Apr
23
2014
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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
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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pastel sky

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

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Photos by  Brian Schutza

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Apr
11
2014
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Friday Frocks: Festival Friendly

gypsyThe dress code at Coachella is basically the opposite of the Meatpacking District on a Saturday night.  That’s right, ladies.  Leave your skin tight bandage dresses in the closet… better yet your donation pile.  For an outdoor music festival it’s best to be in something loose and free flowing- something that doesn’t require platform pumps as an accessory.  Why not opt for a frock sure to set your gypsy soul free, even if you aren’t hanging in the desert this weekend.

coachella-dresses1. For Love & Lemons Festival Dress, 2. LOVESHACKFANCY Essential Tie Dye Halter Mini Dress, 3. Anna Sui Morning Glory Cotton and Silk Blend Mini Dress, 4. VAVA by Joy Han Libby Dress, 5. Cleobella Nora Dress, 6. Free People Bib Dress, 7. Free People Relaxed Tired Ruffle Dress, 8. Show Me Your Mumu Bachelorette Dress, 9. Anna Sui Printed Silk Blend Chiffon Mini Dress, 10. Tiare Hawaii Banyan Scoop Back Mini Dress

xx,

WhyDid

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Apr
10
2014
1


Why Did You Wear That: No-chella

kirsten smith coachellaIf you live in New York you are in one of two camps: the ones who boarded Palm Springs bound planes for a wild weekend at Coachella or the rest of us who plan to stay put and enjoy the little bit of sunshine that’s finally been bestowed upon us.  I fall into the second camp and am pretty okay with that.  As mentioned, as much as I love a live show, being part of a commercialized and overcrowded concert series gives me the heebie jeebies.  I do, however, love the opportunity to tap into my inner flower child from time to time and fortunately, my mom was smart enough to hold onto a few of her favorite pieces and pass them along to me.  Smart and pretty.

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kirsten smith coachella

 

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kirsten smith coachellasunglasses: Stella McCartney, sweater: Staring at Stars, top: vintage (thanks, mom!), jeans: Odyn, shoes: Charles David, bracelets: Kenneth Jay Lane, bag: vintage Dooney & Bourke

xx,

WhyDid

 

photos by Kate Alex

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Apr
03
2014
1


Why Did You Wear That: April Foolishness

kirsten smithEvery time I check the weather on my iPhone and start to feel optimistic about the above 40 degree temperature and lack of rain icon, I’m smacked in the face with reality when I check it again fifteen minutes before leaving the house to see that the temperature has taken a nose dive and the icon may as well be a middle finger.  It’s as if my weather app is playing an elongated and twisted April fool’s joke on me and it’s the only one laughing.  Getting dressed during this time of year is also a joke because one never knows when Mother Nature will snarl and decide she’s bored with the sun and would rather toss out a hailstorm to liven up your otherwise mundane Tuesday.

And while I may look like a delicate spring flower in these photos, I certainly navigated the April showers (along with the ever patient, Brian Schutza) to capture them.  A wet fire escape in five inch stiletto Jimmy Choos?  Child’s play.  I like living on the edge and 6+ years navigating the treacherous cobblestone streets of the West Village qualify me as a pro.  I found these pants in a thrift store in Bushwick, and I knew I needed them because they fall in between the categories of pants and maxi skirt and isn’t that kind of like getting the last seat on an overcrowded L train?  While these pants are beyond comfortable, I had to be very careful with the way in which I styled them, because they could very easily be mistaken as pajama pants– something I discovered when I wore a similar pair to brunch at Bubby’s one lazy Sunday.  When wearing pants with an elastic waistband (yikes!), be sure to keep the other elements more tailored (adding a belt is a good way to add refinement to an otherwise casual style).  Take that, Mother Nature.

Don’t forget to learn how to milk maid braid to avoid rainy day hair calamities.

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new york kirsten smithjacket: Express, tank: Brandy Melville, pants: vintage, shoes: Jimmy Choo, belt: vintage (mom’s), bag: vintage

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WhyDid

photography by Brian Schutza

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