Friday Frocks: Nifty for Fifty

By |July 22nd, 2011|Friday Frocks|

While summer is now in full swing, there are really only a handful of beach days and summer Fridays left.  (Although it was pointed out to me today that summer officially ends on September 22).  You’ve probably done most of your summer shopping in advance but, there’s still the possibility of a hot (both literally and figuratively) date or rooftop cocktail party to attend before September rolls around.  In the off chance that you’ve exceeded your seasonal budget, I’ve rounded up some summer friendly frocks that are also friendly on the wallet.  Now you can enjoy the rest of the warm weather without feeling guilty about going into credit card debt (never in style- ever). Behold: 10 dresses all under $50:

1. ModCloth Saturday Night Dress, $42.99, 2. Forever21 Ditsy Floral Chiffon Dress, $19.80, 3. Bisou Bisou Scoopneck All Over Pleat Dress, $31.99, 4. Matthew Williamson Sleeveless Halter Romper, $27.99, 5. Free People Animal Knit Bodycon Dress, $49.95, 6. Victoria’s Secret Off the Shoulder Print Tee Dress, $29.50, 7. Arden B. Gauze Ruffle Tube Dress, $49, 8. Kimchi Blue Ruffle Sleeve Dress, $49, 9. Guess Lori Dress, $49.95, 10. Forever21 Sweetheart Lace Dress, $22.80




photo via Quizzle

Why Did You Wear That: Cinco de Style

By |May 4th, 2011|Why Did You Wear That?|

Cinco de Mayo is another one of those holidays that Americans celebrate with no idea why.  They simply celebrate because it is yet another reason to drink heavily and eat delicious Mexican food.  I see nothing wrong with either of these two things, but I do think that we should probably figure out what it is that we’re actually celebrating.  Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say;

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a holiday held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla. The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory overFrench forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.

Alright, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get this party started.  For a holiday such a Cinco de Mayo, you have to go all in.  From the food to the drinks to the dress, it’s easy to get into the spirit.  Below are some awesome ways to bring a little bit of south of the border style to your celebration:

uno. Jen’s Pirate Booty Senorita Dress, $148, dos. Wendy Nichol Handknit Shawl, $350, tres. Nightcap Clothing Crochet Beach Pant, $190, quatro. Arden B. Crochet Trim Tube Romper, $49, cinco. All-American Swing Skirt, $14.80, seis. Love Sam Guaze Smock Top with Lace, $174, siete. Top Shop Red Flower Crochet Insert Dress, $70, ocho. Free People Mexican Embroidered Shift Dress, $168

Once you’ve got your outfit picked out, don’t forget to make up a big pitcher of sangria (my famous recipe here) and cook up some crowd pleasing enchiladas (recipe and last year’s fiesta video here).




Friday Frocks: Block Party

By |April 15th, 2011|Friday Frocks, Why Did You Wear That?|

A couple of months ago, I pointed out the oh so colorful, oh so fun colorblocking trend that we had seen all over the runways and on our favorite stars.  I even showed you how to recreate the look.  But alas, it can be tricky not to mention treacherous trying to pull this look off for the untrained fashionista.

And why wouldn’t we have a little history lesson on this fine Friday?

While this trend feels fresh for spring, it’s not actually new.  Much like all fashion, it’s been recycled and given a new spin.  The original colorblocked dress above is from Yves Saint Laurent circa 1965.  Piet Mondrian’s Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow (1930)  was used for the inspiration and this simple shift became iconic.

Below are some modern takes on the colorblock trend for you to try out yourself:

1. Forever 21 Colorblock Bodycon Dress, $15.80, 2. Diane von Furstenberg Reara Two Tone Dress, $365, 3. BCBG Colorblocked Dress with Tulle, $258, 4. Herve Leger Two Tone Strapless Bandage Dress, $1,150, 5. Arden B. Ombre Colorblock Bandage Dress, $79, 6. Amanda Uprichard Dynasty Colorblocked Dress, $194, 7. Roxy Double Dress, $39.50, 8. Ali Ro Colorblock Beaded Dress, $365

Block on!


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Photo via Up My Ali

Friday Frocks: Financially Friendly Edition

By |December 17th, 2010|Friday Frocks|


Last week one of my favorite readers wrote in to say that as much as she loved the dresses on WhyDid, they were a bit out of her price range. To that, I promised that this week’s Friday Frocks would be dedicated to her.  You don’t have to spend a billion dollars to look like a million bucks. Here are ten dresses certain to have you sparkling and shining at any upcoming holiday party- and here’s the kicker- they’re all under $100!!! Your wallet says, “thank you.”

bebe Strapless Tube Dress, $98

Express Sequin and Chiffon Dress, $98

ModCloth Celebration in Tinsel Town Dress, $89.99

Staring At Stars Drummer Dress, $89

Love Tease Strapless Satin and Lace Mini, $69

INC International Concepts Sequin Tank Dress, $67.99

Arden B. Sequin One Shoulder Dress, $47.20

Rampage Ruched Beaded Mini, $39.99

Forever 21 Lame Jacquard One Shoulder Dress, $22.80

Kouture by Kimora Sleeveless Lace Satin Mini, $19.99

Now you have extra cash to accessorize!



Friday Frocks: Blushing Beauty

By |November 5th, 2010|Friday Frocks, Why Did You Wear That?|

I just can’t get enough of this muted pastel color. I love muted colors to begin with, but this shade is really just so pretty and flattering on everyone. It’s a much more user friendly tone than nude. Blush is a feminine and chic shade that will have all the boys swooning. (Lady Malks, this one’s for you):

Herve Leger Signature Essentials Short Sleeve Cocktail Dress, $1,450

Preen Line Elsa Silk-Satin and Jersey Dress, $630

Rag and Bone Camden Cocktail Dress, $390

Milly Belted Butterfly Sleeve Dress, $385

Alice and Olivia Marcia One Shoulder Dress, $275

Arden B. Ruched Mesh Dress, $79

American Apparel Sleeveless Lace Chiffon Dress, $58

Free People Ruffle Up Solid Tunic, $48

Make ’em blush!