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What do you need to update your closet this month? Greys, greys, and more greys - the perfect neutral to start to transition your closet into Fall. We’re going for interesting silhouettes and textures, and a decidedly ladylike look. We’re digging grey boyfriend skinny jeans, lace embellished tops, marled knits, and Spanish style grosgrain trimmed coats. Here’s Omiru’s top picks for August 2010:
1. Catalunya Coat | $598 at Anthropologie
2. Layered Ruffle Skirt | $79.50 at Banana Republic
3. Silence & Noise Extreme Cape Back Tee | $48 at Urban Outfitters
4. BR Monogram Grey Slouchy Skinny Jean | $89.50 at Banana Republic
5. Leather Croc Lock Across Body Bag | $84.25 at ASOS
6. Cooperative Sunday School Dress | $58 at Urban Outfitters
7. Herringbone Plaid Boy Shirt | $79.50 at J Crew
8. Silk Lace Front Shell | $69.50 at Banana Republic
9. Marled Knit Thandie Blazer | $158 at J Crew
What will you be wearing this month? Share your style in the comments!
August 13th, 2010
We asked: Would you wear Cats Eye Sunglasses?
You said: Yes to Cats Eye Sunglasses, with a 53-47 split in votes.
Style tip? Cats Eye Sunglasses recall the 1950s (with their dramatic swooping frames) and the 1980s, when they reappeared with a softer silhouette. If you’re looking for a statement, try the 1950s style dramatically shaped frames - which look lovely juxtaposed against rounder faces. For more angular faces, try a softer sunglasses style to visually round out the face.
Next question: Harem Pants, whose silhouette is leaner on the leg and blousy up top, have been on the style radar for a couple of seasons now. They’re a dramatic silhouette that’s certainly not for everyone, but they’ve had surprising staying power. But what do you think? Tell us, would you wear harem pants? Cast your vote on the sidebar!
Pictured: Damsel Cat Eye Sunglasses | $16 at Urban Outfitters.
August 9th, 2010
We asked: Would you wear Brogues?
You said: Yes to Brogues, with a 63-37 split in votes.
Style tip? Brogues (aka Wingtip Shoes) have been making a statement on both sides of the Atlantic. They feature punched patterns (aka brogueing) along the seams and outer layers of the shoe - and are traditionally a menswear shoe. Though brogues are now made for both women and men, they still retain their classic masculinity - and as such are a perfect counterpoint to feminine outfits. We love the juxtaposition of a menswear-inspired brogue against a flirty, feminine summer dress. Just remember to skip the socks.
Next question: Cats eye sunglasses feel very retro - yet au courant. And they certainly make a statement. But what do you think? Tell us, would you wear cats eye sunglasses? Cast your vote on the sidebar!
Pictured: Kameryn Canvas Brogues | $110 at Topshop.
August 2nd, 2010
What’s the easiest way to give your wardrobe a pick-me-up? Accessories, accessories, accessories. And this summer, the statement necklace is here to inject some drama into the sea of neutrals that’s defining fashion this season. How to wear the statement necklace? Juxtaposed against basics - the blank canvas will allow these necklaces to shine. Here’s six statement necklaces to spice up your summer neutrals:
1. Fenton/Fallon for J. Crew Carrington Chain and Needle Necklace | $195 at J Crew
The chain link detailing, combined with the spikes, make this necklace a fantastic counterpoint to a feminine frock.
2. Assorted Initial Pendant | $24 at Urban Outfitters
Personalize your necklace with your initials.
3. Two Strand Beaded Multiplier Necklace | $39.99 at Target
Add a bit of color to a neutral outfit with coral beads and gems.
4. Sequin Twisted Necklace | $118 at Nordstrom
Juxtaposed pearls and chains make for a smouldering textured necklace.
5. Chain and Crystal Twist Necklace | $98 at J Crew
Asymmetric intertwining of steel and gold-plate chain feels so luxe.
6. Antiqued Chainlink Bib Necklace | $6.80 at Forever 21
Pair this chainlink bib necklace with a plain dress for a striking, eyecatching effect.
How would you wear the statement necklace? Share your style with us in the comments!
July 29th, 2010
Who said that khaki pants have to be boring? In a season full of neutrals, we dare you to add a bit of color to your wardrobe. Instead of wearing standard sand-colored khakis, why not try a slightly nontraditional color? You can play it safe with navy, olive, grey, or brown - or go wilder with a lighter blue slate or an orange-tinted clay color. How to wear these colored khaki pants? Pair them with a slim cut shirt and driving shoes for a classic summer look. And where to get them? J Crew’s colored khaki pants are well-cut and well-priced - here’s four of our favorites:
1. Sun Faded Stanton Pant in Urban Slim Fit | $39.99+ at J Crew
2. Broken in Chino in Classic Fit | $29.99+ at J Crew
3. Sun Faded Stanton Pant in Classic Fit | $69.50 at J Crew
4. Lightweight Essex Pant in Classic Fit | $49.99+ at J Crew
How will you wear colored khaki pants? Share your style with us in the comments!
July 28th, 2010
We asked: Would you wear Cutoff Shorts?
You said: Maybe to Cutoff Shorts, with a 50-50 split in votes.
Style tip? Cutoff shorts had their 15 minutes of fame with Arrested Development’s resident "nevernude" Tobias Funke, but they’re seeing a resurgence this summer, given fashion’s fixation on all things denim. Cutoff shorts work surprisingly well on women with short legs; their short silhouette exposes more leg - and visually elongates your legline. You can further extend the visual length of your leg with a well-chosen pair of sandals or espadrilles, especially one with a heel. Cutoffs don’t have to just be a summer style - wear your cutoffs this Fall as well, paired with tights. Should you choose to wear cutoff shorts, you have a variety of styles to choose from - but our favorites are distressed (the perfect treatment to pair with the cutoff hem) and expose a bit of pocket.
Next question: Brogues, aka wingtips or oxfords, have been in the style spotlight for months. They were a posh pairing for winter clothes, but they also work well as a counterpoint for feminine frocks in warmer weather. But what do you think? Tell us, would you wear brogues? Cast your vote on the sidebar!
Pictured: Levi’s 501 Cutoff Shorts | $50 at Urban Outfitters.
July 25th, 2010
We asked: Would you wear Blousy Shorts?
You said: No to Blousy Shorts, with a 60% to 40% vote.
Style tip? Blousy shorts might not sound like a good idea, but they’re surprisingly wearable on women with a slim bottom half. The key to wearing blousy shorts is to balance out the volume on the bottom with a more form fitting top - and finish off the outfit with a belt to reign in the volume. For maximum figure flattery, choose your shorts in color from the darker side of the color spectrum. We’ve successfully paired an olive pair of blousy shorts with a drapey black tank and a collarless faux leather jacket, finishing off the look with a draped boyfriend belt and a pair of heeled sandals.
Next question: Cutoff shorts remind us of Arrested Development’s Tobias Funke, but we’re finding them strangely appealing despite the association with Funke’s "nevernude." But what do you think? Tell us, would you wear cutoff shorts? Cast your vote on the sidebar!
Pictured: Roll Up Hem Shorts | $60 at Topshop.
July 18th, 2010
What do you need to add to your closet this month? Summer basics - a slouchy tee with a deep v (perfect for pairing with a blazer and jeans), madras shorts, and plaid shirts. For layering, take a look at draped sweaters and pullovers - and a classic military field jacket. Accessorize with statement shoes - moccasins and textured boots. Here’s Omiru’s menswear picks for July 2010:
1. Army Varsity Shawl Collar Zip Pullover | $96 at Oak
2. O’Hanlon Mills Moccasin | $28 at Urban Outfitters
3. Feather Wrapped Cardigan | $38 at Urban Outfitters
4. Trinity Madras Club Short | $62.50 at J Crew
5. a.ok Plaid Patch Pocket Slim Shirt | $78 at Oak
6. H by Hudson Marx Ankle Boot | $220 at Urban Outfitters
7. Alternative Apparel Burnout Pocket V-Neck | $24 at Urban Outfitters
8. Pre Fall L/S Reverse Seam | $168 at Steven Alan
9. Four Pocket Field Jacket | $90 (sale) at Banana Republic
What will you be wearing this month? Share your style with us in the comments!
July 13th, 2010
We 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.
July 11th, 2010
We 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.
July 5th, 2010