Archive for May, 2010

You Said: No to Jeggings

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bleached-knitted-jeggings_053110We asked: Would you wear Jeggings?

You said:  No to Jeggings, with a 59% to 41% vote.

Style tip? Jeggings, the fashion phenomenon at the intersection of jeans and leggings, have been surprisingly popular this season.  Though you said No to Jeggings, they received a surprisingly high 41% Yes vote, given the extremity of the style.  How to wear jeggings?  Riding on the popularity of skinny jeans, these uber-skinny jeggings can be worn in a similar fashion.  We like them paired with long, blousy tops and heels for a long, lean look. 

Next question: We’re inspired by Blair Waldorf’s headwear this week.  Headscarves feel so breezy chic, especially for summer.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear a hairscarf?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Bleach Knitted Jeggings | $70 at Topshop

6 comments May 31st, 2010

What to Wear May 2010

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What do you need to add to your closet this month?  Summer necessities - a swimsuit, day dresses, a flirty skirt, and a chic hat with an oversized brim.  But you don’t need to stop there - we picked out a number of pieces that exemplify the key trends of the moment - tie dye (very Proenza Schouler), liberty style prints, a basketweave bag, and slim cut joggers (aka sweatpants).  Here’s Omiru’s top picks for May 2010:

1. Leather Weave Barrel Hinge Lock Satchel | $47.35 at ASOS

2. Chain Floppy Hat | $44 at Topshop

3. Mini Floral Roll Up Shirt | $54.50 at Gap

4. Flippy Skirt | $70 at Topshop

5. Tie Dye Jersey Dress | $22.80 at Forever 21

6. Jeffrey Campbell Hurache Oxford | $128 at Urban Outfitters

7. Tapered Joggers | $36 at Topshop

8. Yellow Brick Maillot | $168 at Anthropologie

9. Doubly Dapper Dress | $148 at Anthropologie

10. Nom de Plume YaYa Alice Top | $58 at Urban Outfitters

11. Mint Washed Leather Oversized Panelled Clutch Bag | $59.18 at ASOS

12. Schoolgirl Reader | $16 at Urban Outfitters

13. Chelsea Crew Oxford Boot | $68 at Urban Outfitters

What will you be wearing?  Share your style in the comments!

4 comments May 27th, 2010

SeaVees 5/65 Tennis Shoes

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What do you need to complete your sneaker collection? A classic California cool tennis shoe, like these SeaVees 5/65s. Wear them with your slim-cut summer shorts for a look that’s tres sportif!

$128  at J Crew.

Add comment May 26th, 2010

What to Wear May 2010, Menswear Edition

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As we make our way from spring to summer, we encourage you to fill in your wardrobe with casual pieces that still feel polished.  Our top recommendations?  A Barracuda jacket, a bright madras shirt, Nantucket red flat front shorts, and a heather grey sweatshirt (also perfectly on trend).  Here’s eight pieces you need to bridge your closet from spring to summer:

1. Barracuda Jacket | $39.99 (sale) at Gap

2. Of Vice and Virtue Hooded Henley | $38 at Urban Outfitters

3. Braided Stretch Belt | $39.50 at Banana Republic

4. Marled Crewneck Sweatshirt | $24.99 (sale) at Gap

5. Canvas Jack Purcell Lace Up | $59.50 (+ an extra 30% off) at Martin + Osa

6. Rogues Gallery Madras Shirt | $98 at Urban Outfitters

7. Indigo Chambray Shirt | $49.50 at Gap

8. Martin Chino Short | $39.50 (+ an extra 30% off) at Martin + Osa

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

Add comment May 25th, 2010

Matiko Filgree Sandal

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Rock this summer with a sandal that can make a statement. We love the bold silhouette of this sandal - and the pop color lining as an added bonus.

$128  at Urban Outfitters.

2 comments May 24th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Conversational Prints

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minkpink-blooming-nice-tunic_052310We asked: Would you wear Conversational Prints?

You said:  Yes to Conversational Prints, with a 55% to 45% vote.

Style tip? Conversational Prints, the novelty print designs that are so named because they can start a conversation, have been around since the early 1900s.  They surged in popularity during the 40s and 50s, and they’re again part of the fashion conversation today.  How to wear conversational prints?  Wear them proudly - and as the centerpiece of your look.  Every great look has a distinct focus - a place where the eye focuses.  Make your conversational print the focus of your outfit - and choose complementary pieces (in color and silhouette) to make the print stand out.

Next question: Leggings and denim are two of the hallmark trends of the season - and they’ve combined to form "jeggings" or jean leggings.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear jeggings?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: MinkPink Blooming Nice Tunic | $64 at Urban Outfitters

Add comment May 23rd, 2010

Figure Flattery Guide: The Best Shorts to Flatter Your Figure

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Pictured: (1) Dip Dye Shorties | $39.50 at American Eagle, (2) Cadrian Short | $48 at Urban Outfitters, (3) 9" Chino Short | $42 at J Crew, (4) Matelot Linen Shorts | $18.90 at Forever 21, (5) Skinny Denim Bermuda Shorts | $39.50 at American Eagle, (6) Urban Renewal Linen Paper Bag Short | $48 at Urban Outfitters.

Picking out a flattering pair of summer shorts can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be.  We have the information you need in order to find a pair of shorts that works with your personal architecture.  Presenting Omiru’s guide to picking the most flattering pair of shorts for your figure:

Petite
For petite figures, a shorter style of shorts is most flattering.  Short styles that hit at mid-thigh or at just above the knee tend to work well, especially in slimmer cuts.  Avoid clamdigger styles, which visually cut your legs, making you look shorter.  

Tall
If you’re blessed with height and a slim figure, you can rock short shorts to show off your long legs.  You can also manage to wear shorts with cargo pockets and other embellishments, should you choose.  Another chic option is the knee-length short - which looks dashing with a tee and blazer.  While shorter women would need to top off this look with heels, you can get away with gladiator sandals.  

Boyish
If you have a boyish figure, you can create the illusion of a waist with a short with a gathered waistline.  Shorts featuring dawstring waists work, as do shorts with belts.  Alternatively, you can opt for low-rise shorts that hit closer to your hip than your natural waist.

Tummy
If you have a bit of a tummy, look for shorts with a clean finish across the middle.  Flat front styles with no fancy closures or ornamention will work the best.  Skip styles with gathers and pleats.

Bottom Heavy
To best flatter a pear shaped figure, you’ll want to look for shorts in lightweight fabrics for better drape.  To complement wide hips, choose a short with a wider hem to balance out your silhouette, and steer clear of shorts that are too tight in fit.  Further counterbalance your bottom half with a loosely fitting top.

1 comment May 21st, 2010

Lemon Drop Sailor Dress

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A dash of yellow brings out the life in neutral colors. True to form, the mustard yellow on this sailor-inspired sundress perks up the brown undertones of this look. Complete the look with a pair of brown heels and a petite side slung purse.

$67.99  at Ruche.

Add comment May 19th, 2010

Mixing and Matching Patterns: How to Pair Shirts and Ties

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Pictured: Point-collar Dress Shirt in Baltic Stripe | $55 at J Crew with Floral Tie | $11.84 at ASOS, Button Down Dress Shirt in Shadow Tattersall | $69.50 at J Crew with Hackett Madras Tie | $93 at ASOS.

The dress shirt and tie is one of the most foundation combinations for men, but it doesn’t have to be boring.  Sure, you can mix your solid colored ties with solid colored dress shirts - or even your striped tie with the colored dress shirt - but you needn’t limit yourself to a single print or pattern.  We love the look of mixing and matching patterns with shirts and ties, especially now that mixing and matching different prints in the same outfit is no longer reserved for the fashion forward.

But when you’re mixing and matching different prints, how do you make sure they work together?  The key is to tie the prints together with a motif - be it size, pattern, and/or color.  

Size: If you have two different prints, they’ll work together if the scale of the print is similar.  Two small prints will complement one another, as will two oversized prints.

Pattern: If you have two patterns of the same style, such as two plaids, you’ll do best by mixing up the scale of the print.  A small plaid with a large one, for example, will create visual interest.  Otherwise, the look can come out feeling too matchy-matchy.

Color: Sometimes all you need is a shared color to make two wildly different prints work together.  Color can work its magic to synchronize even multiple prints in an outfit; it’s the motif of choice to leverage when you’re combining three or more patterns in a single look.

How will you match your dress shirt and tie?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Add comment May 18th, 2010

Portia Platform T-Bar Shoes

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With all of the summer sundresses we’re collecting, we’re feeling the need for some sundress-worthy shoes. The beauty of these heels is that their neutral color goes with just about everything. Plus, don’t you adore the perforated design details?

$67.64  at ASOS.

2 comments May 17th, 2010

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