Friday Frocks: Cheers To That

champagne toastThere’s lot to celebrate this time of year besides having just celebrated’s sixth year of publishing as was made painfully clear this afternoon as our email chain grew longer and longer in an attempt to get all of our favorite girls together for a holiday party.  Every time we thought we’d locked down a day to congregate over cooking and cocktails, someone would pipe in with regrets over having obligations to another engagement.  We still haven’t quite nailed down a date for our holiday festivities, but in the meantime, I did nail down some festive frocks to get you through this season’s holiday party.  Cheers!

best party dresses holiday1. Milly Floral Print Satin Twill Mini Dress, $575, 2. Alice + Olivia Princess Layered Tulle Mini Dress, $700, 3. Sass & Bide The Balancing Act Dress, $790, 4. Halston Heritage Paneled Faille Mini Dress, $445, 5. Red Valentino Forest Flare Dress, $895, 6. Grace MMXIII Angelina Faux Leather Trimmed Satin Mini Dress, $385, 7. Victoria Beckham One Shoulder Jacquard Mini Dress, $950, 8. Jonathan Simkhai Metallic Ball Dress, $895, 9. Ohne Titel Jacquard Tank Rayon Blend Dress, $595, 10. Nicholas Window Lace Strapless Ball Dress, $695



Related posts:


Why Did You Wear That: On the Six

why did blog sixth birthday cake

When I actually published my first post is debatable (as I made a switch from Tumblr to WordPress very early on), but it was six years ago, give or take a few days.  That first post wasn’t prolific or groundbreaking and at the time I had not one clue as to what I was doing or where it would lead me.  WhyDid has evolved as have I over the past six years.  It even underwent a name change (from Why Did You Wear That) to encompass the expansion of topics from celebrity cameltoe (most popularly Katy Perry‘s) to all things fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.  I came pretty close to a name change myself, but fortunately dodged that bullet.  There have been times when I wanted to just scrap the whole operation and revert back to normal.  One of those times came from a nasty commenter who told me my blog was just like “some dumb diary” where I recorded my life and outfits.

denim-shirt-scotch-and-soda-nyc-whydidI guess she (he?!) was right.  This is kind of like my diary, except I share my stories and my troubles and my outfits publicly not for any narcissistic reason, but so anyone who stumbles upon my site finds a place where she/he can spend a few minutes a day laughing, or feeling understood, or getting inspired to try something new.  The fashion world and the world wide web can be very scary places, but I wanted to create somewhere safe.  Somewhere kindred spirits could meet and know that they are not alone in the world and that any silly life trauma we might be going through isn’t that serious.  Sharing my life is not only scary, but also therapeutic.  By sharing so much, I open myself up to people who are negative and feed off of knocking people down, but by sharing I also open myself up to people who may need to hear exactly what I have to share.  So, I let the good outweigh the bad.

why did blog kirsten smithAs someone who hates having her picture taken (though all evidence would suggest otherwise), it was pretty uncomfortable to start posting photos of myself and one guy I dated told me fairly early on that I looked incredibly uncomfortable in my photos (I was).  I’ve been told my eyebrows were too light (enter Anastasia of Beverly Hills), my boobs appeared saggy, and that I looked like just another Southern California girl (even though I’ve lived 97% of my life on the East Coast).  If I said that I didn’t initially feel incredibly hurt by these comments, I’d be lying.  I nursed my wounds for several days each time and confirmed with friends that my breasts were, in fact, as perky as those of a 19 year old over topless chats on FaceTime.  Being dissected by people I’d never met was painful, but it opened my eyes to the scrutiny that we put celebrities and each other under all the time and it changed my perspective.

kirsten-whydid-nyc-dog-walkingRealizing that was helpful, but sometimes stopped me from expressing what I really wanted.  Over the years, I found myself censoring… myself.  I played it safe at times so as not to offend or alienate people.  Sometimes I had to dilute stories or descriptions because I knew my parents were reading or because I was worried someone I cared about might get offended.  What I learned was that people appreciated it more when I crossed the line.  When I said something outlandish or because I was being myself, I allowed my readers to feel comforted or validated in their own lives, to feel a part of something bigger.  There are plenty of people out there playing it safe and repeating what the media and society has programmed us to think, feel, wear, watch, and say.  I didn’t start WhyDid to be just another brick in the wall.  That’s the wall I wanted to knock down.

top-knot-crop-top-whydid-blog copyI didn’t write this post to pat myself on the back (though I certainly hugged myself earlier), but to thank you and to promise to continue sharing my life and my authentic self and to encourage you to do the same.  Know that as scary as it can be to just be yourself, it’s the safest thing you can do.  So, don’t be afraid to shine.  You can be weird.  You can be emotional.  You can have different opinions.  You can march to the beat of your own damn drum, but don’t you dare ever hide the beauty that is you.

And in case you were wondring, Katy Perry’s cameltoe is still the most searched term that leads to WhyDid.



Related posts:


Why Did You Wear That: Cyber Monday Sales
Written by: admin | Why Did You Wear That?

cyber monday salesIn case you didn’t overindulge in Black Friday’s sales (and turkey), here’s a list of even more sales sure to offset that inevitable holiday shopping.  Tis the season.


Get 15% off your order using code 6PMCYBMON113020141535


Save up to $40 and get free shipping using code CYBER

Adriano Goldschmied

Get an additional 20% off of select styles using code AGCYBER20

Agent Provocateur

Get 20% off of all styles.

BB Dakota

30% off of any purchase plus free shipping using code CYBER30

Bauble Bar

Get 20% off using code CYBER20

Diane von Furstenberg

15% off sitewide including sale using code CYBER15


50% off of everything and free shipping

French Connection

40% off of everything using code FC40BF

J. Crew

30% off of full price and additional 40% off of sale plus free shipping using code MONDAY

Kate Spade Saturday

30% off sitewide using code OHWOW

Kelly Wearstler

20% off sitewide using code KWMONDAY


25% off sitewide and an extra 10% off of final sale using code CM2014


25% off of everything using code CYBERMONDAY

Necessary Clothing

30% off sitewide


30% off of everything and 40% off of sale using code CYBERSALE

Revolve Clothing

20% off of sale using code CYBERMONDAY20

Scoop NYC

25% off sitewide


20% off using code CYBER


Related posts:


Why Did You Wear That: Black Friday Sale Master List, You’re Welcome.
Written by: admin | Why Did You Wear That?

black friday best salesThough I have a hard time with the entire concept of Black Friday, considering we spent the day before being thankful for what we already have, I do understand and appreciate the concept of “value.”  I have thoroughly outlined things I would rather do than participate in the actual societal dysfunction that is Black Friday, but below I have compiled a list of sales that you can shop from the safety of your own home.


15% off using code 6PMEU112720141585 through November 28th.

All Saints (US)

20% off all styles using code THANKS now through December 1st.

All Saints (UK)

20% off all styles using code CYBER now through December 1st.

Alternative Apparel 

30% off sitewide using code THANKFUL now through November 30th.

Andrew Marc 

Up to 80% sitewide now until November 29th at 7pm

Asos (US)

30% off now until November 30th 8pm EST using code TGIBF

Asos (UK)

20% off now until December 2nd 8am GMT using code CYBERWKND20


20% off now until November 30th using code FIT20

BB Dakota

30% off full price styles now through November 29th using code THANKS30


30% off select product today using code BLACKFRIDAY30


40% off sitewide now through November 30th using code BLACKFRIDAY40AFF

Current Elliot

25% off sitewide now through December 1st using code THANKS

Dolce Vita

up to 60% off, extra 20% off sale + free shipping now until December 1st using code BLACKFRIDAY14


25% off sitewide now until December 1st using code THANKS

French Connection

40% off sitewide now until December 1st using code FC40BF

Hanky Panky

up to 60%, free 5-day wash + free ground shipping now until December 1st using code SPARKLE

J Brand

30% off sitewide now until November 29th

J. Crew

30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum now until November 30th using code HOLIDAY


25% off sitewide using code THANKS now until December 1st.

Lord and Taylor

extra 20% off almost everything + 25% off fine jewelry now until November 30th using code THANKS


25% off your entire purchase now until November 30th using code GIFTON

Mara Hoffman

25% off sitewide + free shipping today using code blackfriday14


up to 40% off select product


20% off sitewide now until November 30th using code CYBER20


25% off all dresses today using code PARTYGIRL


25% off sitewide + be entered to win a trip for 2 to NYC fashion week today using code IHEARTNYC

Rachel Pally

25% off sitewide now through December 1st using code THANKFUL

Saks Fifth Avenue

up to 60% off select styles today


15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000 today through December 1st using code GOBIG14


20% sitewide now until November 30th using code TURKEY

Sweaty Betty

20% off + free shipping now through December 1st using code BLACK20


25% off everything (excludes core classics and sale items) now through December 1st using code CHEER

TopShop (US)

30% off select product, and 2 for 1 on mid-season sale items now until December 1st

TopShop (UK)

up to 50% off select lines + free worldwide shipping


Happy shopping!



Related posts:


Setting the Mood: Double Up On Denim
Written by: admin | Setting the Mood

denim on denim fashion editorialIf you live in America, you own a pair of jeans.  For whatever reason, this time of year feels very “Americana” to me.  The only thing I own more of than crop tops is denim.  Once I found a brand and style I liked, I bought it in every available color and/or pattern.  When it comes to cold weather, I start at the bottom (much like Drake), as in my jeans and then build my outfit around them.  This is why I often complain to my friends about having no tops.  But that is neither here nor there, as let’s talk about you and your denim needs.  Whether it’s the perfect pair of jeans, a chambray shirt, or a beaten up jean jacket, be sure to slip into something that feels more American than apple pie.

denim accessoriesRag & Bone Boyfriend Distressed Denim JacketKoku Viva Denim ClutchThe Laundress Denim Care SetMiu Miu Crystal Embellished Denim Pointed Toe Flats



Related posts: