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Trend Alert: The Casual Wedding

For years and years, the black tie wedding was de rigeur.  Tuxes.  Long white gowns.  Same old, same old.  But now, it seems that the uber-formal Black Tie Wedding is starting to take a backseat to the Casual Wedding.  

Earlier this month, Omiru’s John Liu advised one of our male readers (Phil) about what to wear to his casual wedding.  In the comments, Ria chimed in about her own casual wedding, held this past summer.  Said Ria, "We had a casual wedding, no ties! Well, no ties for the guests. My husband wore a tie but no jacket, same with the groomsmen. Just putting it out there as an alternative. It was hot so no jackets or vests worked for us, but the ties added to the wedding party style."

Indeed, the wedding party exuded style.  Ria’s pictures, below, show that you don’t have to dress to the nines to look fabulous at your wedding.  All you have to do is capture your own personal style.

Ria\'s Wedding: Wedding Party and a Beach Blue Sky
Ria: "The green bridesmaid carnation bouquets matched my husband’s shirt, and their sashes matched the colour of my dress."

Ria\'s Wedding: Table
Ria: "The handmade family recipe books had green accents in the printing and purple ribbons, and the mini menus at each place had blue trim."

Ria\'s Wedding: Wedding Cake
Ria’s cousin Katherine whipped up the wedding cake and cupcakes, each of which had a special design on top.  Ria’s husband, Johann, is into frogs, and his favorite color is green–so the wedding cake featured an adorable frog couple. 

5 comments January 30th, 2008

Where to Find The Best Men’s Peacoats

By John Liu, sartorialist

Peacoats come in many styles, cuts and colors, but for me, the perfect one is dark (but not black), tailored, and waist length.  I prefer a shorter coat (i.e. not thigh or knee length, but waist length) - some say “trend,” I say “sporty.”  Style tip?  As with all black wool clothes, a black wool peacoat easily picks up lint. 

I’m quite picky, so don’t feel bad if you are too. Peacoats can be expensive and if you don’t find the perfect one, don’t spend money on it.  But if you’re looking for the perfect peacoat, you’re in luck—I’ve already done the legwork for you. Here are the best peacoats out there:

Michael Kors Felt Peacoat
I bought this: Michael Kors “Felt Peacoat” | $370 (sale) at Saks Fifth Avenue

This is the peacoat I ended up buying, so naturally, I think it’s the best one.  I loved the length and the sleek, tailored look.  The extra wide collars might be a turnoff for some, but I actually like the detail.  If you zoom in on the picture, you can see what spurred me to pull the trigger on this purchase: the texture.  It gives the coat personality.  Although I don’t normally like boxy cuts, I liked the boxiness of this coat, which gives the coat a dressier feel and a strong shoulder.

Wuffy Jacket at Diesel
“Wuffy” Jacket | $450 at Diesel

I really like this peacoat in black/gray from the brand new online Diesel store–his check pattern reminded me of the pattern on the Oak flannel shirt.  Like the Michael Kors coat, this coat scores points for (tweed) texture. As with all things Diesel, it’s very form fitting and tailored.  You’ll definitely be noticed in this bold coat.

Juicy Couture Double Breasted Peacoat
Juicy Couture Double-Breasted Peacoat | $550 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Yeah, I know what the guys are thinking: “Wait a minute, doesn’t my girlfriend have a towel-like pair of pants with the word ‘juicy’ on the butt?”  She probably does, but don’t be ashamed if you, too, wear Juicy Couture.  Juicy has evolved into much more than a terry cloth pants company for teens.  They make some great graphic T’s for guys and they make a good-looking peacoat.  And, with Juicy, you know you’ll be getting something trendy and with a twist.  In this case, that twist is a screen-printed satin lining.

Burberry Men\'s Peacoat
Burberry Men’s Peacoat | $650 at Bloomingdales

With glowing white buttons, this navy coat is hit or miss.  To me, it’s a hit.  The navy/white gives the peacoat a very nautical, traditional feel.  With Burberry, you know you’ll be getting a boxier cut. 

Oak Corpus Detachable Sleeve Peacoat
Corpus Detachable Sleeve Peacoat | $418 (sale) at Oak NYC

I love the texture on this coat from one of my favorite stores, Oak NYC.  Again, this is hit or miss, as it is quite unusual – it has detachable sleeves.  This uncommon feature also makes it practical: do as the store’s description says and layer it with a sweater.

Banana Republic Wool Cashmere Peacoat
Wool/Cashmere Peacoat in Dark Charcoal | $250 at Banana Republic

Of all the coats I have suggested, this peacoat is the most timeless.  It features a more traditional length (i.e. thigh level), and it is dark and simple.  This is a great coat to get if you want something classy and tasteful.  I myself was *this* close to buying this coat.

Michael Bastian Shearling Coat
My last pick?  The “dream on” coat: Michael Bastian Shearling Coat | $4,495 at Bergdorf Goodman

Got $4500 to drop on a coat?  This coat by the one and only Michael Bastian is for you. 

I’ll leave you with one last Style Tip, or rather a Style Rule.  Button you coat!  Double-breasted coats look very bad when you don’t button them.  You don’t need to fasten all the buttons, although traditionalists will rebuke me for saying this.  My best advice?  Leave the top button undone.

Have a great tip about where to find a great men’s peacoat?

Share it with us in the comments!

Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at tips at omiru dot com, or leave us a comment with your question.

11 comments November 23rd, 2007

Trendscape [Men]: Men in Plaid


From the catwalk to the boardwalk, plaid appears to be the pattern du jour.  Here are a few choice pieces to help you get the look.

Our $$ Pick
Diesel Sparty Short Sleeve Plaid Woven
Diesel Sparty Short Sleeve Plaid Woven | $88 at Urban Outfitters

Our $ Picks
Quiksilver \'Santiago\' Plaid Shorts
Quiksilver ‘Santiago’ Plaid Shorts | $49.50 at Nordstrom

Bingham Madras Cambridge Tie
Bingham Madras Cambridge Tie | $49.50 at J Crew

Standard Messenger Plaid Short
Standard Messenger Plaid Short | $39 at Urban Outfitters

Plaid Madras Belt
Plaid Madras Belt | $34 at J Crew


6 comments March 21st, 2007

Omiru’s Fall 2007 Menswear Trend Roundup

John Bartlett Fall/Winter 2007 RunwayINSPIRATIONS

Athletics
Narciso Rodriguez, Kim Jones

Bourgeois Weekends
Perry Ellis, Lacoste

Preppy Military
John Bartlett

DETAILING & FABRIC

Horizontal Stripes
Perry Ellis, Lacoste

Pocket Detailing
Perry Ellis, Cabbeen, Lacoste

Embroidery
Cabbeen

Cuff Detailing
John Bartlett

Colorblocking
John Bartlett, Duckie Brown, Cabbeen, Narciso Rodriguez

Plaid
Duckie Brown, John Bartlett, Perry Ellis, Cabbeen

GARMENT CLASSIFICATIONS

The Vest
Duckie Brown, Michael Kors

Skinny Pants
John Bartlett, Duckie Brown, Buckler, Narciso Rodriguez, Lacoste

Wide Pants
John Bartlett, Duckie Brown

The Sweaterjacket
Perry Ellis

Cropped Styles
Perry Ellis, Duckie Brown, Lacoste, DKNY

ACCESSORIES

Colorful Accessories
Duckie Brown

Gloves
Perry Ellis, Duckie Brown, Narciso Rodriguez

The Beanie
Duckie Brown, Perry Ellis

Add comment February 14th, 2007

Six Must-Have Spring 2007 Men’s Fashion Trends

Spring is the perfect time to stray away from the heavy fabrications and monochromatic tones of Winter and Fall and turn to breezy, lightweight and colorful fashions. Presenting six items to add to your wardrobe this Spring.

 Slim Shorts
Slim, smart and short - but not too short.


 7" Essential Chino Shorts | $48 at J. Crew

Cardigan Confidence

Invoking the  gentleman style of the ’50s and ’60s, lightweight cardigans are perfect to make you look mature in a "cool daddy-o" way.


 Marc by Marc Jacobs green striped V-neck Cardigan | $118 at Bluefly

Lighter Combat

The military look isn’t totally out, so any  light-colored military or safari-type button up is perfect for those sunny days.


Twill Military-Style Shirt | $59.50 at Banana Republic


Colorful Cover Up

Turn in your thick hooded sweatshirt for a lightweight hoodie in a lively shade.

 
Flex Fleece Zip Hoody | $40 at American Apparel

Ghetto Gold

Silver has grown tired, so why not give it a break and bust out the yellow gold!


Prince on the 45 Mini Gold Vermeil Necklace | $112 at White Trash Charms


Solid White Kicks

Nothing says spring style like a pair of classic white sneakers. 

 
Converse Jack Purcell | $50 at Zappos

5 comments January 24th, 2007

Trendscape [Men]: Velvet Blazers


Velvet Blazers are In
, according to Omiru’s weekly poll. Though we love cropped styles on women, we’re enamored of full-length designs for men.  Presenting our favorites for men, for work or for play.

Triple Five Soul Velvet Pinstripe Blazer

Blazing Glory Velvet Blazer | $298 at Kenneth Cole

Triple Five Soul Velvet Pinstripe Blazer

Black Velvet Two-Button Blazer | $298 at Banana Republic

Triple Five Soul Velvet Pinstripe Blazer

Luxe Velvet Two-Button Blazer | $248 at Banana Republic

Triple Five Soul Velvet Pinstripe Blazer

Triple Five Soul Velvet Pinstripe Blazer | $159 at Urban Outfitters


5 comments December 13th, 2006

Trendscape [Men]: Striped Sweaters


Wide or thin, these stripes were made for wearing.  Think outside the box and pair these linear sweaters with
patterned shirts for some extra oomph.

Penguin Camolet Scared Sweater

Penguin Camolet Scared Sweater | $79 at Urban Outfitters

Gill Brook Sweater

Gill Brook Sweater | $79.50 at Abercrombie & Fitch

American Eagle Expedition Stripe Sweater

Expedition Stripe Sweater | $49.50 at American Eagle

Fink Rugby Striped Sweater

Fink Rugby Stripe Sweater | $39.99 (sale) at Urban Outfitters


1 comment November 29th, 2006

Trendscape: Cuff Links

From the snazzy to the tacky, cufflinks have been a fashion accessory that men seem to take for granted.  Now, in the age of the Metrosexual, men are taking advantage of all of the resources at their fingertips.  Cufflinks are no longer just for dressy occasions–we’ve seen men linking their cuffs while at the club, at work, and even at Sunday brunch.


Nautical, anyone?


Ridged Knot Cuff Links | $38 at Banana Republic

 
Fun & Games

Target Cuff Links by Paul Smith | $107.50 at ScoopNYC.com


Prep School

Argyle Cuff Links | $115 at Brooks Brothers

 
Sophisticated Gentleman

Oval Cuff Links | $135 at Tiffany & Co.

3 comments May 25th, 2006

Trendscape: Men’s Embellished Jackets

Embellishment once used to be reserved for womenswear, but men are now being let in on the fun (and the snazzy details), according to FashionTribes. But not every man can sport this ultra-stylish look. Confident men who aren’t afraid to don a jacket that may be a tad more feminine than that of their girlfriend can pull this look off. Men who fear being labeled a Metrosexual need not apply. 

 

men\'s blazer

Allen B. Herringbone 3-button ‘Scandal’ Blazer | $219.99  at Bluefly

 

men\'s blazer

Triple 5 Soul Floral Dressy Blazer | $156 at Urban Outfitters

Add comment May 17th, 2006

Trendscape: Shorts in Plaids and Prints

 

 
Women may have gone plaid-crazy with their tops, (check out Trendscape: Pretty in Plaid)  but for men, it’s the shorts that have been splashed with plaids and  vibrant prints that are perfect for the spring and summertime.  This can definitely add a little pizzazz to the neutral (and sometimes yawn-worthy) palette that are in great abundance in the average Joe’s wardrobe.

 

Madras Plaid Short | $49.50 at Banana Republic

 


Paul Frank Doug Short | $56 at Urban Outfitters

 


Bermuda Patchwork Madras Cargo Shorts | $58 at J. Crew

Santorini Stripe Bermuda | $78 at Modern Amusement

 


Rosasen Baxter Argyle Shorts | $88 at RevolveClothing.com

 


Junya Watanabe Bermudas | $258 at Yoox.com

Add comment April 27th, 2006

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