Archive for February, 2012

February 2012 Lookbook: How to Take Your Look from Day to Night

Omiru's February 2012 Lookbook: Day to Night Dressing
This look is part of Omiru’s February 2012 Lookbook series, which builds upon our 16-Piece February 2012 Capsule Wardrobe.  See more information about this look.

Looking fabulous for date night when you’re on the run from work doesn’t have to be a challenge.  But how do you pull off the day to night outfit transformation?  My favorite trick is to make my date night dress play double duty.  It starts off the day as a skirt, paired with a structured shirt.  But when the work day is over, I remove the layered shirt, and poof, it turns back into a stunning dress for evening.  Here’s how to get a fabulous day to night look, perfect for Valentine’s Day and beyond:

1. Start with your stunning cocktail dress.  I personally love dresses with a bit of drama - the sequins on this Aztec inspired dress give it such beautiful texture.
2.  Layer on a daytime top, turning the nighttime dress into a daytime skirt.  I chose this rugged brown top for its sense of structure - and for how it juxtaposes against the luxury of the sequinned dress.  Depending on how the shirt and dress pair, you may also want to add a belt to give a bit of extra polish to the look.
3. Keep cozy in a sweaterjacket that goes double duty for day and evening.
4.  Finish off the look with the right accessories.  For day, I chose a bright red laptop bag that’s functional for business but suggests pleasure.  For evening, switch out the work bag for an envelope clutch and adorn yourself with a dramatic pair of earrings.

What’s your best trick for day to night dressing?
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1 comment February 14th, 2012

February 2012 Lookbook: Monochromatically Fabulous

Omiru's February 2012 Lookbook: Monochromatically Fabulous
This look is part of Omiru’s February 2012 Lookbook series, which builds upon our 16-Piece February 2012 Capsule Wardrobe.  See more information about this look.

I’m not a tall girl, but I’d like to pretend I am.  So I do whatever I can to visually add height - add high heels, think vertical lines, and avoid anything that visually widens me.  I also like to, where possible, dress (nearly) monochromatically do give myself a long, lean line.  But keeping your look in the same color family doesn’t have to look repetitive.  All you have to do is mix it up with texture to give your look a whole new dimension.  Here’s how to get the look:

1. Start by mixing matte with shiny: a black drapey matte silk tank paired with a sequinned skirt in a beautiful bluish grey.
2. Echo the blue of the skirt with a smart looking navy blue blazer.
3. Add two more textures with your handbag and shoes: a quilted leather texture with your handbag and a shiny leather finish on your booties.  (Yes, those booties feature a bit of a heel - all the better to give you an extra few inches.) 
4. Grab your sunglasses and go.

How would you make your monochromatic look fabulous?
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Add comment February 13th, 2012

February 2012 Lookbook: Tactile Pleasures

Omiru's February 2012 Lookbook: Tactile Pleasures
This look is part of Omiru’s February 2012 Lookbook series, which builds upon our 16-Piece February 2012 Capsule Wardrobe.  See more information about this look.

Part of what makes fashion so fun is the way an outfit looks - but the way an outfit feels to the touch also adds to the delight.  The beauty of playing with textures is that it’s so subtle - it’s only when you see the pieces up close that you fully appreciate the intricacy of the look.  I layered up three key textures in this look - a traditional lace, a snazzy tweed, and leather cutouts - for a look that’s as fun to touch as it is to look at.

1. Start with a textured base: a white lace shell paired with a neon tweed skirt.  The white shell makes the neon green in the skirt pop, and vice versa.
2. Grab a blazer to give the look a little extra polish.
3. Add additional texture via your accessories.  Along with the leather cutout clutch (love love love this pattern), I added a ribbon tied beaded necklace to make the look more ladylike.
4. Slip on a pair of suede pumps, and you’re good to go.  Why did I choose blue for the shoes?  The blue of the pumps echoes the navy blazer and reads well with the yellows and greens in the look.  Together, these pieces are a great study in pairing analogous colors.

How would you play with texture?
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February 2012 Lookbook: Tradition and Bohemia

Omiru's February 2012 Lookbook: Tradition and Bohemia
This look is part of Omiru’s February 2012 Lookbook series, which builds upon our 16-Piece February 2012 Capsule Wardrobe.  See more information about this look.

Personal style is about taking something and making it your own.  You can mix silhouettes, you can mix pieces from different eras, you can mix pieces with opposing style sensibilities.  But as long as you have a point of view about how they mix, you’re good to go. 

Case in point?  This look, which juxtaposes traditional and bohemian style.  The chunky sweater is classic, while the flowy floor length maxi skirt reads more bohemian.  Likewise, the mixture of accessories toe the line between the classic and the free spirited.  What I love about this look is how the pieces come together to create something larger than the sum of their parts - something that’s at once traditional and non-conformist.  Here’s how to get the look:

1. Start with a cozy chunky knit sweater and a sweeping floor length maxi skirt - a mix of the comfortable and the dramatic.
2. Next, add a bit of the exotic.  Slip on a pair of wedge heels in an embossed lizard pattern and a tribal-inspired statement necklace that adds texture to the top of the look.
3. Finish off the look with an accessory that’s at once classic and au courant - a boxy cross-body bag.

How would you mix and match styles?
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February 2012 Lookbook: High Low Layering

Omiru's February 2012 Lookbook: High Low Layering
This look is part of Omiru’s February 2012 Lookbook series, which builds upon our 16-Piece February 2012 Capsule Wardrobe.  See more information about this look.

One of the key silhouettes of the season is the high-low look: a piece that’s higher in the front and lower in the back.  (Yes, it’s the fashion version of the mullet, but it’s much more fetching.)  You’ll see it on tops, you’ll see it on skirts, and here, you see it on a basic black tee/dress.  What I love about this silhouette is that it’s accessible for women of all heights - it works just as well on a tall woman as it does on one who is petite. 

Based on this playfulness of the high-low silhouette, I thought it’d be appropriate to add another light layer to the dress - a patterned blouse that adds visual interest to the look.  (As it’s the middle of winter, you’ll probably also want to throw on a jacket when you head outdoors.)  Here’s how to get the look:

1. Start with your high-low dress: a basic black knit dress that will take you from winter to spring.
2. Grab a patterned blouse to layer on top of the high-low dress.  The white blouse against the black dress is classic, and the beading on the blouse adds visual interest and an air of unstuffy sophistication.
3. Cover your legs with a pair of tall, slightly over-the-knee boots - it is winter, after all.
4. Grab your chapeau and a bright handbag (don’t you love how the blue pops against the black of the look), and you’re ready for whatever the day has in store for you.

How would you wear the high-low silhouette?
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Add comment February 8th, 2012

February 2012 Lookbook: Lunch with the Ladies

Omiru's February 2012 Lookbook: Lunch with the Ladies
This look is part of Omiru’s February 2012 Lookbook series, which builds upon our 16-Piece February 2012 Capsule Wardrobe.  See more information about this look.

You don’t have to be a lady who lunches to sport this prim & polished (yet effortlessly chic) look.  What I love about this look is that it’s perfectly put together, yet it doesn’t take itself too seriously.  Yes, it features a gorgeous tweed skirt - but that tweed skirt is paired with a military inspired smock shirt (and a pair of patterned sunglasses to boot!).  Here’s how to get the look:

1. Start with a playful juxtaposition - an earthy, casual smock shirt with a proper tweed skirt in a neon green.
2. It’s winter - so wrap yourself up in a sweaterjacket (or a sweater and/or jacket). 
3. To walk the fine line between effortless and polished, choose accessories that give a nod to each.  Here, I’ve kept the shapes classic - but each accessory features a cheeky detail, from the pattern on the sunglasses to the bold color on the clutch to the colorblocking on the shoes.

How would you walk the line between effortless and polished?
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February 2012 Lookbook: Put a Collar on It

Omiru's February 2012 Lookbook: Put a Collar On It
This look is part of Omiru’s February 2012 Lookbook series, which builds upon our 16-Piece February 2012 Capsule Wardrobe.  See more information about this look.

Detachable collars have been on the style radar since Miu Miu Spring ‘10, and they’ve steadily been migrating from the province of fashion stylists to the Real World.  The beauty of these detachable collars is that they finish off your look by adding visual depth - without the bulk of a full shirt.  Here’s how to get the look:

1. Start with a solid foundation - a grey oversized chunky knit sweater over denim leggings.
2. Put a collar on it to dress up the sweater.  The gold sequinned collar adds texture and color to the grey chunky knit.
3. Glam up the look with serious accessories - a pair of buckled military boots grounds the look, along with a hard edged metal bracelet. 
4. But then add a bit of fun with an animal print clutch and a pair of bright red sunglasses for a pop of color.

How will you wear a detachable collar?
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February 2012 Lookbook: How to Wear Black and Brown Together

Omiru's February 2012 Lookbook: How to Wear Black and Brown
This look is part of Omiru’s February 2012 Lookbook series, which builds upon our 16-Piece February 2012 Capsule Wardrobe.  See more information about this look.

It’s an oft-cited fashion rule that you shouldn’t combine black and brown, whether it’s on your clothes or with your accessories.  But rules are made to be broken, with beautiful consequences.  The trick to getting the black and brown look right is proportion and keeping color contrasts to a minimum.  We kept the proportions of black and brown such that they were both well represented in the look - so it didn’t look like one of the colors was a mistake.  Secondly, we paired the black accessories with a rich shade of brown that complemented the deep black of the handbag and hat.  Here’s how to get the look:

1. Start with a foundation of neutrals: a cream colored blouse with a taupe maxi skirt.  Remember, neutrals go with everything - so they’re a great foundation for a potentially risky color combination.
2. We chose three black accessories to adorn this outfit - a felt fedora, a statement necklace, and a messenger bag that subtly combines the black and brown.  Put these on first, and you’ll see how the black accessories give this look gravitas.
3. Echoing the brown strap on the messenger bag is a pair of sturdy brown boots.  Upon this canvas of neutrals and blacks, the brown boots give the look more dimension.  The rich brown boots both literally and visually ground the look.

How will you wear black and brown together?
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February 2012 Lookbook: How to Wear Sequins During the Day

Omiru's January 2012 Lookbook: How to Take Sequins from Day to Night
This look is part of Omiru’s February 2012 Lookbook series, which builds upon our 16-Piece February 2012 Capsule Wardrobe.  See more information about this look.

You may have bought a sequinned dress over the holidays.  If you’re me, you may have bought two.  But now that the holidays are long over, you may be wondering how do you get more mileage out of your sequinned dress.  It’s simple - be bold and just wear it, paired with daytime appropriate pieces.  We took inspiration from the embellished texture of the dress and paired it with complementary textures that play well with daytime - knit, denim, and suede.  Here’s how to get the look:

1. Start with your foundation piece: your sequinned dress.  It’s still chilly out, so layer it over a pair of leggings to keep your legs warm.
2. Wrap yourself in a sweater (or a sweatertrench) to keep you nice and cozy.  I love how the soft knit of the sweater pairs with the hard, glam look of the sequins.
3. Accessorize with a pair of boots or booties (suede adds a nice third texture), and grab a snakeskin clutch before you head out the door to finish off the look.

…and when the sun goes down, switch out the leggings for tights, and you’re set for evening.

How will you wear your sequins during the day?
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Add comment February 3rd, 2012

Omiru’s 16-Piece February 2012 Capsule Wardrobe

Omiru's 16-Piece February 2012 Capsule Wardrobe
Want to take a closer look at the capsule wardrobe?  Here’s more information about it.


February is about decadence.  It’s about sumptuous fabrics and sensual textures.  And after the burst of color that we featured in January, we decided to constrain our color palette and instead expand our focus to rich textures and fabrics in easy silhouettes.  (Color lovers, don’t fret - we still have a pop of yellow and a spot of green for you this month.)

Today, we’ll outline the 16 key pieces you’ll want this month to keep your closet on point.  And for the rest of February, we’ll show you how to mix and match these pieces into key looks that you can recreate with your own wardrobe.  From left to right, top to bottom, here are the 16 pieces you’ll want to have in your closet this month. 

The Open Blazer
Co-ord Navy Blazer | $130 at Topshop
The open front makes this navy blazer all the more easy to layer.

The Sweep Me Up Trench
Bottega Veneta Gabardine and Knitted Cotton Trench Coat | $1,950 at Net-a-Porter
This knit trench is a cozy alternative to a winter coat - and it looks fabulous both indoors and outdoors.

The Embellished Dress
Native Dress | $495 at AllSaints Spitalfields
Sequins and beading make this dress a true standout.  Plus, the tribal inspired pattern is perfectly on trend.

The High-Low Dress
Knitted Side Stripe Tee | $84 at Topshop
What I love about this dress is how well it layers, thanks to the high front and the low back. 

The Cropped Sweater
Alexander Wang Cropped Jacquard Sweater | $385 at Net-a-Porter
This cropped textured sweater pairs especially well with high waisted skirts and pants. 

The Oversized Sweater

Adam Chunky Knit Cotton Sweater | $395 at Net-a-Porter
Cozy and oversized are the hallmarks of this perfectly proportioned grey sweater.

The Pilot Shirt
Pilot Smock Shirt | $175 at AllSaints Spitalfields
Military inspired, but decidedly feminine, this shirt works just as well layered as it does alone.

The Tribal Shirt
Elizabeth and James Beaded Silk Satin Blouse | $365 at Net-a-Porter
Tribal inspired detailing at the cuffs and hem make an ordinary white shirt something extraordinary.

The Slinky Tee
Raquel Allegra Shredded Cotton Jersey Top | $275 at Net-a-Porter
Shredded detailing on this drapey tee gives it such a sensual texture.

The Silk Tank
Kain Classic Washed Silk Tank | $155 at Net-a-Porter
The classic black silk tank.  Nothing more, nothing less.

The Lace Shell

Lace Mix Shell Vest | $64 at Topshop
Lace brings refinement to any outfit, casual or dressy.

The Denim Leggings
Black Denim Leggings | $40 at Topshop
Go black when you wear your denim skintight - and you’ll get double duty out of them, wearing them in place of jeans and leggings.

The Tweed Skirt
Lanvin Neon Tweed Mini Skirt | $1,190 at Net-a-Porter
Don’t you love neon green?  This surely isn’t your grandmother’s tweed skirt.

The Leather Skirt
Michael by Michael Kors Chain Detail Leather Mini Skirt | $300 at Net-a-Porter
Make sure that your skirt isn’t super skintight - or too short.  Keep it classy.

The Sequinned Skirt

Juicy Couture Sequined Mini Skirt | $250 at Net-a-Porter
Because everyone could use a little sparkle in their lives.

The Maxi Skirt
Maison Martin Margiela Brushed Matte Satin Maxi Skirt | $640 at Net-a-Porter
Drapey, effortless, and elegant, this maxi skirt can go from day to night.

Let the inspiration begin!
Trisha

7 comments February 1st, 2012

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