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Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #6: Dress up a Cardigan with a Tie

Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #6
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We’re inspired by the upcoming film 500 Days of Summer (saw it at Sundance, highly recommend it) - and particularly by the creative-yet-wearable work style of the main characters, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.  Gordon-Levitt’s character has a penchant for the button-down + tie + cardigan combination.  It’s a great fashion formula, particularly for guys in creative industries.  Here’s how to get the cardigan + tie look:

1.  Start with a base of a button-down shirt and a pair of straight leg jeans.
2.  Slip on a tie over your button-down shirt.  For a more youthful look, try a tie in a narrow width.
3.  Add on a cardigan sweater.  Bonus points for interesting colors or patterns.
4.  Finish off the look with a pair of tailored oxford shoes and a sophisticated messenger bag.

How would you wear a cardigan and a tie?  Share your style with us in the comments!

3 comments May 13th, 2009

Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #5: Blazer and a Tee

Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #5
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If there ever was an outfit that embodied the concept of insouciance - a messy, imperfect sophistication - it would have to be the blazer + tee combination.  It’s a look that can go almost anywhere, from a day in the office to a casual date.  Here’s how to get the blazer + tee look:

1.  Start with the core of the outfit: a simple t-shirt.  For a sophisticated look, try a fitted tee in a solid color, perhaps with an interesting texture.  Bonus points for trying a henley (as shown) instead of a regular v-neck or crewneck tee. 
2.  Pair the t-shirt with jeans, preferably dark denim in a straight cut.
3.  Add a well-cut blazer to the mix.  The tailoring on the blazer instantly elevates the rest of the outfit.
4.  Finish the look off with casual accessories: a pair of John Varvatos sport sneakers and a canvas carryall.

Guys, how would you wear a blazer and tee?  Share your style with us in the comments!

1 comment May 6th, 2009

Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #4: Add Visual Texture with a Pattern

Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #4
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Sure, solids are easy to wear, but we love breaking up blocks of solid color with patterns.  Our favorite pattern to play with?  Thin stripes, which feature a breezy nautical feel while remaining completely polished.  Here’s how to add visual texture to an outfit of mostly solids:

1.  Start with your basic solids: a lightweight hoodie in crisp white and a pair of grey denim jeans.
2.  Add visual texture with a polished horizontal striped tee.  Note how the black and white complement the soft white and grey tones in the rest of the outfit.
3.  Finish off the look with a neutral colored messenger bag and a pair of retro-inspired sport sneakers.  We’re digging the light blue sneakers juxtaposed against the tan of the bag.

How do you wear patterns?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Add comment April 29th, 2009

Mens Q&A: Three Ways to Wear White Jeans

Q: White jeans for men seems to be kind of on-trend right now, and I’m just wondering how you suggest wearing them.

A: You’re completely right - white jeans is a fresh look for men, and while white jeans are tough to keep clean, the effort can pay off in spades.  Here’s three simple ways to work white jeans into your wardrobe:

Option 1: White Jeans + Pullover Sweater

How to Wear White Jeans #3
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Go simple by pairing your white jeans with a simple pullover sweater.  You can go with deep, vibrant colors like the royal blue shown - or try lighter colors like heather grey or baby blue for a quietly sophisticated look.

Option 2: White Jeans + Bold Polo Shirt

How to Wear White Jeans #2
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For casual days, you can look instantly pulled together in a striped polo shirt and a crisp white pair of jeans.  To polish off the look (but at the same time keeping it casual), add a belt and a pair of tailored sneakers.

Option 3: White Jeans + Collared Shirt + Cardigan Sweater

How To Wear White Jeans #1
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For effortless elegance, pair your white denim with a well fitted collared button-down shirt - and then layer on a textured sweater.  We’re digging the look of a textured shawl collared cardigan against the woven button-down shirt - plus the interplay of the grey, the pinkish red and white stripes, and the white jeans.  Finish off the look with a belt and a pair of driving mocs.

Last thoughts?  Do be meticulous about keeping your white jeans spotless.  Nothing ruins the white jeans look faster than a smudge or a spot.

Have a great tip about how to wear white jeans? Share it with us in the comments!

3 comments April 22nd, 2009

Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #3: Mixing and Matching Patterns

Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #3
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The key to mixing and matching patterns is keeping a running theme throughout the patterns in the outfit.  This theme can be size (e.g. mixing a small stripe with a small plaid), pattern (e.g. mixing a small check with a big check), or even color (e.g. mixing a green plaid with a green stripe).  Here’s an example of how to mix and match different patterns using color as a unifying theme:

1.  Start with a pair of neutral colored trousers and a patterned shirt.  The fresh blue gingham is a wonderful counterpoint to the more traditional grey trouser pants.
2.  Layer on a sweater in a bold striped pattern.  Note how even though both the pattern (stripes vs. gingham plaid) and the size of the repeat (large on the striped sweater, small on the gingham shirt) are very different, they still work together.  Because the sweater and the shirt feature the color blue, they still work visually as a pair.
3.  Finish off the look with a pair of casual shoes, echoing the laid back (but still pulled together) feel of the cardigan and gingham shirt combo.

How do you mix and match patterns?  Share your style with us in the comments!

3 comments April 15th, 2009

Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #2: Pull an Outfit Together with a Dominant Color

Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #3: Pull an Outfit Together with a Dominant Color
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One of the secrets of looking pulled together is to sport an outfit with a dominant theme.  This theme can be anything from a color or pattern to an era in time.  Here, we’ve constructed a breezily sophisticated menswear outfit, sewn together with blue as a dominant color and brown as the secondary accent color.

1.  Start with a pair of dark rinse blue jeans and a blue button-down shirt.  The gingham print on the blue shirt adds a bit of visual texture without being overly distracting.
2.  Toss on a light blue pullover sweater.  Note how the light blue color contrasts nicely with the dark blue jeans - and is visually distinct from the gingham blue shirt.  The three blues work in harmony with one another.
3.  Finish off the look by adding shades of brown - in the form of a khaki trench and a rich brown oxford shoe.  Brown provides a rich counterpoint to the cool blues and rounds out the outfit visually.

Guys, what’s your favorite color to build a look around?  Share your style with us in the comments!

2 comments April 8th, 2009

Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #1: Casually Cool with Color

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If you’re in need of a weekend go-to outfit - for use when running errands, shopping the farmers market, or grabbing brunch - we have a casually cool outfit that will fit the bill.  What’s the secret to making this outfit work?  A pop of unexpected color against a backdrop of neutrals.

1.  Start with the basics: a striped tee and a pair of dark rinse, straight leg jeans.  But you can mix things up with a classic with a twist: a pair of grey jeans.
2.  Throw on a shawl collared sweater.  The more textured the sweater is, the better - don’t shy away from chunky knits or interesting weaves. 
3.  Finish off the outfit with a pair of classic sneakers - in an unexpected color.  Notice how the deep crimson of the sneakers really pops against the backdrop of blues and greys.

How do you wear color?  Share your style with us in the comments!

4 comments April 1st, 2009

Fashion 101: Omiru’s Menswear Spring Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Mens Spring Summer 2009 Capsule Wardrobe
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We’re thrilled to introduce Omiru’s first-ever menswear capsule wardrobe, arriving just in time for Spring/Summer 2009.  Just like our womenswear foundation wardrobes, our menswear capsule wardrobe was carefully edited with versatility in mind.  From the classic white shirt to the shawl collar sweater to the grey jeans, these are trend-proof pieces that stand the test of time.  They’re also worth the investment, so feel free to splurge on quality versions if you can.

Presenting Omiru’s Menswear Spring Summer Capsule Wardrobe:

The Classic White Shirt: The simple white button down can take you to work as easily as it can accompany you on a date.  It’s a classic in every sense of the word, and as versatile as any shirt you’ll ever have.

The Gingham Shirt: For those times when a simple solid colored shirt won’t do, try a pattern.  Gingham is a classic Spring pattern that somehow always seems fresh.

The Trenchcoat: All leading men own a trench (or two, or three) - so make sure that your wardrobe includes this starring style.

The Two Button Blazer: A perfectly fitted blazer (read: snug fit at the shoulders, and a lean cut through the waistline) bridges a man’s casual and formal wardrobes.

The Striped Shirt: A striped tee is perfect for adding a bit of texture to an otherwise plain outfit.

The Fitted Polo: The preppy fitted polo is a mainstay of a man’s casual wardrobe.  And it adds a visual pop to an outfit when worn in a bright color.

The Soft Henley: Casually classy, the henley shirt is at its best when it features a long, lean placket and is constructed from a supersoft fabric.

The Bright T-Shirt: Add a bit of color to your wardrobe with a brightly colored tee - equally right for layering or just wearing it on its own.

The Shawl Collar Sweater: The shawl collar adds a tailored touch to the otherwise plain cardigan sweater.

The Striped Cardigan: For those days when you want to add a bit of punch to your outfit, pull out a sweater with a bold pattern.

The Pullover Sweater:
The versatile v-neck pullover sweater pairs well over button-down shirts and fits nicely under jackets.

The Casual Hoodie: A nice casual alternative to a blazer or structured sweater, the hoodie is a staple of weekend wear.

The Dark Rinse Jeans: Probably the most versatile piece of clothing you’ll ever own.  Enough said.

The Grey Jeans: They’re less common than dark rinse jeans, but they give you more style points.

The Trouser Pants: A workwear staple, but you can also make them work double duty for weekend wear with the right pieces.

The Knee Length Shorts: Solid colored knee length shorts are as classic as they are versatile.  But if you’re looking for something with a little more Pop, a patterned pair.

Last thoughts?  We don’t mean for our picks to be a straight shopping list; rather we intend for them to inform your own choices so that your wardrobe has your own personal stamp.  (In fact, not all of these pieces are currently available to buy.)  We encourage you to use this capsule wardrobe as a guide, but choose the pieces that work for your personal architecture, your age, and your lifestyle. 

Let the inspiration begin!
Trisha and the Omiru Team

7 comments March 25th, 2009

Mens Ready Made Outfit: Hello Spring!

Mens Ready Made Outfit: Spring Pink
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It may still be Winter, but Spring is just around the corner.  (At least, that’s what retailers would have us believe.)  Welcome the warm weather with clean basics and a bright splash of color.  Here’s how to get the crisp Spring look:

1.  Start with a crisp buttondown shirt.  If you’re bold, try a bright color (like this slim striped red shirt).
2.  So as to make the bright shirt the focus of the outfit, pair the shirt with a pair of dark pants.  Dark rinse, straight leg jeans will always do the trick.
3.  Toss on a lightweight trench to complete the outfit.  Note how the bright shirt really pops against the sand colored trench.
4.  Accessorize with a pair of comfy loafers and a quality work bag.  With the sand colored trench and the bright shirt, brown shoes create the perfect pairing.  Black accessories would be too imposing on such a light outfit.

How will you transition your wardrobe for Spring?  Share your style with us in the comments!

3 comments March 4th, 2009

Mens Ready Made Outfit: How to Wear a Vest

Mens Ready Made Outfit: How to Wear a Vest
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Guys, you don’t have to wear a three piece suit to wear a vest.  In fact, you can take a tailored vest and pair it with casual clothes to elevate an entire outfit.  Here’s how to "casualize" a tailored vest:

1. Start with a casual button down shirt and a pair of dark rinse jeans.
2.  Layer on the tailored vest.  Notice how keeping the vest in the same color palette as the shirt allows them to work together.
3.  Accessorize with a textured belt (if you’re wearing a vest, wear a belt) and a pair of stylish sneakers.
4.  Throw on a peacoat (or trenchcoat, if you prefer) to finish off the outfit.

Guys, how do you wear a vest?  Share your style with us in the comments!

7 comments February 25th, 2009

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