Feb
14
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: One Dress, Three Ways (Rated R)

kirsten smithThe moment the door closes behind me upon arriving home after a long day, or a late night, the clothes are immediately removed.  It’s funny that a woman who loves clothing as much as I do spends so little time in it.  So, it’s a good thing I love silky nighties and lingerie.  That’s why when I came across a dress that could combine all these things, a space was cleared in my closet for it.  A couple of years ago, celebrities like Erin Heatherton and Lea Michele made this look quite popular.   I wasn’t an early adopter, I must admit.  But when a woman works that hard for her body, she wants to show it off.  And if you’re not Lady Gaga or Beyonce, the opportunity to wear a leotard in public comes up rarely if ever.  Ta-da!  No pants, no problem.

kirsten smith

kirsten smith

kirsten smith

kirsten smith

kirsten smithdress: For Love & Lemons, coat: vintage (similar here), booties: Steve Madden (similar here), bag: vintage (similar here), necklace: vintage (similar here), bra: Cosabella, briefs: Commando, lipstick: Makeup Forever No. 50

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WhyDid

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Feb
13
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: One Dress, Three Way (Rated PG)

kirsten smithTo show a little more skin in this dress from For Love & Lemons, I scratched the catsuit and slipped into a silk slip.  As soon as there was more skin showing, the level of drama was amped up.  Mo’ skin, mo’ drama?  Since it is still arctic, I added a fur jacket, gold chains, and a big bag to stow my scarf and gloves in between transit.

kirsten smith

kirsten smith whydid

kirsten smithdress: For Love & Lemons, slip: Skin, booties: Steve Madden (similar here), bag: Alexander Wang, jacket: vintage, necklaces: vintage (similar here),

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WhyDid

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Feb
11
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: One Dress, Three Ways (Rated G)

Screen shot 2014-02-11 at 10.50.28 AMI love an occasion that calls for dressing up.  Any occasion really.  Holidays, black ties, brit malahs.  So, when my birthday rolled around I knew the dress I’d been eyeing since Christmas must be mine.  But just like my New Year’s outfit, I wanted to find more than one way to wear this frock.  To the untrained eye, one might see it as a one hit wonder, but because it was literally just lace sans lining, I found more than a few ways to style it from fairly modest to leaving just a little to the imagination.  And it’s a good thing because once my friends who had planned my party finally revealed the evening’s location, I made a quick wardrobe change.  This was not the dress for dodging ninjas (don’t ask).  For this version (rated G), I slid into a black sleeveless catsuit, camel coat, and black booties for a look that I think could be considered boho casual… but my version of casual could also be considered some’s black tie optional.

 

kirsten smith for love and lemons

kirsten smith for love and lemons

kirsten smith

kirsten smith for love and lemonsdress: For Love and Lemons, catsuit: American Apparel, booties: Steve Madden (similar here), coat: vintage, necklace: vintage, rings: Scott Kay, bag: Céline

Up next, PG-13.

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WhyDid

Photos by Michael Stiegler

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Jan
29
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: From the Top

crop top day and nightDue to my computer’s inability to function last week, I was unable to finish my three part series documenting how a crop top and pencil skirt could be reincarnated quite easily.  Not that last week was any warmer, but the fact that my face froze off  yesterday afternoon as I ran errands, it seems a little odd to be posting about crop tops.  Especially since the inclement weather has prevented me from prancing ’round town in one, but if Jenn keeps it up, I’m gonna have no choice but to walk around topless… and potentially pantless.

So, how can one dress down a sequined top that is cropped?  Pair it with destroyed denim, motorcycle boots, and a tough leather jacket to look more downtown than bridge and tunnel post Bagatelle brunch.  It’s just that simple.
kirsten smith

kirsten smith crop top11

kirsten smith

kirsten smithtop: Express, jeans: 7 For All Mankind, boots: Frye, jacket: Andrew Marc, bag: Balenciaga, dog: Smitty

I will have another mimosa though.

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WhyDid

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Jan
22
2014
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Why Did You Wear That: Woodgrain and Leather

pencil skirt dressed up dressed downIn adventures of “I’ve run out of clothes- what can I find in someone else’s closet?,” I popped into Dick’s closet to grab a jacket and found one which he claims is older than I am- which means it’s probably made out of dinosaur skin. While in the depths of his closet, a baseball cap in the same maroon hue caught my eye. When I reached up and dusted it off, my head nearly exploded as I discovered that the brim was… woodgrain. If I hadn’t had breakfast that morning, I totally would have passed out. Instead I fired off a text to my male bff telling him about the treasure I’d just unearthed. He was beyond stoked and probably a little jealous that he didn’t have his own. Don’t worry, homie, I’m on the hunt for a replica.

Pencil skirts are most often associated with secretaries and desk jobs a la Mad Men -pretty, prim and proper. However, I think they can be a very sexy addition to a dressed down look without losing all femininity. When I mixed a distressed (aka future dishrag) t-shirt that I cropped (obviously) and removed the sleeves from with this basic black skirt and topped it with an oversized leather jacket and baseball hat, I felt I’d created yet another perfect contradiction.

The combination of woodgrain and leather essentially makes me a walking rap song and what could really be better than that?

kirsten catherwood smith

kirsten smith baseball hat

kirsten catherwood smith

kirsten smithhat: brilliant find from dad (similar here), t-shirt: future cleaning rag turned crop top (similar here), skirt: Express, jacket: vintage (similar here), boots: All Saints (similar here), bralette: Victoria’s Secret, dog: Smitty, earrings: (similar here)

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WhyDid

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