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Spring 2011 Fashion Week Trend: Boyfriend Blazers 2.0

Photo Credit:
Boyfriend Blazers at Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs, and Calvin Klein.

Style tip?  The beauty of the boyfriend blazer is its laid back, carefree essence.  It’s cut a bit long, it’s not perfectly fitted - and has that je ne sais quoi that makes it so alluring.  If you don’t already have one (or several), do go out and get one in a nice, neutral color - black or grey works especially well.  You’ll be able to pair it with everything from a skinny pair of pants to your spring dresses (belted, of course).  For an extra slim look, look for one with a skinny lapel, like the Narciso Rodriguez blazer shown at left.  If you already have your basic boyfriend blazers hanging in your closet, you can try one with a bit of embellishment, via color or texture.

What do you think?  How would you wear the boyfriend blazer?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

Add comment September 19th, 2010

Spring 2011 Fashion Week Trend: The Purity of White

Photo Credit:
The Purity of White at Thakoon, Derek Lam, and Alexander Wang.

Style tip?  It seems apropos that we start off our Spring/Summer 2011 fashion trend coverage with a theme so pure.  White is clean, it’s fresh, and it’s a new palette from which to create.  And it’s clearly in line with Fall’s neutral, sand based palette.  Indeed, it seems that white is the new beige!  How to wear white?  We love wearing different shades of white and off-white together, mixing tones and textures.  A gauzy knit sweater, for example, contrasting against a crisp pair of knee length shorts, crease line intact.  As for accessories, you can go with anything you want - metallics look especially fetching, but if you want to add a spot of color, brights or pastels work equally well.

What do you think?  How would you wear white?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

1 comment September 13th, 2010

You Said: No to Denim on Denim


selvedge-chambray-shirt_090710We asked: Would you wear Denim on Denim?

You said:  No to Denim on Denim, with a 74-26 split in votes.

Style tip? In a season celebrating utility fabrics, it’s only natural to be tempted to double up on the denim.  But how do you wear denim on denim without looking like you’re over-the-top matchy?  The trick is to vary something about the denim–it can be the color, the weight, the texture, or even the distressing.  We love the look of a light chambray shirt (like the J Crew one pictured) paired with a dark rinse denim bottom - skinny jeans or a skirt will do.  Try finishing off the look with a dash of color, as with a bright red satchel or tote.

Next question: This week, we have a question for the guys out there.  Would you carry a man bag?  These men’s totes and side bags are practical, but they’re certainly not for every guy. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you carry a man bag?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Selvedge Chambray Shirt | $98 at J Crew

6 comments September 7th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Chunky, Textured Knits


sweater-jacket_082910We asked: Would you wear Chunky, Textured Knits?

You said:  Yes to Chunky, Textured Knits, with a 75-25 split in votes.

Style tip? Chunky, textured knits add visual and actual volume, which means that they’re not the most figure flattering fabric.  But what they lack in flattery, they make up for in style.  These chunky knits look great layered, especially in a monochromatic color scheme, which, in neutral colors, is completely on point (not to mention uber-sophisticated) for Fall.  When layering, try mixing weights (e.g. chunky with thin) and textures (e.g. rough with smooth).  Last style tip?  A slim pant or skirt works well with these more voluminous sweaters.

Next question: Denim on denim is a tricky style statement to pull off.  You don’t want to look too matchy-matchy, but then again, there’s no better time than now to try out the look.  With this season’s focus on denim, you have a wide variety of weights, textures, and colors of denim to choose from. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear denim on denim?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Arrow Sweater Jacket | $138 at J Crew

Add comment August 29th, 2010

How to Look Smart in Cutoff Shorts


Smart and sophisticated are two adjectives that aren’t usually attached to cutoff shorts.  But as these denim short shorts have been rising on the trend charts this summer, it’s worth getting some extra mileage out of them, beyond wearing them with the usual suspects - a tank or tee and sandals.  Simply pair your denim cutoff shorts with sophisticated basics - a loosely fitted blouse and boyfriend blazer.  Finish off the look with a pair of pumps (don’t you love that zipper detailing?) and a sophisticated handbag.  The resulting look puts you at the intersection of polished and playful, and it’s perfect layering for summer days.

Denim cutoffs aren’t for you?  Switch out the cutoff shorts for a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans for a more conservative look.

Here’s how to get the look:
Pins and Needles Watercolor Chiffon Blouse | $58 at Urban Outfitters

Distressed Chain Shorts | $18.90 at Forever 21

Ruched Sleeve Blazer | $125 at Topshop

Guess Fedran HH Platform Bow Detail Shoes | $166.82 at ASOS

Premium Leather Weave Holdall | $168.50 at ASOS

How do you wear denim cutoff shorts?
  Share your style with us in the comments!

1 comment August 27th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Boyfriend Belts


leather-boyfriend-belt_082210We asked: Would you wear the Boyfriend Belt?

You said:  Yes to the Boyfriend Belt, with a 84-16 split in votes.

Style tip? Boyfriend Belts, so named for their uber-long length (that would presumably fit your boyfriend’s waistline) that allows them to be folded over just so, are the key belt silhouette this fall.  We’ve worn them this summer as a fantastic finish for oversized shorts and boyfriend jeans - and even the occasional dress whose volume requires a bit of reigning in.  This fall, we’ll be pairing the boyfriend belt with slim skirts and drapey trouser pants.  We’re liking thinner versions of the belt to pair with pencil skirts and delicate cardigans - and chunkier, thicker versions of the belt to pair with heavier fabrics and silhouettes.

Next question: We’re starting to gear up for Fall Fashion, and chunky, textured knits are high on our radar. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear chunky knits?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Leather Boyfriend Belt | $30.33 at ASOS

1 comment August 22nd, 2010

You Said: No to Blousy Harem Pants


cross-front-extreme-hareems_081510We asked: Would you wear Blousy Harem Pants?

You said:  No to Blousy Harem Pants, with a 82-18 split in votes.

Style tip? Harem Pants are one of those fashion trends that you either love or hate - there’s hardly anyone who feels indifferent about them.  Proponents of harem pants appreciate their unusual silhouette, but detractors are quick to dock these pants for their particularly unflattering fit.  Harem Pants are certainly a statement pant, and if you choose to wear them, do so with a top that’s more fitted for a small-over-big silhouette.  A tall pair of heels can also help to counteract the somewhat unflattering fit of these blousy pants by making your legs look longer. 

Next question: The Boyfriend Belt, an extra long belt that you can fold over, is the key belt trend of the season. But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear a boyfriend belt?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Cross Front Extreme Harem Pants | $80 at Topshop

6 comments August 16th, 2010

What to Wear August 2010


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!

7 comments August 13th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Cats Eye Sunglasses


damsel-cats-eye-sunglasses_080910We 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

2 comments August 9th, 2010

You Said: Yes to Brogues


kameryn-canvas-brogues_073110We 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

2 comments August 2nd, 2010

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