bralet ($40) at Vintage Inspired Lace Pant ($16) at Topshop

4. Vintage Lace Trim Silk Bra | $36 at Topshop

5. Rose Lace Short | $16 at Topshop

6. Coral Spot Balcony Bra | $32 at Topshop

7. Kimchi Blue Halter Bra with Lace | $20 at Urban Outfitters

Add comment February 9th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Military Boots


we-who-see-field-boot_020710We asked: Would you wear Military Boots?

You said:  Yes to Military Boots (but just barely), with a hairsplitting 51% to 49% vote.

Style tip? Even though the split was pretty close to 50-50 on this vote, we still encourage you to go out and at least try on a pair of military style boots, if you don’t buy them outright.  Military boots are the natural choice for this Winter’s rock chic style, and they’re a wonderful counterpoint to Spring’s mix of femininity and utility.  You can wear these versatile military boots with skinny jeans and leggings now, and in a few months, pair them with a feminine frock or a khaki cargo pant.

Next question: Winter Shorts sound like an oxymoron, but wool, cuffed knee length shorts are a key fashion trend for Winter 2009/10.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear Winter Shorts?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: We Who See Field Boot | $128 at Urban Outfitters

7 comments February 7th, 2010

6 Tips for Staying Slim in a Puffer Jacket

Photo Credit: Zara Lookbook

When it’s chilly out, it’s natural to reach for your warm, cozy puffer jacket.  Only thing is, the puffer jacket, as its name suggests, often makes you look puffy.  The voluminous coat may not be a natural in the figure flattery department, but it doesn’t have to make you look big, as the stylish women in Paris and London have deftly demonstrated.  Here’s six tips for staying slim in a puffer jacket:

(1) Belt your Puffer Jacket.
One of the reasons why puffer jackets can be so unflattering is that they give you no waist definition.  Bring back your curves under the puffer by creating that waist definition with a belt.  Either choose a puffer with a self belt, or DIY with your own belt in a similar color.  I personally love the look of a black elastic belt with a simple front closure (mine’s from Uniqlo, but you can get these at all of the fast fashion retailers) with a sleek black puffer, as pictured.

(2) Wear a Fitted Puffer Jacket.  
If you decide to go beltless, you can still get a trim look with a fitted puffer.  My Zara puffer, for instance, cinches on the sides so you can get a streamlined look sans belt.

(3) Choose a Puffer Jacket that’s Short and Slim.
If you wear a puffer jacket that’s short (i.e. above hip-length), you don’t have to worry as much about defining your waistline.  Just choose a jacket with a somewhat slim silhouette, and you’ll be good to go.

(4) Wear your Puffer Jacket with a Slim Silhouette.
What to wear with a puffer jacket?  The key is slim fitting garments to create a streamlined look.  Leggings, skinny jeans, pencil skirts - these are all good choices for pairing with your puffer.

(5) Wear Heels with Your Puffer Jacket.
A good rule of thumb for dressing yourself - the more volume you’re wearing, the taller you need to look to pull it off.  So if you’re wearing a puffy jacket, wear shoes with heels.  You don’t have to wear stiletto high heels, but a couple of extra inches of height will do your look good.  

(6) Wear a Black Puffer Jacket.
The first rule in the fashion book is that black is slimming, which is probably why so many fashionistas tend to wear their puffer jackets noir.  We’re all for advocating the breaking of fashion rules, if done deliberately and with care, but we don’t see a good reason to mess with this rule.  For the longest and leanest look, you’re best served with basic black.

How would you stay slim in a puffer jacket?  Share your style with us in the comments!  

3 comments February 5th, 2010

Trend Alert: Chambray Shirts


When the world around us feels more uncertain, fashion tends to turn back towards the classics.  Wardrobe staples and fashion foundations suddenly feel fresh again.  And in this shaky economic climate, one of the most proletarian garments, the chambray shirt, is re-emerging as a fashion statement.  But how do you wear a chambray shirt?  Fitted chambray shirts look fresh paired with trousers and khakis.  We also love the look of oversized chambray shirts paired with leggings and boots.  Best thing about this look?  Come spring, belt your oversized chambray shirt, and you’ll have the world’s simplest shirtdress.  Here’s six chambray shirts worth a look:  

1. Levis Chambray Western Shirt | $118.98 at ASOS

2. Cecelia Chambray Shirt | $17.80 at Forever 21

3. Chambray Popover Shirt | $78 at J Crew

4. AE Chambray Western Shirt | $44.50 at American Eagle

5. Vintage Chambray Western Shirt | $79.50 at Martin + Osa

6. Bleached Denim Shirt | $60 at Topshop

How would you wear a chambray shirt?
  Share your style with us in the comments!

9 comments February 2nd, 2010

You Said: No to Leopard Prints


blue-leopard-scarf_013110We asked: Would you wear Leopard Print?

You said:  A slight No to Leopard Print, with a super close 52% to 48% vote.

Style tip? There’s no question that Leopard Print attracts attention.  But it seems that you’re pretty split about whether that attention is a good or bad thing.  Certainly, Leopard Print isn’t for the faint of heart.  But worn right, it can be quite fetching.  If you’re feeling bold, try a leopard print jacket.  Paired with a slim bottom (pencil skirt, leggings, skinny pants), it makes for a figure flattering silhouette.  But if you’re looking to give the trend a try without going full force, try a leopard print scarf.  It pairs beautifully with basic black (very Parisian chic), and the yellowy orange provides a lovely counterpart to the everpresent denim colors this season.  But for something new while keeping it safe, try a colored leopard scarf.  We love the deep blue on Topshop’s version of the leopard scarf, which juxtaposes a hint of leopard spots against the detail of a gorgeous chain print.

Next question: Military inspired boots are back in full force.  But what do you think about the lace up details and tough girl look of these boots?  Tell us, would you wear Military Boots?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Blue Leopard Scarf | $36 at Topshop

3 comments February 1st, 2010

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