Apr
24
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: Distressed Done Up

whydid kirsten smithWhen one thinks of shredded jeans, I  assume that most file destroyed denim under completely casual.  To be honest, I treat some of my destroyed denim like my own version of sweatpants.  A particular pair that reign as queen bee of my cluttered closet and are often the first thing I pull out for morning dog walking duty also happen to be the very same pair I pull out to wear with a tiny top and high heels for an evening out.  So, you see, distressed denim truly can go from day to night.  I’ve never worked at a job where I had to wear a “suit” (that’s the beauty of the fashion industry, kids), but when I worked in a sad grey cube at Henri Bendel, we were supposed to follow a few simple guidelines like, I don’t know: don’t look like an asshole or wear flip flops.  One of the clauses when distressed denim became one of our biggest sellers in store was that we could wear it… so long as it was one of our vendors… and most certainly not with flip flops- not even Havaianas.  So, full circle: destroyed denim can be both very downtown as well as totally dressed up.

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whydid kirsten smith

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whydid kirsten smithblazer: Dian von Furstenberg, blouse: Philosophy, jeans: DIY (learn how here), bag: Rafe, shoes: Carlos by Carlos Santana, sunglasses: Ray-Ban, bracelets: alex and ani, necklace: Maya Brenner

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WhyDid

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Apr
23
2014
1


Why Did You Wear That: Denim Daze
Written by: WhyDid | Why Did You Wear That?

 

kirsten smithIt is a given that you should own at least one pair of jeans that fit you like they were made for you.  But having just one pair of jeans is simply not enough.  Denim comes in a plethora of colors, cuts, washes, and lengths for every body type and personal style preference.  Walking into a denim department can be utterly overwhelming if you don’t already have in your head what it is that you are looking for.  We don’t often think of denim for spring and summer, but below are the styles that will get you through the steamy season and coincidentally will look great with another one of this season’s trends: crop tops.

denim guide

 

  1. Gimme the Skinny: Joie Skinny Crop Jeans, BLK DNM High Rise Skinny JeansDL1961 Coco Curvy Straight JeansRag & Bone Mid Rise Skinny Jeans
  2. You Destroy Me: Wildfox Marianne Mid Rise Skinny Jeans, AG Adriano Goldschmied The Nikki Cropped JeansFrame Denim Le Skinny de Jeanne Distressed JeansCitizens of Humanity Leah Pants
  3. In Fine Print: Hudson Nico Super Skinny Jeans7 for All Mankind The Ankle Skinny Jeans, Joe’s Jeans Skinny Ankle JeansPaige Verdugo Printed Mid Rise Skinny Jeans
  4. You’ve Got Flare: MiH Marrakesh Kick Flare JeansSeafarer Corsair Flare JeansJ Brand 722 Love Story Low Rise Flared JeansFrankieB. Carly Hi Rise Wide Leg Jeans
  5. Can I Be Your Boyfriend?:  RES Denim Slacker Boyfriend JeanLevi’s Made & Crafted Beau JeansAcne Studios Pop Vintage Boyfriend JeansCurrent/Elliot The Boyfriend Cropped Jeans
  6. Shorty Swing My Way: Ksubi Alberceque Distressed ShortsWildfox Michelle Slouchy Boyfriend ShortsBB Dakota Collective Camilla Rolled ShortsA.P.C. Atelier de Production et Création Shorts

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WhyDid

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Apr
22
2014
2


How To Tuesday: Damsel in Distressed Denim

destroyed denimIt seems counterintuitive to want to wear something that looks like it’s been handed down– for several generations, but destroyed denim came back onto the fashion scene several seasons ago and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.  I especially like it for the warmer months as if those extra holes are going to provide any extra ventilation in prevention of the dreaded “swamp ass.”  My parents are always confused when I wear a pair of shredded jeans around them… even more so when they find out how much I shelled out for them.  So, if you are anything like Dick and Georgia and want to achieve the look of distressed denim without distressing your bank account, I have the tricks to DIY destroyed denim.  You can also apply all of these techniques to denim cut off shorts (like the ones I taught you how to make last spring here).

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WhyDid

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Apr
21
2014
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Setting the Mood: How Very American
Written by: WhyDid | Setting the Mood

denim day fashion editorialThere is nothing more American other than maybe our flag, apple pie, or childhood obesity than denim.  A long time fashion staple that started off as casual and has since gone couture, every man, woman, child, and sometimes dog has and should own a pair of well fitted jeans.  Beyond being a closet staple, April 23, 2014 marks this year’s Denim Day (so be sure to slip into your favorite pair to show your support).  I had never actually heard of this event until this year, but I most certainly will be taking part- because standing up for what you believe is also very American.  So, with that said, this week will be dedicated strictly to denim.

denim-accessories

A Denim Story: Inspirations from Bellbottoms to BoyfriendsAurélie Bidermann Takayama Cotton and Shell BraceletGianvito Rossi Denim PumpsMiu Miu Denim and Leather Mini Satchel

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WhyDid

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Apr
18
2014
2


Why Did You Wear That: Kiss the Sky

kirsten smith whydidSure, as a New Yorker, it’s a given that my favorite “color” is black.  However, if you want to know the way to my heart, take me to see the sun set… or rise.  The color of the sky never gets old to me.  Every single day is a different variation that takes my breath away.  I’d say the thing I miss most about California other than daily morning coffee and cocktail hour with my dad is the sky.  Smitty would say it’s having more than 500 square feet of wood floor to run on.  I tried to take a hike- literally- every evening to be quiet and alone and watch the color of the sun and the way it painted the hills different shades of glorious each evening.  There isn’t a whole lot of that here in the city, hell, we can’t even see the stars, but I’m fortunate enough to have a rooftop that overlooks a lot of the city and Hudson River, so even if I can’t see the Big Dipper on the regular, I can take a rose gold sunset from time to time.  And hey, when there aren’t a bunch of bros drinking Stella upstairs, sometimes, I even get a sacred moment of silence.

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kirsten smith nyc

pastel sky

kirsten smith whydid skirt: Zara, top: American Apparel, bralette: Victoria’s Secret, clutch: Alexander Wang, shoes:

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WhyDid

 

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