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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

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

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

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

You Said: No to Short Shorts

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bdg-5-pocket-short-shorts_051610We asked: Would you wear Short Shorts?

You said:  No to Short Shorts, with a 65% to 35% vote.

Style tip? While shorts are a summer staple, short shorts tend to cause a bit more controversy than your garden variety short.  Proponents of the short short cite its ability to visually lengthen your leg, while opponents point out the difficulty in wearing short shorts if you have less-than-perfect legs.  We’d recommend a slim cut short short for younger women who are tall and slender.  If you’re more petite, however, you can still wear short shorts, extending the illusion of longer legs with a heeled shoe.  Summer’s wedge espadrilles look especially fresh with short shorts.

Next question: Conversational Prints, featuring motifs like plants, animals, and other ephemera, do just that - start a conversation.  But they can be too much, especially in large doses.  What do you think?  Tell us, would you wear conversational prints?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: BDG 5 Pocket Short Shorts | $39 at Urban Outfitters

6 comments May 16th, 2010

Trend Alert: Garden Party Florals

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It may be almost summer, but springtime florals are still in full bloom.  These florals range from graphic to literal, oversized to micro sized - what connects them is a flirty, feminine attitude.  Paired with statement hats (or headbands), cardigan sweaters, and espadrilles, these garden party worthy dresses will gracefully breathe life into your neutral-heavy summer wardrobe.  Here’s six garden party floral dresses worth a look:

1. Floral Print Cowlneck Dress | $98 at Banana Republic

2. Flowers in the Fountain Dress | $74.99 at ModCloth

3. Make Arrangements Dress | $53.99 at ModCloth

4. Print Dress with Beaded Necklace | $89.50 at LOFT

5. Kimchi Blue Lace-Up Strapless Linen Dress | $58 at Urban Outfitters

6. Pins and Needles Puff Sleeve Chiffon Dress | $68 at Urban Outfitters

What will you wear with garden party florals? 
Share your style with us in the comments!

2 comments May 13th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Pattern on Pattern

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pattern-on-pattern_051010We asked: Would you wear Pattern on Pattern?

You said:  Yes to Pattern on Pattern, with a 64% to 36% vote.

Style tip? Wearing pattern on pattern may not be covered in Style 101, but it’s not as hard as you might imagine.  What are the rules for wearing two different patterns?  To effectively combine two different patterns, make sure that the two patterns "speak" to one another.  This may be through a shared color, motif, or even pattern size (e.g. pairing micropatterns with other micropatterns).  Case in point - the heart blouse and jacket pictured at left.  Notice how the shared heart motif - and the grey color - brings these two pieces together.

Next question: Summer is just around the corner, which means hot days - and a sea of shorts for weekend wear.  And one of the most popular styles this season is hotpants (aka short shorts).  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear short shorts?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Confetti Heart Print Polo Crop | $32 at Topshop and Heart Print Biker Jacket | $80 at Topshop.

1 comment May 9th, 2010

You Said: No to Sweatpants and Heels

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luxe-terry-un-sweatpant_043010We asked: Would you wear Sweatpants and Heels?

You said:  An overwhelming No to Sweatpants and Heels, with a 91% to 9% vote.

Style tip? Sweatpants have gone from standard gym fare to high fashion over the last few seasons.  They started out as a high fashion statement, especially when paired with luxe items like stiletto heels and statement jackets, but now they’re becoming more accessible to the mainstream (at least, as accessible as they probably ever will be).  The vast majority of you pooh-poohed Sweatpants and Heels, but the look can work for those with the chutzpah to pull it off.  The idea is to dress up the sweatpants with more formal items - a wide belt, crisp jacket, blouse, and of course, the heels.  The sweatpants, in turn, playfully dress down the look.

Next question: Pairing pattern on pattern can be challenging, but it’s often worth the effort.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you mix and match different patterns in a single outfit?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Luxe Terry Un-Sweatpant | $59.50 at J Crew

5 comments May 2nd, 2010

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