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You Said: No to Cuffed Sandals

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reese-sandals_071110We asked: Would you wear Cuffed Sandals?

You said:  No to Cuffed Sandals, with a 66% to 34% vote.

Style tip? This season’s sandals feature a new twist - a cuff that wraps around your ankle.  While the cuff is primarily for decorative effect, it’s also a useful feature to keep the shoes securely on when you’re out and about.  But while the cuff adds to the dramatic effect of these sandals, it also visually cuts your leg at the ankle, making your legs (and therefore, you) look shorter.  This leg shortening effect is particularly powerful with sandals that feature wide cuffs.  If you’re not blessed with the longest legs, we’d recommend trying a sandal with a thinner cuff to offset this effect. 

Next question: Blousy shorts provide a nice counterpart to tight tops, but they can also be difficult to wear, especially for pear shaped women.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear blousy shorts?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Reese Sandals | $19.80 at Forever 21

2 comments July 11th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Backpacks

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bdg-nylon-backpack_070510We asked: Would you wear Backpacks?

You said:  Yes to Backpacks, with the slimmest of margins -  a 51% to 49% vote.

Style tip? A throwback to school days, the backpack is re-emerging on the fashion scene as an accessory that combines both form and function.  We appreciate the backpack for much of the same reason that we like the oversized handbag - you can go about your day with everything you need, right at your fingertips.  But how do you wear the backpack without looking like a student?  Choose sophisticated versions with updated detailing - an extra special buckle closure, or a streamlined silhouette. 

Next question: Cuffed sandals that have strap(s) that wrap around your ankle help keep sandals on your feet when you’re out and about.  But the cuff also visually shortens your leg. What do you think?  Tell us, would you wear cuffed sandals?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: BDG Nylon Backpack | $48 at Urban Outfitters

2 comments July 5th, 2010

What to Wear July 2010

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What do you need to update your closet this month?  Day dresses and colorful shorts, slouchy roll up pants and fantastic embellished tops, colorful clutches and decorative oxfords.  To keep warm at the office when the AC is on at full blast, a chambray blazer with ruched sleeves.  And to top off a casual outfit, while counterbalancing feminine embellishments - a military inspired field jacket.  Here’s Omiru’s top picks for July 2010:

1. Linen Dip-Dye V-Neck Pullover | $78 at J Crew

2. Pleated Roll Up Shorts | $49.50 at Gap

3. Pins and Needles Peter Pan Striped Tunic | $38 at Urban Outfitters

4. Slouchy Belted Pants | $49.50 at Gap

5. Solid Ripstop Field Jacket | $98 at J Crew

6. Rose Sequin Embellished Top | $90 at Topshop

7. Ecote Classic Canvas Backpack | $68 at Urban Outfitters

8. Craft & Creation Top | $58 at Anthropologie

9. Premium Leather Macrame Knotted Oversized Clutch | $118.36 at ASOS

10. Whip Smart Blazer | $98 at Anthropologie

11. Kimchi Blue Teardrop Oxford | $48 at Urban Outfitters

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

2 comments July 1st, 2010

You Said: Yes to Maxi Dresses

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tie-dye-maxi-dress_062310We asked: Would you wear Maxi Dresses?

You said:  Yes to Maxi Dresses, with a 57% to 43% vote.

Style tip? Maxi Dresses, very popular in the boho 70s, reappeared on the fashion scene a few seasons ago.  And now that it’s summer, their simple, long silhouette, paired with espadrilles and oversized sunglasses, feels very California chic.  This style, because it is floor length, can overwhelm petite frames - so it’s best worn on taller women.  If you’re petite and would like to try a maxi dress, look for one with a closer fit and a smaller pattern to keep the look in proportion.

Next question: School days may be out, but backpacks are very In with the fashion crowd. But these aren’t your typical Jansports - these new backpacks feature sophisticated colors and details - like leather piping.  What do you think?  Tell us, would you wear a backpack?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Tie Dye Maxi Dress | $27.80 at Forever 21

1 comment June 27th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Oversized Sunglasses

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jodi-oversized-sunglasses_062010We asked: Would you wear Oversized Sunglasses?

You said:  Yes to Oversized Sunglasses, with a 75% to 25% vote.

Style tip? Oversized sunglasses are a Hollywood classic - they give you an air of mystery.  And they’re excellent at protecting your eyes, to boot!  We appreciate their mix of fashion and function - and the sense of drama they add to your look.  How do you find the right pair of oversized sunglasses for your face?  The key to getting this look right is to contrast your face shape with the shape of your glasses.  If you have a round race, look for glasses with an angular shape.  And conversely, if you have a more angular face, you’ll do best with glasses with a more rounded shape.

Next question: The Maxi Dress, a favorite silhouette in the 1970s, made its way back into fashion in 2009 - but it seems to have enough staying power to last through 2010.  But this floor-length dress silhouette isn’t for everybody, and it can be especially overwhelming on shorter women. What do you think?  Tell us, would you wear the maxi dress?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Jodi Sunglasses | $78 at Banana Republic

3 comments June 21st, 2010

What to Wear June 2010

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What’s hot this month, besides the weather?  Flirty sundresses (always a summer must-have), creamy pastels, browns and beiges, juxtaposed against shocking splashes of color.  Here’s Omiru’s top picks for June 2010:

1. Stripes and Light Tee | $78 at Anthropologie

2. Chromatic Canvas Shirtdress | $148 at Anthropologie

3. Lace Trim Cami | $90 at Topshop

4. Urban Renewal Gauze Open Back Dress | $58 at Urban Outfitters

5. Haya Zip Up Hoodie | $65 at J Crew

6. Kimchi Blue Linen Knot Checkbook | $18 at Urban Outfitters

7. Ombre Snake Halter Tank | $69.50 at Banana Republic

8. Wildfox Couture Malibu Girl Baggy Beach Sweatshirt | $108 at Urban Outfitters

9. La Mer Gold Hearts Wrap Watch | $120 at Urban Outfitters

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

5 comments June 17th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Crochet

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knitted-crochet-shoulder-dress_061310We asked: Would you wear Crochet?

You said:  Yes to Crochet, with a 58% to 42% vote.

Style tip? Crochet is sweet, it’s innocent, and it’s one of the key trends for Spring/Summer 2010.  How to wear crochet?  Contrast its inherent sweetness with accessories with a harder edge.  Pair a crochet dress, for example, with ankle boots and rocker shades.  Or juxtapose a sweet crochet top against a polished, slicked updo.

Next question: Oversized sunglasses are a classic sunglasses style - and they’re a celebrity favorite for good reason.  But their statement silhouette isn’t for everybody. What do you think?  Tell us, would you wear oversized sunglasses?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Knitted Crochet Shoulder Dress | $80 at Topshop

2 comments June 13th, 2010

How to Wear Denim on Denim

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With fashion’s love affair with vintage Americana, denim on denim never looked so good.  Wearing denim on denim may sound like a poor idea, or at least one that’s difficult to pull off in style, but it’s surprisingly wearable.  So how do you wear denim on denim without loking like you’re wearing a "canadian suit"?  The key is to provide visual interest by varying something about your denim pieces.  Here’s three ways to keep things interesting when wearing denim on denim:

(1) Vary the types of garments.  Denim doesn’t just come in the form of jeans and jackets.  Try a denim vest, skirt, hat, or blouse.

(2) Vary the weight and drape of the fabrics.  A drapey chambray on denim jeans look fresh, especially finished off with a chocolatey brown belt for contrast.

(3) Vary the wash of the fabric. 
Try Try a lighter wash paired with a medium wash, for example, or a medium wash with a dark wash.  The best execution I’ve seen of a denim jacket on jeans contrasted a light/medium jacket with deep, dark denim jeans.

Here’s seven denim pieces worth a look:

1. Selvedge Chambray Shirt | $78 at J Crew

2. Badge Denim Sleeveless Gilet | $80 at Topshop

3. Skinny Denim Bermuda Shorts | $39.50 at American Eagle

4. Chambray Schoolboy Blazer | $99.99 at J Crew

5. Denim Mesh Shoulder Sweat | $44 at Topshop

6. Indigo Skinny Baxter Jeans | $80 at Topshop

7. Sailing Romper by Dear Creatures | $118 at Ruche

How will you wear denim on denim?  Share your style with us in the comments!

1 comment June 11th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Headscarves

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head-scarf_060610We asked: Would you wear Headscarves?

You said:  Yes to Headscarves, with a 63% to 37% vote.

Style tip? Headscarves are the epitome of sophisticated, breezy chic.  Think Grace Kelly riding in a convertible car.  Or Blair Waldorf as the picture of young Upper East Side sophistication.  On a practical level, the headscarf keeps your hair out of your eyes, but they so much more than that sartorially.  We love how the headscarf adds a sophisticated touch to a young woman’s look - and conversely brings an air of youthfulness to more mature women.  In that way, the headscarf is the great equalizer when it comes to hair accessories. 

What to wear with your headscarf?  The sophisticated-yet-playful headscarf works well paired with a breezy summer dress - but it also works to dress up more casual outfits, like a tank and shorts.  You can play the headscarf against more utilitiarian looks - but it always looks lovely against feminine blouses, skirts, and dresses.

Next question: Crochet is no longer just for table runners and delicate doilies.  Thanks to Chanel and Issey Miyake, crochet has spun itself from craft fair to chic. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear crochet?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Headscarf | $18 at Urban Outfitters

Add comment June 6th, 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

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